SICK PUPPIES @ MOJOE’S – JOLIET, IL

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March 2nd, 2014 / Review by Kat Corbo

Red and Kat’s mini video of the night: http://eb.tl/rmu6a

Saturday night, Tammy and I were getting ready for Revolver’s Hottest Chicks in Rock Tour at Mojoe’s, and what did we walk outside to? Another massive snow storm, of course. It’s like the bad weather only wants to attack when we have shows to attend! Thanks to the storm and the accidents up and down the highway slowing us down, we were running late and sadly Tammy didn’t get to shoot Lacuna Coil. When we walked in midway through their set though, the audience had already packed the room to get as close to the action as they could. We somehow managed to worm our way to the front to rock out; I don’t know how we did it, maybe everyone was too busy staring at Tammy’s mesmerizing red hair to realize we were stealing spots. No matter the reason, I’m so happy we got close because the show proved to be an intense one, definitely the kind you would regret not being front row for. Lead singers Andrea and Cristina took turns on the microphone, adding levels of dimension that you can’t normally get from just one singer.  This new diversity kept us on our toes the whole set, and their performance left us wanting more!

All day I couldn’t wait to see Sick Puppies live, especially in the intimate setting Mojoe’s provides. I first started following them when I was younger and heard their song “All The Same” on the Free Hugs YouTube video, and after that I listened to their “Dressed Up As Life” album over and over. On the drive to Mojoe’s, Tammy and I were listening to “Crazy Game of Poker” by O.A.R. and she told me about how that song brought her back to a specific time in her life, making her feel all the memories from when she used to listen to it. When she said that, I realized that listening to Sick Puppies does that for me; they take me back to those confused teenager days, and their songs really helped me through the awkward years. With that in mind I was pumped for the show, excited to finally be able to see them live.

Sick Puppies grabbed my expectations and threw them out the door faster than Emma’s rapid-speed fingers could play her bass. When they opened with the first song off their most recent album “Die to Save You,” and then went right into “Cancer,” the whole crowd jumped, getting in sync with its fast beat. Between Emma’s rapid speed finger-picking, Shim Moore’s charismatic, vivacious guitar playing and singing, and Mark Goodwin’s overwhelming presence on the drums, I couldn’t decide who I liked watching more.  Sick Puppies delivered all night, playing songs like “Pitiful” and “Gunfight” and had the crowd singing along when they threw in some of their top hits like “Riptide” and “My World.” Before playing “Odd One,” Emma paused to talk about her favorite song. She said that everyone has felt a little out of place at some point in their life, but that’s how they felt when they wrote it, and it means a lot to her. It obviously meant a lot to the crowd because everyone came together to sing the chorus right back at Chris. The night ended with “You’re Going Down,” one of Sick Puppies strongest, hardest hitting tunes, making everyone leave feeling like they just attended a heavy, nitty-gritty rock show.

Listening in on the audience’s conversations to get a feel for what the whole night was like we heard that every band on the stage killed it. I asked a few people around me, and they all said it was an incredible lineup. You know a show rocked when it had Tammy and me sitting at the table at 2 AM deciding whether or not we should take a 2 hour trip to South Bend, Indiana the next day to see the whole thing over again… We didn’t get to make it out for the second show, but we look forward to seeing them all again soon!

Check out Tammy’s live photos here!

Kat Corbo
Kat Corbo is currently a student at UW-Madison studying Communication Arts and Business. She recently stopped writing for her school's newspaper and moved to the On Stage Review in order to keep her artistic freedom and to be able to freely write and review anything that she felt passionate about. 99% of the time you can catch Kat wherever Red is (don’t be fooled, they WILL drive 6+ hours for a good live show!). They’re a one of a kind duo that hopes to inspire young people their age to see that rock n’ roll is alive and well!