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Warped Tour 2004

Warped Tour 2004: live in Indianapolislive in Indianapolis (2004)
Warped Tour

Reviewer Rating: 4.5


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You may be saying, "Oh god, another Warped tour review" by this point, but I felt that it was needed for someone to actually review the type of bands that warped was originally entitled for. I left Cincinnati at about 10 a.m. for the two hour drive to Indianapolis on thursday. Me and my fri.


You may be saying, "Oh god, another Warped tour review" by this point, but I felt that it was needed for someone to actually review the type of bands that warped was originally entitled for.

I left Cincinnati at about 10 a.m. for the two hour drive to Indianapolis on thursday. Me and my friend stopped into a Denny's on the way up for a quick bite to eat before the long day that we knew was ahead of us. As we were leaving we asked the server what time it was, and it wound up being an hour earlier than we thought, since we didnt think to remember the time zone shift. So that made us pretty happy knowing that we could still possibly make it in time for the expected early doors.

After being hassled by a monk when we climbed out of my car, we made the half mile journey to the front entrance. Where there was a huge line of kids at each gate getting patted down. I soon approached the security guy and he patted me down and made me take my belt back to my car for some reason. But soon enough I made it back through.

As I entered the Verizon Wireless Music Center, the first thing that caught my eyes on the way in was the River City Rebels drum set, set up in the Space Station tent. I ran up to the trombone player, and talked to him for a couple minutes, as they've always been one of my favorite live bands, and they weren't announced for any of the shows, so I was very suprised. They weren't to play for another five hours or so, though, so I continued on. My next goal was to find a schedule for the day. I soon found one taped to a vendor's table and wrote down set times for all of the bands that I planned to see.

First up was Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards. We made a good journey to the Brian stage to find them, and find them we did. Lars came out looking like a breed of 1/3 werewolf/ 1/3 biker/ 1/3 child molestor. He stated that they were the ugliest band in the world and introduced the band, as they busted into their first song, "Dead American". I joined in the pit and sang along with everyone until the song ended. They went through a couple more including, "Campbell, CA", "Wine and Roses", and "Anti-Social". During the breakdown of one of the songs, Lars dedicated the set to his fallen friends and family, and even spoke the chorus of "Time Bomb" so that everyone knew who one of the guys was that he was talking about. It was really emotional for me, as I've been a huge Rancid fan for many years now. But before they finished, Lars asked if anyone knew who his favorite band was. A few kids shouted Motorhead, and they played a familiar song that I'd heard Rancid do on their Demolition Sessions, then called "Do you wanna dance with me?", now entitled "Little Rude Girl". I never thought I'd get to hear this song live, so it made me very content with the set. By the way, the new cd doesn't stack up whatsoever to the first one. So unless you're into hearing about Lars fucking whores and carrying guns and knives around with him, don't buy the new album.

As soon as The Bastards finished playing, we made our way over to the Volcom stage to see Avenged Sevenfold Play the last 20 minutes of their set. It was good if you're into hardcore/speed-metal stuff. But I was beat from seeing Lars, So I couldn't get too into them. One highlight of their set, they played in my opinion, their best song, "Second Heartbeat."

We then tried to make it to see Anti-Flag play their last few songs, but couldnt make it to the stage in time. I wasn't too bummed though, as I've seen them play 3 times in the past year. On a side note, one thing that I dont understand is why everyone bitches about Anti-Flag talking about politics while their on stage. That's what they are, a political band, if you dont like it don't listen to them, or watch them.

After realizing that we'd missed Anti-Flag, we went back towards the front entrance to the Space Station stage to watch the Groovie Ghoulies play a few songs. Their set was very energetic and you could tell their fans apart from everyone else, with the guys dressed in old school punk shirts, tight, ripped jeans, Chuck's, and horned rim glasses, and the girls in 50's style California skirts, still with the Chuck's and glasses. Very interesting none-the-less.

At this point in the day, there was a good hour break between sets that we were going to see. We took time to walk around to the different booths and pick up some free crap and buy a little bit of merch. After receiving free condoms and a shitload of stickers and promo posters, we passed the Code of the Cutz Stage, where a group called Arcane was playing. It was three guys with great crowd control and some very funny lyrics. The last song that they did was something like "You're pussy is so hairy", after apologizing before hand to anyone that would be offended. They even gave free shirts to anyone who danced. I recommend watching them for a laugh if you've got some free time. After that, my friend and I waited in line for the Avenged Sevenfold signing. All I got out of it was impatience and an excroutiating sunburn.

3 o'clock rolled around and it was time to go watch the Bouncing Souls play. Greg soon came out and they busted into their set. The crowd went off as they played old classics like "Argyle" and "Hopeless Romantic". A few other notable cuts would be "True Believers" and "That Song". I wasn't completely impressed with the set as I could have been, since they didn't play "Manthem" "Johnny X" or "Gone". Which in my eyes, are the best songs that they play live.

As the Souls finished, you could hear the Vandals taking the stage across the field. The crowd got very into them. And I have to admit that they had the most hilarious, and bizarre set of the day. They even had the Drummer from Alkaline Trio playing with them, since the original drummer was apparently sick. They played everything from "My neck, my back" to "Oi, to the world." They asked for a request at one point and i had to give it a shot, so I screamed out for Anarchy Burger, but only got a dumb-founded look from the lead singer. I guess they haven't played it in years or something, but it would have been nice to hear anyhow.

After their set, we had a half hour to kill until Bad Religion played, but we realized that we were missing Rise Against, so we ran as fast as we could to the volcom stage just in time to catch them playing their last song. We were disappointed, but we'd seen them not too long ago, so it wasn't that big of a deal. Once they finished, we made it back over to the Brian stage for BR, instead to find Flogging Molly setting up. They said that BR wasn't there yet, so they were taking their place. I was ok with it though, since I planned to see them play anyhow. Before they played, Mr. Dave King noted that Irishmen and people with red hair aren't supposed to be in heat over 100 degrees. This got a laugh out of the sweat soaked crowd as they flew right into their first song "Drunken Lullabies". Many notables were "Whats left of the Flag" Devil's Dance Floor" "Rebel's of the Sacred Heart" and the closer "Salty Dog". Somewhere in the set, they through in a new song from an apparently upcoming album, which was amazing if I may say so. After making a few jokes, the band left the stage and went back to their little guiness party.

The rest of us made our way back out of the area and went our seperate ways. My friend and I went to the Space Station stage once again, this time to watch the River City Rebels play. We sat around for about 20 minutes waiting for them. Dan soon enough made his way out to the front of the band as they kicked out their set. A much needed rain began to fall as they played classic Rebel's songs like "No Good" and "Life's a Drag", including a few new songs from their upcoming album, "Hate to be Loved." They even did a cover of "Do you love me?", which really got the small crowd going, as Dan jumped out and danced with the kids for a little while. They soon closed with "Small Town Pride" as the die-hard, bleeding Rebels fans danced their lives away. This was arguably the best show of the entire day.

Since we were confused about the time at this point, we decided to walk over to Ernie Ball stage to wait for Big D and the Kids Table to play. When we arrived, Lordz of Brooklyn were playing their brand of Beastie Boys-like rap/thrash/metal. My friend and I were both upset that they didn't play "Saturday Night", but we were lucky enough to catch them, so we didn't worry about it. We just hung around until Big D and the Kids Table played, and decided to miss Bad Religion, since we'd have another chance to see them in Cincinnati in a couple of weeks. Before they played, I said hey to some of my friend's in the band, since I'd put on a show of their's back in April. They opened up with "Girls Against Drunk Bitches" and went through the set with few more from Good Luck, like "Myself" and "She won't ever figure it out". The kids were skanin all over the place during the entire set, until they closed with "L.A.X.", when everyone just crowded in around the stage to sing along. It was a very exciting show to see towards the end of the day.

For our final performance of the day, we walked only a few hundred feet over to the Teal Stage for NOFX. They had a few minutes until they played, so I began to study the stage, where they had two huge dolls propped up on rods, that we later found out they'd found in the grabge a few days earlier, because "For some reason, mid-westerners have the wierdest garbage" according to Fat Mike. The band soon came out, followed by Fat Mike, who looked like he hadn't had a bowel movement in a month. But it wound up being a stiff neck, that he'd been given pills for, but Eric Melvin apparently got some too and snorted them. Nothing compared to the cocaine he'd done, he noted. The opening of the set was just a really fast, NOFX-esque riff, which soon turned into "Kill all the White Man.", followed by"Linolium"; "a slow song" according to Mike. They busted out other classics like "Murder the Government","Bob" and "A Perfect Government", with newer songs like "Bottles to the Ground" and "Franco Unamerican". They even played both versions of "Fuck the Kids" upon request. During one of the last songs, someone passed out in the pit, which I'm beginning to think is a curse on NOFX shows, as everytime I've seen them, this has happened. They finally finished with "Idiot Son of an Asshole", which had everyone in the crowd laughing, as he through in things about the president not having the ability to eat pretzels properly.

With this being my fifth year at Warped Tour, I have to say it was one of the best. Nothing compared to last year's line-up, but good in it's own sense. I hope that everyone goes out and has a great time this year no matter what. And if you have a chance, check out some of the bands on the smaller stages.

 


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princessdanarchy (July 31, 2004)

I actually mentioned 13 or so and saw 11 of them. And by the way, there are only about 40 bands playing each date of the warped tour. And to the kid who's never been, there are schedules for every band playing that day on most any booth you go to (hundreds of them) Just write the bands you want to see on your arm or something and then figure out where each stage is, first thing.

Anonymous (July 31, 2004)

worst warped tour reviews ever, didnt 100 bands play? and you mentioned 5

Anonymous (July 31, 2004)

good review.
and a question about the warped tour. I've never been to it because I've always thought it was gay, but my friends want me to come along this year, so I guess I will. Anyways, is there a scedule or anything like that anywhere? I'm gonna be fucking confused if there isn't.

SethCohen (July 30, 2004)

Wasn't No Doubt at the first Warped Tour. Maybe it was the second, but even then I wouldn't call them punk rock

Anonymous (July 29, 2004)

everyone is reviewing the same fucking bands.

princessdanarchy (July 29, 2004)

He definitely said they found them in the garbage, and yes, I suppose he did say it was at a truck stop.

Anonymous (July 29, 2004)

all these bands are lame for buying into the corprate mess of the warped tour. Pepsi commercials are next!

thriceequalsgod (July 29, 2004)

I like spaces a lot.

Anonymous (July 29, 2004)

"they had two huge dolls propped up on rods, that we later found out they'd found in the grabge a few days earlier"

Actually, they said they bought them in a truck stop. "only people from the midwest buy stuff like this from truck stops" they said, or something to that effect.

But yeah, good review though.

chrisafi (July 29, 2004)

Some nice ignoring Jones The bones to Jake the Snake
Lol.
Jake is so right.

HippyLettuce (July 29, 2004)

this is a real good fucking review, very in depth, you did a good job no matter what those fuckers say.. it'd be better if you dropped Ryan Stalls' a line. haha ..... good fucking review

Anonymous (July 29, 2004)

Make sure you guys check out The Fully Down. They will be playing the Volcom Stage starting August 2nd. You can check out their tunes at www.purevolume.com/thefullydown/
www.thefullydown.com

princessdanarchy (July 29, 2004)

"...but we realized that we were missing Rise Against, so we ran as fast as we could to the volcom stage just in time to catch them playing their last song. We were disappointed, but we'd seen them not too long ago, so it wasn't that big of a deal."
I tried to see them and I busted ass so that I could, where does everyone see that I didn't enjoy/watch them?

stevejonestherealbones (July 29, 2004)

phenomenauts are a pretty fun band worth checkin out. kinda a rockabilly spacey thing goin on

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

princessdanarchy (July 29, 2004)

I dont know who the Phenomenauts are? are they worth catching when they come back around? what they sound like?

Anonymous (July 28, 2004)

this is the score for no phenomenauts

Anonymous (July 28, 2004)

hey, jones, where are your reviews, smartguy? oh yeah, thats right, your not intelligent enough to write more than four sentences at a time. two of which are the nickname your gay lover gave you and your stupid fucking email address(ever notice your the only moron that does this, take a hint loser, nobody cares who you are or how they can contact you). until you contribute something to this site other than your really super creative nickname and email, i suggest you shut your dirty manpleaser.

- jake the snake

- jakesnake8770@boredelitistretard.com

Anonymous (July 28, 2004)

You gave me crap about my Warped review regarding Rise Against and you missed them? Way to "kill" your half hour...

Good review otherwise. I won't be bitter anymore.

- Chris

ForgottenFace (July 28, 2004)

yeah i cant wait to go to warped. avenged sevenfold is gonna rock!

princessdanarchy (July 28, 2004)

Yeah, it makes a huge difference man. It means that I'm not trying to piss anyone off or offend anyone with my review, so there is no reason that anyone should piss me off or offend me by personally attacking me for writing it as I saw it. If someone hates a band that I reviewed or something, fine, no big deal, but if someone acts like my review (which is a first hand account of what I witnessed/took part in) is something to disagree with, since an UN-OPINIONATED account of a show can be disagreed with, then yes, I want that person to seek out psychiatric help, because there is something terribly wrong up there. I'm not here to start shit with anyone, I'm just trying to keep people's minds open and fair.

Anonymous (July 28, 2004)

nofx sucks. They should be brutally murdered for playing/writting such shitty music.

Anonymous (July 28, 2004)

they played anarchy burger at the pukkelpop festival in belgium, august 2003.

stevejonestherealbones (July 28, 2004)

hey princess...here is the rest of your quote, as if it makes a difference

"..., I went, had a great time, and wanted to review it for the site. Harmless, not trying to offend anyone."

you went you had a great time and wanted to review it , but that still doesnt change the fact that if anyone disagreees or has a problem with the review then they are an ass , which is one of the most insensitive ignorant elitist comments ever. and i love the last part, "by the way assholes, i'm not trying to offend anyone you bunch of asses"

finally quit being such a fuckin baby and dont throw a hissy fit just cause people bash your review. fuckin take it like you got a pair. maybe if you were more "macho" you wouldnt be crying all the time

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (July 28, 2004)

the vandals played anarchy burger in portland.

Anonymous (July 28, 2004)

Quit reviewing this crappy tour at every stop no one cares

chrisafi (July 28, 2004)

Internet Anonimity =Complete shitheads

Steve Jones is a shithead. In such context
I'm afraid it happens.
Some people have nothing better to do than bitch and moan about anyone with different views or likes to them.

It's called xenophobia.
No cure though

princessdanarchy (July 28, 2004)

Yeah, way to not include the entire quote. It didnt have any other meaning beyond what you quoted, I swear. I didnt know a review on a live show that isnt much opinion, can be disagreed with. And I'm gay, so what if I am, what the fuck have I ever done to you. I'm just some kid who reviewed a warped tour that I went to and everybody jumps on the "let's bash the fuckin reviewer" bandwagon just because you all think you're too fuckin good for Warped Tour. Fucking stupid. You can disagree with me all you want, I have no problem with it, it's no need to bash me. I'm sure that any of us would get along if we knew each other, but you have to go on this fuckin macho power trip like everything you post is so awesome and god, heaven for-fuckin-bid anyone else post anything about punk rock, that would completely defeat the purpose of the website, wouldn't it.

stevejonestherealbones (July 28, 2004)

your a guy and your name is princess. thats fucking gay

"anyone who has a problem with my review is just an ass"

wow. so people who dont agree with you are asses. maybe you should see a psych

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

princessdanarchy (July 28, 2004)

Thats awesome, where did you see them play it?

Anonymous (July 28, 2004)

I heard the vandals play anarchy burger less than a year ago.
Is Lars still with pink?

Anonymous (July 28, 2004)

I was there in indy but I din't really enjoy it this much this year. The only bands I found worth seeing were Fear Before the March of Flames, Bear Vs. Shark, Alkaline Trio, and Underoath.

princessdanarchy (July 28, 2004)

First of all, I'm a guy. Second, I didn't say...,"this is the review for real warped tour fans..." I was basically pointing out that I was tired of people reviewing bands like Yellowcard and Taking Back Sunday when it's warped tour. (ya know, the tour that originally was full of nothing but punk rock bands? and in what way is LFATB not a punk rock band?) Finally, anyone who has a problem with my review is just an ass, I went, had a great time, and wanted to review it for the site. Harmless, not trying to offend anyone.

Anonymous (July 28, 2004)

"- 1 for telling us about what you did before the concert
1 for enjoying the river city rebels
- 1 for watching lars and the bastards
- 1 for watching avenged sevenfold
2 because A-F and Bouncing Souls are okay
1 for watchign the vandals
1 for watching flogging molly
- 1 for not enjoying rise against
1 for watching the river city rebels
1 for watching nofx

score: 14, its a lot better than the other reviews"

Um, according to my idiot math you scored it a 3.

Also, seeing Nofx gives her a -100. Not enjoying Rise Against gives her a -1000 because they rock hard.

I honestly didnt read the review. I skimmed over it because they started off saying,"this is the review for real warped tour fans..." and they said they saw Lars and the bastards. That was enough for me to read to know this person is a dick head.

There are really 3 bands worth seeing. Rise Against, Bad Religion, The Bouncing Souls. Any of the other bands are either fillers, crap, or generic crap. Of coarse you have the occasional diamond in the rough(name that movie!) but obviously that corresponds with what date you are seeing warped tour.

Anyway, good job putting this on the bottom of the list of new reviews, because this review sucked not because I read it, just because the reviewer has bad taste in music.

Anonymous (July 28, 2004)

When did I say that I didnt enjoy Rise Against? I missed their set and saw them play their last song, what more do you want from me, huh?

Anonymous (July 28, 2004)

Wow, worst warped review yet, all about a bunch of bands that blow donkey dick. Keep 'em cummin!

-Costanza

stevejonestherealbones (July 28, 2004)

"warped tour...more like crap tour...nevermind i got nothin...."

no. that was actually pretty good and right on the money

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

gladimnotemo (July 27, 2004)

Wow, you saw good bands. Finally.

Anonymous (July 27, 2004)

Score is for The Bouncing Souls playing Johnny X when i saw them on warped.

Anonymous (July 27, 2004)

warped tour...more like crap tour...nevermind i got nothin....

Anonymous (July 27, 2004)

"The band soon came out, followed by Fat Mike, who looked like he hadn't had a bowel movement in a month."

This score is for that part.

jhfc666 (July 27, 2004)

- 1 for telling us about what you did before the concert
1 for enjoying the river city rebels
- 1 for watching lars and the bastards
- 1 for watching avenged sevenfold
2 because A-F and Bouncing Souls are okay
1 for watchign the vandals
1 for watching flogging molly
- 1 for not enjoying rise against
1 for watching the river city rebels
1 for watching nofx

score: 14, its a lot better than the other reviews

Anonymous (July 27, 2004)

better than the other warped reviews.....but thats not saying a hell of alot...oh yeah the vandals are liars cuz josh freese ain't ill, he's just sick of touring (over a year) and not getting to see his son. vancouver was his last day on warped.

Anonymous (July 27, 2004)

You missed Rise Against, therefore you suck.

stevejonestherealbones (July 27, 2004)

warped tour? more like on the straight and narrow nothing original about these bands except for maybe one in 15 or so bands but i go anyway just to sneak peaks at the lil newly turned 18 year old girls who just graduated highschool and show off their bellies and are about as punk as ashlee simpson tour.....

or, for short

OSNNOATBEMOI15OSBBIGAJTSPALNT18YOGWJGHSOTBAAAPA Ashlee Simpson Tour

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

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