Moving to the suburbs doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your entertainment in exchange for breathing space. We went to a show at the Shoreline Amphitheater, which was just a 5-minute drive from our new home here at Gables End. Mountain View’s summer heat cools off enough in the evening for you to comfortably enjoy the evening’s festivities in a t-shirt and shorts at one of the Bay Area’s best venues. Who knew that this venue could be so amazing? The Shoreline is open air, has fun concession stands and great prices and because of the great setting attracts amazing bands from around the world.
Our evening’s entertainment included sets from Saving Abel, Papa Roach, Hinder and our headliner was Nickelback. Every seat in the house had a great view, but we were lucky enough to be so close to the stage we could feel the heat from the flames given off by the pyrotechnics. The crowd’s energy was soaring in anticipation and our patience was well rewarded by each act. Every set was unique and fun, but nobody topped Nickelback. Their set was a crowd pleaser whether you are a die-hard fan that owns every album or are the casual radio listener. Chad Kroeger, the lead singer was engaging and funny and carefully guided the audience through a comprehensive set of the band’s biggest hits including “Photograph”, “Rockstar” and “If Today Was You Last Day” and he even gave us a few lines and the chorus to Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places”. Everyone was on their feet for the whole show and had a fun night of rocking out to a great summer concert. I’m so glad I can afford my own home now at Gables End and still have access to some of the amenities I thought you had to live in the city for.