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North America’s longest-running touring festival kicked off the summer celebration on Friday, June 25 in Carson, CA at the Home Depot Center. Now in its 16th year, the VANS WARPED TOUR® brought in music lovers by the thousands and saw the largest crowd yet at the Mountain View, CA date (June 26).
On Friday in Carson, over 12,000 fans took in the sights and sounds of All-American Rejects, Street Sweeper Social Club, Alkaline Trio, Sum 41, Andrew W.K., Mike Posner, Dillinger Escape Plan, The Rocket Summer, The Pretty Reckless, Confide and many, many others. Saturday’s Mountain View show brought out a record 16,000 attendees and Ventura (June 27) on Sunday drew over 11,000.
Off to a stellar start, 2010 promises to be the most memorable jaunt yet for the annual punk rock extravaganza. The tour has its finger on the pulse of the hottest acts in diverse genres from punk and metal to rock, pop and hip-hop; a sampling of the artists on this year’s trek includes: AM Taxi, Anti-Flag, Artist Vs Poet, Attack Attack!, Beachers Madhouse, Bring Me The Horizon, Call The Cops, Closure in Moscow, Cobra Skulls, Dropkick Murphys, Everclear, Every Time I Die, Eyes Set To Kill, Face To Face, FEAR, Fake Problems, Fight Fair, Haste The Day, Hey Monday, Hot Chelle Rae, Jack Grisham and the West Coast Dukes, Manic Hispanic, Mike Posner, Motion City Soundtrack, NeverShoutNever, Of Mice and Men, Pennywise, Pierce The Veil, Polar Bear Club, Reel Big Fish, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Riverboat Gamblers, Set Your Goals, Suicide Silence, Sum 41, The Adolescents, The Bouncing Souls, The Cab, The Casualties, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Pretty Reckless, The Summer Set, VersaEmerge, Voodoo Glow Skulls, We The Kings, Whitechapel, You Me At Six and so many more. Visit http://www.vanswarpedtour.com/warpedtour/bands.asp for a full list of bands performing at each show.
Here’s some early praise from the opening weekend of the VANS WARPED TOUR:
“More than 90 bands erupted beneath an overcast sky, as new acts and established names like All-American Rejects and Andrew W.K. made for another intense sampling of hard rock, punk and hip-hop…hip-hop/rock duo 3OH!3 bounced to the main stage with a full band, igniting tough, tuneful riffs and raps to a big crowd of fans holding up the two-handed 3OH!3 salute…Andrew W.K. delivered 30 minutes of straight-ahead hard rock & roll…On another stage, Attack Attack mutated sludgy metal riffs with sudden shifts into bright pop melody, as band members bounced to the beats. The guttural death-metal roar of singer Caleb Shomo balanced with melodic, vulnerable vocals from guitarist Johnny Franck…Over on the ‘Legends Stage,’ a lesson in punk-rock history unfolded from the likes of the Adolescents, GBH and other loudfastrules veterans…The 40-minute Rejects set was a high-energy finish, as singer Tyson Ritter shouted and paced the stage like a twitchy rock & roll revivalist. On a break from writing for their next album, the band cranked the rock hooks up high.”
—Steve Appleford, ROLLING STONE.COM, June 28, 2010
“The Vans Warped Tour blew out 16 candles Friday, making it older than a good portion of the 12,000 fans who attended the opening date on the 42-city summer tour. The sun-splashed Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., was a sea of colorful Mohawks, tween screams, father-and-son moshers, F-bomb-laced T-shirts, and vendors hawking every imaginable article of punk gear. Oh, and you can bet your $5 pair of sunglasses there was music too.”
—Kevin Bronson, SPIN.COM, June 28, 2010
“After 16 years, most music festivals would be played out but the annual Vans Warped Tour has managed to simultaneously expand and refine itself while staying true to its punk roots.”
—Andrew Lentz, DRUM!, June 29, 2010
“Mom and Dad, the aggression was modest…there were no marijuana cigarettes seen floating around audiences, and security was tight, responsible and respectful, like one clean machine.”
—Colin Stutz, LA WEEKLY, 6/28/10
“If there was one thing the first day of Warped Tour 2010 proved, it was that the real action this year was to be found on the tour’s many side stages, with so many promising acts that have yet to break into the mainstream….Unlike past rosters that have been loaded with more heavy hitters, this year might have one up on those ones because he best bands are going to be new to most audiences, which is really the core of what this tour is all about.”
—Brien Overly, CAMPUS CIRCLE (Los Angeles), 6/30-7/13/10
“Now 16 years old, trumping most contemporary music festivals in terms of consecutive years running, the annual Vans Warped Tour might rightly be considered an old-school shindig. Yet the average age of Warped fans (more than half seem to be under 18) paired with often equally fledgling bands beckons a different description: trendy, hip … a scenester’s paradise, perhaps? Certainly, the festival boasted far fewer of the purists who birthed both punk and this annual tour itself during Friday’s kickoff at Carson’s Home Depot Center. But thousands of teens still got their jollies via headlining sets from power pop groups such as The Rocket Summer, Sum 41 and the All-American Rejects.”
—David Hall, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 6/26/10
“There were plenty of notable sets from such bands as Motion City Soundtrack, Alkaline Trio and others, but it was pretty clear that All American Rejects were the main draw Tuesday, taking the stage just a little before 7 p.m. to a thunderous reaction from easily the biggest audience at this year’s show. Front man Tyson Ritter showed his charisma early on and easily won over the audience as the Rejects performed their hits ‘Swing, Swing,’ ‘Dirty Little Secret’ and ‘Gives You Hell’ much to the delight of the crowd.”
—Michael Escoto, ARIZONA REPUBLIC (Phoenix) June 30, 2010
“This 16-year-old festival, known to insiders as the ‘punk rock summer camp,’ is stronger than ever and rolling through the so-called downtrodden music industry without feeling financial repercussions….Indie artists, veterans and new comers performed with amazing exuberance, excitement, and pure adrenaline, which instigated the audience to unleash their inhibitions and enjoy this breezy summer day.”
—Michele McManmon, EXAMINER, 6/27/10
“You know summer has truly started when the Warped Tour swings into town. Still the show many look forward to the most after all these years, kids flocked down to the Home Depot Center in Carson to check out the bands and vendors. The selection of bands this year ranged from electronic pop, old school punk rock, all the way through to brutal heavy metal. There was certainly something for everyone this year, as promoter Kevin Lyman presented one of the strongest, most varied lineups the Warped Tour has seen on quite some time.”
—Ken Morton, HIGHWIRE DAZE (Southern California), June 26, 2010
Catch the rest of the VANS WARPED TOUR all summer:
DATE CITY VENUE
Thu 7/1 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Fri 7/2 Houston, TX The Showgrounds at Sam Houston Race Park
Sat 7/3 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center
Mon 7/5 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Tue 7/6 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Wed 7/7 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
Thu 7/8 Cleveland, OH Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre
Fri 7/9 Toronto, ON Arrow Hall
Sat 7/10 Montreal, QC Parc Jean Drapeau
Sun 7/11 Hartford, CT Comcast Theater
Tue 7/13 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
Wed 7/14 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake PAC
Thu 7/15 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
Fri 7/16 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Sat 7/17 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Sun 7/18 Oceanport, NJ Monmouth Park Racetrack
Tue 7/20 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
Wed 7/21 Virginia Beach, VA Virginia Beach Amphitheatre
Thu 7/22 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Fri 7/23 St. Petersburg, FL Vinoy Park
Sat 7/24 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheater
Sun 7/25 Orlando, FL Firestone Amphitheatre @ The Lot
Mon 7/26 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheater
Wed 7/28 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Thu 7/29 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheatre
Fri 7/30 Detroit, MI Comerica Park
Sat 7/31 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sun 8/1 Shakopee, MN Canterbury Park
Mon 8/2 Bonner Springs, KS Sandstone Amphitheatre
Thu 8/5 Edmonton, AB Northlands Grounds
Sat 8/7 Salt Lake City, UT Utah State Fairgrounds
Sun 8/8 Denver, CO Invesco Field
Tue 8/10 San Diego, CA Cricket Amphitheatre
Wed 8/11 Pomona, CA Pomona Fairplex
Thu 8/12 Marysville, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Fri 8/13 Nampa, ID Idaho Center Amphitheatre
Sat 8/14 George, WA Gorge Amphitheater
Sun 8/15 Hillsboro, OR Washington County Fairgrounds
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White River State Park, Indianapolis, Indiana 6/29/2010
On Monday night 311 took over the lawn right as the sun began to set at White River State Park. Fans chanted “three – eleven, three – three – eleven!” in anticipation of the show as the audience danced and socialized on the grassy hill. Summer was definitely in the air as opening band, Pepper, played a reggae-infused set of beach party music complete with life-guard style costumes and surfboards.
311 did not disappoint, as they performed their major hits like “Come Original” and “All Mixed Up” with the same excitement and energy they had 15 years ago. Their opener, “Down,” was the perfect start to the evening, eliciting applause and screams of appreciation within the first few seconds of the intro. Even people walking outside the park stopped to listen and nodded their heads as the familiar music reverberated throughout downtown Indianapolis and across the canal.
This is the fourth year for the band’s Summer Unity Tour, as they travel across the country spreading the message of peace, love, and dub-rock. Formed in 1988 in Omaha, Nebraska, the band has developed a dedicated fan-base that continues to grow with each successful studio album. They even celebrate their own holiday (March 11th) every year by playing a massive extended concert (some lasting up to five hours) at different venues in the US. Their latest album, Uplifter, released last summer, debuted at #3 on the US Billboard Charts, the highest chart position of the band’s career.
Enjoy a “Summer Day” with Sheryl Crow in a new video just posted to her website. In addition to a taste of the upcoming music video for the single, fans will also be treated to footage from Sheryl’s “Summer Day” recording sessions. Watch the clip here and stay tuned for the official video in the next few weeks.
Rib America Festival | St. Louis, MO | 05/29/10
Bret Michaels proved that you can rock n roll with a hole in your heart as he performed in true form with heartfelt appreciation for his life at Rib America Festival, Soldier’s Memorial, St. Louis, MO.
Labeled as the COMEBACK TOUR, Michaels is back from an amazing set of heath challenging circumstances that have plagued him over the past few months. A known life-long suffer of diabetes, Michaels also experienced life threatening traumas ranging from an emergency appendectomy to a brain hemorrhage and most recently a warning stroke caused by a hole in his heart. "I can’t tell you how good it feels to be back" Michaels said just before launching into "Talk Dirty To Me."
In his second live performance since winning Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice, Michaels proclaimed “Tonight we’re here to celebrate" and celebrate is exactly what he and his adoring fans proceeded to do as he lit into “Look What The Cat Dragged In.” As he pounded his chest with obvious love and appreciation for his fan’s support, Michaels admitted “I need this.”
Michaels looked and sounded amazingly well as he told the crowd to expect more TV appearances. His new VH1 reality TV show, "Life As I Know It" debuts on May 31st which is billed as an insider’s look at Bret’s home life when he isn’t touring, shooting, partying and rocking out. VH1 was in the house filming the Rib America performance so the crowd turned their frenzy up a notch.
The theme song for ROCK OF LOVE, “Go that Far” pretty much sums up this artist’s MO as Michaels is a survivor and consummate performer. Check out his incredibly aggressive tour schedule that would that wipe out the healthiest rock star.
After treating himself and his fans to his favorite song “Sweet Home Alabama,” Michaels literally yanked MUSICPIX up on stage to document this historic event. Musicpix is honored to be a part of Bret Michaels inspiring story so check back in for more BMB coverage throughout his 2010 Tour.
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Disturbed have just unveiled a teaser video clip for their new single, “Another Way To Die”, which can be seen above. “Another Way To Die” impacts radio and goes on sale on iTunes next Tuesday (6/15). This Fall the band will be releasing its new album Asylum, and will also be hitting the road with Avenged Sevenfold on the Uproar Tour.