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Warped Tour 2008: live in Scrantonlive in Scranton (2008)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: skankbookskankbook
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I wish I could say that only I went to the Scranton stop of the Warped Tour because I had nothing else to do. I wish I could say I only went because a buddy had an extra ticket. In all honesty, I went because I was actually extremely stoked. While I was totally bummed that the Bouncing Souls dropped.
I wish I could say that only I went to the Scranton stop of the Warped Tour because I had nothing else to do. I wish I could say I only went because a buddy had an extra ticket. In all honesty, I went because I was actually extremely stoked. While I was totally bummed that the Bouncing Souls dropped off the tour two days earlier, the lineup was still very appealing. I’d seen Reel Big Fish at least 20 times before, knew from experience Against Me! and the Street Dogs put on stellar sets, and was even curious to check out Say Anything and (dare I say) Angels and Airwaves. It started off as a perfect day to take your shirt off and rock out to some great bands. Okay, maybe I was one of the only ones without a shirt on, but you get the idea.
After the Street Dogs, I went to get my Against Me! set list signed at their merch tent. They gave out free ice pops, which may be one of the most creative and kindest acts I’ve experienced at any Warped Tour. The highlight of my day came when Warren pointed out the middle-aged woman with a teenage daughter in front of me. “She says her daughter came for Katy Perry and that she came for us. How cool is that!?”
As Reel Big Fish took the stage at 2 p.m., the sun had gone away and it had started to drizzle, but no one seemed to notice. Turn the Radio Off and covers dominated the set, as might be expected when playing to an audience who might not know they’ve done anything else in their busy career. They actually stopped playing a few songs at the second choruses in order to fit more onto the set list. It was a good concept, though I’m getting sick of hearing the multiple versions of “S.R.” I’ve seen better performances by them, but I’ve also seen them play a lot worse. (NOTE: I’ve uploaded the raw footage my co-worker shot of “Where Have You Been” and the first rendition of “S.R.” to YouTube).
As I left, I realized this may be the last Warped I go to. My recent quest for a full-time job has proved to me that I can’t financially afford $40 for a punk show anymore. Either way, a great show, great bands, and I got a pretty nice tan.
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