Top 10 Bands That Should Be on Your Warped Tour Itinerary

By Mario Corsaro

The Vans Warped Tour, currently in its 23rd year, continues its reign as summer’s premiere touring festival as it makes its trek across America .

This year’s lineup is loaded with big names, and due to the multiple stages running simultaneously throughout the day with times being under wraps until the morning of, it is not always easy to plan ahead and see everyone you want to see. So as the venue gates open and you make your way to the inflatable schedule filled with anticipation for a day of music and fun, here are 10 bands that are a must see to make your experience at Warped Tour a memorable one.

  1.  GWAR
    The costumed legends will surely leave fans covered in fake blood and are a can’t-miss at this year’s Warped Tour. Known for their gore-filled horror stage show and comedic personas, GWAR will definitely be putting the shock back in shock rock. You can catch them on every date on the tour.
  1. CKY
    The West Chester/Philadelphia natives return to the Warped Tour for the first time since 2000, fresh off their recent release, The Phoenix. Known for drummer Jess Margera being the brother of skateboarder and reality star Bam Margera, the band’s songs have been featured in the likes of Viva La Bam and Jackass. Who knows, maybe you will run into Phil and April at the merch tent as well.
  1. Beartooth
    Formed in 2012 by former Attack Attack! vocalist Caleb Shomo, the Columbus, Ohio metalcore outfit has seen a rising success and continues to be a standout in the scene. Blending metal with the styling of hardcore and punk rock, Beartooth are sure to draw some of the wildest crowds of the day.
  1. Hatebreed
    Headlining an already stacked list of heavy acts on the bill this year, Hatebreed are to get the circle pits going. With their aggressive sound and energetic stage presence, fueled by crunching guitar riffs and the barking vocals of frontman Jamey Jasta, metal fans in attendance will definitely be left sore the next morning from all the headbanging.
  1. I Prevail
    Warped Tour newcomers I Prevail are another highlight of the many metal acts taking the stage this year. Growing in popularity since their founding in 2014, the Michigan four-piece is breathing new life in the metal scene and is likely to become a future repeat performer.
  1. Silverstein
    Canada’s own Silverstein is playing Warped Tour for the eighth time. The band from our neighbors up north may have some surprises along the way for fans. At the Camden date this past Friday, the band invited GWAR bassist Beefcake the Mighty onstage, thus resulting in him “killing” bassist Billy Hamilton and taking his place.
  1. Andy Black
    Andy Biersack, Black Veil Brides founder and frontman, is going solo with his new project, Andy Black. Straying away from his hard rock and metal roots, Biersack is opting for a more stripped- down, pop rock formula. Expect Andy Black to attract a very diverse crowd.
  1. Bad Cop / Bad Cop
    The all-female, So-Cal punk rockers may be coming in as an unknown to some, but rest assured they are going to make a name for themselves by tour’s end. With their skate punk look and attitude, Bad Cop / Bad Cop truly capture the spirit of what made Warped Tour so great in the late 90s and early 2000s. Don’t miss them!
  1. Memphis May Fire
    Playing their fourth Warped Tour since 2012, Memphis May Fire continues to sustain their success as a recent tour staple. Look for these guys to find their way on many more Warped Tours in the future, as they consistently are a huge draw amongst the younger crowd.
  1. Too Close to Touch
    Signing with Epitaph Records and releasing a debut EP in 2014, Too Close to Touch have emerged from their underground status in the post-hardcore and alternative scene. They return to Warped Tour this year, and will likely find their way back in the years to come.

To find tickets for a date near you, be sure to check out vanswarpedtour.com

Warped Tour Celebrates its 23rd Year as Summer’s Biggest Touring Festival

Written by Mario Corsaro, Photos by Rachel Meyers

Yet another Vans Warped Tour at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden is in the books, and what a day it was.

The Kevin Lyman founded festival, now in its 23rd year, was full of memorable moments.

Early in the day, the all-female California punk rockers, Bad Cop / Bad Cop, brought back the spirit of Warped Tours of the past, with their infectious stage presence and So-Cal skate punk sound. Tour veterans Memphis May Fire and newcomers I Prevail both had a nice early afternoon draw and were among the standouts of the metal acts on the day.

One of the largest crowds of the day was for Beartooth, a band that has seen rising success in their genre over the last few years. Fans rushed towards the Journey’s Right Foot Stage, turning the packed amphitheater floor into a sea of moshers and crowd surfers.

Another big draw was founder and vocalist of Black Veil Brides, Andy Biersack, and his solo project, Andy Black. Straying away from the hard rock and heavy metal roots of Black Veil Brides, Andy Black attracted a more diverse and younger crowd with their pop rock approach.

Municipal Waste, adding to already surprisingly loaded list of ,metal bands on this year’s tour, tore up the Hard Rock stage with their thrash sound, more comparable to bands one would not associate with Warped Tour such as Slayer, Exodus and Anthrax. After, the female-fronted New Year’s Day ripped it up on the Journey’s Left Foot Stage, combining their gothic, macabre look with raw guitar sounds and powerful vocals by Ashley Costello.

It was a homecoming for CKY,  natives of the West Chester/Philadelphia area. Known for drummer Jess Margera being the brother of skateboarder and reality star Bam Margera and their music being included in the likes of Viva La Bam and Jackass, many anticipated seeing the band play on the tour for the first time since 2000. Parents April and Phil were in attendance, watching from the side of the stage and receiving an ovation. Bam joined the band on vocals midway through their set to perform a cover of “Bite It You Scum” by GG Allin.

Silverstein, playing their eighth Warped Tour, had a nice surprise for the crowd at the end of their set. Beefcake the Mighty, bassist of shock rock legends GWAR, “killed” bassist Billy Hamilton, taking his place on stage.

As the sun set and Hatebreed took the stage, a strong wind began to pick up and following the band’s opener, “Destroy Everything,” a massive storm ripped through the area. As if the band had controlled the weather themselves, the pouring rain created an aesthetically pleasing sight of headbangers and circle pits, befitting of their aggressive, heavy sound.

One of the most unique acts of the day was GWAR. Those lucky enough to be in the front of the pit were baptized in fake blood, spraying from a stage prop designed after President Donald Trump. Accompanying the ‘execution’ of the president was a cover of AC/DC’s “If You Want Blood.”

The tour continues its summer trek across the United States. After Friday’s stop in Camden, many are already looking forward to next year’s tour. Let the speculation begin. Too soon?

Don’t miss the 2017 Warped Tour date near you! Tickets and dates available at http://vanswarpedtour.com/dates/