Warped Tour 2004

Warped Tour 2004: live in Chicagolive in Chicago (2004)
Warped Tour

Reviewer Rating: 4.5

Contributed by: TheOneTrueBillTheOneTrueBill
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Hello everyone. My name is Bill, and I will be taking you through my Warped Tour adventure for July 24, 2004. You may be asking yourself why we need another Warped Tour review on the site. I feel obligated to write this, because the other ones fell more in line with the more mainstream and sub ge.

Hello everyone. My name is Bill, and I will be taking you through my Warped Tour adventure for July 24, 2004. You may be asking yourself why we need another Warped Tour review on the site. I feel obligated to write this, because the other ones fell more in line with the more mainstream and sub genres represented on the tour. They ignored the more solid bands on the roster, and didn't reflect what I got out of the day. So here I go. Get ready for a long one.

While waiting in the ridiculously long entry line, the Sounds could be heard wailing away. They were nice enough for background music, but as the line moved along they slowly faded away. After entering, I took a quick check at the scheduling board. Thankfully, time conflicts were held to a minimum. I was walking around, and heard a band launch into "Pet Cemetery." Me being the Ramones junkie that I am, I ran over to the Space Stage to see who it was. The band was the Groovy Ghoulies. I vaguely knew of them, but was totally hooked after five minutes. It didn't matter if you'd ever heard the songs before, the Ghoulies would have you singing along by the second chorus. That, my friend, is a measure of a good band. Their set began at 1:15, and started the longest straight run of music of the day.

After being run over and trampled by the Ghoulies, the next band on the list was Lars Fredericksen and the Bastards. Let me tell you, they tore shit up. Lars, Gordy and Craig all were running around, obviously having a great time. They opened with "Dead American" and didn't let up until slightly before the last song. I expected to hear more from the new album, but in the end, "SPD," "Fight," "1%," and "Blind Ambition," were enough to satisfy me. Before ending on "Vietnam" Lars gave a talk about how he was glad to be touring with a real punk rock band. "It's not some kid with a faux-hawk and a Motley Crue t-shirt, wearing women's jeans." You know what? I couldn't agree more. Everyone's entitled to his or her own opinion, I know. Let the shit talking begin. "Vietnam" incited a circle pit that went all the way around the sound tent, which turned out to be a successful failure. When safely out of sight from Lars, the kids would walk, then resume skanking while in front of the stage. I don't ever remember laughing so hard at a show.

Next was the only time I had to make a difficult choice. The Bouncing Souls and the Briggs were scheduled to play at the same time. This being my fourth time seeing the Bouncing Souls, I decided it wouldn't hurt to split the set time in half. I made it over to the Souls just as "Sing Along Forever" ended and "Say Anything" began. Brian managed to throw an insult to humanity in before "East Coast Fuck You" by saying that NYC has the best pizza. I say fuck that! The other songs I was able to catch were "Kids and Heroes," "The Ballad of Johnny X," and "Hopeless Romantic." They're one of my favorite live bands, and it made me sad to leave them. Then came the mad dash over to the Volcom Stage to catch the end of The Briggs' set. Again, I was semi-familiar with them from the Pure Volume site and compilation tracks. They blasted through four songs in the ten minutes I was there, and left to rabid applause. I can't tell you any names, but I do know that they were extremely well done and worthy of your time.

Atmosphere was next on the Volcom stage, and I really did want to see them. But unfortunately, The Vandals were up at the same time. It's been three years since the Vandals have been in Chicago, so they were the clear and obvious winner of that battle. I got up to the stage just as they were ending "Be a Good Robot," and starting up "It's a Fact." They ran through the classics like "Oi to the World" and "And Now We Dance" during the thirty minutes of glory. Joe and the Alkaline Trio drummer might have no stage presence, but Warren and Dave more than make up for it. Instead of ending on the traditional "I Have a Date," the closer to the set was the Queen cover from the new album. Warren did his dancing and played his favorite sport, which just happens to be Little Lead Guitar. I really wish that this band would do more than the sporadic Warped tour and find their way to a headlining Midwest tour.

To my utter surprise and delight, the Groovy Ghoulies were playing a second set on the Space Stage! If I was impressed by the first set, the second converted me into a total fan. Every single song was a blast of illegally catchy pop punk! 30 inspiring minutes later, the Ghoulies were done, and it was 3:45. The most trying portion of the day had ended, with two and a half solid hours of great music.

With a half an hour to kill before Tiger Army came on, I sat down and had a hot dog and a Gatorade for the low total of $9. This was made alright by the sight of Warren Fitzgerald riding an oversize bicycle, looking like a total special needs kid. Tiger Army were not really rousing, but they got the job done. Geoff completely stole the show from the others with his bass playing. They ran through the expected songs like "F.T.W." "Nocturnal" "Power of Moonlight" and "Cupid's Victim." From the new album, they busted out "Ghost Tigers Rise," "Ghostfire," and the remarkably laid back "Rose of the Devil's Garden."

In another incident of lucky timing, I happened to be walking past the Space Stage as The Phenomenauts began. This band has to be seen to be believed. It included a stand up bass, a moog synthesizer, one band member in a robot helmet, one as a doctor, and one in what can only be described as microwave goggles. They played an amped up, spaced out version of rock and roll with song titles like "Earth is the Best" "Gravity" and "Tiny Robots." I was completely blown away by this unknown band making its first visit to the "Illinois Sector." Their props included toilet paper on a leaf blower and a fire extinguisher. If only the other bands around could be half as entertaining as these guys. Do not miss out and skip them.

Bad Religion came next. With Bad Religion, you know what to expect, whether it's on record or live. They never dissatisfy. From the slightly disappointing new album, they played "Sinister Rouge," "Atheist peace" "and God's Love." And for the first time, I was witness to the classic "Fuck Armageddon, This is Hell." The fact that they finally played that song in Chicago made my day, and made up for the fact that they skipped "Do What You Want." The 30 minutes was nowhere near enough and the end came too abruptly. I can't wait for the fall tour.

An hour later, NOFX took the stage and went straight into the usual stupid stage banter, telling us that we got a good set list. Mike was right, because once they actually started playing the songs were great. "Linoleum" opened the set, and after a fuck up at the start, they played a new song called "I wore out the soles in my Party Boots." I'm having a hard time remembering the rest of the set list, but they also played "Reeko" and "Hobophobic," and "Idiot Son of an Asshole." I guess Lars was supposed to help them out with their cover of "Radio" but he never showed. Like with Bad Religion, you usually know what you're getting into with NOFX. And also like with Bad Religion, I walked away extremely happy, eagerly anticipating a full tour.

Hazen Street was on about 20 minutes later. After getting CDs from the Groocy Ghoulies, the Briggs, and The Phenomenauts, I meandered to the Volcom stage again to see them. After I tied my shoes, I decided I'd had enough of Hazen Street. It seemed like an awful pop punk/rap show experiment gone horribly awry.

The last set of the day I saw was Break the Silence over on the Ernie Ball stage. They've gotten more cohesive since I last saw them, which was about a year ago. Sure, the album was a bit of a disappointment, but don't skip these guys over. They basically played the entire "Near Life Experience" album but cut out the filler tracks. They ended with the awesome At the Gates cover "Slaughter of the Soul."

So ends my day. I hope you read all of that.


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Anonymous (December 13, 2004)

Screw you guys no good bands from here ok what about Alkaline Trio

Anonymous (December 8, 2004)

Kick ass bands I saw at Warped Tour in Chicago this year....
Lars Fredrickson and the Bastards
Tiger Army
Bouncing Souls
The Casualties
Rise Against
Anti - Flag

Anonymous (December 8, 2004)

You guys are morons if you want to talk shit baout the scene in Chicago. Chicago has one of the biggest punk scenes in the US aside from N.Y. You guys are morons.

Anonymous (August 5, 2004)

The Phenomenauts are awesome live.

Anonymous (August 4, 2004)

i agree the scene in chicago sucks. not that many good bands and not that many supportive fans.

Anonymous (August 4, 2004)

meh, the chicago scene has A Death in Californa. therefore you cant call it a bad scene.

Anonymous (August 4, 2004)

is it me or does the hardcore scene in chicago suck??

Anonymous (August 3, 2004)

Break the Silence kicks a shit load of ass!! They fuckin rock!

Anonymous (August 3, 2004)

Which stage was Skitsystem on? And the Genocide Superstars? And Exlcaim?

Oh, wait, this is Warped Tour...


Anonymous (August 2, 2004)

speaking of rise against...does anyone know what songs they're playing during their set?

Anonymous (August 2, 2004)

Bear Vs. Shark was at warped tour and man, they tore it up although they played on the Uproar Stage, i believe, to a small crowd. The lead singer was insane: he was all over the stage and jumping into the crowd and eating the microphone; it was sick. They opened with "Ma Jolie" and closed with "Michigan" i believe and in between they played "We Were Sad ...", "Don't Tell the Horses", "Campfire" and possibly "Bloodgiver". Gotta run, more later.


Anonymous (August 2, 2004)

The best pizza is on the east coast. Deal with it.

Anonymous (August 2, 2004)

CM Punk and Samoa Joe, no way. That's awesome. Samoa Joe should've been wearing his championship belt.

sonicice (August 2, 2004)

Did any of you catch Carne Asada on that small Hurley stage near the Uproar stage? Holy shit, fucking awesome.

sloppyblake (July 31, 2004)

score is for Sonny from From First To Last jumping off the very top of the Smartpunk stage.

Anonymous (July 31, 2004)

Best parts of the Chicago show

CM PUNK and SAMOA JOE being at the show tearing shit up during The Bouncing Souls ( there really big pro wrestlers )

Rise Againsts set was awesome
Flogging Molly was great
FATA played nothing but new garbage
Bouncing Souls were amazing

Anonymous (July 31, 2004)

isn't blind ambition a partisans song

Anonymous (July 31, 2004)

good review. the main reason Im going to the warped tour is for the Groovie Ghoulies and Phenomenauts, so I liked that you covered them alot. and its sweet that the ghoulies played two sets

TheNightProwler (July 31, 2004)

"Rise Against was unfortunately stuck in the pavilion where nobody could find them. Well ok they still had a huge crowd but nowhere near as big as last year when they played on a main stage. People were asking me all day where Maurice was. Biggest mistake of this year is repeatedly sticking that stage in the ampitheatre of the venues."
Yeah I noticed that was a bad idea. I went to check out Motion City Soundtrack at this combined Maurice/Volcom stage but the sound was pretty horrible in the ampitheatre and there was just a lot of people there sitting in the seats just to take a rest. I didn't even want to bother checking out Rise Against there...

Anonymous (July 31, 2004)

I have to agree about the Rise Against comment below. The Maurice/Volcom stages were the worst.
It also sucked that Rise Against was scheduled up against Bad Religion. I watched the whole BR set (which was the best of the day) and rushed over to the Maurice stage and watched the last three songs or so of Rise Against's set.

gladimnotemo (July 31, 2004)

So is it smarter to get tickets beforehand, or go very early and stand in line? I don't have enough money to pay for all these online service charges.

Anonymous (July 31, 2004)


Anonymous (July 31, 2004)

Rise Against was unfortunately stuck in the pavilion where nobody could find them. Well ok they still had a huge crowd but nowhere near as big as last year when they played on a main stage. People were asking me all day where Maurice was. Biggest mistake of this year is repeatedly sticking that stage in the ampitheatre of the venues. =/

theOneTrueBill (July 31, 2004)

Here's a link to the pictures I took. Some aren't too great (Souls, Bad Religion) and some are awesome (Ghoulies, Phenomenauts)

http://photobucket.com/albums/v339/BillRamone/Wa rped 2004/

inagreendase (July 31, 2004)

Best WT review so far. Yeah.

inagreendase (July 31, 2004)

Best WT review so far. Yeah.

gladimnotemo (July 30, 2004)


Good band choices.


EXCELLENT band choices.

I hope I can catch those all as well. I'd like to catch some Flogging Molly if at all possible.

Anonymous (July 30, 2004)

I was also there and I thought that the Bad Religion set was the best set of the day.

Anonymous (July 30, 2004)

I was at this show as well. I think it had to be one of the better warped tours in a while. I saw a bunch of different bands though as I saw The Sounds, Melee, Lars, Dont Look Down, The Briggs, Bear Vs. Shark, nfg, From First To Last, The Casualties, The Matches, MCS, River City Rebels, Big D and the Kids Table, TBS, Flogging Molly, Hidden In Plain View, Coheed and Cambria, Go Betty Go, and Sugarcult.

Melee, Bear Vs. Shark, From First to Last, Flogging Molly, and Coheed and Cambria all put on incredible shows and I recommend seeing all of them on the tour.

Anonymous (July 30, 2004)

Um, you are from Chicago but no mention of Rise Against?

TheNightProwler (July 30, 2004)

Of yeah, when Lars was saying that he also gave a bunch of shout outs to all the good bands on the tour... then he also said something like "I also want to give a shout out to all my boys in New Found Glory... oh and Simple Plan too" and I wasn't sure if he was being serious or if he was just joking around. With the way him and Tim had a hard-on for those guys in Good Charlotte I'm no longer sure...

Anonymous (July 30, 2004)

‚??It‚??s not some kid with a faux-hawk and a Motley Crue t-shirt, wearing women‚??s jeans"
-ooh take that story of the year

TheNightProwler (July 30, 2004)

I was at the Chicago Warped Tour also.

If anyone cares some of the NOFX songs I saw that the reviewer didn't mention were Drugs Are Good, Franco Un-American, and Murder The Government.

I could have sworn that Bad Religion played Fuck Armageddon the last time they were in Chicago. It was an awesome show none the less and I laughed when someone threw a condem onstage and Greg dedicated condems to the song "God's Love."

The Vandals also put on a kick ass set, I really enjoy their new CD Hollywood Potato Chip now and it was cool to see Warren finish the set singing the Queen cover & playing that little guitar.

It was good times...

Anonymous (July 30, 2004)

"It seemed like an awful pop punk/rap show experiment gone horribly awry. "

ala, good charlotte.

Anonymous (July 30, 2004)

props the the reviewer. i've been listening to the phenomenauts for some time now and they deffinitely kick ass. its a shame that they have to be on a small stage, when they deserve bigger. the sounds are a good band, but i can see the money thier labled paid to get them on a main stage. once again, its a shame. everyone should see the phenomenauts and buy their cd. a shirt wouldn't hurt either.

they should tour with the aquabats and create one kickass show and cover each other's songs.

Anonymous (July 30, 2004)

Okay, next year I'm going to pay you to go with me to Warped Tour, because you got a lot more crammed into one day than I did.

Anonymous (July 30, 2004)

Break The Silence rules. Too bad you missed Much The Same on the same stage.. they were the best non-headliner of the day. Crowd went crazy, destroyed the security, stagediving, the whole thing. I was a fan before but they were insane.

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