Warped Tour 2002

Warped Tour 2002: live in San Diegolive in San Diego (2002)
Warped Tour

Reviewer Rating: 4

Contributed by: WussEmoRockWussEmoRock
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San Diego Warped Tour was on July 3, I drove down with a few friends from Newport Beach, and strolled in at about 1145, realizing that Yellowcard and Midtown had just finished their sets. It always seems Warped starts at least 2 hours earlier than it says on the tickets, but anyhow, onto the bands...

San Diego Warped Tour was on July 3, I drove down with a few friends from Newport Beach, and strolled in at about 1145, realizing that Yellowcard and Midtown had just finished their sets. It always seems Warped starts at least 2 hours earlier than it says on the tickets, but anyhow, onto the bands...

  • We will begin with Drive-Thru bands, starting with The Early November. This was before anyone really knew they were signing to Drive-thru, and I only catched about half of their set since they played so early. Put it this way, I didn't miss much, infact it looks like they are not even old enough to drive yet haha. They seemed to have a lot of energy though and were having a blast up on stage playing for about 7 people in the crowd. The last song Kenny from the Starting Ling came out on the stage and sang for them, still nothing excited me at all. They sound similar to, well, the starting line for one, and NFG for another.

  • Allister: One of my 2 favorite acts of the day had to of been Allister. These guys put on an awesome show, playing all their hits off of "Dead Ends and Girlfriends" and playing quite a few new songs, ending with the sing-along song about the radio (sorry I forget the name, it is a month and a half after the show and I'm still on Europe time, just got back last night, so I'm pretty beat).

  • The Movielife : pretty much sucked it up, although they had a pretty decent sized crowd watching them. They played stuff off of their new EP "Has a Gambling Problem" and older songs as well. They just sounded off, especially switching from somewhat hard core songs where the music was quite poppy but the singer was screaming, and then going to something like "Walking On Glass", it just didn't sound right.

  • Finch: I caught the second half of Finch and let me tell you, they really are a great band. They had a ton of energy on stage playing everything off of their full length "what it is to burn". Surpringly my least favorite song in their entire set had to of been "Letters to you", probably just because I have heard it so many times I am sick of it, but still it is a great song none the less. Check this band out when they come to a town near you.

  • The Starting Line: Put it this way, Kenny is the man. I'd also like to point out he is born the same day as me, may 20, 1984 whichis pretty cool. But, anyway, he makes the band. They played a few new ones off their debut cd "say it like you mean it" such as "up and go" and a few others. They also played off of the EP "Cheek to Cheek," "Leaving," and "Saddest Girl Story." haha, all of which appear on the new cd as well.

  • Homegrown: This was the last band I saw on the stage, and they played pretty much the same as they always have in the past, which is fun to watch but nothing outstanding. They had some funny jokes, and luckily added a new guitarist for the shows (he is not in the band, just a touring guitarist for better sound) which makes their sound much tighter. The only dissapointment is that they didn't play the opener on "Kings of Pop." They managed to end their set with "Surfer Girl," which is the song that got them on the map. Oh, one more thing, if anyone remembers, their song on "Kings of Pop" called "kiss me, diss me" is not nearly as good as when they used to play it live before they recorded it, they had cooler lyrics for it that were funny and actually rhymed unlike the new lyrics (just the 2nd verse I am talking about). Anyone else remember this? you had to of seen them live in between their last 2 cd's which isn't hard cause it was something like 4 years.

  • Something Corporate: I guess I will finish up drive-thru here, ending on the main stage. SC is one of those bands you either love or hate, and in my case I love. Well, on cd at least. Live, they were somewhat boring, selecting a crappy set list. I don't know if it is just me either, but at San Diego the singer rarely ever even played the piano, he'd just play a few notes and then just stop, seemed pointless to even have it except for "Hurricane" during the bridge. The cool thing for them was they played two sets, later in the day playing on the drive-thru stage and playing a crowd favorite and a request, "konstantine", which I failed to see because I was busy watching NOFX.

  • NOFX: Boy have they gone down hill. I use to love this band, shit they were the best before Pump up the Valium came out. Now all they do is crack dumb jokes on stage, talk to each other, and preach their shitty ass opinions on people who want to hear music. If you want to preach put the words into a song, don't stand on stage and try to be like Anti-Flag, who sucks also cause they can not think of more than 3 phrases to say. NOFX played the same songs as always, "linoleum," "bob," and the ending of the "decline." When the hell did NOFX become political anyway? Hey Mike, Bush kicks your ass! Next band please.

  • Never Heard of It: This is a local band from West Covina, they really put on a good show, playing pop punk songs that can be compared to Midtown. They played on the "build it" stage, in front of about 15 people, and they really did a great job.

  • Another local act, from Pasadena, was Limipoint. They played on the Crieterion Stage, and I've seen this band over 15 times at least because my band has played with them a ton of times, and even though I do not love their music, they are still one of those bands that you can always watch and enjoy live. Check them out whenever you have the chance, they will not disappoint. They will be the guys always wearing all black, entirely haha.

  • Good Charlotte: I first saw this band because I went to see Mest while they were touring with GC, and I had never heard any GC songs (besides "little things")so I left half way thru their set. I later on was given their cd and I loved it, always playing it, but seeing them live in that big of an atmosphere did nothing for me, their very poppy sound seemed to disappear into the air, it was hard to even tell one song from another. They were much better in a small setting, so they need to hope that they stop getting big and keep on playing smaller venues, but we will half to wait and see with their new cd coming out.

  • Alkaline Trio: Holy shit I was looking forward to Alk3, the last time I saw them I had no clue who they were during the Face to Face tour 3 years ago or so with NFG and STD. Anyway, I'll sum up their performance in 2 words, IT SUCKED. They played horribly, it was like they didn't even care. Matt Skiba didn't give a shit and he knew he was sucking ass, although they did pull their sound together for their last song of the set "Radio" which sounded very good. The only thing that made their set fun to watch was these 2 girls who were in a fist fight kicking each others asses, and boy were they mad, pulling chunks of hair out of each others heads, it was quite scary, and everytime some guy would try to break it up, they would get kicked in the balls, haha these girls were violent chicks, and quite ugly.

  • Reel Big Fish: The other best band of the day, they played last on the main stage and they were beyond amazing. It was funny because they played right after NOFX and since they were the last band at least 3/4 of the people left Warped, and Aaron said goodbye to all of them right after they opened up with "I want your girlfriend to be my girlfriend too" (haha sorry I forget the name of the song) off of "Why do we rock so hard?". They also played "Beer" and "Sellout" from "turn the radio off" and played a handful of songs off of the new album "Cheer up". "Valerie," #3, #4, "DJ Boss (Sublime Cover--which they shouldn't have played, cause it was incredibly boring)), "Where have you been", and also played the crowd favorite from the soundtrack Baseketball (I forget the name of the song but you all know it, it is a cover also and a great oone at that). RBF really knows how to have fun during a show.

  • That was all the bands that I saw, well I did catch a little of Slick Shoes, Junction 18, Death By Stereo, and a few others but not enough to give an honest comment about. Oh yeah, and Ozma sucks, they are from my town Pasadena and geez they are boring. Well that is everything, and one more thing...did anyone else notice all the dicks at warped this year who seem like they have never been to a show in their lives before? And to all you dipshits you are in the back during a band and start coming to the front squeezing by people saying excuse me, well you're not fucking excused cause we all want to be in the front too, so shut the hell up.

    I give Warped this year an 8, San Diego had a very nice breeze all day and didn't have the crowds like LA does, so that was a huge plus.


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    Anonymous (March 18, 2003)

    la was probably better than sd. maybe i'm being biased because i went to both days in la, but whats up with all the shitty drive thru bands? and boo fucking hoo you missed midtown. they suck like anyways. peace

    M4CH1N3 (January 10, 2003)

    Ha ha ha wuss sucking gw bush's cock again

    waste_elite (August 22, 2002)

    i love it when people declare musical genres "dead". if you listen to music critics, everything has died, is dying, or will die. it's a fucking joke.

    Anonymous (August 21, 2002)

    Punk is dead!!!!!!

    Anonymous (August 21, 2002)

    pat 41 you rock, thank you for finally saying something. the review stated his opinion, the guy who said he lost punk points is a complete and ignorant idiot.

    Anonymous (August 21, 2002)

    Did someone actually say that the reviewer "lost punk points" and then go on to say that he could be being sarcastic right now but he isnt. My god... what the hell are punk points. Is punk some sort of game? Is being there a contest somewhere that is giving away prizes for whoever has the most punk points? I have never heard anything stupider. Seriously, I am almost not proud to listen to punk music right now because of what I just read. Joey and Dee Dee Ramone are turning over in their graves... Iggy Pop is having a seizure, Johnny Rotten is... well he probably doesnt care anyway. I am more appalled that people didnt pick up on this blatant stupidity and instead went on to agree with him... AAAHHHHH I MUST LEAVE NOW.-pat41

    Magnoon-OWI (August 20, 2002)

    michael moore is not the second coming of christ. he is very funny, but a little too nutty to be taken too seriously. i do recommend his new book for some good thought provoking material and a lot of laughs.

    whatever happended to punk rock karaeoke? that was one of the best shows i ever saw.

    Anonymous (August 20, 2002)

    Nothing compares to Warped 98.
    Bad Religion,NOFX,Rancid,Specials,Reverend Horton Heat,H20,Lagwagon,MXPX,Punk Rock Karaoke,22 Jacks,Cherry Popping Daddies,Unwritten Law,etc..........

    Anonymous (August 20, 2002)

    The reason they talk about Bush and Politics NOW, is for the simple fact that he stole the election, he and his cabinet (his daddy's old mates) are all white collar criminals and he is getting us into a lot of trouble and this has all happened in the LAST TWO YEARS. Read Michael Moore and you will understand. Our current president is an ignorant asshole. He has no soul or regard for laws or even human life. In time, I have faith that you will educate yourself to the ways of the world and music.


    Fat Blake

    Basket031 (August 20, 2002)

    3 words for NOFX: THEY RULE IT

    see ya

    Anonymous (August 19, 2002)

    eh, it's fun listening to NOFX insult anything. whether it's W or the audience, it's all good to me.

    SOYBOMB (August 19, 2002)

    If you didn't see Quarashi, you didn't go to Warped Tour.


    Magnoon-OWI (August 19, 2002)

    fat mike and el hefe needs to shut their pie-holes about GW (its old already) and get back to doing what they do best: insulting their audience.

    Anonymous (August 19, 2002)

    at least the guy below makes a good comment. NOFX has always had punk songs, I never argued that point once, all I said was "now they talk about it on stage" which they never did before, and yes I know about all the things you were whining about 2 posts below, anyway it doesn't matter...

    ...I'll have a LTJ review up shortly from the glasshouse. peace.

    waste_elite (August 19, 2002)

    nofx has been political for the majority of their existence. sure, it hasn't always been as prevalent as it is now, but it's always been there to some extent. i actually find it refreshing. there aren't many big-name punk bands that have the balls to go out and wear their politics on their sleaves like that. i'm sure they alienated a decent chunk of their fanbase (as in the reviewer) in the process.

    i'm interested in what the next album will be like. i've got a thing for political punk.

    Anonymous (August 19, 2002)

    Yeah dude, way to sound like a total gay weiner. NOFX had political songs on Ribbed, Punk in Drublic had quite a few political themed tunes. These albums go back almost 10 years. While these stupid derivative Drive Thru bands are busy being cutsey Backstreet Boys with guitars hawking Mountain Dew and Seventeen Magazine, NOFX is out there doing things like teaming up with a great independant mind like Michael Moore (who knows the truth about the corruption of the Bush administration, a guy who's been on the Bestseller list for 16 weeks with his Stupid White Men book) as they've come up woth the punkvoter.com website, which is a great idea. NOFX supports the Liberaterian party, which I'm sure you know nothing about if you say stupid ass shit like "Bush kicks Mike's ass." 17 year old suburban emo fags jumping around and singing like girls does nothing, says nothing, and is nothing. Do a little homework before you write stupid shit.

    Anonymous (August 18, 2002)

    one more thing...NUFAN was fucking boring. i own a couple of their cds, so i expected to at least enjoy it, but after two songs i wanted to fall asleep. glad i got away from that set before i fell over out of sheer boredom.

    Anonymous (August 18, 2002)

    wow...i was at the same show, but didn't see any of the bands you saw except alkaline trio. and yea, they did a pretty crappy job, but it was fun.
    tsunami bomb was awesome, as was five speed. the parts that i caught of flogging molly, bad religion, and the casualties all were great. bullets n' octane was fun. anti-flag was excellent. i didn't have enough energy to go up and watch the bosstones.
    the line to get in made me miss the first hour and a half though. boo to that. overall it was pretty fun...i was glad that it wasn't very hot.

    Anonymous (August 18, 2002)

    I don't think any of you realize what I was saying about NOFX, and it seems like none of you have seen them before. I have seen them about oh, 6 or 7 times and I do not see how any of you do not realize that before "pump up.." and even "decline" nofx never talked about politics on stage inbetween songs. All they did was have the political songs like murder the govt, perfect govt (which hefes brother actually wrote 3/4 of that, not nofx), and many others, but it wasn't until about 2 years ago nofx stopped talking about beer and very dmb jokes, and moved onto bush and other politics that just didn't fit in with their "stupid humor" attitude. mike should be more like melvin and not talk. that is what I meant in the review, asses. and I didn't see the deviates cause I just saw them at ucr 3 months ago so shut the fuck up, I had to make decisions.

    Anonymous (August 18, 2002)

    It's a travesty that you did not see the Deviates. They put on an amazing show. And this must be your first time seeing NOFX because they have always spent a majority of their time bullshitting with each other and cracking jokes.

    Anonymous (August 17, 2002)

    Damn right the reviewer was right, alkaline trio sucked it big time at the show, matt skiba was drunk off his ass.

    Anonymous (August 17, 2002)

    why would you even need to describe what BR does live? I was at this show, they went on for a half hour and played a good mix of old and new to perfection and everyone and their mom was watching, the end.

    And I've seen Alk3 so many times, and they blew at this show. The reviewer was right on with that.

    SOYBOMB (August 17, 2002)


    If I submitted a review of Motorhead's "ACE OF SPADES" album, would it be posted?


    SOYBOMB (August 17, 2002)

    I see.


    maverick (August 17, 2002)

    Oops, that should've been "to the fucktard 2 comments below me" - my apologies, Chris.


    maverick (August 17, 2002)

    To the fucktard below me:
    You must've forgotten how to read. In Pittsburgh, the reviewer only watched 2 DT bands - Finch and RxBandits. In New York, the reviewer only watched 2 DT bands - The Movielife and Allister [3 if you count New Found Glory].

    Each review of Warped so far has been completely different thus far, and I will continue to run them as long as the people writing them have different perspectives.

    Suck it.


    Anonymous (August 17, 2002)

    He's right.


    Anonymous (August 17, 2002)

    there are 3 warped reveiws up right now- and all three reveiwers watched drivethru allday. this is beyond lame- i know wapred tour is cheesy and all.. but there were decent bands on the show. PEOPLE- dont write a reveiw if 2 other people already reviewed the same show AND the same shitty bands you saw. i dont care how much running around you did- nor do i care about the EMOPOP you waste your money on. fuck this reveiw. fuck this reveiwer.

    mdogg (August 17, 2002)

    on nofx " Now all they do is crack dumb jokes on stage, talk to each other, and preach their shitty ass opinions on people who want to hear music. "

    haha isnt that what they've always done?

    Anonymous (August 17, 2002)

    To soybomb...

    ...I wasn't saying he ws the man because of his bday, I just thought that was a fun fact. Kenny is awesome because, well, he is the band for one thing, he writes all of the songs, and if you've ever seen them live he is the only one with the energy on stage, and he's the youngest guy out there in most all bands, especially being this big.

    Anonymous (August 17, 2002)

    Just because he does not like the Casualties doesn't mean he has a shitty taste in music. It is his opinion.

    SOYBOMB (August 17, 2002)

    "The Starting Line: Put it this way, Kenny is the man. I'd also like to point out he is born the same day as me, may 20, 1984 whichis pretty cool."

    Man, you have such high standards as to what makes a person/band cool.


    Anonymous (August 17, 2002)

    i agree with the person below me.

    Anonymous (August 17, 2002)

    Why do the people who write these reviews have such shitty taste in music?

    Anonymous (August 17, 2002)

    good review!

    Anonymous (August 17, 2002)

    no i am not gay, I have just seen lagwagon, nufan, and bad religion way too many times and I tried to catch some bands that I haven't already seen before. If you notice at warped lol, more than one band plays at the same time so I had to pick and choose...

    and my dumbest choice all day was watching alk3 over rxb, that one still haunts me.

    Anonymous (August 17, 2002)

    Is this guy stupid or what?
    Talking shit about Nofx, talking shit about Alkaline Trio? Not talking about Bad Religion, Lagwagon or NUFAN? but he spent all of his day listening to Allister and Something Corporate? Are you gay?

    Anonymous (August 17, 2002)

    What about Bad Religion? Everyone seems to be leaving them out of these warped reviews, but along with NOFX they are the only band on the tour that i would wanna see.

    Anonymous (August 17, 2002)

    fuck warped tour at coors. the line to get in is bullshit, the parking situation is bullshit, and driving all the way to chula vista is bullshit. if you live in socal, check the one at seaside park in ventura...best venue i think for the warped tour. its right on the beach...

    tgarn (August 17, 2002)

    This guy has a horrible taste in music.

    Anonymous (August 17, 2002)

    i thought that review was damn good, and who cares about what is punk and what isn't, it was his opinion so deal with it. If you want to voice something different then you write a review!

    Anonymous (August 17, 2002)

    Punk rock sucks and so does nofx and pretty much all of these so called punk groups. Oh by the way kids,it's 2002 already and guess what punk is dead......

    Anonymous (August 17, 2002)

    the fact you stated that bush kicks fat mikes = you are a complete fucking moron

    and dont even make me tell you how many punk points you lose on account of this review (and while this could be me sarcastically making fun of being elitist, i'm not doing that here)

    SOYBOMB (August 17, 2002)

    This will fit here nicely,

    "Well, what do you expect? These yokels are pure Baltic Avenue. Heh-heh. Uh-oh! I'm late for the Short Line Railroad!"


    Anonymous (August 17, 2002)

    seriously..when did this kid stat listening to nofx? its obvious he's got a hard on for drive thru and the bullshit they put out

    Anonymous (August 16, 2002)

    I disagree with almost everything you said.

    punky (August 16, 2002)

    'When the hell did NOFX become political anyway?'
    -When the hell did you started listening to NOFX anyway?

    Anonymous (August 16, 2002)

    wow. I was there and I thought NOFX played better than they have the last 4 times i saw them. I also thought finch was the worst band of the day. They suck horribly live and over sing their songs and try to be something theyre not. fuck that band. Anti-Flag was amazing simply because of their performance and crowd participation. Reel Big Fish was pretty good. I'll give you that because the only people left were people who wanted to see them so the crowd was fun. Death By Stereo was amazing. The Movielife and glassjaw are the only good bands on the drive thru stage. That label is horrible and so is every band with the exception of the rx bandits and the movielife(who suck after signing). My opinions though. If you like watered down pop music about high school, I guess youre following the right bands...

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