Usually at large concert festivals such as Warped Tour, it’s unlikely that one will discover a new artist. I know that’s part of the purpose, but it’s hard considering the amount of bands one comes expecting to see. I usually am the kind of person who has a jammed packed Warped schedule, but this year, I took it easy. Which is precisely how I discovered Closure in Moscow. They were on a tiny stage, a distance from everything else. I was aimlessly walking when they took the stage. The singer, was wearing a white sparkly jacket, leggings and weird makeup. I was enchanted. He opened his mouth and I was in love. They’re Australian and a little bit like Anatomy of a Ghost (in the best way possible). I went home and immediately started soaking up their tunes and they’re just as wonderful as I imagined they’d be recorded.
Stages for the 2010 Warped Tour have been announced. Check out the list to see which band is playing which stage/date.
Agent Orange(8/11, 8/12, 8/14, 8/15)
Angry Samoans(6/25 – 6/27)
Automatic Loveletter(whole tour)
Cobra Skulls(8/7 – 8/15)
Deas Vail(8/1 – 8/15)
Dickies(6/24 – 6/27)
Die Mannequin(6/27 – 7/8)
Face To Face(whole tour)
Fear(6/24 – 6/27)
Four Year Strong(whole tour)
Green Jello(8/11, 8/12, 8/14, 8/15)
Hope For AM(6/27 – 7/3)
Hot Chelle Rae(7/17 – 8/2)
Ice Nine Kills(7/21 – 8/1)
Left Alone(whole tour)
Longway(8/5 – 8/15)
Mike Posner(whole tour)
Neo Geo(8/7 – 8/15)
Our Last Night(8/7 – 8/15)
The B Foundation(8/11 – 8/15)
The Bouncing Souls(6/26, 6/29 – 7/11)
The Downtown Fiction(7/7 – 7/16)
The Fabulous Rudies(8/7 – 8/15)
The Mighty Regis(6/24 – 7/22)
The Sparring(whole tour)
The Untouchables(8/11, 8/12, 8/14, 8/15)
This Time Next Year(8/2 – 8/15)
Victory In Numbers(7/1 – 7/8)
Let us know who you are happy to see on the list and who you hope is still going to be added.
After Midnight Project
The All-American Rejects
Artist Vs. Poet
Bring Me The Horizon
Call The Cops
The Dillinger Escape Plan
Every Time I Die
Far From Finished
Haste The Day
In Fear and Faith
I See Stars
Motion City Soundtrack
Of Mice and Men
Pierce The Veil
Polar Bear Club
Reel Big Fish
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
The Rocket Summer
Set Your Goals
Sparks The Rescue
The Summer Set
We Are The In Crowd
We The Kings
The Word Alive
You Me at Six
Dates for the 2010 Vans Warped Tour have been announced. The tour is running about a week shorter this year so be sure to get our there and catch your favorite acts. Bands will start to be announced on December 18th. Check out the dates below.
Jun 24 Cricket Amphitheatre San Diego, CA
Jun 25 Pomona Fairplex Pomona, CA
Jun 26 Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, CA
Jun 27 Seaside Park Ventura, CA
Jun 29 Cricket Pavilion Phoenix, AZ
Jun 30 N.M.S.U. Practice Field Las Cruces, NM
Jul 01 AT&T Center San Antonio, TX
Jul 02 The Showgrounds At Sam Houston Race Park Houston, TX
Jul 03 Superpages.com Center Dallas, TX
Jul 05 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St.Louis, MO
Jul 06 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Indianapolis, IN
Jul 07 Post Gazette Pavilion Burgettstown, PA
Jul 08 Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre Cleveland, OH
Jul 09 Arrow Hall Toronto, ON
Jul 10 Parc Jean Drapeau Montreal, QC
Jul 11 Comcast Theater Hartford, CT
Jul 13 Comcast Center Mansfield, MA
Jul 14 Darien Lake P.A.C. Darien Center, NY
Jul 15 Toyota Pavilion Scranton, PA
Jul 16 Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, NJ
Jul 17 Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Uniondale, NY
Jul 18 Monmouth Park Racetrack Oceanport, NJ
Jul 20 Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD
Jul 21 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Virginia Beach, VA
Jul 22 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Charlotte, NC
Jul 23 Vinoy Park Petersburg, FL
Jul 24 Cruzan Amphitheater West Palm Beach, FL
Jul 25 Central Florida Fairgrounds Orlando, FL
Jul 26 Lakewood Amphitheater Atlanta, GA
Jul 28 Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH
Jul 29 Marcus Amphitheater Milwaukee, WI
Jul 30 Comerica Park Detroit, MI
Jul 31 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Tinley Park, IL
Aug 01 Canterbury Park Shakopee, MN
Aug 02 Sandstone Amphitheatre Bonner Springs, KS
Aug 05 Race City Speedway Calgary, AB
Aug 07 Utah State Fairgrounds Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 08 Invesco Field Denver, CO
Aug 11 Home Depot Center Los Angeles, CA
Aug 12 Sleep Train Amphitheatre Wheatland, CA
Aug 13 Idaho Center Amphitheatre Nampa, ID
Aug 14 Gorge Amphitheater George, WA
Aug 15 Washington County Fairgrounds Hillsboro, OR
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If you’re expecting an Attack Attack! interview discussing their latest album Someday Came Suddenly or their awesome Katy Perry cover of “I Kissed a Girl” from Punk Goes Pop 2…this isn’t it. I interviewed all six of these guys at Warped Tour in Ventura and they were in high spirits and enjoying the living daylight out of being on Warped Tour. Read on and see what I mean…
Attack Attack!, Warped Tour, Day Three. How’s it going so far, boys?
[Cheering] Awesome! Everything’s going good actually, going awesome. Can we cuss? F**k yeah. F**k. That was funny!
Okay, so you guys had a pretty successful tour with Escape the Fate. How was that?
Awesome, great, they’re good dudes. I had fun. They’re a great band. I’m rocking their merch. Rock and roll!
So would you guys rather do a tour like that or a festival like Warped, Bamboozle, etc?
Warped. More people, more people to meet. It’s crazy. Craziness.
If you had the chance to play ONE song to somebody that’s never heard of you guys in hopes of gaining them as a fan, which song would it be and why?
Michael’s Jackson’s Beat It. Because John likes to beat it. John’s got the beat. Oh, holy shit! That was funny again.
Stereotypical question here. Who are you guys most excited to see?
Underoath. Or Dance Gavin Dance. Oh, Millionaires and BrokeNCYDE, too.
I was kidding about Millionaires and BrokeNCYDE by the way.
So, a lot of bands play at the same time, besides your obvious sense of humor, why should fans comes see you guys?
Cause we suck. We’re crab-core, motha f**k! Don’t f**k with crab-core! You should come see us because apparently we look like crabs when we’re onstage when we play. We’re crustacean metal.
Anything else to add?
See you on the road!
Attack Attack! is: (Click the links to add them on Twitter!)
Nick Barham – screaming vocals
Johnny Franck – rhythm guitar, clean vocals
Andrew Whiting – lead guitar
John Holgado – bass guitar
Caleb Shomo – synth, keyboard, backing vocals
Andrew Wetzel – drums
Attack Attack! is on Warped Tour all summer. Be sure to check them out!
I’ll admit it, I haven’t listened to Less Than Jake since the days when I was coloring my hair with Kool-Aid just like Tai in Clueless did. However, my roommate could probably have her own Less Than Jake fan club so I let her take the reigns on this one while we were at Warped Tour in Ventura. Let’s see what she can do…
So, let’s start with your names and instruments.
LTJ: Our names are Roger and J.R. and we play bass and saxophone, respectively. We play with disrespect, but respectfully.
So, Warped Tour”¦do you have any thoughts, concerns or anticipations?
JR: I have an anticipation; that I anticipate not being able to take a poop in a nice clean toilet.
I saw your tweet about that!
JR: Yeah, it’s kind of a bummer. I also have hopes that it won’t be really hot all summer. Today is nice, if it was like this the whole summer that would be awesome.
Roger: Yeah, no, I concur.
Well, you first played Warped Tour in 1997, so what’s probably the biggest difference between then and now?
JR: All the crappy bands.
Roger: [laughs] Yeah, there’s a lot more bands, a lot more stages, a lot more really bad haircuts.
JR: But the catering’s better, the people with production are awesome, they’re really pro.
Roger: They have internet now on tour.
JR: And there’s internet. I don’t know if you’ve heard of this internet, it’s everywhere!
Yeah, it’s not like you guys know how to use Twitter or anything.
JR: Stop makin’ fun of me!
I spoke to you on your last tour and you mentioned it was the “No Johnny Quest Tour” ““ obviously that tour is over because you played it; what was the main reason for that?
JR: Cause Aaron Barrett* signed off on the publishing. He sued us because he said that we ripped off “Sell Out”
Roger: So we had to wait until it, like, settled in court so we could figure it out. I mean, we’re friends and everything, but when it comes to money”¦
*Aaron Barrett is the lead singer of Reel Big Fish.
I peed in his bathroom one time.
JR: I shaved his chest one time.
Yeah, that’s way more awkward.
JR: Yeah, he didn’t ask for me to do it though. Ask about that sometime.
You’ve actually been on a couple of labels, but now you’re kinda DIY-ing. How is that? Do you feel like you have more freedom?
JR: Oh yeah.
Roger: It’s a little more freedom, sort of, but it’s more work, too, to keep up with all the little things. It’s kinda worth it, I guess; nobody really buys CDs so it really doesn’t matter.
JR: Yeah, they just download them for free now.
Roger: Yeah, it’s really not that rad.
JR: It’s all right. Instead of having all little bitches do our work, we’re the bitches now.
So why should people come and watch your set at Warped Tour?
JR: Cause we’re the best band on Warped Tour. Straight up.
Roger: Well, because you’re guaranteed to see Buddy make some funny faces, you’re guaranteed that Chris will say something that is sort of out of line or inappropriate, and I’m gonna play a bunch of fuckin’ really fast bass licks, it’s gonna be great.
So is there anything else you want to add about Warped Tour?
Roger: Um, I would add probably a little bit of salt, and I like anything that has ginger in it, so I would put a little ginger into Warped Tour and it would be PERFECT.
JR: Yeah, a little dab of soy sauce, a little Asian flavor would be nice.
Less Than Jake is on Warped Tour ALL SUMMER!
Be sure to check them out!
— Erin Brown
As promised, I snagged some time to talk with Escape the Fate‘s drummer, Robert Ortiz while they were in Pomona for the opening day of Warped Tour 2009. This guy oozes rock and roll and everything that comes with it. Check out the (highly censored) interview.
A lot of bands play at the same time during Warped. Why should people come see Escape the Fate ?
Cause we’re f**king insane, that’s why. We’re probably the best band. Period.
Definitely. I’ve been coming to Warped for years now and I can honestly say you’re one of the best bands I’ve seen.
I had a lot of fun today.
Speaking of fun, what’s the craziest thing you’ve seen at Warped?
I don’t know, man, f**king, I don’t know. There’s always like, kids in wheelchairs f**king crowd surfing, people getting their f**king heads split open, people dying”¦I don’t know, I’ve seen some crazy shit.
If someone were to write a book about Escape the Fate, what would the title be?
F**k man, I don’t know, it’d be real f**king long though. And it’d be about tragedy, hope and f**kin'”¦it’d just be f**king crazy. It’d be a comedy most of the time, though. I dunno, I got nothing. It’d be sick though.
What is the biggest misconception about you guys?
I don’t think there is one. It’s all fu**kin’ real. Everything. All true. The problem is, it’s not that there’s not misconceptions, you know, it’s just that people choose to emphasize certain aspects of us. Even though that’s how we really are, it’s not the only thing we are, know what I mean? There’s a deeper side to us that a lot of people won’t ever see.
If this were Woodstock, what band would Escape the Fate be?
F**kin’ Jimi Hendrix.
You guys are playing the Hurley stage this year. Do you think it’s because it’s inflatable and there’s nothing Craig can climb up and jump off of?
Um, probably, dude, probably. Gotta hold us back a little bit, keep us a little tame to calm down the lawsuits.
Anything else you wanna add?
F**king come watch us at Warped Tour!
Check out some of the pictures I got during Escape the Fate’s set in Ventura! (They’re camera phone pictures so I apologize for the quality.)
Saosin is no stranger to touring. Their powerful stage presence has always been a perfect match for the high-energy of Warped Tour. However, this band’s first shot at Warped was sans their then frontman, Anthony Green. Green claimed to be homesick as well as displeased with the overall direction that band was heading in. He headed home and later to form the band Circa Survive. Saosin still hit Warped Tour with Phil sneed from Story of the Year filling in, but that was only a temporary fix before finally finding current lead singer, Cove Reber in a public audition.
Saosin has had great success since Reber joined the band. The band has since signed to Capitol Records and has had several great tours with bands such as Avenged Sevenfold, Coheed & Cambria. They also toured with the popular Taste of Chaos Tour in both 2006 and 2007. While on this rigorous tour schedule, Saosin released their first full-length, self-titled album. With such constant touring, it only makes sense that the band released a live album in the spring of 2008. The band then went on one more tour with Armor for Sleep and The Bled before taking a six month break from the world of touring.
When Saosin returned to touring in October of 2008, it was with UnderOATH and The Devil Wear Prada. Saosin now finds themselves touring with these bands again on Warped 2009. Together, these three bands make up the crowd favorites at Warped. With all the extensive touring, Saosin puts on a show like the seasoned professionals they are
I caught these guys for their set in Venutra, CA and was nothing short of impressed. I got to the Hurley Stage long before their set time and the crowd was already massive! Saosin is definitely a crowd favorite on this year’s Warped Tour.
Saosin is on Warped Tour all summer! Do yourself a favor and be sure to check these guys out! Be sure to follow them on Twitter for all their updates on the road!