On Friday August 21, 2015 Theory of a Deadman hit the stage at one of Reno’s premier venues, The Knitting Factory Concert House in downtown Reno. Also on the bill, L.A. rockers We Are Harlot and alternative rockers Lullwater.
Attendance for the show was very good with nearly nine hundred fans there ready to rock. Knitting Factory Reno GM Cisco Flores told this examiner that over six hundred pre-sale tickets were sold weeks in advance for the show. Theory has played the Knitting Factory Reno a few times in the past and always brings in a lot of fans to their Reno shows.
Before the show the band had a VIP meet & greet that lasted an hour, fans that had the extra money could meet the guys and get photos taken and autographs signed. Also, earlier in the day, the guys did a very intimate acoustic set at the Musician Rehearsal Center (MRC) in Sparks NV. All ticket sales ($25.00) from the MRC show went to the Good Shepherd’s Clothes Closet of Northern Nevada. Lunch at the event was provided Famous Dave’s BBQ. The host for MRC show was Reno radio jock (104.5 the dot) and local rockstar vocalist for local rock band Seasons of Insanity, Shane Whitecloud.
Theory of a Deadman is a Canadian hard rock band from Delta, British Columbia, formed in 2001. The band is currently signed to Roadrunner Records as well as 604 Records. The band also includes traits of other music styles, such as country and acoustic, as well as their post-grunge and alternative rock base. So far, they have a total of seven top 10 hits on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, including two No. 1 hits, “Bad Girlfriend” and “Lowlife”.
Band members include, Tyler Connolly-(lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar), Dave Brenner-(lead and rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Dean Back-(bass, backing vocals) and Joey Dandeneau-(drums, backing vocals).
There was an incident with five songs left to go on the set list, some idiot thought it was a good idea to spray some pepper spray into the crowd over not getting a guitar pick that was thrown into the audience by Connolly. I’ve been to many rock shows at the Knit since opened in 2009. This kind of crap rarely happens there. The venue has top notch security and an awesome crew. Be assured, it is a safe place to go and enjoy live music with family and friends.
The shortened set list went like this, (from the set list on stage),
“So Happy”, “Panic Room”, “Lowlife”, “All Or Nothing”, “Blow”, “Bitch Came Back”, “Santa Monica”, “Hurricane”, “Better Off”, “No Surprise” and “Not Meant To Be”, (what was left on the set list not played) “Drown”, “Angel”, “Hate My Life”, “Savages” and “Bad Girlfriend”.
Theory always plays a great show here at the Knit and this was no exception. The whole band really interacts with their fans and knows how to rock the house with every song. The band is very good live and worth every penny of the ticket price (even for half of a show).
After things settled down and the venue was cleared, the band came out to make sure that no one was hurt and everyone was alright, which they were. Now that’s really a class act.
Main support for the show were L.A rockers We Are Harlot.
We Are Harlot, often shortened to just Harlot, is a hard rock supergroup organized by singer Danny Worsnop formerly of Asking Alexandria and Jeff George who was formerly Sebastian Bach’s guitarist.
The lineup also includes bassist Brian Weaver from Silvertide and drummer Bruno Agra formerly of Revolution Renaissance. Formed in 2011, they released their first single titled “Denial” in 2014 and released their debut self titled album on March 30, 2015 in the US (earliest release March 27 in Germany), which successfully debuted in US and UK charts and successfully sold 5,000 copies in the US in its first week.
The band played a forty minute set that went like this (also from the set list on stage),
“Dancing On Nails”, “Easier To Leave”, “Someday”, “Never Turn Back”, “The One”, “Denial”, “Tie Your Mother Down” (Queen cover) and “One More Night”.
Talk about a perfect band to open for a Theory Of A Deadman show, these guys are definitely rockstars. They had the audience primed and ready to rock for the headliner as an opening band must do, it won’t be long for them as the support band, that’s for sure.
Starting the night off was up and coming alternative rockers Lullwater from Athens, GA. Unfortunately for me, I got to the venue just as they ended their set due to a previous engagement. The good news is, everyone I asked how these guys did told me the same thing, “they killed it”. I’m really sorry I missed it.
Here’s a little about the band. In 2007, John Strickland (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Brett Strickland (lead guitar), Beatty (bass) and Joe Wilson (drums) met through mutual friends in the fertile Athens, GA music scene.
They emerged with a shared conviction in their quest from sweaty jam sessions in a dark, grungy, damp basement on Lullwater Street and from there began to build an audience one fan at a time.
From the reaction I got from the many fans that saw the show, these guys are definitely on the right road to rockstardom.
This show was just another example of how good the music scene and the fan base for all the national touring bands that come through Reno are and most importantly, how lucky we the fans are to have such an awesome venue like the Knitting Factory Reno for them to play at. To see who’s next at the Knitting Factory Reno (click here)
A great time was had by all.
This awesome show was brought to you by JMax Productions and The Knitting Factory Concert House Reno.
If you want to see all the photos of Theory of a Deadman at this show (click here) and the acoustic set at the MRC (click here) or We Are Harlot (click here)
As with all this examiners reviews and feature stories, I always say, “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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