Vans Warped Tour’s 25th Anniversary Shows Have Been Announced
Following up on last month’s promise of several 2019 dates to celebrate their 25th anniversary, Vans Warped Tour have announced this year’s events.
There’s no band news right now, but there is confirmation of five gigs to be held in June and July, with line-up news coming on March 1 (along with general sale tickets).
Catch Vans Warped Tour at the following:
6/8 Cleveland, OH @ Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
6/29 Atlantic City, NJ @ Atlantic City Beach
6/30 Atlantic City, NJ @ Atlantic City Beach
7/20 Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/21 Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
Stay tuned, people…
When Warped’s cross-country touring finished last year, we caught up with founder Kevin Lyman to get his thoughts on what the consequences of its ending would be on younger bands.
“Warped wasn’t supposed to become a crutch for development,” he said. “I think labels, managers and agents – if their band didn’t get Warped, they didn’t know what to do with them. And now they’re going to have to figure it out. The burden is now on other people to figure this out. I love music, but I love all the non-profits I work with out here and I want to put my energy into them right now. I think my energy can be better used towards philanthropy and education. It’s more of a struggle now, and you don’t want to struggle with the business you love. You’re wrestling with something that has developed all these bands – it isn’t any different than before.
“The biggest problem is bands now can’t make money on CDs like they used to so they’re pushed into situations where they’re having to tour all the time. There’s a lot of tours that go out right on top of Warped Tour and they’re not doing as well as Warped Tour but they’re pulling a few hundred people away from it each summer, each show. We used to be strong because we all believed – Brett Gurewitz from Epitaph summed it up one day the best. He said ‘We all get under the Warped Tour umbrella to keep out scene strong and then we fight it out in business later on.’”
Read the rest of that interview here.
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