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As I Lay Dying, Maylene, Evergreen Terrace added to Warped 08

Feb. 21st, 2008 | 02:35 pm
music: Heads Vs Breakers - Magnets With Privates

The final, confirmed lineup has been announced for this year's Warped Tour. Among the new additions are As I Lay Dying, Bedouin Soundclash, Between The Trees, Evergreen Terrace, Ludo, Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster, MC Chris, Oreskaband and Sick City. For bands not performing on the whole tour, specific dates have been noted below.

Although they had been previously confirmed for select dates, Valencia have not been included on the official Warped Tour list.

The traveling festival will once again run from June to August 2008 all over the U.S. and Canada. The tour, in its 14th year, was founded by Kevin Lyman, who recently co-founded the Taste Of Chaos tour, entering its fourth year.

FINAL WARPED TOUR 2008 LINEUP (band playing all dates unless otherwise noted):
3OH!3
A Day to Remember jun 20 - jul 20
The Academy Is...
Against Me!
The Aggrolites
Alesana
The All-American Rejects jun 20 - jun 29
All That Remains jul 22 - aug 17
All Time Low jul 22 - aug 17
Anberlin jun 21 - aug 17
Angels and Airwaves
As I Lay Dying jun 20 - jul 18
The Audition jun 20 - jun 29 / jun 30 - aug 17
August Burns Red jun 20 - july 6
Automatic Love Letter jul 17 - july 27
Beat Union
Bedouin Soundclash jul 3 - jul 17
Between the Trees
Bouncing Souls jul 16 - jul 25
The Briggs
Bring Me the Horizon jul 22 - aug 17
Broadway Calls
The Bronx
Charlotte Sometimes
Cinematic Sunrise jul 10 - jul 16
The Classic Crime jul 27 - aug 17
Cobra Starship
The Color Fred
Confide jul 22 - aug 17
Danger Radio jul 19 - aug 8 / aug 9 - aug 18
The Devil Wears Prada
The Dillinger Escape Plan jul 9 - jul 15
Dr. Manhattan jul 22 - aug 17
Evergreen Terrace
Every Avenue jul 9 - jul 26
Every Time I Die
The Fabulous Rudies
Family Force 5 all dates except 6/19, 6/20, 6/26, 7/2, 7/12, 8/8
Forever the Sickest Kids jun 20 - jul 6 / jul 7 - aug 17
Four Year Strong jul 19 - aug 17
From First To Last
GBH aug 6 - aug 17
Greeley Estates
Gym Class Heroes
The Higher jun 20 - jul 20
Horrorpops
The Human Abstract jul 22 - aug 17
Jack's Mannequin jul 1 - jul 20
Just Surrender jul 9 - jul 26
The Lordz
Ludo jul 22 - aug 17
Madina Lake jul 9 - jul 25
The Maine jun 20 - jul 18 / aug 9 - aug 17
Mayday Parade
Maylene and the Sons of Disaster jun 20 - jul 18
MC Chris
The Morning Light jul 28 - aug 6
MURS
Norma Jean
Oreskaband
Paramore jul 1 - jul 6
Pennywise jul 15- jul 22, jul 24, jul 29 - aug 3
Katy Perry
Pierce the Veil
The Pink Spiders jun 20 - jul 20
The Pinker Tones
Protest the Hero
Reel Big Fish
Relient K
Rise Against aug 6 - aug 17
The Saint Alvia Cartel jul 9 - aug 3, aug 13-17
Say Anything
The Secret Handshake jun 30 - jul 9
Set Your Goals
Shwayze
Sick City jul 19 - jul 20, aug 6
Sky Eats Airplane jul 27 - aug 17
Stick to Your Guns jun 20 - jul 6
Story of the Year
Street Dogs
The Vandals aug 6 - aug 17
We the Kings

WARPED TOUR 2008 ROUTING (venues TBA):
Fri 6/20 Pomona, CA
Sat 6/21 San Francisco, CA
Sun 6/22 Ventura, CA
Mon 6/23 OFF
Tue 6/24 OFF
Wed 6/25 Phoenix, AZ
Thu 6/26 Las Cruces, NM
Fri 6/27 OFF
Sat 6/28 Salt Lake City, UT
Sun 6/29 Denver, CO
Mon 6/30 OFF
Tue 7/1 St. Louis, MO
Wed 7/2 Kansas City, KS
Thu 7/3 Dallas, TX
Fri 7/4 OFF
Sat 7/5 San Antonio, TX
Sun 7/6 Houston, TX
Mon 7/7 OFF
Tue 7/8 OFF
Wed 7/9 Atlanta, GA
Thu 7/10 Orlando, FL
Fri 7/11 Tampa, FL
Sat 7/12 Miami, FL
Sun 7/13 Jacksonville, FL
Mon 7/14 Charlotte, NC
Tue 7/15 Virginia Beach, VA
Wed 7/16 Washington DC
Thu 7/17 Cleveland, OH
Fri 7/18 Detroit, MI
Sat 7/19 Toronto, ON
Sun 7/20 Montreal, QU
Mon 7/21 OFF
Tue 7/22 Buffalo, NY
Wed 7/23 Boston, MA
Thu 7/24 Englishtown, NJ
Fri 7/25 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 7/26 New York, NY
Sun 7/27 Scranton, PA
Mon 7/28 OFF
Tue 7/29 Pittsburgh, PA
Wed 7/30 Cincinnati, OH
Thu 7/31 Indianapolis, IN
Fri 8/1 Milwaukee, WI
Sat 8/2 Chicago, IL
Sun 8/3 Minneapolis, MN
Mon 8/4 OFF
Tue 8/5 Saskatoon, SK
Wed 8/6 Calgary, AB
Thu 8/7 OFF
Fri 8/8 Boise, ID
Sat 8/9 Seattle, WA
Sun 8/10 Portland, OR
Mon 8/11 OFF
Tue 8/12 OFF
Wed 8/13 Fresno, CA
Thu 8/14 San Diego, CA
Fri 8/15 Mountain View, CA
Sat 8/16 Sacramento, CA
Sun 8/17 Los Angeles, CA

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Rise Against added to West Coast Warped Tour dates

Feb. 14th, 2008 | 03:14 pm
music: Jimmy Eat World - In The Same Room

Socio-political hardcore punk band Rise Against will play select dates on this summer's Warped Tour. According to the band's website, they will be playing dates on the West Coast in August. The band had this to say:

"After catching wind that this year's Warped has Pennywise, The Bronx, Bouncing Souls, Against Me!, The Vandals, GBH, St. Alvia Cartel, Street Dogs and a bunch more of our favorite dudes all planning late night BBQ's without us, we got pretty damn jealous. So we took a break from writing our new record and called up Kevin to see if he had any room left for us and our scooters, as long as we promised to finish our homework first. Even though we allegedly trashed a pool in Florida years ago on Warped, he agreed to have us back. We're not doing the whole thing because we sunburn easily, you know how it is. So, if you're on or near the West Coast, we'll see you in August. Stay hydrated, always swim with a buddy, and books; check 'em out...love Team Rise"

The traveling festival will once again run from June to August 2008 all over the U.S. and Canada. The tour, in its 14th year, was founded by Kevin Lyman, who recently co-founded the Taste Of Chaos tour, entering its fourth year.

CURRENT WARPED TOUR 2008 LINEUP:
A Day To Remember (Smartpunk Stage)
The Academy Is...
Against Me!
The Aggrolites
Alesana (Smartpunk Stage)
All That Remains
All Time Low (select dates)
Anberlin
Angels & Airwaves
August Burns Red (Smartpunk Stage)
Automatic Love Letter (Smartpunk Stage)
Beat Union
Bouncing Souls (East Coast)
The Briggs
Bring Me The Horizon (Smartpunk Stage)
Broadway Calls
The Bronx
Cinematic Sunrise (Smartpunk Stage)
The Classic Crime (Smartpunk Stage)
Cobra Starship
The Color Fred
Confide (Smartpunk Stage)
Danger Radio (Smartpunk Stage)
The Devil Wears Prada
The Dillinger Escape Plan (East Coast)
Dr. Manhattan
Every Avenue (Smartpunk Stage)
Every Time I Die
The Fabulous Rudies
Family Force Five
Forever The Sickest Kids (Smartpunk Stage)
Four Year Strong (Smartpunk Stage, select dates)
From First to Last
GBH (select dates)
Gym Class Heroes
The Higher (Smartpunk Stage)
HorrorPops
The Human Abstract (Smartpunk Stage)
Jack's Mannequin (east coast)
Just Surrender (Smartpunk Stage)
The Lordz
Madina Lake (Smartpunk Stage)
The Maine (Smartpunk Stage)
Mayday Parade (select dates)
The Morning Light (Smartpunk Stage)
Murs
Norma Jean
Paramore (select dates)
Katy Perry
Pennywise (select dates)
Pierce The Veil
The Pinker Tones
Protest The Hero
Reel Big Fish
Relient K
Rise Against (8/6-17)
The Saint Alvia Cartel
Say Anything
The Secret Handshake (Smartpunk Stage)
Set Your Goals (Smartpunk Stage)
Shwayze
Sky Eats Airplane (Smartpunk Stage)
Stick To Your Guns (Smartpunk Stage)
Story Of The Year
Street Dogs
3Oh!3
Valencia (select dates)
The Vandals (select dates)
We The Kings

WARPED TOUR 2008 ROUTING (venues TBA):
Fri 6/20 Pomona, CA
Sat 6/21 San Francisco, CA
Sun 6/22 Ventura, CA
Mon 6/23 OFF
Tue 6/24 OFF
Wed 6/25 Phoenix, AZ
Thu 6/26 Las Cruces, NM
Fri 6/27 OFF
Sat 6/28 Salt Lake City, UT
Sun 6/29 Denver, CO
Mon 6/30 OFF
Tue 7/1 St. Louis, MO
Wed 7/2 Kansas City, KS
Thu 7/3 Dallas, TX
Fri 7/4 OFF
Sat 7/5 San Antonio, TX
Sun 7/6 Houston, TX
Mon 7/7 OFF
Tue 7/8 OFF
Wed 7/9 Atlanta, GA
Thu 7/10 Orlando, FL
Fri 7/11 Tampa, FL
Sat 7/12 Miami, FL
Sun 7/13 Jacksonville, FL
Mon 7/14 Charlotte, NC
Tue 7/15 Virginia Beach, VA
Wed 7/16 Washington DC
Thu 7/17 Cleveland, OH
Fri 7/18 Detroit, MI
Sat 7/19 Toronto, ON
Sun 7/20 Montreal, QU
Mon 7/21 OFF
Tue 7/22 Buffalo, NY
Wed 7/23 Boston, MA
Thu 7/24 Englishtown, NJ
Fri 7/25 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 7/26 New York, NY
Sun 7/27 Scranton, PA
Mon 7/28 OFF
Tue 7/29 Pittsburgh, PA
Wed 7/30 Cincinnati, OH
Thu 7/31 Indianapolis, IN
Fri 8/1 Milwaukee, WI
Sat 8/2 Chicago, IL
Sun 8/3 Minneapolis, MN
Mon 8/4 OFF
Tue 8/5 Saskatoon, SK
Wed 8/6 Calgary, AB
Thu 8/7 OFF
Fri 8/8 Boise, ID
Sat 8/9 Seattle, WA
Sun 8/10 Portland, OR
Mon 8/11 OFF
Tue 8/12 OFF
Wed 8/13 Fresno, CA
Thu 8/14 San Diego, CA
Fri 8/15 San Francisco, CA
Sat 8/16 Sacramento, CA
Sun 8/17 Los Angeles, CA

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Paramore, Angels & Airwaves, Anberlin added to Warped 08

Feb. 6th, 2008 | 11:51 am
music: Alkaline Trio - Fire Down Below

Kevin Lyman has confirmed yet another batch of bands for the 2008 Warped Tour, among them the Aggrolites, All That Remains, All Time Low (select dates), Anberlin, Angels & Airwaves, Bouncing Souls (east coast), Cobra Starship, the Dillinger Escape Plan (east coast), the Fabulous Rudies, Family Force 5, Four Year Strong (select dates), HorrorPops, Jack's Mannequin (east coast), Mayday Parade (select dates), Murs, Paramore (select dates), the Pinker Tones, Protest The Hero, Say Anything, Story Of The Year and Valencia (select dates). Phew!

The traveling festival will once again run from June to August 2008 all over the U.S. and Canada. The tour, in its 14th year, was founded by Kevin Lyman, who recently co-founded the Taste Of Chaos tour, entering its fourth year.

CURRENT WARPED TOUR 2008 LINEUP:
A Day To Remember (Smartpunk Stage)
The Academy Is...
Against Me!
The Aggrolites
Alesana (Smartpunk Stage)
All That Remains
All Time Low (select dates)
Anberlin
Angels & Airwaves
August Burns Red (Smartpunk Stage)
Automatic Love Letter (Smartpunk Stage)
Beat Union
Bouncing Souls (east coast)
The Briggs
Bring Me The Horizon (Smartpunk Stage)
Broadway Calls
The Bronx
Cinematic Sunrise (Smartpunk Stage)
The Classic Crime (Smartpunk Stage)
Cobra Starship
The Color Fred
Confide (Smartpunk Stage)
Danger Radio (Smartpunk Stage)
The Devil Wears Prada
The Dillinger Escape Plan (east coast)
Dr. Manhattan
Every Avenue (Smartpunk Stage)
Every Time I Die
The Fabulous Rudies
Family Force Five
Forever The Sickest Kids (Smartpunk Stage)
Four Year Strong (Smartpunk Stage, select dates)
From First to Last
GBH (select dates)
Gym Class Heroes
The Higher (Smartpunk Stage)
HorrorPops
The Human Abstract (Smartpunk Stage)
Jack's Mannequin (east coast)
Just Surrender (Smartpunk Stage)
The Lordz
Madina Lake (Smartpunk Stage)
The Maine (Smartpunk Stage)
Mayday Parade (select dates)
The Morning Light (Smartpunk Stage)
Murs
Norma Jean
Paramore (select dates)
Katy Perry
Pennywise (select dates)
Pierce The Veil
The Pinker Tones
Protest The Hero
Reel Big Fish
Relient K
The Saint Alvia Cartel
Say Anything
The Secret Handshake (Smartpunk Stage)
Set Your Goals (Smartpunk Stage)
Shwayze
Sky Eats Airplane (Smartpunk Stage)
Stick To Your Guns (Smartpunk Stage)
Story Of The Year
Street Dogs
3Oh!3
Valencia (select dates)
The Vandals (select dates)
We The Kings

WARPED TOUR 2008 ROUTING (venues TBA):
Fri 6/20 Pomona, CA
Sat 6/21 San Francisco, CA
Sun 6/22 Ventura, CA
Mon 6/23 OFF
Tue 6/24 OFF
Wed 6/25 Phoenix, AZ
Thu 6/26 Las Cruces, NM
Fri 6/27 OFF
Sat 6/28 Salt Lake City, UT
Sun 6/29 Denver, CO
Mon 6/30 OFF
Tue 7/1 St. Louis, MO
Wed 7/2 Kansas City, KS
Thu 7/3 Dallas, TX
Fri 7/4 OFF
Sat 7/5 San Antonio, TX
Sun 7/6 Houston, TX
Mon 7/7 OFF
Tue 7/8 OFF
Wed 7/9 Atlanta, GA
Thu 7/10 Orlando, FL
Fri 7/11 Tampa, FL
Sat 7/12 Miami, FL
Sun 7/13 Jacksonville, FL
Mon 7/14 Charlotte, NC
Tue 7/15 Virginia Beach, VA
Wed 7/16 Washington DC
Thu 7/17 Cleveland, OH
Fri 7/18 Detroit, MI
Sat 7/19 Toronto, ON
Sun 7/20 Montreal, QU
Mon 7/21 OFF
Tue 7/22 Buffalo, NY
Wed 7/23 Boston, MA
Thu 7/24 Englishtown, NJ
Fri 7/25 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 7/26 New York, NY
Sun 7/27 Scranton, PA
Mon 7/28 OFF
Tue 7/29 Pittsburgh, PA
Wed 7/30 Cincinnati, OH
Thu 7/31 Indianapolis, IN
Fri 8/1 Milwaukee, WI
Sat 8/2 Chicago, IL
Sun 8/3 Minneapolis, MN
Mon 8/4 OFF
Tue 8/5 Saskatoon, SK
Wed 8/6 Calgary, AB
Thu 8/7 OFF
Fri 8/8 Boise, ID
Sat 8/9 Seattle, WA
Sun 8/10 Portland, OR
Mon 8/11 OFF
Tue 8/12 OFF
Wed 8/13 Fresno, CA
Thu 8/14 San Diego, CA
Fri 8/15 San Francisco, CA
Sat 8/16 Sacramento, CA
Sun 8/17 Los Angeles, CA

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Warped 08 routing posted; Against Me!, Pennywise added

Jan. 28th, 2008 | 04:30 pm
music: Pixies - Head On

The initial routing for the 2008 edition of Warped Tour has been announced, straight from Kevin Lyman. He has also been leaking out more confirmed bands weekly, which include Against Me!, Bouncing Souls, Pennywise, GBH, the Vandals, the Higher, Beat Union, Broadway Calls and the St. Alvia Cartel. A complete list of confirmed acts, as well as what dates they are playing, is below.

The traveling festival will once again run from June to August 2007 all over the U.S. and Canada. The tour, in its 12th year, was founded by Kevin Lyman, who recently co-founded the Taste Of Chaos tour, entering its fourth year.

CURRENT WARPED TOUR 2008 LINEUP (bands playing all dates unless otherwise noted):
The Academy Is...
Against Me!
Beat Union
Bouncing Souls
The Briggs
Broadway Calls
The Bronx
The Color Fred
The Devil Wears Prada
Dr. Manhattan
Every Time I Die
From First to Last
GBH (select dates)
Gym Class Heroes
The Higher
The Lordz
Norma Jean
Katy Perry
Pennywise (select dates)
Pierce The Veil
Reel Big Fish
Relient K
The Saint Alvia Cartel
Shwayze
Street Dogs
3Oh!3
The Vandals (select dates)
We The Kings

WARPED TOUR 2008 ROUTING (venues TBA):
Fri 6/20 Pomona, CA
Sat 6/21 San Francisco, CA
Sun 6/22 Ventura, CA
Mon 6/23 OFF
Tue 6/24 OFF
Wed 6/25 Phoenix, AZ
Thu 6/26 Las Cruces, NM
Fri 6/27 OFF
Sat 6/28 Salt Lake City, UT
Sun 6/29 Denver, CO
Mon 6/30 OFF
Tue 7/1 St. Louis, MO
Wed 7/2 Kansas City, KS
Thu 7/3 Dallas, TX
Fri 7/4 OFF
Sat 7/5 San Antonio, TX
Sun 7/6 Houston, TX
Mon 7/7 OFF
Tue 7/8 OFF
Wed 7/9 Atlanta, GA
Thu 7/10 Orlando, FL
Fri 7/11 Tampa, FL
Sat 7/12 Miami, FL
Sun 7/13 Jacksonville, FL
Mon 7/14 Charlotte, NC
Tue 7/15 Virginia Beach, VA
Wed 7/16 Washington DC
Thu 7/17 Cleveland, OH
Fri 7/18 Detroit, MI
Sat 7/19 Toronto, ON
Sun 7/20 Montreal, QU
Mon 7/21 OFF
Tue 7/22 Buffalo, NY
Wed 7/23 Boston, MA
Thu 7/24 Englishtown, NJ
Fri 7/25 Philadelphia, PA
Sat 7/26 New York, NY
Sun 7/27 Scranton, PA
Mon 7/28 OFF
Tue 7/29 Pittsburgh, PA
Wed 7/30 Cincinnati, OH
Thu 7/31 Indianapolis, IN
Fri 8/1 Milwaukee, WI
Sat 8/2 Chicago, IL
Sun 8/3 Minneapolis, MN
Mon 8/4 OFF
Tue 8/5 OFF
Wed 8/6 Calgary, AB
Thu 8/7 OFF
Fri 8/8 Boise, ID
Sat 8/9 Seattle, WA
Sun 8/10 Portland, OR
Mon 8/11 OFF
Tue 8/12 OFF
Wed 8/13 Fresno, CA
Thu 8/14 San Diego, CA
Fri 8/15 San Francisco, CA
Sat 8/16 Sacramento, CA
Sun 8/17 Los Angeles, CA

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The first-ever AP comp is in stores now!

Sep. 25th, 2007 | 11:59 pm
music: Ryan's Hope - Snakes On A Plane

Hey everyone,

This is Scott Heisel, AP's music editor. This is a big day for all of us at AP, because we've released our first-ever compilation, Press Play Vol. 1: Back To School. This CD has been in the works for over a year, and we hand-picked the bands (which is partially why it took so long -- lots of arguing!). The CD is available everywhere starting today, but your best bet is to snag it at either Hot Topic or Target, as both stores should have the CD on prominent display. But no matter where you go to pick it up, if you don't see it, ask someone where it is and make sure they get it out there -- we seriously really appreciate this!

If you're wondering what you'll get on the CD, check the tracklisting below, but let me break it down:

  • Exclusive songs from the Used, As Tall As Lions, Hit The Lights and Gallows (covering Hot Snakes) -- these are found nowhere else!
  • Electronic remixes from Paramore and the Matches -- get your dance party on!
  • B-sides/rarities from Gym Class Heroes, Say Anything and Sparta -- no need to download these illegally and get sued by the RIAA, we got 'em for you!
  • Live tracks from Panic! At The Disco, Cute Is What We Aim For and Head Automatica -- it's the next best thing to being at the show!
  • Acoustic renditions by Bayside and Envy On The Coast -- perfect to mellow out to!
  • Previously released (but still awesome) songs from Chiodos, Every Time I Die and the Dillinger Escape Plan -- these are some of the AP staff's favorite songs, so we hope you dig!

    You can hear clips of the Panic! At The Disco, Gallows, Matches and Envy On The Coast songs if you click the banner below. We really hope you all check this compiltion out, as we put a lot of time and effort into it, and it was all done for you, our awesome readership. And if you buy it, let us know what you think about it!



    ALTERNATIVE PRESS PLAY VOL. 1: BACK TO SCHOOL OUT NOW!

    TRACKLISTING:


    1. Chiodos "Teeth The Size Of Piano Keys"
    2. Say Anything "Walk Through Hell" (Rare)
    3. The Used "Pain" (Exclusive)
    4. Gym Class Heroes "Shell Shock" (Rare)
    5. Every Time I Die "Rendez-Voodoo"
    6. Paramore "My Hero" (Remix)
    7. As Tall As Lions "Underbelly" (Exclusive)
    8. Head Automatica "Laughing At You" (Live)
    9. Envy On The Coast "Tell Them That She's Not Scared" (Acoustic Exclusive)
    10. Sparta "Born And Buried" (Rare)
    11. The Dillinger Escape Plan "Panasonic Youth"
    12. The Matches "You (Don't) Know Me" (Remix)
    13. Cute Is What We Aim For "Moan" (Live)
    14. Hit The Lights "Stick Up" (Exclusive)
    15. Gallows "If Credit's What Matters, I'll Take Credit" (Exclusive)
    16. Bayside "Dear Your Holiness" (Acoustic Exclusive)
    17. Panic! At The Disco "Build God, Then We'll Talk" (Live)
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    Los Angeles end-of-tour photos uploaded

    Aug. 31st, 2007 | 01:04 pm
    music: Set Your Goals - To Be Continued...

    Did you know Avenged Sevenfold played a surprise set at the L.A. Warped? It's true, they did, and we have pics! Click on Synyster Gates (or any of the pics below) to see our full gallery.






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    Shawn Harris says goodbye to Warped

    Aug. 30th, 2007 | 09:18 pm
    music: Thrice - Lost Continent

    Shawn Harris just uploaded his final gallery of behind-the-scenes Warped pics to our Warped mini-site. Click the one below to see all of 'em!

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    San Diego photo gallery available

    Aug. 28th, 2007 | 03:31 pm
    music: Four Year Strong - Prepare To Be Digitally Manipulated

    We just got our San Diego Warped pics up online, too, so click below to see all of 'em:





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    Sacramento photos up

    Aug. 28th, 2007 | 03:26 pm
    music: Modern Life Is War - Midnight In America

    Warped Tour itself may be over, but we still have updates coming your way! Our gallery from Sacramento just got uploaded -- click on the pics below to see all of them!



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    Mike Shea takes on Seattle -- er, George -- The Gorge -- er, something...

    Aug. 24th, 2007 | 01:12 pm
    music: Black Francis - Test Pilot Blues

    THE GORGE, George, Washington
    (seriously, that’s the way the map reads)

    Back in the 1980s when things were more simple and we all knew the Soviets were the cause of all of our ills, a doctor and his wife up in Washington state wanted to start a winery, so they bought a little chunk of land out where the great Columbia River ran through the canyons. After a while, they figured it would be cool to have bands play while their customers sat around and drank themselves into a stupor, so they started throwing concerts on this bluff overlooking the glacially grooved-out and scenically awe-inspiring gorge. By 1988, Bob Dylan was playing at the site and within no time at all, after the doctor sold the land out for a nice mint, House of Blues Concerts (then Clear Channel/Live Nation after they swallowed them whole) upgraded the place into a full-fledged, 20,000 capacity concert arena that has been voted “Best Outdoor Amphitheatre” three years in a row by Pollstar.

    ANYHOO-

    For this very reason, the “Gorge” date on Warped Tour is considered the dessert or the appetizer for the tour, depending on which way the tour is routed (west to east or east to west). None of the other dates can give the musicians a sense of peace and a major place to party than this spot. So, in a major way, it contradicts itself entirely but, then again, that’s the music industry for ya.

    Since jumping onto the tour, everyone around me kept telling me how much I was going to enjoy going to the Gorge. “You’re gonna love it,” “It’s so beautiful up there” and “It’s always a major party there” were the typical statements made by bands and crew alike. I’ve come to realize that the last line there (“It’s a major party there”) is a bit incorrect though because it’s not just at the Gorge date that the parties happen. No, no, no, no.

    In fact, Warped Tour is really two events on one day- every day on the blasted tour. There’s the concert that happens during the day, and then the party at night—or parties, plural.

    ANYHOO-

    So when I woke up at 6:45 in the freakin’ morning (way too early for me, but considering where we were ending up that day, I wanted to get up and see the sunrise but already missed it by about a half-hour), I looked out the bus windows and we had parked right on the edge of the bluff, so we over-looked probably the best view of the canyon you could get at the venue.

    After breakfast and helping set up the tent and booth, I ran around the place to grab some scenic pics before 13,000 Warped fans showed up and cluttered the view (and grounds) and destroyed the Porta-Potties. (Even those were pretty awe-inspiring as one of the bluffs were smack in center view when you stepped out of the door. Eat that, Jacobs Field.)

    ANYHOO-

    Two things happen when you get about 3/4 the way through the actual tour dates of Warped Tour: 1) everyone starts getting really crabby because they’re tired and want to go home, and 2) the buses and trucks start breaking down. On the way to Utah after the Kansas City gig, Kevin’s bus (the one I was on) blew all of its belts, so we got stuck on the side of the road in Wyoming while Mikey our driver band-aided the engine back together so we could make it to the Boise gig and get the bus fixed properly.

    When on the road, Warped buses travel in packs of three minimum, so if one bus breaks down, all of the occupants of said bus can be transferred to the two other buses and the show can go on at the next gig, so to speak. When we broke down, the Gallows and Chiodos buses stopped for us, and while Buck, the tour manager for Gallows, ran around the flat-land weeds looking for scorpions and such, the boys from Gallows enjoyed the mid-morning sun and took in the expansive big-sky view being that it was their first time in the States.

    ANYHOO-

    With that all being said, the truck with a lot of the merch for Epitaph Records and all of the Warped Tour programs that AP produced broke down so, for the day, we were program-less. I took down the addresses of a few fans that were looking forward to picking it up that day and told them I’d mail them one when I got back to Cleveland.

    The only good thing about not having the programs that day was that it created a lot less work for us to do like hauling those things around and keeping them stacked up in the program stands.

    We had signings with As I Lay Dying, Bryce from the Rocket Summer and the Matches—all of them pleasurable experiences due to the lack of humidity and blaring sun that had been beating down on us over the past few days making everyone miserable.

    It was about at midday that it became apparent that the “dessert” part of the day’s events was going to be served, as I slowly started to notice more and more crew (and eventually bands) being more drunk as the day wore on. Obviously, the party had started early today and by the time Bad Religion took the stage around 7 p.m. or so, about half the crew and bands were well on their way.

    I will have to admit it’s kind of a sight to see when Bad Religion play on Warped Tour; at least from the backstage/onstage perspective because you have all of the old school crew working the sound and light boards who pretty much just stop monitoring anything and start reliving their youth when these guys are on. The work pretty much stopped for a good portion of their set and the band were surrounded by about 60 or so crew members who were having a grand old time watching their idols play not more than 10 feet away from them as the canyon breeze came over the stage and brought the night temperature down into the 60s. Even Kevin Lyman was on stage dancing away. At one point, Greg Graffin asked the crowd how many of them were making tonight their first Bad Religion show. About a quarter of them cheered away. And the legacy continues.

    I missed dinner since I was helping tear down the booth at the end of the day, so I had to wait until the nightly crew/band BBQ that went down and would usually officially launch whatever pre-bus call parties that would take-over the night. By the time that happened, it was near 10 p.m. and I was already full on about six PBRs and feeling a bit… Well, actually, I wasn’t feeling much of anything cuz PBR is piss-water and I’m not too sure why it’s become the official beer of Warped Tour.

    ANYHOO-

    After eating a burger and a hot dog and some chips and knocking down three more PBRs and finally feeling something, I ended up talking with Pat from Chiodos for about an hour and then a bunch of other musicians within a quick line of Q&As for another.

    Bus call was at 1 a.m., but by midnight I was spent. I had to get some zen time in (the mountains are my peace) so I went down to the picnic tables that were by catering for the day and that overlooked the canyon and just sat there for about 45 minutes taking in the night breeze and view and noticing the few campfires that had been built by campers down by the river’s shore in the darkness. A few Warped crew had scurried over the fence and, with camping lights, had gone searching for scorpions in the canyon and later came back with some prizes caught inside plastic coke bottles.

    After coming to the realization that beaches couldn’t compare to the surrounding scenery, I checked off some of the “gotta come to peace with some things” list that had been on my mind since starting with the tour and climbed back onto the bus and into my bunk.

    Woke up the next morning near Portland to a rainy, gray day in a field surrounded by forestry, green and thick. Couldn’t see Mt. St. Helens (it was nearby and could be seen if no clouds) but what I did find was some sort of chemical plant on the other end of the field within clear site of the stages being set up.

    Talk about contradiction.

    Ten hours later and a lay-over in Chicago, I’m back in Cleveland; tired, hungry, dirty and my face breaking out from clogged pores.

    Before I left the tour, Kevin turned to me and told me to come back out next year. “Pick a region of the country you want to see and come out,” he said as he stepped back from me and was already getting pulled to the side because of some on-site drama between crew members.

    So, with that in mind: See you guys someplace next year on Warped…

    -Mike

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