The House of Blues Orlando is a small two-story rustic venue. Only the first floor was open for general admission with a few of the VIPs up in the loge on the second level. The size of the venue did not matter for the Sick Puppies for as they performed as if they were in a massive venue in front of 30,000 fans.
This trio is sweeping across the U.S. with their stellar performances. Normally, fans concentrate on just the singer. The Sick Puppies are an exception to the norm. The rhythm section, guitar, and bass performed every note and every song with the highest energy possible.
Emma Anzai (bass) is one of the best female bass players to grace the House of Blues. Her bass was not just an instrument but a part of her soul instead. Her thrashing movements on the stage tied in perfectly with her playing technique and flowing black hair. Mark Goodwin (drummer) was full of pounding energy from beginning to end with his unique technical playing style and solos.
The lighting was spot-on throughout the entire show. This just was not your typical rock show with glowing reds and dark shadows .Bright flood strobe lights lit up the stage as the metal risers had a subtle glow that would light up their faces from below.
Sick Puppies were co-founded in 1999, by Moore and Anzai while still in high school. They then signed to Paul Stepanek Management and soon after they rounded out their line up by adding Orange County, California-bred drummer Mark Goodwin who they met through a classified ad following their move to LA in 2006. Soon after, signed to Paul Palmer’s indie label through Virgin Records, a fortuitous video pairing with a friend led Sick Puppies to online fame with the song “All The Same” (AKA the Free Hugs video), which earned an astonishing 75-million-plus views worldwide, and led to appearances on Oprah, 60 Minutes, CNN, Good Morning America, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Sick Puppies were featured on Cinemax’s Tour Stories, a five-part documentary about the band; “You’re Going Down” was the official theme for the WWE’s “Extreme Rules”; plus, as dedicated road dogs, playing over 750 shows in North America. They have shared the stage with bands including Muse, Tool, The Killers, Papa Roach and Deftones.
Connect is the perfect title for Sick Puppies’ third and most ambitious album. From the first single, “There’s No Going Back” to the band’s most political song, the ironic “Gunfight,” Connect will exhilarate old fans and captivate new ones. The L.A.-based, Australian-bred band struck an elusive musical and lyrical balance of past and future on Connect, as band co-founder/singer/guitarist Shimon Moore explains: “There are two ways to shoot yourself in the foot—never changing… or changing too much.” With Connect, Sick Puppies came into their own, thanks in no small part to five years of touring and a full year of songwriting, finding their musical medium without sacrificing intensity or their trademark, dead-on lyrical acuity and introspection.