On Wednesday December 11, 2013 the Sick Puppies rolled into Reno touring on their latest album "Connect" to rock the Knitting Factory Concert House. Also on the bill were, The Letter Black and Reno's own Seasons of Insanity.
This just might have been the show of the year at the Knitting Factory or at least in the top three. The Sick Puppies put on one heck of a show as did the rest of the acts.
The Sick Puppies are an Australian rock band, formed in 1997. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Shimom Moore, bassist Emma Anzai and drummer Mark Goodwin.
The Sick Puppies rose to prominence in 2006 when their song "All the Same" was uploaded along with a video to YouTube. The video supported the Free Hugs Campaign which was launched in Sydney, and has since received over 70 million views on the website. This success followed up with Dressed Up as Life in 2007, which entered the Billboard 200 at number 181. Their third studio album, released on 14 July 2009, is titled Tri-Polar. The band's fourth studio album Connect was released on 16 July 2013.
Bassist Emma Anzai is not only one the hottest female bass players in rock and roll, she can also rock her bass like no other. She most definitely has great moves and knows what she doing, her bass solo was off the hook.
Lead vocalist Shimon Moore really knows how to work the audience. He interacts with his fans very well, getting them really into the show. He rules the audience, getting them to jump all around, up & down and sing along. Very entertaining indeed.
The Puppies set lasted over 90 minutes. (from the set list on stage)
"Die To Save You", "Cancer", "There's No Going Back", "Odd One", "All The Same", "Riptide", "My World", "Maybe", "Connect", "War", "Gunfight", "Nothing Really Matters" and "You're Going Down".
These guys & gal certainly know how to rock a concert. This examiner saw them the last time they played in Reno in 2010 (see review), they were great then and even better this time around. Attendance was better this time with around 500 screaming fans rocking out to every song. The band also did a meet & greet after the show, you could get all the stuff you bought at their merch booth signed by all band members. As you would imagine it was a long line.
Earlier in the day, when the band arrived into Reno after the show at the Knitting Factory Concert House Boise, they did an acoustic set at the Musician Rehearsal Center (MRC) in Sparks. The show was sponsored by KDOT/Lotus Radio and benefiting the Good Shepherds Clothes Closet in Reno. This was an awesome event, they played a few songs off the new album. To see photos from the MRC show, (click here)
Opening for the Sick Puppies was The Letter Black.
The Letter Black, formerly known as Breaking the Silence, is a Christian rock band that was formed in 2006 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. The band consists of lead vocalist Sarah Anthony; her husband, lead guitarist and vocalist Mark Anthony; bassist Matt Beal; and drummer Justin Brown.
This band was an unexpected pleasure to see live. This examiner had never heard of the band , but I know of them now. They tore it up, lead vocalist Sarah Anthony has a lot of energy on stage and her vocals were off the chart, she reminds me a lot of Lizzy Hale from Halestorm (but without the guitar). The rest of the band kicked butt as well.
Their set lasted about 45 minutes and went like this.
"All I Want", "Devil On Your Back", "Fire With Fire", "Breakout", "Wounded", "My Disease", "Pain Killer","Hanging On By A Thread" and "Sick Charade".
This band is totally worth seeing again, they rocked the house. You don't want to miss them when they come back this way.
Starting the night off was Reno locals Seasons of Insanity.
Seasons of Insanity is the brain-child of ex-Darque Carnival frontman-vocalist Shane Whitecloud and Drummer Rick "The Stick" Brenner. They came up with the idea at the end of 2008, and started auditioning guitarists and bass players in late 2009. Mid-2010 guitarist-backing vocalist Mike "Jersey Boy" Reynolds and bassist Johnny "Cocktail" Brey from Red Shift hopped on board, and then finally in 2013, Jave "Pants Party" Patterson, the original bass player for SOI came back strong as the rhythm guitarist-backing vocalist and off they went. Sponsored by Basson, Dirtbag, Coffin Case, and the only band in Northern Nevada sponsored by Coldcock Whiskey, and one of only two bands in the entire state of Nevada sponsored by Jagermeister, SOI is described as solid, Southern Rock with a bit of an edge.
Current members include, Shane Whitecloud-(vocals), Rick Brenner-(drums), Mike Reynolds-(lead guitar, backing vocals), Jave Patterson-(guitar, backing vocals) and newest member, Dan Bishop-(bass).
The bands set went about 30 minutes and went like this,
"One Night Stand", "Renewed Esteem", "Gallon Of Homemade Wine", "Unsung Hero", "Save Me" and "Hell Yeah".
These guys are one of Reno premier rock bands, every show they do is off the hook as was this show. It's just a matter of time till they go national so you best catch them why you still can.
Where would Reno be without the Knitting Factory Concert House? Lost, that's where. The Knitting Factory is still Reno's best place to see a show.
A good time was had by all.
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All photos by, JOHN TUCKNESS
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