Although there have been claims that rock is dead, try telling that to the sold-out crowd at Chicago's Aragon on Feb. 6, who witnessed a night of guitar wailing, drum pounding and non-stop energy compliments of Pierce the Veil and Sleeping with Sirens. As co-headliners of The World Tour, sponsored by Rockstar energy drink, these two post-hardcore groups are proving that rock isn't only alive and well, it is once again inspiring a generation.
The night started out with a set from Massachusetts rockers PVRIS followed by the UK group Mallory Knox, who were playing Chicago for the very first time. The youthful crowd responded positively to both groups, singing and clapping along at every opportunity, but they absolutely went wild when it was time for the first of the two headliners to take the stage.
From the moment Sleeping with Sirens started playing the opening riff of their defiant track “Kick Me,” the lead single off their upcoming album Madness, fans were ready to sing along with every word. Guitarists Gabe Barham and Jack Fowler jetted around the stage, hopping up and down from massive platforms without ever coming close to missing a note, while bassist Justin Hills showed-off his personality and musicianship, regularly making eye contact with individual members of the crowd.
SWS vocalist Kellin Quinn could hardly get a word of stage banter in without fans bursting into loving screams. He was spot-on all night, especially during an intimate acoustic interlude during which the band played their If You Were a Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack hit “Roger Rabbit” and a touching cover of “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls. The band went on to close out their set with their heartbreak anthem “If You Can't Hang.”
Sleeping with Sirens is a tough act to follow, but the night belonged to Pierce the Veil, whose set was being streamed live around the world on Yahoo. Fans first got a glimpse of the band's silhouettes behind a giant banner that concealed the stage. Once the banner dropped, the band unleashed their massive musical energy as confetti blasted in the air and fans cheered at the top of their lungs. Jaime Preciado made playing bass into an athletic endeavor, jumping, spinning and running around the stage, always with a smile on his face as he threw picks into the crowd.
Drummer Mike Fuentes was an absolute powerhouse throughout the night, really impressing late in the set with a rapid-fire drum solo. One of the best moments of the performance came later when vocalist Vic Fuentes pulled one lucky lady onto the stage to serenade her with a verse of “Bulletproof Love.” This fan wasn't the only guest to join PTV on stage, early in the set PVRIS singer Lynn Gunn came out to add some haunting vocals and fierce headbanging to the mix. The audience had their dreams come true when Kellin Quinn returned to the stage to join PTV for an unforgettable performance of the infectious Collide with the Sky track “King for a Day.”
Pierce the Veil and Sleeping with Sirens are on tour in the U.S. through early-March before heading overseas in the spring. Check out photos from the performance above and click here to pick up tickets to see The World Tour in a city near you.
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