@ Rapids Theatre, Niagara Falls, New York
Monday, October 21, 2013
By: J. Ritz
On the road supporting
their brand new album "Connect," the hard rock trio, Sick
Puppies, stopped at the historic Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls,
NY. Led by charismatic front man Shimon Moore, they took the stage
and opened with the first track off of the aforementioned album, "Die
To Save You." As the fans echoed every one of Moore's words,
it was apparent that they had come prepared to enjoy a Sick Puppies
Aside from having a great front man, the Sick Puppies also possess
arguably one of the best bass players in the industry, Emma Anzai.
If you've never seen Anzai perform live, you are surely missing out.
Watching her cover every inch of the stage, while slapping out chest
pounding rhythms in time with drummer Mark Goodwin, is well worth
the price of admission.
The set they put together covered everything from their very beginning,
up to their most recent offerings. They even incorporated some of
their favorites, including a portion of Rage Against The Machine's
"Killing In The Name Of," within in their hit "Riptide."
One of the best things about a Sick Puppies show is the connection
Moore makes with his fans. Leading into the bands biggest hit, "Maybe,"
he told the story of them leaving Australia and moving to Los Angeles
to pursue their dreams of succeeding in the music industry. He also
spoke of the legend of the theatre being haunted by a young actress
who reportedly hung herself, so he dedicated the title track, "Connect,"
After finishing their set with a two song encore, that included the
hit "You're Going Down," the band came to center stage,
took a bow, and handed out souvenirs to the fans in the front row.
Moore wanted to make sure that everyone in attendance got a chance
to meet the band after the show, again proving how accessible he is.
Every time I've seen the Sick Puppies play I've been more and more
impressed. Not only has the performance gotten better, but they still
maintain that "down to earth" mentality. With them giving
their all at every show, whether there's 100 fans or 10,000 fans attendance,
you're guaranteed the same great show, and you'd be crazy to miss
Die To Save You
No Going Back
All The Same
You're Going Down