I’ve had multiple discussions with people about the day I/ we had at this years Warped Tour in Mansfield MA. A week later and I’m still not sure if I have the answers, all I can say is that it was simply amazing. I’m a lush, sentimental, passionate, and heart on my sleeve kind of guy, so take what I say with a grain of salt. Also factor in that nearly every band I grew up on was performing so my afore mentioned sentimentality was operating at record heights. I’ve yet to decide if by design or purely organically there was a them behind this years Warped. And i guess at the end of the day I could really care less. This year seemed to be a lot about community. And I know that that is what Warped Tour is supposed to be about but hear me out.
I graduated High School On June 15th 2007 and moved to Los Angeles on June 20th of that year. I was poorly prepared and made it just longer than a month, but I felt I had to do it. And thats because growing up in New England I never felt part of a real scene and craved that coveted So Cal music scene. Had I attended this years Warped back in High School I would’ve never felt a reason to leave. This idea I am describing started early in the day by one of my all time favorites, Senses Fail. Between a few songs Buddy went on a mini speech chop full off expletives thats theme was at the end of the day do what makes you happy. After that my friend who was in attendance informed me he had heard two Nirvana covers. Later in the day New Found Glory did a cover of Green Day’s Basket Case. I heard another band do a dialogue about the tour switching who played what time on a daily basis to show there were no headliners, that this was a scene, a community, and everyone was an equal point. And then at the end of my day Travis Clark of We The Kings told the audience a story. He told us that they were first and foremost music fans just like every body else. He said he still remembers getting into music and wanting to form his band when Green Day, Blink 182 and Jimmy Eat World were on tour back in the early 2000’s. At this point they kicked into a spirited cover of “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World. So the point here was there seemed to be a great deal of covers aimed at bands that really influenced this scene, and idea of a community, a scene, a family and that music was life to everyone in attendance. It was something I had only experienced out West and it was simply amazing.
In addition to all of this, I was able to meet Taking Back Sunday during a band signing. I got to see Senses Fail for the first time since 2006, Yellowcard and New Found Glory for the first time ever, and hell even the Lost Prophets played. I truly felt like I was 15 all over again. It was one of the best shows I have seen in my life. But on a side note, I have worked the last three Warped Tours, one for Music Saves Lives and the last two for AP, so I had no idea they were $52 tickets now. For that price I hope everyone was there from the doors til they kicked you out.