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Warped Tour

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: TorgoTorgo
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Ah, Warped Tour, a part of my youth I can't shed. Luckily, now that I'm older less and less bands are appealing to me, so what once was a stage race to see a dozen bands I loved is now, well, not. The only bands I was hell-bent on seeing were Bad Religion and Big D and the Kids Table, besides those .


Ah, Warped Tour, a part of my youth I can't shed. Luckily, now that I'm older less and less bands are appealing to me, so what once was a stage race to see a dozen bands I loved is now, well, not. The only bands I was hell-bent on seeing were Bad Religion and Big D and the Kids Table, besides those who I'd float by at my leisure.

After finding some free suntan lotion (thank you cancer booth!) I sauntered over to a main stage and watched As I Lay Dying. I saw them at Ozzfest a few years back and they seemed like they were having much more fun here. They performed solidly and played all the songs one would expect to hear: "94 Hours," "Confined," "The Darkest Nights," etc. A minor oddity was the singer calling every song, save for a few from a future release, as "old ones." Songs from 2005 are considered old ones now?

Now here is where I lose all my punk rock cred: The next band I saw was Coheed and Cambria. I feel bad for these guys. They get lumped in with all those shitty emo bands because Claudio makes Jordan from NFG sound like a baritone, but they more or less play prog. Has anyone ever listened to Rush before? Anyway, with minimal speaking in between songs, Coheed put on Warped's most epic set, complete with great hooks and behind-the-head guitar soloing. Sandwiched in there was a new song, "The Running Free" (Iron Maiden anyone?). I found myself singing along to a song I never heard before. They took advantage of the off-schedule main stages and dragged out In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 to even Dream Theater length. I'd also like to note how fun their bassist Mic is. Whether it was slapping or back finger strumming he looked like he was really groovin'.

Set list:

  1. Welcome Home
  2. The Suffering
  3. Everything Evil
  4. The Running Free
  5. A Favor House Atlantic
  6. In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
I was going to see the the Unseen but they started in the middle of Coheed's set and were on a side stage at the complete other end of the venue. Aren't they big enough for a main stage yet? At any rate, I decided to pass on that five-minute street punk clusterfuck and see Alkaline Trio instead. They were playing "Private Eye" when I got there and they looked minimally into it. Even though Skiba looked ravishing in bright blue sunglasses, they seemed like they were simply going through the motions. They even substituted perennial show closer "Radio" for "We've Had Enough." Meh, I guess they're not used to being awake at 2:45.

Since I already had my fill of walking around aimlessly, I decided to keep watching bands, the next one being Killswitch Engage. Since I'm sure no one wants me to prattle on about these guys, just re-read the second paragraph and replace As I Lay Dying with Killswitch. And you know, substitute those songs with "My Curse," "Rose of Sharyn," "A Bid Farewell," etc.

Uh oh, here comes the pop-punk train. This stop, New Found Glory. Boy, these guys still jump around like it's 2001! Even though I haven't really heard their last few albums, their set was extremely fun, compounded with limitless energy. Plus, they played all those stone-cold crust punk classics like "Hit or Miss," "Better Off Dead" and "My Friends Over You." They also played a cover of Sixpence None the Richer's "Kiss Me" (off their upcoming covers sequel), which was amusing as hell since I haven't heard that song since 1999. But do we really need any more punk rock covers after the uh...existence of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes?

Finally, Bad Religion time. Of course, I'm immediately disappointed as they walked on stage because Brett wasn't there (did he play any of the dates?). But when they launched into "American Jesus," you forget about all that stuff and realize all these songs can be played by just one guitarist anyway. During the second track, "Social Suicide," a guy in a wheelchair crowd-surfed, much to the amusement of the crowd and the whole band. Jay Bentley even stopped the segue into the next song to declare "Holy shit! That was the raddest thing ever! That just made my day." Greg noted "We've just been upstaged, good night!" Speaking of Greg, the only time he was fairly long-winded was when introducing the new tune "New Dark Ages." Other than that, they consistently played well (besides a sloppy ending to "Generator") and showed they could make the crowd move as well as they did when they were spring chickens.

Set list:
  1. American Jesus
  2. Social Suicide
  3. Generator
  4. Requiem for Descent
  5. Honest Goodbye
  6. Anaesthesia
  7. New Dark Ages
  8. Fuck Armageddon...This Is Hell
  9. Do What You Want
  10. Infected
  11. Sorrow
Big D and the Kids Table lit up the stage instantly by playing "Little Bitch" and I was thrown into my first skanking opportunity of the day. This band always gets the crowd to emit love and today was no different. Dave's swagger wins the award for most entertaining singer of the day by far, while the band were extremely tight professionals who never went over the edge but enough chaos ensued as to where it was fun. Sure it would have been nice to hear "Checklist," but I'm also sure they're fucking sick of playing that song. So I'm more than content with them belting out the best songs on their new album. Good times were had by all, and it seemed to be over way too quickly (even though they went a few minutes over).

Set list:
  1. Little Bitch
  2. Steady Riot
  3. Noise Complaint
  4. Shining On
  5. Try Out Your Voice
  6. Hell on Earth
  7. Souped Up Vinyl
  8. Those Kids Suck
  9. LAX
Well, it was getting late and I had a choice of who was going to fill my 7:45 slot: Tiger Army or MC Chris. Don't get me wrong, "Nocturnal" is a good song and all, but I need some hip-hop. Starting roughly 10 minutes early, MC Chris came on stage high as hell, setting up all the samples himself with his laptop. He quipped about how he had no more weed and then laid it on pretty thick: "No seriously, I'm out of weed." So promptly someone handed him a joint and a few seconds later a gram flew by his head. Oh, who says the Warped crowd doesn't give back? Even though most of his quips were drug-related, he was a very pleasant way to end Warped with, looking like he was having a lot of fun with his one-man show. A common exchange: "All the boys scream! Now all the girls scream! Now all the black kids scream!" :cricket, cricket:. Oh I almost forgot, the music! "White Kids Love Hip-Hop," "Fett's Vett" and "The Tussin" got the crowd in most of a fuss and by the end of the show he could have eaten the crowd up with a spoon. Not sure if he would have wanted to though, we were all pretty sweaty and gross.

 

 
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iknownothing (August 23, 2007)

At first I thought you were trying to make a not so clever remark about my screen name. But by the end it seemed more like you're a twelve year old who got his shoes stolen while crowd surfing at Warped and your mommy scolded you for it when she picked you up after the show.

Anonymous (August 21, 2007)

iknownothing poster knows nothing about anything. oh yeah, he needs his ass kicked.

jamespastepunk (August 21, 2007)

Eh. Warped Tour's gone downhill fast in terms of live talent, no question, but you can get some amazing deals there.

I know EVR, Vagrant and BYO had some seriously great sales.

Anonymous (August 20, 2007)

you forget about all that stuff and realize all these songs can be played by just one guitarist anyway.

They have 2 guitarist live at all times. brian baker and Greg hetson. Bretts role in the band is as a songwriter. He only plays calafornia shows.

Anonymous (August 20, 2007)

Warped tour is pretty shit these days. Last time i went was 2002 and even then the lineup was going pretty steadily downhill.

mcgregor107 (August 19, 2007)

Score's for Rush.

Add the decimal point inbetween for Coheed.

Anonymous (August 19, 2007)

an 8 year old faggot wrote this review. Cheers queers

Hey_Asshole (August 19, 2007)

writing reviews on warped tour is pretty fucking pointless. seriously.

there are only so many different ways you can word:
"so there were a shitload of awful bands playing. but to maintain his "cred," kevin lyman booked a few "hey, the kids like it" bands. that way everyone will still go blind jerking off to warped tour. the big bands played horribly short sets, the kids had unfortunate haircuts, and the whole experience was fucking retarded. i could have saved money and gone to a club show, but OMG Warped Tour is punx, for serious."

warped is fucking lame. it is just kevin lyman making his annual cash grab. fuck going to warped tour, i would as soon put my ballsack in the mouth of a rabid wolverine.

punk_rawk_show (August 19, 2007)

One day i will fly to the states and go to a warped tour. One day....although at this rate by then it will probably be all crappy bands anyway.

Other people should right reviews about their warped experiences this year, i find them a good read. And also someone should review the new buck-o-nine and mxpx already. Im looking at you glasspipemurder, your reviews are sweet.

(ps i suck at reviews so im not doing them)

Anonymous (August 18, 2007)

II'm not going to Warped Tour today but if I did I would have watched:

Lower Class Brats
Bad Religion
Flogging Molly
The Unseen
Big D
Pennywise
K-Os
Real McKenzies
The Toasters
The Fabulous Rudies (just for the 99 Red Ballons cover)

It actually would have been a pretty good day.

Anonymous (August 18, 2007)

Iknownothing is officially my favorite poster. I went to The Bouncing Souls/ Lifetime show the other day and there were about 200 more stage divers/crowd surfers than there should have been. The thing that pisses me off the most is the people who actually push the person back towards the front of the stage. I try to lower a person off the top off the crowd every chance I get.

Anonymous (August 18, 2007)

"People always say "don't go up front if you don't want to deal with crowd surfers." Well, don't crowd surf if you don't want to get punched and lose your shoes."

Haha. That's a great point.

iknownothing (August 18, 2007)

Score is for Warped the past 7 years.

I punch crowd surfers and try to steal their shoes. Fuckers have no respect for me and my enjoyment of the show why should I respect theirs? People always say "don't go up front if you don't want to deal with crowd surfers." Well, don't crowd surf if you don't want to get punched and lose your shoes.

Not sure how I'd feel about a guy dragging his wheelchair along as he surfed. I'd probably be pretty pissed actually if that thing would up hitting me or someone near me in the head.

But despite my hatred for crowd surfers it is never cool to grope a chick as so goes by, dudes who do that need to get their asses beat.

Anonymous (August 18, 2007)

Score is for Off With Their Heads

Anonymous (August 18, 2007)

If Brett plays any dates at all, it will be the ones closest to L.A., so he can be close to his office signing the latest myspace band with the most friends.

Anonymous (August 18, 2007)

by the way, don't know if anybody cares, but i just got back from seeing superbad and let me tell ya, that has got to be one of the funniest teen movies i have seen in a long time!

Anonymous (August 18, 2007)

well, i could be wrong. i mean, it was in the triple digits and sweat was actually burning my eyes during their set, but i still think its him.

eh, who cares. it was still awesome to finally see bad religion even if it was at the warped tour.

Anonymous (August 17, 2007)

Makes me glad i didn't go to warped. Sounds terrible. I hate "Mr. Brett" more than pete wentz. Only good thing bout the whole thing would have been "Anesthesia" and "Do What You Want" by BR who don't need that piece of shit brett gurewitz who was probably looking for the newest flavor of the week metalcore band to sign and try to make money money money. fuck him.

Aw, man... Of all the songs, you pick the ones he wrote? I think we have a winner!

Score is for Warped Tour as a whole.

Matthew330 (August 17, 2007)

Unless Brett is wearing a suit of the skin of another Bad Religion member he is not at the Dallas date.

Or I am blind/crazy. But I do not see Brett.

Anonymous (August 17, 2007)

big d has gone way downhill, they used to go nuts, but now they all just stand there and dave points alot

Anonymous (August 17, 2007)

bret sure did play at the dallas stop.

here ya go!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPXMm2SdlHU

i'm like crowd surfing at 2:12.

Anonymous (August 17, 2007)

i don't hate brett's playing, just the whole money hungry, flavor of the week, shitty epitaph signings.

screeching_bottlerocket (August 17, 2007)

"At any rate, I decided to pass on that five-minute street punk clusterfuck and see Alkaline Trio instead. They were playing "Private Eye" when I got there and they looked minimally into it. Even though Skiba looked ravishing in bright blue sunglasses, they seemed like they were simply going through the motions. They even substituted perennial show closer "Radio" for "We‚??ve Had Enough." Meh, I guess they‚??re not used to being awake at 2:45."

Everytime I've seen Alkaline Trio, they played like that. Easily one of the most boring live bands of our time.

mustard (August 17, 2007)

"Makes me glad i didn't go to warped. Sounds terrible. I hate "Mr. Brett" more than pete wentz. Only good thing bout the whole thing would have been "Anesthesia" and "Do What You Want" by BR who don't need that piece of shit brett gurewitz who was probably looking for the newest flavor of the week metalcore band to sign and try to make money money money. fuck him."

Umm have you heard the albums without brett on them? Besides a few gems on the gray race those albums were pretty terrible.

Anonymous (August 17, 2007)

Mr.Brett wasn't at the Dallas show, was he?

Anonymous (August 17, 2007)

oh, y the way, bret played with bad religion at the dallas show.

great set. i actually found a youtube video with myself crowd surfing to american jesus.

Anonymous (August 17, 2007)

i went to warped tour this year in dallas and it was great, but not as good as last year in quality line-up wise.

the first band i saw was the unseen as they opened the main stages. next was big d and they proclaimed that it was their first time to EVER play the main stage.

i skipped out on coheed to see set your goals which was a blast. they covered operation ivy and their version of the freeze was great.

bad religion and pennywise were tough and the heat was killer, but these vets really put on great sets.

new found glory was exciting and full of a lot of energy. great performance.

uh, i notice that most of the girls in the crowd (who looked like 12-15 years olds) were there for paramore.

uh, i also witnessed too many bands as i walked around that just screamed and played really boring metalcore.

Anonymous (August 17, 2007)

The ONLY similarity between Coheed and Rush is the falsetto vocals. Coheed does NOT play "prog" just because they have expensive equipment and songs longer than 2 minutes. They use standard time signatures 98% of the time and the guitar and bass work isn't anywhere near as good as any "prog" band.

danperrone (August 17, 2007)

mc chris? seriously? oh my god...score is for that turd

Anonymous (August 17, 2007)

Torgo, I don't think Brett plays with them live at all except on rare occasions or shows close to LA. I've seen them a couple of times since he's rejoined and it's always just been Brian and Hetson on guitar.

SumWon (August 17, 2007)

d'oh

SumWon (August 17, 2007)

score is for the sun cancer booth. i always forget sunscreen.

TheMike (August 17, 2007)

" I hate "Mr. Brett" more than pete wentz. Only good thing bout the whole thing would have been "Anesthesia" and "Do What You Want" by BR who don't need that piece of shit brett gurewitz who was probably looking for the newest flavor of the week metalcore band to sign and try to make money money money. fuck him."

Awesome! You denounce Mr. Brett then tout his songs as the only good thing on the tour. That makes a lot of sense.

Anonymous (August 17, 2007)

"Posted by Torgo on 2007-08-17 02:55:43
My Score:

Not one of my better reviews."

This made me laugh. You should've orged it up and said "Score is for the review"

damnitsderek (August 17, 2007)

Score is for seeing MC Chris over Tiger Army.

freesandwich (August 17, 2007)

score is for the warped line up last year.

Anonymous (August 17, 2007)

Makes me glad i didn't go to warped. Sounds terrible. I hate "Mr. Brett" more than pete wentz. Only good thing bout the whole thing would have been "Anesthesia" and "Do What You Want" by BR who don't need that piece of shit brett gurewitz who was probably looking for the newest flavor of the week metalcore band to sign and try to make money money money. fuck him.

Matthew330 (August 17, 2007)

This is not the first wheel chair crowdsurfer I have heard about.

But this is the first VIDEO I have seen of it: http://youtube.com/watch?v=f4Jbo-dS8M4

Torgo (August 17, 2007)

Not one of my better reviews.

ozmanx (August 17, 2007)

Score is for the supposed wheelchair crowd-surfer.

lame

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