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Sick Puppies blew the doors off The Pageant with solid show Wednesday

EVENTSJULY 19, 2013BY: SEAN DERRICK

The power trio that is Sick Puppies stopped by St. Louis Wednesday night for a high spirited energetic show at The Pageant.

In town supporting their latest CD release (their third in the US) titled “Connect” which was released the day before, the band (vocalist/guitarist Shimon Moore, bassist/vocalist Emma Anzai and drummer Mark Goodwin) wasted no time in showing their ability to rock with “Die to Save You” and “Survive”.

All together Sick Puppies showcased five songs from “Connect”, which seems to have the right recipe for success from the Australian band. The setlist was spit nearly equally among the groups first two albums, and even ended the main set with “Nothing Really Matters” which has been available only on their first CD “Welcome to the Real World” which was only released in Australia.


With politically and current event themed songs like “Riptide” and “Gunfight” leading the way Sick Puppies showed their versatility with an eclectic live show that did not disappoint. The performance of “All The Same” and “Connect” acoustically was a nice treat (though they could have had a shorter interlude or something to engage the audience).

The vast majority of the show was spectacular, from Moore’s booming vocals and power guitar to Anzai’s unbelievable bass licks to Goodwin’s spot on timekeeping behind the drums, they didn’t miss a beat. It was also a special night for Goodwin as it was his birthday, which was celebrated by the band via a cake and shots and balloons brought out by their crew and a serenade of “Happy Birthday” by the audience.

A key theme for the night was Moore’s repeated question to the audience throughout the night of “How do you feel?” which garnered a feisty expletive laden “F*** yeah!!” from the audience which seemed to get stronger and stronger as the night went on. With nearly the entire audience actively engaged from beginning to end (including venue-wide mosh pit) it was easy to see why they felt the way they did.

One of the coolest moments came after the main set when the audience was trying to coax the band back for an encore. A chant of “We want Puppies! (clap clap clap clap clap)” filled the venue. Moore exclaimed “this has never happened before. Is someone filming this?” Hopefully that will catch on at other shows as well.

Note: This was the second night of the band’s tour, which runs through September and the band is doing met and greets for anyone who buys a copy of Connect at their shows. This is just another reason not to miss this tour.

Jefferson City, MO‘s own Shaman’s Harvest opened the show with a spirited set that included their hit “Dragonfly”.

Sick Puppies Setlist:
1) Die to Save You
2) Survive
3) Cancer
4) There’s No Going Back
5) Odd One
6) Riptide
7) Maybe
8) My World
9) All The Same (acoustic)
10) Connect (acoustic)
11) War
12) Gunfight
13) Pitiful
14) Nothing Really Matters
Encore:
15) Walking Away
16) You’re Going Down

Sick Puppies Tour dates:
DATE LOCATION VENUE
JUL
16 Omaha, NE Sokol Aud
17 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
18 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
19 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theater
20 Pomona, CA The Glass House
21 Bakersfield, CA B Ryder's


AUG
1 Charleston, SC The Music Farm
2 Richmond, VA The National
6 Dewey Beach, DE Bottle & Cork
7 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
9 Providence, RI Fete
10 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
11 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
14 Portland, ME State Theatre
15 S. Burlington, VT Higher Ground
17 Rochester, NY WZNE Bonzai @ Main St. Armory
18 Allentown, PA MainGate Nightclub
31 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights


SEPT
3 Englewood, CO Gothic Theater
4 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
5 Boise, ID Knitting Factory Concert House
6 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory Concert House
7 Eugene, OR WOW Hall
9 San Francisco, CA The Independent
11 West Hollywood, CA The Roxy
12 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
13 Las Vegas, NV Fremont Country Club
16 Tulsa, OK Cain's Ballroom
17 Dallas, TX House of Blues
18 Houston, TX House of Blues
21 Gulfport, MS WCPR Fest/Jones Park
22 New Orleans, LA House of Blues