The Warped Tour made its final Phoenix stop on June 28 at Ak-Chin Pavilion and it didn’t disappoint with six stages of music, including sets by hometown heroes The Maine, Authority Zero and Doll Skin.
Thousands of fans braved the heat, using water, shaved ice and the occasional mister to survive. Warped Tour wasn’t all about the 113-degree heat, though. It was about the music and the significance of being a part of the longest traveling music festival.
The Australian pop-punk band With Confidence is on its second Warped Tour jaunt, which guitarist/vocalist Inigo Del Carmen describes as “literally summer camp on the road.”
“You work as hard as you can for 90 percent of the day and then from 9 p.m. it’s just hanging out,” Del Carmen says.
Lead vocalist/bassist Jayden Seely adds the music industry and bands’ lives will change once Warped says its final farewell.
“A lot of bands plan their schedules around Warped Tour,” Seely says. “They plan their releases and tours around it. Once this is gone, it changes everything.”
English rockers Don Broco are making their first—and last—go on Warped. Frontman Rob Damiani says “no one wants Warped Tour to just go away. Nothing’s ever going to take its place.”
For Kyle Fasel, bassist for the Illinois pop-punk band Real Friends, calls Warped Tour a confidence booster. It’s made him more outgoing and the environment is conducive to writing songs.
“If there is going to be a different tour that tries to mimic this, I just don’t see it feeling the same,” Fasel says. “It has a punk rock sort of aura behind it.”
Tempe-based band The Maine played deep into the evening, showing love for its hometown. Classic songs such as “Everything I Ask For” and “Girls Do What They Want,” from its debut album Can’t Stop Won’t Stop were part of the setlist, as well as tracks from its latest album, Lovely Little Lonely, with “Don’t Come Down” and “Bad Behavior.” They dressed in white shirt and red pants to represent their “summer of red.”
Throughout their set singer John O’Callaghan thanked the crowd for sticking around and encouraged fans to muster the energy to rock out with them.
Mesa-based punk rockers, Authority Zero, embraced the heat for their mid-afternoon set. Hundreds of fans played “First One in the Pit,” encircling the sound board at the request of frontman Jason DeVore. Fans seemingly forgot about the heat and enjoyed the set.
The band dedicated their set to their friend, Steve Soto, bassist of The Adolescents, who died on June 27.
Scottsdale rockers Doll Skin stormed their set with riveting guitar and powerful vocals that showed rock never goes out of style. With songs such as “Daughter” from their latest album Manic Pixie Dream Girl and the hit “Let’s Be Honest” from their debut effort, In Your Face (Again), the band showed the crowd they are only getting better.
These young women with their colorful hair, punk-rock attitude and exquisite skill, are a perfect pick for the last full cross-country Warped Tour.