The past few years have been very eventful ones for Sick Puppies. After joining forces with a new singer and recording and releasing a new album, the band has been touring around the country all year, playing festivals, touring as supporting acts, and headlining shows. The band made a stop in Charlotte, NC Wednesday night at The Neighborhood Theater for the tail end of their headlining Fury Tour with support from Devour the Day and One Less Reason.
Doors to the venue opened at 7 pm and the show started shortly after at 8 pm. The audience was fairly thin starting out, but when Tennessee natives One Less Reason took the stage, those who were sitting on their bar stools made their way out onto the floor to rock out with the band. There was no railing between the stage and the audience, so fans were able to get right up to the stage and rock out with the band. The 6-piece looked comfortable and very much in their element, reaching out and connecting with the crowd. By the time they finished their set, the crowd was quite warmed up and ready to continue the night.
After a short set change, Devour the Day took the stage. They opened their set with “S.O.A.R” and their energy was absolutely contagious. The floor was a little more crowded at this point and frontman Blake Allison encouraged everyone’s hands to go up and for everyone to squeeze in closer together. He got everyone ready even did a trust fall into the audience for a few minutes of crowd surfing. Their set list consisted of “Good Man” which you could hear everyone singing along to, “You and Not Me”, “The Bottom”, “Lighting in the Sky”, and more. Their stage presence and crowd interaction made for a very fun show for everyone there. Personally, I always love watching bassist Joey Walser as he gets into his element and goes absolutely crazy! They closed their set with their popular single, “Respect”.
Finally, Sick Puppies took the stage to close out the night. The floor was more packed than it had been the entire night and the cheers were deafening as the band broke out into “War”. New singer and guitarist Bryan Scott fit right in and addressed the fans throughout the entire show. There wasn’t any crowd surfing, but a mosh pit did break out for bit at Scott’s bidding. Their song list of the night included “Riptide”, “Gunfight” “My World”, “Odd One”, “Maybe”, “Stick to Your Guns”, their new single “Where Do I Begin”, and the very popular “All The Same.” They even changed it up and covered Rage Against the Machine’s “Guerilla Radio.” Devour the Day’s Allison came out to assist with one of the songs as well. The crowd was hanging on to the band by every word and by every note and in no time, the band was closing with their high energy single, “You’re Going Down.”
Sick Puppies have a few more tour dates before they retire for the rest of the year. Be sure to check them out, and the opening bands, if they come anywhere close to you. If it didn’t work out to see them this year, definitely put them on your list of bands to see next year!