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104.1 KRZQ brings metal rockers Orgy to rock Cargo in downtown Reno

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On Saturday July 26, 2014 alternative/metal rockers Orgy blew the roof off Reno's newest concert venue Cargo inside the Whitney Peak Hotel in downtown Reno. The band is touring on their latest album “Wide Awake and Dead" (out soon). This being the second leg of the Wide Awake and Dead Tour 2014, Orgy has plans on touring the world, luckily they stopped in Reno thanks to Reno's alternative rock station 104.1 KRZQ. Also on the bill, Reno locals Seas & Centuries.

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Orgy is an American synthrock band from Los Angeles, California. The band was formed in 1994 by vocalist Jay Gordon and guitarist Amir Derakh and Ryan Shuck. Bassist Paige Haley and drummer Bobby Hewitt soon completed the line-up. Derakh had previously gained some fame in the 1980s metal band Rough Cutt, and Hewitt was a former member of Electric Love Hogs. Gordon and Derakh were also experienced producers, having produced Coal Chamber's self-titled CD.

After deciding to reform the band due to the demands of rabid Orgy fans, Gordon found himself with the task of finding new members due to past members being busy with other projects. The final results are, Carlton Bost-(lead guitar), Nic Speck-(bass), Bobby Amaro-(drums) and Creighton Emrick-(guitar). With these new members joining and combining their respective resumes to build a new and improved band, Orgy was transformed and set to reestablish themselves in the hard rock and metal scene.

Attendance for this show was pretty good even after people were still recovering from the Motley Crue and Alice Cooper show at the Reno Events Center the night before. This shows that the band has a very good fan base here in The Biggest Little City.

The bands set lasted around 90 minutes and went like this,

Intro "Freakshow" (on new CD), "Dissention", "Suckerface", "107", "Suck It" (unreleased song on new CD), "Fiction", "Spells" (unreleased song, mastered and ready to go as the next single), "Opticon", "Wide Awake and Dead" (new single), "Stitches" and one encore song, "Blue Monday".

The show started out with KRZQ's rockin' on-air master and music director Chris Payne introducing the band to the stage, then the fireworks started. Orgy proceeded to rock the house, everyone in attendance was blown away from the very first song. The band has a very good look with a very high energy performance. Lead singer Gordon was very impressive vocally and jumped all over the stage, this examiner had a really hard time keeping him in the camera lens. Lead guitarist Bost shredded on guitar and has the look of a true rocker as does all the band. The whole band was extremely good.

When you get the chance to see these guys live, don't miss out or you will be kicking yourself in the butt for awhile. They are very much worth the ticket price.

Starting the night off was Reno locals Seas & Centuries.

Unfortunately, this examiner got to the venue late as I thought the doors were at 8pm and the show started at 9pm. I was wrong, the show started at 8pm, so I just missed them. As you can imagine I was very disappointed. The good news is that after asking many people that did get there on time how the band did, they all said the same thing, "they kicked ass".

Current members include, Alex Hay-(vocals,guitar), TJ Buswell-(bass,keys,vocals) and Andrew Sherbondy-(drums).

When this examiner contacted the band via e-mail and asked if I could get their set list, they told me "As far as a set list, we played mostly new songs and they are so new they don't have names haha. But we played 2 older songs titled "The Program" and "Nets". Their set went around 40 minutes.

This was an awesome rock show. Cargo is really coming into their own and getting better with every show. To see what's next on the list of great shows (click here)

A good time was had by all.

To see all the photos of Orgy at this show (click here)

As with all this examiners reviews and feature stories, "The Photos Are What It's All About", so check out the photo slideshow and enjoy the show.

All photos by JOHN TUCKNESS

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