2012 KROQ Weenie Roast Y Fiesta Set Times and Webcast Details
You remember a few months ago when we shared with you details of the 2012 KROQ Weenie Roast Y Fiesta? With the show sold out for weeks chances are you won’t be getting into the venue formerly known as Irvine Meadows this weekend. Thankfully the fine folks over at KROQ have not only announced the set times for the show, they are going to webcast the entire thing. To watch this Saturday’s webcast, head over to KROQ.com on Saturday. To check out the set times, look down below. To read our review of the 2010 KROQ Weenie Roast, click here.
Bud Lite Stage Dos:
Walk the Moon 2:30 PM
Of Monsters and Men 3:00 PM
Grouplove 3:30 PM
AWOLNATION 4:00 PM
Garbage 4:50 PM
The Dirty Heads 5:25 PM
Angels & Airwaves 6:00 PM
Pennywise 6:35 PM
Silversun Pickups 7:15 PM
The Offspring 7:55 PM
Incubus 8:45 PM
Coldplay 9:35 PM
Of course make sure to check out KROQ.com for all the up to the minute details on this annual event.
KROQ Announces Details For the 2012 Weenie Roast Y Fiesta
You’ve read about the KROQ Weenie Roasthere at Concert Confessions in past years, Known for groundbreaking lineups, were not 100% sure if this line up is going to blow anyone’s mind as hard as past years, but for your hard earned dollar you get a day in the sun with the likes of Coldplay, Incubus and The Offspring. Oh and for those of you who like Pennywise, there’s always that. With the event celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary, we can only hope KROQ has some surprises up their sleeves. Perhaps unannounced performances from some of the bands that played the first Weenie Roast? Our vote is for Terrence Trent D’Arby.
Going down on Cinco De Mayo at the Verizon Wireless Ampitheater in Irvine, CA.
Tickets go on sale to KROQ Street Team members starting April 5th at noon via Live Nation/Ticketmaster. Tickets for the 2012 KROQ Weenie Roast Y Fiesta are sold out. Tickets up front will set you back $85.00 while the lawn at the very back of the corporate sponsored music venue will cost you $45.00. A complete lineup for the 2012 Weenie Roast Y Fiesta is down below. For up to the minute information including, please check out the KROQ website by clicking here. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to The Surfrider Foundation and Heal The Bay.
After catching her twice the previous year. I made a little trek across the state to see her at a venue I had not been to for 8 years. She did not disappoint.
It was a awesome set, the one that makes you want to come back out as soon as possible and see another. I ended up doing that and almost died in the process shitty story, moving along.
9. Foxy Shazam, The Old Rock House St Louis.
Foxy Shazam 10/20/10
What can I say about this band. I first got to know them by checking out a free instore at my favorite record store Vintage Vinyl. I bought their CD and got two tickets to see them open for Hole. I ended up getting to the show late and only caught the last two songs. I couldn’t wait to see them again.
A few months later they were back and I knew I had to go. Even if that meant missing various other great shows that evening. When he told this Jack Nicolson story I knew I had made the right choice.
Foxy Shazam’s live show can be pretty crazy sometimes a perfect example comes around 5:31 in this next video. I couldn’t believe what I had seen……
They have a show lined up already next year for Janurary you know where I’ll be.
8. Drive By Truckers
Drive By Truckers The Pageant St. Louis, MO. 10/02/10
Sometimes I am spontaneous and go to shows on just a whim. That was certainly the case with Drive By Truckers. After seeing a great opening set during the summer Tom Petty Tour. I ended up being off of work the night of their headlining show here. I had no choice, I had to go.
Everything about this show was great, everyone including the security was relaxed. They put on a great show alternating singers between songs really gives a nice variety to the show.
I enjoyed the occasional slide guitar they played during certain songs.
They played great and everyone enjoyed as you can clearly see by the crowd reaction as they retake the stage for the encore.
7. Jackson Browne and David Lindley
I didn’t expect this show to be so good or make my top ten but surprises are sometimes fun. It was either mothers day or close to my mom’s birthday when I got the email saying Jackson Browne was coming to town. I knew he was one of my moms favorite musicians so I jumped at the chance to buy tickets.
I enjoyed the set and got a first hand education on the talented David Lindley who mostly played the slide guitar throughout the set.
While I enjoyed the set my mom loved it, it felt good to be able to see her so happy. She really enjoyed ” Rock Me On The Water”
Needless to say she enjoyed her gift and the show very much. Well worth the money spent, Jackson Browne is a great performer.
6. Van’s Warped Tour 2010 Bonner Springs KS
This one is tough to write about as it was the most life changing moment in all of my year of 2010. It started off so innocently and ended so tragically.
First I made the 5 hour drive in less than 4.5 hours, I was skating to Kansas. I pushed about 75-80 the entire way with minimal stops. I made it to the gas station right before the venue. I picked up two tall boys. I remember sitting in the car, AC blasting pounding these beers as mass amounts of kids waited in line.
As the line moved I pounded my ritual 2 bottles of water, snuck an entire other bottle of Vodka in with me and proceeded to get warped.
First band on my list at the bright and early time of 11 a.m was the almighty PENNYWISE, I scored a rail spot and enjoyed myself as the oven of the day started to preheat to a heat index of 105 +. I knew what Pennywise would close with but did not expect the special guest that joined them for ” Bro Hymm”
Epic to say the least. The next band on my to do list for the day was Shawn The Clown from Slipknot’s Side Project ” DIRTY LITTLE RABBITS”. Sadly the singer was suffering from a broken foot and Shawn had a family situation and couldn’t make it. That didn’t stop them from playing a amazing set and I watched the entire thing. My favorite song they did was called ” Happy”.
After that set I needed some shade and warm shots of Vodka to ease the pain of the intense heat. Followed by some healthy water doses I was ready to endure more heat. The next band I had to see was The Dillenger Escape plan. You wouldn’t know it was insanely hot by the way they played. Intense doesnt even begin to cover it.
After a bit of wondering and more warm vodka shots I was ready to find something else to watch and found it in the form of IWRESTLEDABEAR once. I will be honest like a lot of bands on the tour I watched them because of the cool name. The wall of Death was the highlight of their set for me.
After A bit more shade it was fun time for me. I love seeing the Reel Big Fish, A Lot. They always make me smile and put on a great show. This one was no exception.
Always full of fun and humor this set was my favorite of day, The band Tip The Van Joined them for ” She Has Girlfriend Now “.
The ended their set one a high note with a brief cover of ” Enter Sandman” right into the crowd favorite ” Beer “.
At this point it was about 6 p.m still two hours of warped to go, but what to do? I needed to sober up so the answer was easy, go see more bands.
I remember this part of my day crystal clear as if it was a HD movie playing over and over in my head. I saw this photographer throughout the day on crutches with a broken foot. I went up to talk to him and commend him on his dedication of his craft.
We are walking he is trying to tell me about his website and out of the corner of my eye I notice something disturbing. It was a lifeless body with one person at his side, and everything else just became backround noise.
After a moment the lady at his side was yelling for paramedics who were on the scene in a flash. I watched for maybe 5 minutes as they beat on his lifeless chest. I felt horrible and helpless. Soon after a great crowd gathered around the area as people stood by gawking.
I felt horrible seeing that, and felt worse walking no more than 20-30 feet away to watch Suicide Silence. I figured that would be better than watching the other scene.
It felt so wrong trying to enjoy a show, while someone else is dying in the backround. Every now and again through the pit you could see his lifeless shoe’s still on the ground as Paramedics tried to bring him back. I left that show feeling sick. The entire way home all I could picture was me laying in his spot and being the one that wasn’t as lucky.
I came home went to bed, and awoke to the new’s I was dreading hearing. The man had passed away, to hit closer to home he was my age and in good health. The heat can kill, we all need to respect that and be careful out there.
His name was Curtis Alan Deforest or just Alan to his friends and family and I will never, ever forget him. R.I.P Alan, I am sure you will be at the next warped in spirit.
It would be very easy for me to use this review to blast Affliction. It is of course the second most popular t-shirt company for douche bags after Ed Hardy. However it is the holiday season and why hate when you can be grateful that you got free all access VIP tickets to the sold out $5 Affliction Holiday concert featuring TSOL, Suicidal Tendencies, Pennywise and Danzig at the Long Beach Arena in beautiful Long Beach, CA? So I headed south in hopes of finding some sick and twisted freaks getting their holiday cheer on, because when you get ST and Pennywise under one roof, crazy things are bound to happen.
Why is it that the dumpiest venues always have the most uptight security searches? You can sneak a rocket launcher into the Hollywood Bowl, but you can’t bring a wallet chain, lipstick or camera into the Long Beach Arena. So after making it through two security checks (because we apparently couldn’t get to the floor from the first line), my friends and I made it into the venue as hometown heroes TSOL were ripping though their opening set. The only songs of the band I know are the ones covered by Slayer, so instead of checking em out, I followed my friends back stage. This was the right call as the people watching was fabulous. Prize fighters mixed with punk rockers, skaters walked around with porn stars and Dino from Fear Factory walked around hoping someone would think he was important (of course no one did, as most just laughed behind his back).
After enjoying a cold beverage, we headed into the arena to check out the set by Venice, CA Skate Punk legends Suicidal Tendencies. The band opened their blistering hour long set with 1990’s “You Can’t Bring Me Down” which allowed multiple circle pits break out upon the spacious arena floor. With a stage packed full of rabid fans from the LBC and beyond, front man Mike Muir charged up and down leading his gang of musical misfits through old school ST jams such as “War Inside My Head” & “Church of Suicidal”. I appreciated a lot of the stage banter Muir shared between songs, reminding everyone to trust in yourself and get back up when life knocks you down. While the set was filled with classics, the band did preview a rocking new song called “Come Alive”. Interestingly enough, the bands biggest classic “Institutionalized” was missing from the set. The fans didn’t seem to mind as they bashed and crashed around thankful for a chance to see their heroes one last time in 2009. The band did close their set as they do with all sets, allowing fans to crash the stage. Sadly, all the stage crashers this time around had watched the show from the side of the stage (including Randy Blythe of Lamb of God) but it’s still a blast to watch all those cycos up there rocking out.
I headed back stage where by dumb luck I sat down to a perfect view of Muir just hanging out saying hello to eager fans. While many snapped photos with cell phones, I settled for a stalker-razzi style photo instead. In fact I sat below the arena and watched till I heard the thunderous booms of Pennywise vibrating through the walls. Now this I was curious to see. After getting a one song performance earlier this year with no singer, I was wondering how well Ignite front man Zoli Teglas would do filling in for former vocalist Jim Lindberg. Turns out he’s pretty damn solid. Much like ST before then, the Hermosa Beach punk rockers played a career spanning set. Songs like “What If” were new the first time I saw Pennywise over a decade ago, while others like “Same Old Story” went back even farther.
The fans were going bonkers as the band bashed out song after song. During “Society” two large pits became one massive circle engulfing me right up into it. A tad tipsy, I rode the wave all the way from mid ice to the fourth row, arriving just time to hear guitarist Fletcher tell the near capacity crowd some scandalous secrets about the LBPD. From there the band launched into “Fuck Authority” and this is where Teglas really won me over. I can’t recall ever seeing Lindberg dive into the crowd, but that’s exactly what went down right in front of my face. With Fletcher doing pretty much all the talking between songs, the group wrapped up their set with their most successful radio single “Aliens” (much to the delight of many who had made the trip north from Orange County) followed by “Bro Hymn”. The later song, which closes all Pennywise shows, also featured tons of fans cramming the stage. As the band exited the stage at the end of their set, much of the crowd did the same.
Someone once told me that Danzig fans like The Misfits, but Misfits fans hate Danzig. While I am in no way some old school punk, I do prefer the Misfits and after Saturday night I hate Danzig. Ok, maybe hate is a strong word, but I was out the door after four songs. I really tried to listen with an open mind, but the tiny former Misfits singer sounded wretched. Glenn’s stage moves looked as if he may have arthritis and the way his backup band played off beat and slightly stiff, I simply couldn’t hang around for 44 minutes more just to get to hear his 15 minutes of fame – “Mother”. So I walked across the sticky floor and went home, disappointed that I was at least 15 years too late on Danzig, but laughing just a lil bit because his bald spot is much larger than mine.
It was 1997 when I first walked through the gates of Kevin Lyman’s wonderful world known as Warped Tour. While that was not the first year of the ever evolving punk rock summer camp, it’s hard to believe that the festival has now wrapped 15 successful years. Having missed all three Southern California stops on this years traveling circus show, I made sure not to miss the 15th Anniversary show (which will be turned into a major motion picture in theaters Sept 17th) held Labor Day weekend within the walls of Club Nokia at LA Live. Add in the fact the show was a benefit for Musicares, a great organization that takes care of musicians who need help and I knew I had to go. With a very unique mix of musical artists who share the common bond of being Warped veterans, how could I miss this event? So enough with the introduction, lets get down to business and give you a sneak preview of the Vans Warped Tour 15th Anniversary Party.
Hailing from Los Angeles, the “Dirty Reggae” collective kicked off the star studded event. I find myself having a lack of things to say about these guys as well it’s just not my preferred style of music. No problem at all with them, but it’s one of those things, where they play the first song and it’s good. Then they play the second song and it’s good because it was a lot like the first one. By the time the third song comes on, you realize it’s the first two songs again and by the fourth your over it. Thankfully with a 20 minute set, it never got to the point of boredom. Then again, with Fat Mike (drink in hand) watching them from the pit, that proved more entertaining than the music. They did do an outstanding job of getting the crowd ready for a long night of music, even if they were unable to motivate the crowd to dance/mosh/clap.
I was stoked when I heard these guys were going to be playing. I found them on accident at Warped 08 and quickly became a fan. Fuse DJ Steven (as in Steven’s Untitled Rock Show Steven) the evening’s MC informed us that we were not going to see them in person, but would be seeing them live via satellite or something. In a sad twist of fate, the video went out, and we got only audio for the song “Starstruck”. Hopefully they fix that before it hits the big screen. Truly bummed I missed these guys. Same exact thing happened with Blink 182, only we got to see their music video
Holy fucking shit. I knew Ice T was on the bill, and I had assumed we would get a hip hop set. However, being that Ice T was once a pimp, he knew how to get the bitches off. He brought out his classic/controversial early 90’s metal band Body Count. Body Count’s 15 minutes of fame came around the time I was getting into music. As a white kid from the burbs, his metal militia made up of individuals hailing from South Central LA truly scared the crap out of me. Seeing T on stage with a ski mask covering his face and some form of machine gun strapped to his back, make my arm hair raise with excitement. For twenty minutes, the five piece band exploded on the stage with a ferocious energy that still felt scary and dangerous. Ice T often taunted the crowd calling them pussies as many kids looked on confused as to why the dude from Law & Order was up on stage getting all kinds of angry. When not covering Slayer, the music highlight of course was the Los Angeles National Anthem – “Cop Killer”. So awesome, yet so lost on most of the crowd. I am still in shock that in 2009, I got to see Body Count.
These guys are the reason I purchased a ticket. After a little anniversary celebration of their own back in February, I just had to see these foul mouth racist drug abusing alcoholics again. I tried my best to match Fat Mike with vodka drinks and something I have a prescription for, but he was truly in fine form and light years ahead of me by the time they took the stage. Clearly it was not going to be easy for him to not talk during the short set, as he pointed out before a rather sloppy “Murder The Government”. Before playing “Linoleum” Fat Mike made sure to discuss his encounter with Katy Perry backstage. ATM, who knew? From there things got a lil racist. OK, very racist. I didn’t catch the name of the B-side that consisted of El Jefe, Melvin and Mike exchanging racist jokes between riffs. However, most if not all the crowd laughed at the highly offensive materials. Angelo Moore (dressed as Aladdin as Fat Mike pointed out) joined in on the joke sharing with a few colorful jokes of his own before lending vocals/sax to a sloppy/unrehearsed yet highly entertaining version of “Eat The Meek”. Running out of time, the band managed to close with “Fuck the Kids”, “Seeing Double at the Triple Rock”, “Fuck The Kids II into “Fuck The Kids (Revisited)”. With the rotating stage starting up, NOFX was more or less forcibly removed at the end of their twenty minutes, not that it seemed to stop them. It’s amazing how these guys simply get better/more offensive each time I see them.
The Decaydance All-Stars:
Wow, I am just going to say this. The best thing about this band is that lil Pete Wentz sodomized Ashley Simpson. Yes, when your claim to fame is sticking your small little pecker into the uglier, less talented Simpson sister’s shitter, you know I am heading back to the bar for another drink. Joining up with the two fuck tards left in Panic! At The Disco (I think, I don’t really know, I don’t listen to that shit) these ass hats quit before they had hit the stage. Having been welcomed by a well deserved round of booooo’s they struggled out the gate with a water downed and mopie version of “Damnit” by Blink 182. Knowing their time was up 3 summers ago, the four piece band decided to kick me in the dick on the way out. For those who don’t know me, I despise Journey more than I despise Hitler, George W. Bush and Charles Manson. All month, people I love have subjected me to this shit time and time again (donche!). So wouldn’t it figure that these suckers of Satan’s cock close their pathetic below bar band level set with “Don’t Stop Believing”. Looking back at it, I should have chucked that $12 monster/vodka and purchased another. Fuck I hate these tools, please God I ask that you stricken these douche bags with AIDS or late onset Autism.
All American Rejects:
Having seen a bit of these guys plan a song in the lunch room at work this summer (well, kind of), I went into their set with an open mind. As a straight heterosexual make, All American Rejects are not really my thing. Seeing frontman Tyson Ritter come out in tight white pants and only wearing glitter on his upper chest, I had to chuckle a little. While a decent amount of meatheads booed, most gals in the audience sang along while bobbing and dancing to every song. I know hearts melted with the opening number “Swing, Swing” I saw it many underage eyes. Lots of eye candy on stage if I do say so myself. The guitarist had a sweet Emo mullet, and Mr. Ritter has really nice nipples which could cut glass with the greatest of ease. My personal favorite/guilty pleasure “Move Along” kept the ladies doing just that while their boyfriends chanted for Pennywise. They closed the brief set with another smash radio hit “Give You Hell” which gave Ritter a chance to thank the ones who cheered and taunt the ones who did the opposite. For me, I was somewhat impressed with these guys. They stuck to their guns, and didn’t let the haters bring them down knowing they get way more pussy than anyone in the crowd. I get the feeling that if I had a vagina, I would have fallen in love with them.
I saw Katy Perry the third date of Warped Tour 2008. I stayed for about ½ the set on that warm Ventura afternoon before leaving to see Pennywise. I had made up my mind that despite the huge crowd ready to watch her on the tiny side stage, this girl was a hypocritical Christian with no talent or personality. I would like to admit I was wrong. Ladies and Gentleman, Katy Perry stole the show with a hard rocking set. Opening with “Hot & Cold” the twenty something pop star was in control out the gates. Bouncing in a low cut top and begging the boys to start a pit for her, the girl sang her heart out. As boos mixed with applause, Perry and her backing band dove right into “Ur So Gay”. Towards the end, Perry started singing/saying something about dick, I am not so sure, as I was more focused on the moment. It was that special moment when the crowd turned. After saying a quick hello to Fat Mike and praising NOFX, the singing sensation busted out her most recent hit “Waking Up In Vegas”. While some still had middle fingers raised, EVERYONE on that floor was rocking out and singing along. By now Perry had the crowd eating out of her hand. It is amazing how confident she is after touring non-stop for a year versus that almost terrified singer I saw last summer. Closing her set with “I Kissed A Girl” Katy Perry won the crowd over by simply kicking ass.
Perhaps if there were Christian bands like this instead of Stryper when I was a kid, things would be different for me? I have always liked what I have heard of these guys and live, wow it was intense, further increasing my respect for the six piece band. However, I would much rather talk about 5-6 of their fans, who tried to start a pit on the second level of floor Club Nokia. I am fine with pits, but when it’s 5-6 dudes who simply wanna beat the crap out of each other, I guess I miss the point. What I really hate (and this shows my old age) are the skinny vegan straight edge bastards in camo shorts who come in punching and kicking like a boxing kangaroo who as been on a 3 day meth binge. That shit is stupid, and so are you go do that shit on the 110 Freeway or something. So bothered by the pussy pit with lil bitches who kick, and three drunk dudes (who I give kudos too as they were all nice guys) trying yet failing to circle I took matters into my own hands. Where Kangaroo Jack and pals were doing their cardio routine, I sat down right in the middle of the floor. Upset/confused folks didn’t know what to do, so I did what any control freak would do. I encouraged a circle pit. A mild one got going, as my three drunk homies (who I had been helpfully shoving into Kangaroos all night) started it up. Sadly, I got attacked by Kangaroos who with there mighty meth/soy power picked my fat ass up (it did take two of them to pick me up). As I got ready to get goofy with em and sit back down, Underoath had come to an end. Perhaps a miracle, because this recovering Christian was really looking for to pushing the buttons of those inbred Kangaroo kids, and chances are I would have scalped em like Brad Pitt scalps Nazi’s.
Having been blessed to get the last wrist band earlier in the night, I spent my time between the pit and the other lower levels of the new club (where my female friends all chose to hang back). I grabbed one more drink and went up front for Rise Against. Bless my lucky stars things got all kinds of crazy during their set I love standing in the middle of the chaos, consuming various toxins as people beat the shit out of each other around me. I know they opened with that song that’s on the radio from that record that had the song from Guitar Hero I think. Does it matter, all I wanted was a soundtrack for some serious bone crushing carnage. Bodies crashing into each other, people throwing people up in the air as if they were rag dolls proved more entertaining than Rise Against themselves. I once again apologize to the hipster couple who got covered in about 1/4th of my frosted beverage, but that Samoan kid was on the war path like a Rhino on viagra. Perhaps the highlight of the set was how pathetic Club Nokia’s security staff were. It took about 4 guards 10 minutes to pull one drunk SOB out of the crowd. Granted the guy was built like a brick shit house, 350 pounds of muscle, eyebrows and hair gel but this distraction allowed 50+ kids to hop the rail and get into the pit for the final number “The Good Left Undone”. Knowing that these guys now headline arenas, it was great to see the energetic band in such a small club. I think I expected a bit more, but perhaps I just wanted convenient radio hits? I will say that along with bands like Against Me!, these guys are keeping the punk flag alive, and it shows by the sea of destruction their rabid fans left behind.
I first heard Ozomatli on the 1998 Warped Tour (which as far as I know is the only year they played). We walked by their tent and they were just jamming and hung out for a few. The layout was strange, and my pals and I saw their set (from a distance) on a main stage and were impressed enough to seek them out after Warped. Over the years, I went on to see these guys time and time again (and sometimes more than one time in the same day) and it’s always a treat to be in their presence. While I thought they were great, it’s hard to follow the 1-2 punch of Underoath/Rise Against when you are a Latin hip hop jam funk rock band. Opening with “Saturday Night” the Los Angeles based band got those who remained up front grooving. The only other song I recognized was “City of Angels” which is a great song, but just too mellow for the drunk and rowdy crowd. Folks were respectful to Ozomatli, some even managed to bust a move or two, but most just watched with a glazed look in their eyes waiting for what was to come next.
The San Fernando Valley natives tore it up with a oh so brief 30 year history of punk rock. Opening with the first Bad Religion song I ever heard – “Do What You Want”; the band sounded tight and ready to send the audience crazy. “Social Suicide” got a huge pit going as front man Greg Graffin spit out his book smart with a dash street cred lyrics. “The New Dark Ages” kept the crowd going wild while “21stCentury Digital Boy” gave the sold out crowd a chance to sing along at the top of their lungs. The band went back in time to close the set, playing oldies such as “Generator” and “No Control”. As quick and as fierce as they hit the stage, the six piece band thanked the Warped Tour and closed with “Fuck Armageddon…This Is Hell”. As always, Bad Religion did what they do best. Un-apologetic/highly intellectual punk rock that never disappoint.
Knowing that at this point in time Pennywise does not have a singer (and damn thankful I skipped out on my pals and Katy Perry last summer to see them one last time) I was curious how the band would perform. As Bad Religion left the stage, the old familiar bass line that makes up “Bro Hymn” came from the stage. Using BR members and gear, numerous performers made their way out from the side of the stage. When Fletcher hit the stage, the place went crazy as Rise Against frontman “Tim McIlrath” started in on vocals. With Ice T and others roaming the stage, the crowd can only be described as ape shit with huge circle pits swirling and drinks flying. Perhaps revenge from last February at the Fonda, things got out of control during the second verse as Fat Mike jumped on/knocked over Fletcher. Anarchy ensued as Fletcher retaliated, chucked his guitar into the crowd and then eventually chucked someone up there singing into the crowd. This is perhaps the most chaotic all star jam in the history of music, and frankly I can’t think of a better way to close out a celebration of the one and only Vans Warped Tour.
As we exited Club Nokja to rabid fans screaming the chorus of Bro Hymn in unison, I had a big ol’ grin across my face. Kevin Lyman is a genius. The reason the Warped Tour works is because it is good to artists, and it is good to fans. It’s awesome to see a band like Blink 182 or Paramore grow from side stage warm up act to headliner. There is a reason bands like Bad Religion, Pennywise and NOFX come back as often as they can. It is clearly a family vibe, and I truly hope one day I can take my kids to the 30th Anniversary show.
Warped Founder Kevin Lyman w/ Fuse VJ (and event MC) Steven
Warped Founder Kevin Lyman w/ Fuse VJ (and event MC) Steven
(With Warped Tour kicking off this week, and things a tad slow here I figured we would look back at my experience on the long running festival last summer. Note, this first appeared on MTVnews.com)
A good rock festival is very similar to a good meal at a buffet. If planned correctly, you can get a nice sample of everything you love, try something new, and hopefully avoid items that you simply don’t agree with. As Southern California was hit with another day of record heat, I escaped 60+ miles up the coast from Hollywood to VenturaCalifornia for the 2008 Vans Warped Tour where the high was only 80, and a nice ocean breeze kept the crowd cool. Armed with a camera, VIP pass and a very empty stomach, I hit the pavement hard at SeasidePark, and left a very satisfied and fulfilled customer.
Cobra Starship 06/22/08
Myself and several lady friends arrived to the venue around 11:00 am and quicky started drinking. With the ticket saying doors at noon, I was very bummed to find out I missed up and coming metal band August Burns Red who took the stage at 11:30. Running into one of the guys later, it sounds as though I am not the only one to feel this way. After warming up in the lot, we made our way to the beer garden as The Bronx played one of the main stages. After another round, our timing could not of been better. As we made our way over to the Hurley Side Stage, I encountered Cobra Starship playing the Snakes on A Plane jam from a few years back. This is the only song I know of theirs, and really the only song I care to hear. That worked out pretty well.
Evergreen Terrace 06/22/08
Evergreen Terrace tore up the Hurley Side Stage with a 30 minute set of pure metalcore madness. I had not heard these guys before today, but was very impressed with the band out of JacksonvilleFlorida. Singer Andrew Carey could be mistaken for Angels pitcher Jared Weaver, held down the stage and had the crowd going the entire time. Their cover of Mad World sounded nothing like Tears of Fears or Gary Jules, but was dedicated to myspace celebutard Jefferee Star. As the band wrapped up their set, I made my way back to the main stage for Every Time I Die.
Hung over from yesterday San Francisco’s show, Every Time I Die was the first main stage act to truly get the crowd into a frenzy. Playing a mix of their last three albums, the bands set was sweet and to the point. Lead singer Keith Buckley, informed the crowd that many bands would tell them what to do on this beautiful day, but really they should only listen to him. They indeed did when before the last song of the set (No Son of Mine) they split the thinner “Emo” crowd in half to attempt the crawl of death. Moshers got onto their hands and knees and charged Braveheart style at each other as the band launched into the song. The crawl lasted all of about 12 seconds as the young crowd quickly returned to their feet and continued to mosh under the California sunshine.
Not to be outdone, Southern California metal band As I Lay Dying got the crowd to form a circle pit around the soundboard for their 2003 hit “94 Hours”. I had last seen this band in early 2004 down in Anaheim, and they have grown leaps and bounds since then. The band sounded tight, and managed to cover just about all their singles, as well as material from their latest record. From what I can tell, As I Lay Dying drew the biggest main stage crowd of the day, which makes you wonder why they played so early in the day?
Taking full advantage of the VIP access granted to me, I ended up taking a break by relaxing on one of the bands buses, watching the end of Vacation, and the start of Caddy Shack on VH1. Missing Story of The Year and some other main stage band I had never heard of was worth it in the long run. I did head back out and I caught the last two songs from Anberlin. I had never heard of them before today, and they were not my thing. No harm, no foul, as I was on the other side waiting for Against Me! so really it was more background music than anything.
Against Me! 06/22/08
A week removed from their set at Bonnaroo, Against Me! took the stage at 4:20pm and for the first time all day, the place smelt more like Bonnaroo then the Warped Tour. I am pretty late to getting on the bandwagon of this Florida based band. Late, as in last week bandwagon jumper. So the only songs I know, were the show opener Stop and the show closer, Thrash Unreal. Everything in between won me over and made me a fan. The crowd was very into these guys, who sang their politically charged songs to a mosh pit full of Obama T-shirts.
All day, fans of punk rock had complained around me, as they felt the Warped Tour had sold out, by having more Emo and Metal bands then punk and ska. It was interesting to see the crowd, as most of the fans of Emo & metal were open to all bands, while the punks cried like little children. So looking over the board, I decided to try to find any random punk band and ended up checking out 3OH!3 on one of the side stages. Boy, was I wrong to guess off of a name. Instead of punk, I found two white rappers, shooting off t-shirt cannons and singing dirty lyrics about a move called the Helen Keller I love bad white rap as it’s a total guilty pleasure. You see, it gives me hope that even in my old age, I could get up and do that. These guys were energetic, and had the crowd eating out of their hands. Definetly check 3OH!3 out if you get the chance.
3OH!3 – 06/22/08
I caught the tail end of Norma Jean on the main stage. It was much heavier than I expected, but didn’t strike a chord with me. A late addition, playing only the VenturaCalifornia stop of the tour was FEAR. I am familiar with FEAR, but have never seen them live. Not having anything to compare too, the band seemed a bit rusty and it felt as if the band could fall apart and need CPR at any second. I was depressed to see that the crowd for their set was rather empty (however, every crusty punk did make a rather large circle pit for the Los Angeles punk legends). Opening with “I Love Living In The City”, most Warped attendees missed a history lesson from the punk rock veterans. Lead singer Lee Ving joked with the crowd through the set, clamming that their record More Beer is the reason he lives in Bel Air next door to director Steven Spielberg, and dedicated Foreign Policy to our current administration.
Reel Big Fish 06/22/08
There was a bigger crowd waiting for Reel Big Fish to start then watching FEAR. The band opened with their biggest hit Sell Out, which took me back 11 years to senior year in high school. Trendy, followed that before the band moved into new territory. A quick cover of Enter Sandman got the crowd all pumped up, but no where as pumped as the set closer – a cover of the A Ha song Take On Me.
Katy Perry 06/22/08
I made my way to a small stage with my lady friends. They were all dying to see Katy Perry, Americas newest conservative sell out SLUT hypocrite christian cash cow popstar. I realize this is mean, but the 10 minutes I watched was pure garbage, as I find it tacky to sing about kissing gals (something Jill Sobule did SO much better) yet being afraid to do so on a press junket. Heck, even a hug from a gal sent this trashy pop wreck heading far far away from whomever was interviewing her on the E! network. I love the fact that the barely legal daughter of two ministers (hailing from Santa Barbara just up the coast from Ventura) flashed her undies (which were part of her dress) whenever she could to the crowd of pre-pubescent sheep looking for a new false pop idol to worship. Just standing in the beyond packed crowd full of underage females, I had this really bad feeling that Dateline NBC host Chris Hansen would bust me any moment simply for being there. I had to escape and high tailed it over to Pennywise.
Pennywise was the perfect way to end my day of music. Despite guitar issues which probably cost the band an entire song, Pennywise blasted through a set for the old school fan, more or less void of any type of radio hit. As three underage punks threw trash into the pit, Fletcher flowed his unique style of trash talk from his mouth. Fuck Authority got the biggest rise from the crowd until the set closer Bro Hym, a tribute to those who meant so much but are no longer with us.
Beat from the long day of music, I found my way backstage where I lounged around for a few hours with friends and bands. A perfect way to end a perfect summer day out at the Warped Tour.