Hundreds of teens and nostalgic adults converged on Tempe’s Marquee Theatre for the CTRL+ALT+DEL Tour presented by Sleeping with Sirens. The scene staples have stood the test of time and are back on the road promoting their upcoming album, joined by Don Broco.
The party doesn’t really start until Don Broco walks- or struts- in. The four deranged Brits (said with love, we adore these guys) create some of the most creatively unhinged music in today’s rock sphere. While there were plenty of fans in the room, an overwhelming majority raised their hands when asked if it was their first show- but they all left the room newly converted.
Singer Rob Damiani wore his Sunday best khakis and stomped across the stage during “Everybody”, “Pretty” and “Come Out to LA”. With their new album fresh in everyone’s minds, the venue gleefully screamed “Yippee ki yay, motherfucker!” back at the band on “Bruce Willis”. It’s tradition to close with “T-Shirt Song” and veteran show goers dutifully ripped off their shirts to wave them above their heads on the chorus. Don Broco is a band like no other and the cries for an encore had the guys grinning as they stepped offstage.
Sleeping with Sirens has been part of the scene vernacular for over a decade and their headlining set shows a band with no signs of stopping anytime soon. Younger fans crowded the barricade, arms outstretched to frontman Kellin Quinn as his uniquely high voice reached the ceiling on “Leave It All Behind” and “Better Off Dead”.
They made sure to plug the new album with performances of “Crosses” and “Bloody Knuckles”, both a departure into heavier rock territory. Quinn also slowed things down mid-set for acoustic renditions of the much-beloved “Roger Rabbit” and a cover of the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris”.
The rest of the band returned to blow the doors off the place with an encore of classic SWS tracks “Do It Now, Remember It Later” and “If You Can’t Hang”. It was hot, sweaty and packed to the rafters, but Arizona showed that they most certainly can hang and will continue to do so until we see Sleeping with Sirens again.
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Story and photos by Olivia Khiel