Return to Saving Abel
Good times, bad times, worse times for Nickelback
Nickelback headlines one of the biggest rock tours of the summer with Papa Roach, Hinder and Saving Abel.
By David Burger

Salt Lake Tribune
Updated:08/23/2009 10:04:44 AM MDT

Earlier this month, when Aerosmith's Steven Tyler injured himself when he fell off the stage in Sturgis, S.D., the opener was Saving Abel.

Saving Abel is likely praying that when it opens for Nickelback on Aug. 26 in Utah, Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger won't break a leg, thus cancelling the rest of the tour.

"They are some of the nicest guys I've ever met," said Saving Abel's singer, Jared Weeks, about Nickelback. "We've been blessed to tour with some great acts."

The Mississippi rock band scored a top-20 hit with "Addicted" last year, featured on the band's self-titled debut album. This year it was fortunate enough to land a spot on one of this summer's biggest rock tours.

The band was motivated to reach for the stars after another small-town Mississippi band, 3 Doors Down, was able to reach mainstream success. "3 Doors Down lit a fire under us," Weeks said. "If a band like them comes from a small town, we can do it too."

Accompanying Saving Abel is the Northern California rock band Papa Roach, which toured with Mötley Crüe last summer.

Guitarist Jerry Horton said Papa Roach will perform a greatest-hits set list filled with songs from the band's last two albums, which were recorded at the Los Angeles' infamous (and purportedly haunted) Paramour Mansion.

"There was some spooky energy there," Horton said. He recounted a time when he was returning to his room at the end of a long day in recording sessions. As he passed by the ballroom, he peeked inside. "I heard a deep voice [asking me], 'Can I help you?' " Horton said. "It freaked me out for a second."