Article by Skylar Owens | Photos by John Tuckness
On Thursday, March 24 downtown Reno was bouncing off the walls at Cargo. Fans packed the venue with their energy and passion for hardcore metal. Headliner Testament is a heavy metal band that originated in the Bay Area and performed with support of Carcass from England and Purification By Fire from Grass Valley, Calif.
The show, presented by JMax Productions, made us feel like it’s 1988 again. Smoke, strobe lights, a mosh pit and head banging music — a great way to spend a Thursday night.
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John Tuckness has been photographing rock concerts in the Reno/Sparks/Tahoe area and as far as Northern California since 2004. He tries to attend as many shows as he can. John knew he wanted to be a concert photographer when he went to his first concert, Kiss and Montrose way back in 1976. He saw three guys shooting the show and thought to himself, “that’s what I want to do.” After many years of undercover work (sneaking his camera into venues), he finally got noticed and started getting photo passes through PR people and the bands. John has had many of his photos published in newspapers, websites and band autobiographies.