Warped Tour: The True Story Revealed In New Episode Of Our Podcast, Inside Track
In the punk, ska, emo, and hardcore scenes, no festival will ever have the same power as Vans Warped Tour, a revolutionary touring punk rock free-for-all that introduced hungry young fans to some of the loudest, craziest bands on earth. With a line-up that gave young outcasts everything from Celtic folk-punk to metalcore, Warped created a focal point for many rock fans’ entire years, pulling in millions of fans and creating more memories than can be counted. Unfortunately, this past summer saw Warped Tour dissolve under the weight of financial strain and scene bullshit — but its legacy lives on, a testament to the power and community of music.
In the latest episode of our podcast Inside Track, Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman and official photographer Lisa Johnson reveal the true story behind punk’s most vital yearly event, from its humble beginnings, to its meteoric rise, to its eventual dissolution. Alongside them are members of Sum 41 and Less Than Jake, who talk about their favorite moments in the fest’s 25-year run and how it helped launch their careers.
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Every two weeks, Inside Track gives you rock’s biggest names telling the mind-blowing stories behind the greatest albums and bands of all time in a new episode. Spanning from heavy metal to pop-punk, the podcast will reveal what really happened while some of history’s most important musical movements and game-changing records were coming into the world. Not only will we feature first-hand accounts by rock’s most talented musicians, but we’ll also let the producers, festival organizers, friends, and other figures behind the scenes give you the inside scoop you’ve never heard before.
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