Skillet at City of National Grove in Anaheim, CA - photo credit: Joshua Weesner

Skillet's Unleashed Tour at City Nat'l Grove of Anaheim, CA

Currently on the second leg of the headlining run of Skillet's nationwide Unleashed Tour 2017, Skillet, Sick Puppies and Devour the Day rocked the at-capacity crowd at the City National Grove of Anaheim. One of the area’s top spots for live music, a wide-ranging mix of music lovers of all ages anxiously lined up for an entire city block to experience the pure freedom of rock-n-roll.

Devour the Day was the first to take the stage to get the local crowd ready for what the night had to offer. The killer band out of Memphis, TN, comprising Blake Allison (vocals, rhythm guitar, crowd-surfer extraordinaire), Joey “Chicago” Walser (bass, backing vocals), Ronnie Farris (drums) and David Hoffman (lead guitar, backing vocals), know how to entertain a crowd. Besides having an incredible stage presence, Devour the Day sound phenomenal live.

The impressively talented musicians kicked off their power set with the successful title track, “S.O.A.R.” off their latest full-length album, produced by Dan Korneff, and released in the spring of 2016 via Razor & Tie. The hard rock band performed seven songs--a mix of old and new--three from S.O.A.R. and four from their 2013 debut album, Time & Pressure, including their first hit single, "Good Man."

Devour the Day's energetic tracks had the ready-to-rock, sold-out crowd (rammed all the way from the stage to the back of the venue) singing, head banging and rocking out to their ferocious kick of rock, leaving a significant imprint for the amazing bands to follow.

Up next was the Australian-bred, hard rock band, Sick Puppies. Now calling Los Angeles home, the gold-selling, chart-topping trio, comprising Bryan Scott (lead vocals, guitar), Emma Anzai (bass, vocals) and Mark Goodwin (drums), released their fifth studio album, Fury, in May 2016, via DrillDown Entertainment Group, LLC.

One of the most down-to-earth, self-aware bands, the Sick Puppies never disappoint. Their hard-rock edge fused with high energy makes them a fearsome live act, electric from the first note. The musical powerhouse led off with the track "War" (featured in the commercial for the Street Fighter IV video game) from their 2009 release, Tri-Polar. The 10-song set also included tracks from Fury, as well as old-school sing-along favorites. Ending with the monster hit “You're Going Down,” the Puppies delivered an outstanding set, reminding us that rock isn’t dead.

If you have not experienced Sick Puppies live, or witnessed first hand Anzai on bass (besides being a beast on bass, her backup vocals are an excellent complement to Scott's lead vocals), you need to rectify that as soon as Sick Puppies reenter your universe.


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