My Evening With Sick Puppies
I settled into a corner near a huge PA speaker. The Sick Puppies come on stage all of twenty seconds later and immediately take their positions. They walk along the edge of the stage to let the photographers get their fill. I stay in my corner and take a couple of half-decent pictures. The first song they performed I didn't recognize, but this doesn't stop me from trying to hear the lyrics.
About the time, I was going to take yet another picture of Emma and stretch my zoom lens to its max for pictures of the other two is when one of the photographers with his camera bigger than me leaned in and said, “What are you doing in the corner, you have the whole stage.” His smile was contagious as I realized he was right. I could walk around and get better angles, see what they are wearing and how they look. And I did exactly that, and it made all the difference in my observation.
Shimon Moore better known as Shim, leads with his thick Aussie accent hardly heard in his singing. A seductive melodic voice in songs like “Odd One” and “Maybe” gave way to a strong angry grind to “Your Going Down” and “Asshole Father.” Dressed in all black as well, but a silver wallet chain and his Epiphone Sheraton-II guitar completed a color contrast to Shimon’s wardrobe. Shim opened his eyes wide when commanding his audience for participation. "I want everyone to lay your hand on the shoulder of the person in front of you and when I count to three, we are all going to bounce." Later, he drove 6000 people to scream the lyrics of "My World" by yelling out "I know you can get louder than that! Come on!"