Warped tour

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Audience on the 2007 Warped Tour in Las Cruces , New Mexico
Tiger Army on the 2007 Warped Tour
Paramore's Hayley Williams on the 2007 Warped Tour in Camden, New Jersey

The Warped Tour is a Company founded in 1995 punk - and extreme sports - Festival . Since the skateboard shoe manufacturer Vans sponsors the festival every year, it is often called the Vans Warped Tour .

A special feature of the festival, which takes place around the world for several weeks every year, is the mix of live performances by well-known and unknown punk , hardcore and alternative bands as well as the use of halfpipes on which well-known skateboarders and BMX riders show their skills.

In 1998 the festival left the United States for the first time and toured Australia , Japan and Europe . In 1999 the New Year tour began in New Zealand and Australia before heading to the USA and then to Europe. In 2005 the US tour lasted eight weeks, during which around 500 musicians performed on nine stages and half a million spectators attended these events.


The Warped Tour was launched in 1994 by Kevin Lyman . He had the idea of ​​starting a tour while organizing skateboarding events like the Vision Skate Escape or the Holiday Havoc - the music that played the theme of skateboarding. The name Warped comes from the short-lived Warp Magazine (published by Transworld), which specialized in surfing , skateboarding , snowboarding and music . The original working title for the festival was The Bomb . However, the plan was abandoned after the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in April 1995, as Lyman feared negative press and a boycott.

Since the first Warped Tour in 1994, every concert has been played on outdoor grounds. However, there was an exception in 1996: In Washington, DC , a concert had to be moved to the Capitol Ballroom due to a problem with the operators of the actual venue . In 1998 the festival was held on an international level for the first time. Concerts took place for the first time in Canada , Australia, Japan and Europe .

A year later, in 1999, the Warped Tour began in New Zealand and Australia and continued over the summer in the United States. The tour ended in Europe. In 2006 the organizers started the Warped Eco Initiative . Since then, the buses of the participating bands have been refueled with eco-diesel , so that by 2006 the consumption of petroleum could be reduced by 30%. There is also now a stage that is completely operated by solar energy . Eight to ten artists can appear on this stage per show.

From 2009 to 2011 there was only one main stage, so the artists were able to play at least 40 minutes. Before that, the performing artists took turns on two main stages, which meant that they only had 30 minutes of playing time. Since 2012 two main stages have been specified on the Warped Tour . Each artist appears there for a maximum of 35 minutes. The Warped Tour 2012 also took place outside North America for the first time since 1999 . 2013 followed appearances in several countries in Europe and also in Australia. In Europe, the Warped Tour concerts are organized by the British concert company Kilimanjaro Live .

In addition to the bands, extreme athletes also perform on the tour . For example, there are halfpipes for skaters and bikers . It is also worth mentioning that the organizers offer a huge area for the participating bands, record companies, non-profit organizations, sponsors and magazine publishers to offer merchandising items, which gives the tour a flea market atmosphere. The catering has switched to washable cutlery. The tour offers free meals for the children who volunteer to take care of the recycling during the tour .

In November 2017 it was announced that the Warped Tour will be held as a festival tour for the last time next year. The reasons for this are both declining ticket sales and the low number of upcoming bands, as well as recent developments in the summer music festival landscape in the United States. According to Lyman, individual events with the name Warped will take place in the future .


It's always just a selection of bands that played in that year.

Before 2005

Here is a list of bands that played in different tours before 2005.

The Doctors , 311 , NOFX , AFI , Alkaline Trio , Anti-Flag , Avenged Sevenfold , Bad Religion , blink-182 , Beatsteaks , CKY , Coheed and Cambria , Descendents , Dropkick Murphys , Eminem , Green Day , H-Blockx , Limp Bizkit , Me First and the Gimme Gimmes , My Chemical Romance , No Use for a Name , Pennywise , Pepper , Rancid , Social Distortion , Story of the Year , Taking Back Sunday , Terrorgruppe , Thursday , The Used , Weezer , Yellowcard , Die Toten Hosen , Sum 41 , ZSK


A Thorn for Every Heart , Atreyu , Avenged Sevenfold , Billy Idol , Billy Talent , The Bled , Circa Survive , Dropkick Murphys , Flogging Molly , From First to Last , Funeral for a Friend , Hopesfall , Millencolin , Motion City Soundtrack , My Chemical Romance , No Use for a Name , The Offspring , Paramore , Simple Plan , Story of the Year , Strike Anywhere , Strung Out , The Used , Thrice , Underoath


AFI , Against Me! , Aiden , Amber Pacific , Anti-Flag , Armor for Sleep , Billy Talent , The Bouncing Souls , boysetsfire , Bullet for My Valentine , Buzzcocks , The Casualties , Chiodos , Comeback Kid , Eighteen Visions , Emery , The Fall of Troy , From Autumn to Ashes , From First to Last , The Germs , Greeley Estates , Gym Class Heroes , Halifax , hellogoodbye , Helmet , It Dies Today , Less Than Jake , The Living End , Millencolin , Moneen , Motion City Soundtrack , NOFX , Paramore , Plain White T's , Remembering Never , Rise Against , Saves the Day , Saosin , Senses Fail , Silverstein , Sum 41 , The Smashup , The Sounds , Throwdown , Thursday , Underoath , Zebrahead


30 Seconds to Mars , All Time Low , As I Lay Dying , Avenged Sevenfold , Bad Religion , Biffy Clyro , Blessthefall , Boys Like Girls , Coheed and Cambria , Cute Is What We Aim For , Escape the Fate , The Flatliners , Flogging Molly , Funeral for a Friend , Killswitch Engage , New Found Glory , Paramore , Parkway Drive , Pennywise , The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus , Sum 41 , The Used , The Vandals , Yellowcard


3OH! 3 , A Day to Remember , Against Me! , All Time Low , Angels & Airwaves , As I Lay Dying , August Burns Red , The Bouncing Souls , Bring Me the Horizon , The Bronx , The Devil Wears Prada , The Dillinger Escape Plan , Does It Offend You, Yeah? , Every Time I Die , From First to Last , The Gaslight Anthem , Katy Perry , Paramore , Pennywise , Pierce the Veil , Rise Against , Story of the Year , Thrice


3OH! 3 , A Day to Remember , Alexisonfire , All Time Low , Anti-Flag , Attack Attack! , Bad Religion , Black Tide , The Bouncing Souls , The Devil Wears Prada , Escape the Fate , Flogging Molly , Less Than Jake , NOFX , Paramore , Silverstein , Sum 41


3OH! 3 , Alkaline Trio , The All-American Rejects , Anti-Flag , Attack Attack! , Bring Me the Horizon , The Dillinger Escape Plan , Dropkick Murphys , Enter Shikari , Every Time I Die , Eyes Set to Kill , Parkway Drive , Pennywise , Pierce the Veil , The Pretty Reckless , Suicide Silence , Sum 41 , Whitechapel , You Me at Six


3OH! 3 , A Day to Remember , Against Me! , Anti-Flag , Asking Alexandria , Attack Attack! , August Burns Red , Black Veil Brides , Blood on the Dance Floor , Bowling for Soup , The Devil Wears Prada , Enter Shikari , Eyes Set to Kill , Falling in Reverse , Less Than Jake , Miss May I , Simple Plan , We Came as Romans


All Time Low , Anti-Flag , Blessthefall , Blood on the Dance Floor , Chuck Ragan , Every Time I Die , Lostprophets , Miss May I , New Found Glory , Pierce the Veil , Rise Against , Sleeping with Sirens , Taking Back Sunday , The Used , yellowcard


3OH! 3 , Architects , Billy Talent , Black Veil Brides , Blessthefall , Bowling for Soup , Bring Me the Horizon , I See Stars , Memphis May Fire , Reel Big Fish , Sleeping with Sirens , Stick to Your Guns , The Story So Far , The Used , We Came as Romans ,


The following bands were announced for 2014:

Falling in Reverse , Less Than Jake , Mayday Parade , Motionless in White , Of Mice & Men , Parkway Drive , The Devil Wears Prada , The Story So Far , 3OH! 3 , All Time Low , Bowling for Soup , Chelsea Grin , Enter Shikari , Yellowcard , The Maine


Asking Alexandria, Attila, August Burns Red, Black Veil Brides, Blessthefall, Family Force 5, H2O, Man Over Board, Memphis May Fire, Miss May I, Motion City Soundtrack, Never Shout Never, Pierce The Veil, The Wonder Years, We Came As Romans, '68, Beartooth

Criticism and controversy


Several musicians who took part in the early stages of the Warped Tour have criticized it in the past. While Rob Pasalic ( Saint Alvia Cartel ) was positive about the development of the concert tour, artists like Joe Queer ( The Queers ) or Keith Morris ( Circle Jerks ) were rather skeptical.

Queer complained in 2006 that the Warped Tour had gotten worse over the years. In the early years only groups that had come together out of a love of music played, nowadays, according to Queer, it is mainly bands developed by studios that would perform at the festival. He referred to the musicians as jocks and meant to deny today's music.

“You play music because there's something inside of you that says you have to play music. Now you get bands like Fall Out Boy that are basically created in the studio. The Warped Tour changed it. Fuck it. I just don't like that shit. All the guys in the bands remind me of the jocks I hated in high school. To me a punk gig is a small sweaty club with the audience right in your face knocking over the mic stand and boogying off the energy. "

“You make music because there is something inside of you that says you have to make music. Now you have bands like Fall Out Boy that were practically created in the studio. The Warped Tour has changed. Fuck it all. I just don't like that crap. Everyone in the bands reminds me of the idiots I hated in school. For me, a punk concert is a small, sweaty club where the audience stands right in front of your face, knocks down the mic stand and lets off the energy. "

- Joe Queer on the development of the Warped Tour

Morris raised criticism in 2012, saying that kids should go to the military or the desert today instead of signing a mega-record deal with a record company to pay for travel, hotel and haircut expenses .

“These kids that are on the Warped Tour, they should have no choice but to go into the military, and go off to some desert somewhere and spend some time in the desert, rather than having some big, ultra mega record company giving them lots of money and paying for their hotels and buses, making sure their hair is trendy, and that they are wearing the proper clothes that all the kids like and wear, and all that fun shit. "

“Those brats on the Warped Tour should have no choice but to join the military and go somewhere in a desert and spend some time in the desert instead of getting a bunch of money from a big, ultra-mega record company and their hotels and Getting paid and making sure their hair is fashionable and they are wearing the right clothes that all teenagers like and wear and all the entertainment crap. "

- Keith Morris on Artists Today


Over the years there have been musicians who have had problems on the tour due to problems with the organizers or with other artists performing there:

  • D12 and Esham were both banned from the 2001 Warped Tour . The reason was that D12 allegedly attacked Esham. The trigger is said to have been the mention of Eminem's daughter in the piece Chemical Imbalance . Eminem himself wasn't there.
  • Brendan Kelly claimed in 2004 that his group The Lawrence Arms would be banned from the tour for "life". In an interview he questioned the terrible organization of the group's sets and called the Warped Tour the "worst thing that could happen to the punk rock and DIY scene". The group only performed on the Warped Tour for a week.
  • Guttermouth were allegedly removed from the lineup in 2004 for insulting the musicians of another participant on the tour, the group My Chemical Romance . The group later announced that they were leaving the tour as there were about ten unidentified groups who were not satisfied with the way the group performed and some threatened violence against Guttermouth's musicians.
  • In 2006, Fat Mike said that From First to Last were upset about not being allowed to play on the main stage before 2 p.m. and refused to perform until the schedule was changed. The group left the tour on the grounds that their (then) singer Sonny Moore had vocal cord nodules and therefore had to spare his voice.
  • Also in 2006: Fat Mike ( NOFX ) poked fun at Underoath and their musicians for their beliefs and attitudes towards gay marriage . The musicians were already friends with each other before, but Underoath later announced that this incident was a reason to question this friendship. However, the musicians remained friends until Underoath's split. Both bands played together again on the Warped Tour in 2009 .
  • In 2008 the band Broadway Calls harshly criticized the composition of the lineup of the Warped Tour 2008. The criticism was about the large number of Christian-oriented artists who took part in the tour, which made it difficult for the band to feel comfortable:

“When there are 60 bands a day, and a majority of them are made up of either Christian jocks that play REALLY HEAVY MUSIC for Jesus, or pop bands with the only thing separating them from boy bands like Backstreet Boys are their dropped D tuned guitars hanging from their shoulders, it's hard to be comfortable. I look around, and quickly realize that the only difference between this and a huge frat party is that all these idiots play music. Bad music. Unfuckinglistenable music. "

“When there are 60 groups a day, the majority of which are either Christian idiots who play really hard music for Jesus or pop bands whose only distinction from boy groups like Backstreet Boys are the dropped-D-tuned guitars hanging on their shoulders it's no longer fun. I look around and quickly realize that the only difference between them and a big frat party is the music made by these idiots. Bad music. Damn inaudible music. "

- Broadway calls
  • On the Warped Tour 2013, Joel Birch, singer of The Amity Affliction , verbally attacked his fellow musician Matty Mullins from Memphis May Fire in his speech. The reason was that Mullins had previously been critical of the clothing style of several young festival goers.

Web links

Commons : Warped Tour  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Ray Waddell: Vans Warped Tour Founder Kevin Lyman Reflects on 20th Anniversary: ​​'I Love It When People Talk Sh-t About Me' . In: Billboard
  2. Plus 44, Blink 182, Angels And Airwaves ( Memento of July 4, 2009 in the Internet Archive )
  3. ^ Vans Warped Tour Coming to the UK . Media blasphemy. March 20, 2012. Archived from the original on October 16, 2015. Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved July 26, 2012. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / mediablasphemy.com
  4. ^ Vans Warped Tour Returning to Australia . Triple M. February 23, 2013. Retrieved February 23, 2013.
  5. 'Vans Warped Tour' Returning To Australia 2013 . Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on March 21, 2013. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  6. ^ Vans Warped Tour to return to the UK for the first time since 1999 . LickLibrary, March 30, 2012
  7. ^ Warped Tour-Denver
  8. ^ Jason Pettigrew: Alternative Press : Kevin Lyman talks final Warped Tour, upcoming events
  9. Chris Payne: Billboard : Warped Tour to Hit the Road For Final Trek in 2018: Exclusive Interview With Founder Kevin Lyman
  10. Warped Tour Keeps Skating Straight Ahead . Archived from the original on July 25, 2011. Retrieved on August 23, 2007.
  11. ^ The Wire - Joe Queer: the face of punk . Wirenh.com (October 24, 2006).
  12. Keith Morris (Black Flag, Circle Jerks, OFF!)  ( Page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link / www.kidsoncrux.com  
  13. ^ Rappers Esham, D12 kicked off Warped Tour after alleged attack . Retrieved January 2, 2014.
  14. Bobby Gorman: Interview with Brendan Kelly. (No longer available online.) In: thepunksite.com. May 12, 2006, archived from the original on February 4, 2012 ; accessed on July 17, 2007 (English).
  15. ^ Guttermouth Quits Warped Tour . Aversion.com
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  17. Fat Mike addresses Underoath rumors . Punknews.org.
  18. Sam Sutherland: Wmarped Tour 2009 - Video Interview ( Memento from June 30, 2012 in the web archive archive.today ). Exclaim.ca, July 11, 2009.
  19. ^ Broadway Calls talks about Warped experience . Punknews.org.