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Warped Tour News and Tickets

July 30, 2006

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Kevin Lyman is spinning plates.

Among the immediate issues the Vans Warped tour founder and producer juggled at a recent underperforming date in Nashville were a crew member’s minor medical emergency, an upcoming European on-sale for his Taste of Chaos tour, tracking album sales for his two labels and the magical appearance of a key piece of sound equipment that had been chasing the tour across several cities.

Lyman’s production office at Starwood Amphitheatre was packed with tour personnel, transportation coordinators, press, artists and a wealth of other, mostly heavily tattooed, individuals who all seem to function at a high level of organized chaos.

A partnership among Vans, Lyman’s 4fini Productions and Creative Artists Agency’s (CAA) Darryl Eaton, Warped has become one of the most consistent touring properties ever. While it may appear to the casual observer a dysfunctional punk family, the tour, now in its 12th year, works for reasons that transcend the bottom line.

“If this was purely driven by economics, there would be a lot of Warpeds,” Lyman says. “But if I laid it all out for you economically, no one could figure out how it works. It doesn’t make sense, because it’s not really always based on finances.”

What Warped is about is the care, feeding and shepherding of 800-plus people, including more than 100 bands, on 187 vehicles from town to town, and then setting up and putting on a show for thousands of punk kids. Virtually every detail of Warped eventually ends up in Lyman’s lap, particularly if there’s a problem, and he delegates with aplomb.

“I think he probably learns from his mistakes,” observes veteran road warrior Joan Jett, a headliner on this year’s tour. “I heard early on the food sucked, and now the food is excellent. I’m sure there are a million little details you have to get together if you’re going to make this type of thing work.”

It works. Last year, Warped enjoyed its best outing ever, with attendance of 700,000 and a gross exceeding $16 million from a ticket that is generally priced for less than $30.

For a dozen years, Lyman and Warped have continuously pumped new blood — fans and bands — into the punk-rock scene, contributing significantly to the genre’s vitality.

The sense of community appeals to groups as does the potential new audience.

“Warped gives us a chance to play for people who may not necessarily get a chance to see us otherwise,” says Andrew Everding, keyboardist for post-hardcore band Thursday, which played its first Warped in 2002. “The kids that are showing up now that are 16 were 12 back then, and for the younger kids the only concert they might go to is the Warped tour.”

Others credit Warped with an even bigger role in their development. “I think the reason we have a career is because of the Warped tour,” saxophonist J.R. of Less Than Jake says. “We’ve been doing this so long, we ended up building our fan base on tour, on this tour.”

A shared sense of punk purpose surely greases the wheels, but it takes more than good intentions to keep turnstiles spinning, particularly with a tour that practically turns over its audience every three to four years. Warped works — with the venues, promoters, bands, sponsors, crew and, most importantly, the fans.

“We aim to deliver a great experience for the fan coming to the show, the artists that come out on the road with us, our sponsors, crew,” CAA’s Eaton says. “It is truly a unique community that transcends the ‘business’ of the tour.”

The Brands
Asked to profile the “Warped kid,” Lyman responds, “Thirteen to 19 years old, active, very open-minded to the music and the scene, very musically knowledgeable. We’ve gotten to the point where we’re about 50/50 male/female, but I also have noticed this year that we’re getting some of the older fans back with bands like Helmet and Joan Jett.”

As far as an economic profile, “They come with some money, they buy T-shirts and records, and music is cheap out there. They’re ready to take music home with them.”

Ten stages notwithstanding, Warped has the look and feel of a punk-rock county fair with row after row of booth space. Sixty-seven sponsors and vendors are onboard for this year’s 50-date outing.

Exhibitors have turned into Warped’s second-highest revenue stream, up 20% this year. “Now we have to turn a lot of people down, just like bands,” says Lyman, who adds that 60%-80% of the “seven-figure” sponsorship value is pumped back into the tour. “It underwrites moving this thing down the road.”

Warped sponsors and vendors are not exactly mainstream, outside of entities like Cingular Wireless and Major League Baseball. Instead, most are small indie labels (including Lyman’s own SideOneDummy Records and Warcon Records), alternative fashions and other left-of-center concerns.

While southern California fashion brands like Hurley and PacSun have raised awareness through their association with Warped, none has been boosted like the title sponsor. Footwear company Vans has presented 11 of the 12 Warped tours in the most long-lived tour sponsorship in the business.

“We were an $80-million to $100-million-a-year company back in 1996 when we got involved with Kevin,” says Steve Van Doren, Vans VP of promotion and events, whose father Paul (now retired) started the company 40 years ago.

Van Doren says the Warped association has been a highly effective marketing tool, allowing Vans to become known outside of southern California. “Our customers are 12- to 18-year-old boys and girls. We’ve always been into skateboarding and snowboarding, and music has been a great tie-in.”

This year, Vans is projecting revenue of $500 million, and Van Doren attributes much of the growth to the Warped association.

The Bands
With more than 1,000 submissions to participate this year, bands obviously love being on the tour, and many are veterans.

Bands break on Warped. “The tour has consistently been the launch pad for the next round of new superstar bands,” Eaton says. “Just last year’s tour alone saw bands like My Chemical Romance, Avenged Sevenfold and Fall Out Boy, to name a few, rise to the top. I think the tour really provides a platform for fans to go out and discover their new favorite artists.”

Less Than Jake has done at least eight Warped tours. “There’s nothing like this tour,” J.R. says. “It’s truly like summer camp. You get up, you go stand in line for breakfast, you stand in line for lunch, you go play a show, run around. The camp counselor is Kevin Lyman.”

Warped is not the best payday in the world. According to Lyman, “There are bands out here making 50 bucks (a night) to no bucks, to bands that are making $10,000-$12,000.”

The majority of the bands have album releases scheduled somewhere around the tour. Veterans know a Warped slot is a huge opportunity for career development.

“You have to utilize the time you’re out here,” J.R. says. “There’s a lot of bands that don’t. They just jerk around, go watch other bands. You’re out here all summer, you’ll have a chance to watch bands. But make friends, network, meet people, because the band that’s playing on the SmartPunk stage could be selling 2 million records next year.”

Lyman sees too many bands playing rock star too early in their careers. Most Warped bands should be in, well, a van.

“I’ve got bands in two buses that are playing on my small stages. I tell them, ‘You’re going to be changing my oil at Jiffy Lube before long. You’re going to be broke.”‘

Unlike other multi-act tours, Warped lacks a tangible amount of drama. For a veteran artist like Joan Jett, that’s a relief. “There’s been a lot of camaraderie among the bands, which is pretty unique from what I can gather,” she says. “Some other people have made comments that the atmosphere is so much better than on something like the Ozzfest, where there seems to be many more head trips. I haven’t experienced that. I’m experiencing this, where everything is really low-key and down to earth.”

Warped Tour Dates

07/25 – St. Louis, MO UMB Bank Pavilion
07/26 – Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
07/27 – Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion
07/28 – Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Lot
07/29 – Detroit, MI Comerica Park and Street
07/30 – Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
08/01 – Buffalo, NY Darien Lakes Fields
08/02 – Fitchburg, MA Fitchburg Airport
08/03 – Camden, NJ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
08/04 – Scranton, PA Montage Mountain
08/05 – New York, NY Nassau Coliseum
08/06 – Old Bridge, NJ Englishtown Raceway
08/08 – Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Lot
08/09 – Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Lot
08/10 – Washington, DC Nissan Pavilion Lot
08/11 – Cleveland, OH Tower City
08/12 – Toronto, ONT Park Place
08/13 – Montreal, QUE Park Jean Drapeau

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Warped Tour Review

July 26, 2006

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Sound: The sound of almost all the bands was flawless. You could hear every singer/instrument perfectly. What’s even better was that it was it was open air, so my ears didn’t ring that much afterward.

Perfomance: Everyone in the crowds for the bands I saw was having a great time. We were all just enjoying ourselves on the pier and we could not have been happier. Here’s the bands I saw:

Escape The Fate – I had never heard of these guys, but they were pretty damn good.

Underoath – Fantastic. This was my second time seeing them. They had so much energy and it really rubbed off on the crowd. We were singing along to almost every song, and afterwards, I got them to autograph a poster for me!

Senses Fail – I saw them for the second time from a distance because I was waiting in line for an Underoath autographed, but they kicked ass, as usual, and played some songs from their upcoming album, Still Searching, as well as some favorites from Let It Enfold You, like “Rum Is For Drinking,” “Buried A Lie,” (which, according to them is Billy Idol’s favorite song) and “You’re Cute When You Scream.”

Anti-Flag – Hell yeah, these guys rocked. There was this huge circle pit going on, and the guys in the band loved it. Everyone was going crazy during songs like “Die For Your Government,” and “Fuck Police Brutality.” Anti-Flag alone made the day worth the ticket price.

Rise Against – They absolutely tore it up. I love Rise Against, and seeing them live was amazing. The crowd was going nuts. There were only two problems with their set: it was going on at the same time as Every Time I Die, and I lost my autographed Underoath poster! But, afterwards, I got an autographed ETID poster (and I might be in their upcoming DVD) and I got my ticket autographed by Rise Against.

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – I heard her playing while I was waiting in line to meet Every Time I Die, and she sounded really good. She played crowd favorites like “Bad Reputation” and “I Love Rock & Roll.”

The Bouncing Souls – I caught the last of their set after meeting Rise Against, and they were lots of fun. I got in the circle pit and it was a perfect end to a great day. // 10

Impression: USA, San Francisco, CA at Pier 30/32 on July 8, 2006. I loved seeing and meeting Rise Against and Underoath, seeing Anti-Flag, and meeting Every Time I Die. I hated the fact that Rise Against and Every Time I Die were playing at the same time, and that I lost my Underoath poster. The ticket cost $30, and it was definitely worth it, thanks to Anti Flag, Rise Against, and Underoath. Unforgettable moments included the HUGE circle pit during Anti Flag, meeting Underoath, Rise Against, and Every Time I Die, and Rise Against and Underoath’s sets. I most likely will go next year, but hopefully in San Diego, because the San Francisco stop ended at 7:00 (as opposed to 10:30 in San Diego) so less bands got to play. It was still a great show though.

Warped Tour Dates

07/25 – St. Louis, MO UMB Bank Pavilion
07/26 – Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
07/27 – Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion
07/28 – Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Lot
07/29 – Detroit, MI Comerica Park and Street
07/30 – Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
08/01 – Buffalo, NY Darien Lakes Fields
08/02 – Fitchburg, MA Fitchburg Airport
08/03 – Camden, NJ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
08/04 – Scranton, PA Montage Mountain
08/05 – New York, NY Nassau Coliseum
08/06 – Old Bridge, NJ Englishtown Raceway
08/08 – Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Lot
08/09 – Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Lot
08/10 – Washington, DC Nissan Pavilion Lot
08/11 – Cleveland, OH Tower City
08/12 – Toronto, ONT Park Place
08/13 – Montreal, QUE Park Jean Drapeau

Review by I’m Not Mental

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White Zombie Reunite Onstage

July 9, 2006

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Original White Zombie members Tom Five (guitar) and Ivan De Prume (drums) have teamed up to perform with Healer on the San Diego stop of the Vans Warped Tour. The concert will take place on July 6 at the Coors Ampitheatre.

Healer’s lineup for the performance will be as follows:

# (mungk) SiddiQ – Vocals/Singing Bowls
# Tom Five – Guitars/Vocals
# Nathaniel Grant – Guitars/Percussion/Vocals
# Jerry Scott – Bass/Vocals
# Martin St-Pierre – Violin
# Ivan de Prume – Drums/Percussion

Formed in July of 2003 by Ivan de Prume, drummer/percussionist and founding member of the multi-platinum selling band White Zombie, Healer’s mission is “to bring more tribal energy into this world by strengthening the social foundation in hopes of bringing all walks of life together to see, appreciate and enjoy the real value in all living things through-out the world.”

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Warped Tour 2006: Get Ready!

June 16, 2006

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You waited patiently and the punk gods have once again delivered.Vans Warped Tour is unleashing its stronghold across North America and will likely reaffirm why Rolling Stone has dubbed it “America’s most successful festival” (June, 2005).

For the music lover out there who has already purchased his or her ticket – perhaps referring to it as “my precious” – your wait is over. The Warped Tour kicks off in Columbia, Md., on Thursday, June 15, making a name for itself with its lineup of mega-bands, extreme activities, and something to see or hear around every corner. In its 12th year, the event will offer plenty that Warped devotees have come to know and love as yearly traditions, but it will also have a few extras in store.

To include every little detail of what you can expect from Warped Tour would be impossible without the aid of extremely tiny font, so here is a little taste of the best of it what the tour has to offer in 2006.

The Sound, The Fury

When it comes down to it, music is the primary enticement for most Warped Tour fans. With the approximately 10 stages and 100-plus bands playing this year, the festival could very well be considered the best bang for your buck. This is particularly true this year, with a Warped giving a nod to more than just one decade of music.

Perhaps one of the most anticipated acts this year is Joan Jett and The Blackhearts. Sure, a cover of “I Love Rock N’ Roll” may have been massacred by Britney Spears, but that is all the more reason to covet the original artist’s rendition. Since her days in the 70’s group The Runaways, Jett has set a high bar for all melodic punk rockers – not just the ladies. Not only did The Blackhearts achieve Billboard’s #28 song of all time with “I Love Rock N’ Roll,” the group also did it on its own terms by creating an independent label after being rejected by 23 major labels.

All the members of the AFI’s loyal fan base Despair Faction are undoubtedly enthralled by the California-based group’s decision to join this year’s Warped Tour. With a more new wave sound on the band’s latest CD “Decemberunderground,” AFI should offer an interesting flair to the straightforward punk atmosphere at the festival.

If any of the bands could inspire both a riot and a swing dance party, it would be Australia’s The Living End. The band proves that playing your instrument with skill and finesse is not a forgotten ideal. Give these boys a double bass, a hollow-body guitar, and nice drum set, and you’re likely to be entertained, impressed and educated in the art of punkabilly performance.

On a platform other than the mainstage, a few bands will do where few Warped Tour bands dare not do: Turn off their amps. Although it can be said that one of driving force behind Warped comes from the musical energy that emerges from distorted guitar and crashing drums, the tour is planning to take a chance on a few acoustic guitars. Main stage bands Saves the Day and Senses Fail will be performing an acoustic show on the MLB Authentic Collection/Vagrant Stage, which should be one of the more interesting and gutsy shows.

Under The Big Top

If you decide to take a quick sojourn away from the music and venture into the land of tents and/or booths at Warped, there are a few sites that might upstage the bands this time around.

Tent World will give a much-deserved bow to the past. Even if you weren’t yet able to talk at the time when The Ramones ruled the punk scene, it’s likely that at some point and time you’ve heard the unforgettable line, “Twenty, twenty, twenty-four hours to go; I wanna be sedated.” Almost as famous as the lyrics is The Ramones logo – an eagle with its wings outstretched as if on a presidential seal – that was created by the band’s long-time friend (and often considered an honorary Ramone), Arturo Vega. It was Vega who put together Ramonesworld, a glimpse at Ramones memorabilia that includes posters, personal items, and photos. For more information, go to ramonesworld.com.

And if you have a computer, it’s probably silly to ask if you’ve visited MySpace. The addictive site, which keeps friends connected and complete strangers often times even closer, will be providing its own take on this whole Warped Tour business. Drop by the MySpace Tent and it’s likely you’ll get a chance to chat with the band you just caught performing onstage. The bands are encouraged to use the tent as they please – whether for a spontaneous live show or a meet-and-greet location. If you are hoping to share your innermost punk rocker, wait no longer. The MySpace House Band performs throughout the day and karaoke is highly encouraged.

The Girls Are In The House

The ladies are making their presence known and this year they don’t have to crash the party to do it. The Gritty In Pink Tour is a hallmark to female fortitude, spearheaded by band Shiragirl. Vocalist Shira recalls how a ladies stage was not necessarily a go back in 2004. “That was the year we had to crash it. Everyone thought we were crazy driving up in our pink RV.” Indeed, it was the signature pink tour bus that began to lure people to where the ladies would take the stage. After Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman saw the crowd’s reaction, a new stage was born. Named after the band who pioneered it all, The Shiragirl Stage will be proving that girrrls have something to sing about – and often prove it loudly.

Are You Truly A Guitar Hero?

So you’ve been an enthusiastic and appreciative audience member at The Warped Tour and now you’d like to prove you’ve got the musical goods as well? Step up to the plate, my friend. The game that dreams are made of, Guitar Hero, is ready for your nimble fingertips in the PlayStation Tent. If you prove yourself to be a guitar god too quickly, this tent also allows you to sample various titles from the PlayStation Portable System.

Punk With Heart

One of the most admirable aspects of the Warped Tour is its continued efforts and charitable work. This year, Warped Tours founder Kevin Lyman teamed with the Volunteer Center of Southwest Louisiana and Cameron Community Action/Council on Aging to help out Louisiana’s communities affected by Hurricane Katrina. The Warped team is going to take a tour “off day” on June 29 and help rebuild hurricane-ravaged areas of Louisiana.

On With The Show

For those wishing to learn more about this year’s Vans Warped Tour, visit warpedtour.com. At the site, you’ll be able to view videos, audio, and much more in this year’s lineup. The tour, presented Cingular Wireless, will begin Thursday, June 15 in Columbia, Md., and wrap up on Aug. 13 in Montreal, QC.

Here’s list of scheduled bands on the 2006 roster:

* 18 Visions
* AFI
* Aiden
* Against Me!
* Alexisonfire
* Amber Pacific
* Anti Flag
* Armor For Sleep
* ASG
* Billy Talent
* Bouncing Souls
* Bullet For My Valentine
* Buzzcocks
* Die Hunns
* Down To Earth Approach
* Dropping Daylight
* Eight Fingers Down (BBQ Band)
* Emanuel
* Emery
* Every Time I Die
* Flashlight Brown
* From Autumn To Ashes
* From First To Last
* Gatsbys American Dream
* Greeley Estates
* Gym Class Heroes
* Hellogoodbye
* Helmet
* Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
* Less Than Jake
* Moneen
* Motion City Soundtrack
* Mute Math
* NOFX
* Over It
* Paramore
* Pistolita
* Plain White T’s
* Protest The Hero
* Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
* Rise Against
* Riverboat Gamblers
* Saosin
* Say Anything
* Saves The Day
* Senses Fail
* Silverstein
* State Radio
* Stretch Arm Strong
* The Academy Is
* The Bled
* The Casualties
* The Early November
* The Fully Down
* The Germs
* The Living End
* The Pink Spiders
* The Sounds
* The Sunstreak (BBQ Band)
* Thursday
* Underoath
* Valient Thorr
* Voltera

Warped Tour Dates

07/25 – St. Louis, MO UMB Bank Pavilion
07/26 – Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
07/27 – Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion
07/28 – Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Lot
07/29 – Detroit, MI Comerica Park and Street
07/30 – Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
08/01 – Buffalo, NY Darien Lakes Fields
08/02 – Fitchburg, MA Fitchburg Airport
08/03 – Camden, NJ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
08/04 – Scranton, PA Montage Mountain
08/05 – New York, NY Nassau Coliseum
08/06 – Old Bridge, NJ Englishtown Raceway
08/08 – Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Lot
08/09 – Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Lot
08/10 – Washington, DC Nissan Pavilion Lot
08/11 – Cleveland, OH Tower City
08/12 – Toronto, ONT Park Place
08/13 – Montreal, QUE Park Jean Drapeau

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