The Warning at The Deluxe at Old National Centre on 08 17 23
The Error Tour
Photos by Laura Fox (LLFoxphotos)
Review by Dave Fox
Like a breath of fresh air, the Warning blew into Indianapolis Thursday night, bringing with them the future of rock music.
The Warning comes from Monterrey Mexico, and has been taking the world by storm. I first saw them when they opened for Halestorm last year at the TCU Amphitheatre in Indianapolis, and I was impressed by both their energy and their sound. There are some similarities between them and Halestorm, but they’re definitely not copycats or wannabes.
The Warning’s set at The Deluxe at Old National Center was short but sweet. They went on stage earlier than scheduled because the opening act was unable to perform, and they played fourteen kick-ass songs that left the fans screaming for an encore, bringing the total to fifteen. Toward the end of the set, they played a killer cover of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” which they had recorded with pop star Alessia Cara in 2021. It was a completely different take on that song – you should check it out; there's a link for it below.
Just like last year, I was impressed by The Warning’s energy. And being up close this time, I could tell they had great stage presence. Lead vocalist/guitarist Daniela Villarreal Velez was head banging, throwing devil horns, and making constant eye contact with the audience in the packed venue. She was every bit the rock star.
Her younger sister, Paulina Villarreal Velez, was spellbinding on drums. She was full of dramatic flair and attitude as she pounded the skins like there was no tomorrow. Paulina was also great at interacting with the fans.
Youngest sister Alejandra Villarreal Velez was a little more reserved than the other two, but you could tell she was really in the zone. Her bass riffs and backup vocals were strong and assured.
I thought all three sisters were surprisingly confident and poised for as young as they are (23, 21, and 18, respectively.) But then again, they have been at this since 2013 and have toured extensively, both as an opening act and as a headliner. From my position side stage, I could see that they were also well-organized and supported by a kick-ass guitar tech, Jose “Agui.” This guy was totally on top of things, anticipating their every need.
If The Warning keeps doing what they’re doing, I think you’re going to see them headlining even bigger venues and gaining even more attention. I expect great things from them, and there’s no reason they can’t achieve them.
The Warning only has a couple more dates on the Error tour, then they’ll be supporting Guns n’ Roses for two dates before heading top Central and South America. For more information, click here: