On Thursday November 13, 2014 Cargo at Whitney Peak Hotel with Devildog Productions brought Buckcherry along with Reno locals Seasons of Insanity & Up Against It-UAI to downtown Reno.
This might just have been one of the biggest shows for the new venue so far. The place was packed with nearly 800 rock fans, capacity for the venue is at 1000. Not to bad for a Thursday night, well it was Buckcherry after all.
Buckcherry is an American rock band from Anaheim, California formed in 1995. The band released two albums, Buckcherry (1999) and Time Bomb (2001), before dissolving in the summer of 2002. In 2005, lead vocalist Josh Todd and lead guitarist Keith Nelson reformed Buckcherry and released a new album on April 16, 2006, “15”. It contained Buckcherry’s biggest crossover hits to date, “Crazy Bitch”, and their first Billboard Hot 100 top ten hit, “Sorry”. Their fourth album, Black Butterfly, was released in September 2008, and their fifth album, All Night Long, was released on August 3, 2010. Buckcherry released their sixth album, Confessions, on February 19, 2013.
Current members include, Josh Todd (lead vocals, occasional guitar, piano), Keith Nelson (lead and rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Stevie D. (rhythm and lead guitar, backing vocals), Xavier Muriel (drums, percussion) and Kelly LeMieux (bass guitar, backing vocals).
Buckcherry’s set lasted over 90 minutes and went like this, (from the set list on stage)
“Lit Up”, “Fall”, “All Night Long”, “Somebody F*cked With Me”, “Everything”, “Sorry”, “Dead”, “Tired Of You”, “Out Of Line”, “Gluttony”, “I Don’t Give A F*ck”, “Carousel”, “Crazy Bitch’ and two encore songs, “Say F*ck It” and “Two Drunk To F*ck”.
From the very first note of the first song Buckcherry blew the roof off Cargo. Frontman Josh Todd took control of every person in the room with his spectacular vocals while the rest of the band ripped every note of every song. Stevie D. (who was clearly missing the last time I saw the band at this years Aftershock festival this summer) was in top form as was Keith Nelson on guitar, both tearing it up. The whole band tore it up, it was the best this examiner has seen this band play and I’ve seen them several times before. Awesome show for sure.
After the show the band did a meet & great with fans, signing autographs and taking photos with everyone there, very impressive.
I got the opportunity to ask Stevie D. a question on-line the day after the show when he contacted me about some of the photos I took of him during the set. I asked him, How did you like coming to Reno and playing Cargo, ie, staff, crew, sound, lighting and the fans?
His reply was this, “I had a blast in Reno. The people at Cargo were first class. The rooms next door, and the hospitality backstage were absolutely fantastic. Sound and lights were state of the art.. What more do you need except for a capacity crowd..? Actually another high point for me in Reno is visiting Greg Golden at Bizarre Guitars. I’m a vintage gear fanatic and going there is like going to Disneyland.. Greg’s collection is one of the best in the country”.
Direct support for Buckcherry was one of Reno’s most respected rock bands, Seasons of Insanity.
Seasons of Insanity is the brain-child of ex-Darque Carnival frontman & vocalist Shane Whitecloud and drummer Rick “The Stick” Brenner. Together with Jeff “Mango” Montgomery on lead guitar, Gus Caba on bass and backing vocals and Patrick A. Tarpey (Tricky) on guitar and acoustics, the band bring a solid southern rock metal edge to the masses.
They are sponsored by Basson, Dirtbag, Coffin Case, Jagermeister, Coldcock Whiskey, and they have played with a ton of well known national acts, including Sick Puppies, Puddle of Mudd, Y&T, Royal Bliss, 5 Finger Death Punch, Gemini Syndrome, UFO, 10 Years, Young Guns, and now Buckcherry, plus many more.
SOI got around thirty-five minutes to rock the house, which they did quite impressively by the way.
The set list goes as follows, (also from the set list on stage)
“One Night Stand”, “Renewed Esteem”, “Gallon Of Home Made Wine”, “Unsung Hero”, “Hell Yeah” and “Save Me”.
Every time this examiner see’s these guys play, they seem to get better with every show. With the many line up changes over the years, this group really works good together. They were most definitly a perfect fit for this show.
I asked SOI frontman Whitecloud the same question the next day via e-mail that I asked Stevie D. How did you like playing Cargo, ie, staff, crew, sound, lighting, the other bands and such?
His reply was this, “The Cargo was amazing. The sound was one of the best PA’s I’ve ever performed through in a concert venue in the last 23 years I’ve been on stage. The staff treated us like royalty, and I’d recommend it to anyone looking to book a show in Reno.”
He went on to say, “It was a fun night. I was worried about my performance quality after doing another big show two days prior with Saving Able and Otherwise, but then again, I’m always worried about my performance. Much love and thanks to you and everyone who came out and showed us support and love.
Starting the night off was another highly respected Reno local metal/rock band, Up Against It-UAI.
Up Against It-UAI was founded in July 2011 by guitarist Jonathan “J5” Hodges. Bassist Steve Freeman was brought in Oct 2011. Vocalist Randy “Boneskrew” Granata was recruited in May 2012, followed by guitarist Chuck Reyome in June 2012 and drummer Oscar Ozuna joined the band in July 2013.
With aggressive dual guitars, thundering bass lines, violent drumming surrounded by over the top vocals that will rip your face off. They have a combination of thrashy metal riffs, mixed with rapid punk chops which makes them what they are … awesome.
The band got around thirty minutes to show their stuff and it went like this, (again, from the set list on stage)
“Work Horse”, ‘Eye For An Eye”, “Dead Nation”, “Partying’s Fun”, “16 Virgins”, “Brutality (Stuck Pig)” and “Nitemare”.
These guys are very good live, that’s how they got on the bill. UAI proved the band deserved to be on the same stage opening for SOI and Buckcherry at this show. They tore it up getting everyone ready for the head-liner. Keep an eye out for these guys, soon they will be head-lining their own shows.
I contacted UAI guitarist Reyome also via e-mail the next day and asked him the same question I asked the other guys from Buckcherry and SOI, How did you like playing Cargo, ie, staff, crew, sound, lighting and such?
He answered, “Up Against It loved playing Cargo, we thank Dan Bishop for the “killer” sound we received, and the staff was very generous in asking and delivering anything we needed and they exceeded our expectations as well.. The sound was the same for the 1st band as for the headliner Buckcherry.. Seasons Of Insanity rocked the house, they are friends of ours and we are totally honored to open the show”.
All in all this was a big show for the Reno/Sparks music scene. And as for Cargo, this is only the begining, watch out Reno, Cargo is here.
To see all the photos fron Buckcherry at Cargo (click here)
Seasons Of Insanity (click here)
And Up Against It-UAI (click here)
To see what’s coming up next at Cargo Reno (click here)
As with all this examiners reviews and feature stories, “The Photos Are What It’s All About”, so check out the photo slideshow and enjoy the show.
All photos by JOHN TUCKNESS
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