Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Marquee Theatre, Tempe - 8/21/2013
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
All photos by Melissa Fossum
Marquee Theatre, Tempe
August 21, 2013 (View the full slideshow in a new window.)
It was a flurry of colored strobes, shimmers, and sparkles as Karen O. and her boys Nick Zinner and Brian Chase -- best known as the New York-based Yeah Yeah Yeahs -- took over the sold-out Marquee Theater in Tempe to deliver a solid set of their arty, dance-y punk to a mass of seriously excited fans.
Joined by touring guitarist David Pajo, the group dove right into an energetic set with O at the helm, catlike and strutting. Girlfriend, who is known for her eclectic outfits, was looking pretty fierce in a multilayered, bedazzled, black-and-white ensemble.
The second song in was "Man," from the band's 2003 debut, Fever to Tell. Wickedly spirited and waving her hand in a preacher's tent-revival style, Karen got the crowd riled up for the rock with the classic vocal shrieks that helped them stand out from a mass of New York bands just a little more than a decade ago.
It was the next song, "Phenomena," from Show Your Bones, that really highlighted Chase's tight and powerful drumming. Always a force, he has seemed to add a little more flash and pizzazz to his delivery, making him an easy focal point.
It felt like a full-on dance party when they broke into "Heads Will Roll." Apparently, plenty of folks wanted to take the "Off with their heads, dance 'til you're dead" lyrics seriously, 'cause I was immersed in some flailing arms and dance moves that tested the limits of the tight, confined crowd -- all in good fun.
Karen O. seemed to be full of smiles and love for the crowd via some affectionate thanks and some invitations to the crowd to sing along.