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Warped Tour 2003

Warped Tour 2003: live in San Diegolive in San Diego (2003)
Warped Tour

Reviewer Rating: 2.5


Contributed by: SheenaSheena
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The line was already stretched some where behind them amphitheater when I arrived at sometime after 11 am to attend the 2003 Vans Warped Tour. The line up wasn't as good this year so I wasn't expecting much from the day. Yes, there were bands I wanted to see, but if I didn't, I could live with out.


The line was already stretched some where behind them amphitheater when I arrived at sometime after 11 am to attend the 2003 Vans Warped Tour. The line up wasn't as good this year so I wasn't expecting much from the day. Yes, there were bands I wanted to see, but if I didn't, I could live with out.

I walked around with my party for about an hour figuring out what the plan for the day was, who we were seeing, and what time we were leaving. After we got a rough idea, we walked around and checked out the vendors. The vendors were pretty much the same as they always are. The only tent I noticed that was different was the Easy Mac tent. Easy Mac is good, but not when half the powder cheese is blowing away in the wind, it's 95 degrees out, and you're already thirsty.

Among some of the bands on my day's roster were Face to Face, Suicide Machines, Talib Kweli, Andrew W.K., Dropkick Murphys and Less than Jake. Usually I am pissed that I didn't get to see everyone I wanted to see, but unfortunately there was a lot of stand around time waiting for the bands that did play.

Talib Kweli, an unlikely guest at this year's warped tour managed a small gathering of people. I never heard of him until just a few months ago, but I was definitely surprised to see a bunch of punks jamming to the this hip hop. Kweli, a good sport, incorporated many of the tour's bands in his songs. Awesome performance. If you are into hip hop at least a little bit, I recommend.

Andrew W.K. came on the stage dripping wet. Anything to do with I Get Wet? I don't care for Andrew W.K.'s music, but as a person, he is awesome. When he performs he cares about nothing else other than people having a good time whether they like his music or not. When you look at the cover of his last LP, you would never think that he is warm spirited person. He played his hits including She is Beautiful. Two thumbs up for quality.

I was amazed to see that Sum 41 had the biggest crowd. Granted, of all the bands there, they had the most radio time, but I was amazed. They aren't even good. I watched from the opposite side of the venue and then walked away so the only thing I caught was what I believe was In Too Deep.

During the Face to Face set, some one in the crowd started to have seizures and they cut off right in the middle of Bill Of Goods. I liked this band before, but I respect them so much more for stopping in the middle of the song to get the security and medical team's attention to help this person. Face to Face exited the stage for 5 minutes, returned, on looked for a few minutes and then played just a few songs more including I Want. It was unfortunate we didn't get the full set, but I can speak for many when I say I hope that person is doing okay.

I missed Thrice's set, but EVERYONE who saw them and spoke to me after told me that I didn't miss a thing. It's really unfortunate that they can't make it as an acoustic set. Guess some things just aren't good toned down. With the votes I get, I don't recommend missing any band to see Thrice.

Another band I caught were Detroit natives Suicide Machines. They played songs such as SOS and DDT as well as songs off their new album, A Match and Some Gasoline. Nothing spectacular or out of the ordinary. Although I was amused by a tall goofy white guy screaming the words to every single song. I always thought the bigger fans migrated to the front.

The bagpipes caught my attention as The Dropkick Murpheys entered the stage. They had the most dedicated grouping of fans. In the middle of the crowd, there were a bunch of people holding up a giant homemade banner that read "Sing Loud, Sing Proud" and had the Dropkick Coat of Arms. I can't imagine toting something like that around all day.

I managed to catch a little of Less Than Jake's set. Despite the dying energy of the crowd they managed to get people moving again. They showed more energy than any other band I watched that night. They were pro. The played songs off Hello Rockview and Pezcore.

This was the worst warped tour I've ever been to. Even though there were bands I liked, there really wasn't any one there who was a MUST see. I am sure you can get your $30 worth if you pick up as much free stuff as possible, and there are a minimum of 10 bands you like, other wise, spend your hard earned money on something else.

 


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funkisdead (July 27, 2003)

its a good thing so many fucking people commented on how the review sucked. who cares? its flogging a dead horse.
soia also did the braveheart thing on the deconstruction tour a couple years ago

Anonymous (July 27, 2003)

over it.

Anonymous (July 27, 2003)

It seems that the venues for the warped tour this year are a hell of alot better than last year. If there were a couple of bands from last years line-up on this year's then it would be perfect. Your review sucked

Anonymous (July 26, 2003)

everyone mentions how warped tour is going down hill, meanwhile i didnt go ths year, but last year was a vry strong line up: No use for a name, the mighty mighty bosstones, NOFX, anti flag, rxbandits, movielife, flogging molly, bad religion, reel big fish, I dont like them but thursday was there (who many people do like), and much more bands, so i dontthink thats a good arguement...

FortyMinutesWest (July 25, 2003)

I'd go to Warped if Burn was playing.

Anonymous (July 25, 2003)

burn!

Anonymous (July 24, 2003)

The bands you chose to watch were mostly lame, this review is terrible. Sheena is no punk rocker.

-bemused-

Anonymous (July 24, 2003)

Why don't people actually post REVIEWS? A run down of the bands you saw and "they sucked" is not a review. Why did the band "suck?" Sure, you thought they sucked, but what made them suck to you when other people obviously liked them?

And what bands that didn't show up did you want there? There were plenty of great bands this year. When you're waiting to see a band you like, why not walk over to one of the side stages and check out someone you've never heard before? The whole point of Warped Tout is to have this gigantic grouping of bands all in one place so that people can be exposed to new bands they've never heard.

Unfortunately there were so many good bands when i went to the Ventura show (day before San Diego) i didn't get to do that. From Autumn to Ashes started the day out nicely, and I was happy to get a prime spot right up front so I could get some good pictures. Less Than Jake tore it up as usual. Face to face was amazing. Avenged Sevenfold blew the place apart though, probably the most energetic set of the day, except Andrew WK whose set i caught the last half of.

As for Thrice, they were AMAZING acoustic. it should be considered a special treat to see a band like that play acoustic, since it doesn't happen very often - and after seeing them 5 times, this was very special. "Staring at the Sun" was especially haunting.

Beer was only 6 bucks for a 16-ouncer in Ventura. I also liked that the over-21ers got their own area with their own porto-toilets so I didn't have to wait in line to take a piss (since 95% of the people there were 16).

Overall, I think 30 bucks for 9 hours of entertainment is pretty damn cheap.

Anonymous (July 24, 2003)

i went to warped tour today and the suicide machines were so awesome. it beat the time i saw them before.
they had us recreate brave heart.
the right side of the stage took the left side out! woo!

The Planet Smashers had us (the crowd) do that once to "Surfin in Tofino." Considering the fact that it was the PLanet Smashers (aka light, happy music), I'm sure it was much lamer and less violent when we did it.

Anonymous (July 24, 2003)

do people still not understand that just because one person likes a certain band does not mean that the whole world must also like said band(and watch them at warped/comment on them)

Anonymous (July 24, 2003)

the beer comment was stating simply that you are a fucking moron if you have to drink to enjoy a show. if it is expensive... dont' fucking drink it and shut up. you will make it threw the day, as in, you won't die, if you don't drink the beer. not because it's bad for you... but simply because you will. you don't need it to survive. i hate you.

Anonymous (July 24, 2003)

holy, that had to be insane when Sick Of It All did the braveheart thing. i'd like to have been there for that.

-greyicewater

joeg (July 24, 2003)

"beer is expensive? so don't drink it, you won't die..."

Last time I checked, everyone dies, beer or no beer. Go preach your bullshit somewhere else.

classic. i guess if i said, try to eat more fruits and vegetables, they'll help prevent cancer, you'll ask me to stop "preaching" my bullshit.

Anonymous (July 24, 2003)

"With the votes I get, I don?t recommend missing any band to see Thrice."

WRONG!!! dont miss thrice, they are amazing live.

Anonymous (July 24, 2003)

To the guy below mentioning the Suicide Machines/Braveheart thing, Sick of it All did something like that at Krazyfest last year during "Scratch the Surface"....it was nuts.

-sickboi

Anonymous (July 24, 2003)

yep a classic case on misinterpretation

FortyMinutesWest (July 24, 2003)

"beer is expensive? so don't drink it, you won't die..."

Last time I checked, everyone dies, beer or no beer. Go preach your bullshit somewhere else. "

I'm pretty sure you misunderstood that comment.

Anonymous (July 24, 2003)

"he saw talib on the smaller stage..."

SHE (I HOPE SHEENA is a girl) did not say a small stage but that Talib "managed to gather a SMALL CROWD." Talib was on one of the main stages.

"since he didn't go for rancid. why would he mention rancid? there were many other bands he didn't mention. pennywise and rancid for fairly good reasons..."

Yeah, she also said that Thrice sucked based on what other people told her. She should of just left the whole comment about Thrice out if she wasn't going to say anyting about the other bands she DIDN'T SEE.

"i haven't been since grade 10....."

Guess what, noone cares.

"beer is expensive? so don't drink it, you won't die..."

Last time I checked, everyone dies, beer or no beer. Go preach your bullshit somewhere else.

Finally the rating was for the review not the Warped Tour.

Anonymous (July 24, 2003)

geez.. that was me that commented last.

-greyicewater

Anonymous (July 24, 2003)

i went to warped tour today and the suicide machines were so awesome. it beat the time i saw them before.
they had us recreate brave heart.
the right side of the stage took the left side out! woo!

Anonymous (July 24, 2003)

"The band order is usually decided for each different city. Bands that didn't headline the tour may headline it another night. Don't blame Sheena because you're late."

I wasn't complaining that I missed Rancid, just sayin that she didn't even mention that they played.

Anonymous (July 23, 2003)

Warped tour wasn't bad...I had fun, but there just wasn't as much to do as in previous years. I found myself sitting down waiting for a band I liked to come on way too many times in the day.
I'm glad I went, but personally I didn't think that the line-up was very strong, and I understand what Sheena meant when she said there wasn't anyone who she couldn't have missed.

501 (July 23, 2003)

Why didnt you see good bands ( save Suicide Machines ) The line up is actually not that bad.

FortyMinutesWest (July 23, 2003)

No way, it was funny.

joeg (July 23, 2003)

its obvious he's gained weight over the years. guess i committed the most fucked up of sins by making that observation. my bad.

Anonymous (July 23, 2003)

Lay off Trev, he's in his mid 30's. That's at least 15 years older than the average Punknews comment crowd.

And Ramo, I be you're in great shape too you fucking lazy internet geek. Why don't you put your picture in your next review.

Anonymous (July 23, 2003)

the transplants performance was absolutely awful.

Anonymous (July 23, 2003)

Has anyone catched the Transplants performance on the Snoop Dogg show the other night??

I'd REALLY like to see that, so if anyone has it, email me please:

DancinShoes77@Hotmail.com

(I can do trades)

Anonymous (July 23, 2003)

it's funny how people are constantly bashing the Warped Tour, YET STILL GO.

Anonymous (July 23, 2003)

easy on the ho hos? you fucking retard. does 10-20 lbs. affect his music? i don't think so, unless he has a heart attack on stage. why don't you shut the fuck up about the way trevor keith looks. dumb. really fucking dumb.

Anonymous (July 23, 2003)

Uhhh, so you liked ten bands but then in the last paragraph you say it sucked just to look cool? That's mighty dumb.

-BSD

Anonymous (July 23, 2003)

pennywise sucks

Anonymous (July 23, 2003)

DJ HiTek. Sorry.

-sickboi

Anonymous (July 23, 2003)

Oh, and Talib fucking rules. I highly reccomend "Black Star" (with Mos Def) or his album with DJ Tech. I believe its titled "Reflection Eternal".

-sickboi

joeg (July 23, 2003)

trevor has let himself go a bit, hasn't he? easy on the ho-ho's trev.

Anonymous (July 23, 2003)

You weren't really critical until the end of the review, up until then any reader would imagine you were having a good time. Quit trying to look cool by throwing in a little bit of bitching at the end. I usually like your reviews, but this was fucking WHACK.

-sickboi

Anonymous (July 23, 2003)

Your review sucked. You didn't mention that Rancid played early...I missed them, and Pennywise tore it up, and also nothing about the bands from the small stages.

The band order is usually decided for each different city. Bands that didn't headline the tour may headline it another night. Don't blame Sheena because you're late.

Anonymous (July 23, 2003)

your friends must be retarded. i saw thrice's set in san diego and it was amazing. dustins voice was so freaking good and their songs came across really well acoustically. the whole crowd was singing along...it was a really cool contrast to the day. i am glad riley's better and back to drumming though!

Anonymous (July 23, 2003)

it's nice to see trever keith in "great" shape. just about the same as i saw him last time.

Ramo

Anonymous (July 23, 2003)

thrice did an acoustic set?

Anonymous (July 23, 2003)

crooked edge is a retarded name for a band...

he saw talib on the smaller stage...

since he didn't go for rancid. why would he mention rancid? there were many other bands he didn't mention. pennywise and rancid for fairly good reasons...

and if you have been to warped before, although i haven't been since grade 10 (and no that wasn't last year, and yes, i'm trying to be cool) you know that bands play whenever. there isn't supposed to be headlining bands. blahblahblah.

beer is expensive? so don't drink it, you won't die...

Anonymous (July 22, 2003)

Your review sucked. You didn't mention that Rancid played early...I missed them, and Pennywise tore it up, and also nothing about the bands from the small stages. And who can forget the $8 BEERS!! HOLY SHIT!! Bad enough the price of the show goes up every year but out there in Cali, if you drink beer, they rape your wallet with the prices!! I was pleased with Pennywise and look forward to having a great time for much cheaper this friday when warped tour rolls into St. Pete.If any of you go to the show this friday check out Crooked Edge and Concise on the local stage. Good to see local bands being exposed to bigger audiences.

Anonymous (July 22, 2003)

If it's a shitty show, then why should they post a glowing review?

Anonymous (July 22, 2003)

i agree with anonymous who said we should start screening these fucking bullshit reviews. horrible reviews by spoiled punk rock asswipes like sheena who couldn't really give a fuck about the show. and it really shows in the review. you guys really should start weeding out all these crappy reviews.

Anonymous (July 22, 2003)

The only reason to go is Destruction Made Simple, they're easily the best band on the tour.

Anonymous (July 22, 2003)

Dude. I'm so sick of seeing these shitty reviews by people who obviously couldn't care less about the shit they're writing about.

Aubin, Scott, et. al.: Maybe it's time to start employing some decent writers who know a thing or two about why we have things like the Warped Tour and why we should appreciate them, especially when there are no other festival package tours out there exposing new bands, bringing along the heavy-hitters...all at a value-minded price.

Just like your mother said: If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.

NewKid (July 22, 2003)

The Warped line up definately doesn't look very strong this year. The only bands on it that I woiuld really like to see is Brand New, Glassjaw, The Suicide Machines, and of course Andrew WK. Fucking amazing live.

-NewKid

sickboi (July 22, 2003)

Trevor looks constipated.

Anonymous (July 22, 2003)

I guess since this reviewer didn't mention Rancid, that they didn't play. I mean, why would a good reviewer forget to mention a headlinging band?

Anonymous (July 22, 2003)

Couldn't really tell that you didn't like it until the last paragraph. The rest was just who you saw and what they played

funkisdead (July 22, 2003)

bsd - whatever... different cities.. things change.
all i can say is props for sticking more reviews up to entertain me.

Anonymous (July 22, 2003)

Fuck, I wish Talib performed at my date. My old group opened for him a while back. yea and thrice didn't really impress me at all.

Anonymous (July 22, 2003)

Thats rather dissapointing to hear about the Suicide Machines, I thought they would blow people away. I'm looking forward to seeing them in a couple weeks though.

Glad you at least caught AWK though. One of the best live performances you'll ever see and the most fun you'll ever see too.

Anonymous (July 22, 2003)

Shitty, shitty review. Fitting for Warped Tour. Do we need this many to tell how bad it sucks?

-BSD

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