This years Warped Tour promises to once again be one of the highlights of the summer concert festival scene. This year WarpedTour.com is selling tickets for the discounted price of $19.99, and it is on a first come first serve basis before the on-sale date of each market. All you have to do is go under “tickets” at their website and can buy them online. By purchasing tickets online, you can enter a fly away contest and get access to exclusive downloads from New Found Glory and H20. Vans Warped Tour ’01 is being presented by Target Stores along with Epitaph Records, Yoo-Hoo, Norelco, and Pontian Vibe.
The Warped Tour is heading into its seventh year and is hitting more markets than it has in previous ones. Some of the highlights of the tour this year promise to include Less Than Jake, H20, 311, The Ataris, New Found Glory, Rancid, Me First and The Gimme Gimmes, The Rollins Band, Weezer, and AFI. All of the mayhem kick off on June 22nd in Phoenix, Arizona.
There are also more bands that are appearing but only for a selected dates. The Bouncing Souls, Guttermouth, Flogging Molly, Morgan Heritage, Kill Your Idols, and Midtown are just a few of the bands that are going to provide support on selected dates. All of the craziness known as Warped Tour began in 1995 as camp on wheels where the the founder Kevin Lyman brought extreme music, athletics, and crazy lifestyles on the road. It is recognized as one of America’s longest running festival tours, and is responsible for introducing such acts as No Doubt and Kid Rock.
Besides the normal festivities all the Warped Tour regulars have become accustomed to, this year will feature bigger and better off stage entertainment. Some of the new features include Incredibly Strange Wrestling, Warped Are They Now? , Breakfast at The Warped Tour, and Reverse Day Care. Incredibly Strange Wrestling will be a combination of music and pro sports. Founder Kevin Lyman said, “It is the craziest thing I have seen in a long time” so it promises to be fun for all.
As usual The Warped Tour has gathered some of extreme sport’s best athletes once again. Some of these athletes include Rick Thorne, Scott Crawford, and newcomers Twitch and Tyler Evans. Warped Are They Now? is a new attraction at this years tour. It will be a museum displaying photo galleries from past tours, an autographed skate board exhibit, a computer terminal to record Warped Tour memories, and the opportunity to purchase vintage Warped Tour shirts. This year all artist autograph signings will take place in this museum making it easier for fans to get autographs of their favorite artists.
The last two new highlights of off stage entertainment are Breakfast at the Warped Tour and Reverse Day Care.Reverse Day Care is being presented by Target Stores, and is an air-conditioned tent where kids can drop off their PARENTS! Parents will be able to share their experiences of having punk rock children with one another. Lastly, Breakfast At the Warped Tour presented by Play Station 2 will be done in several but not all markets throughout the United States. Radio stations will play host to invited contest winners that will have the chance to eat with their favorite bands, and give fans the chance to play Play Station 2 with their favorite artists and athletes.
To see where the Warped Tour is coming near you. Also, please check out the humerous interview Tim got with Warped Tour founded Kevin Lyman. Enjoy Warped Tour 2001!