PHOTOS: Vans Warped Tour, Day 1 – Bad Religion, 311, Andrew W.K., A Day to Remember, and more, 06/29/19
When the Vans Warped Tour ended its annual national runs after 24 years in 2018, it was a bitter pill to swallow for the millions of punk rock, indie, metal, and rap fans across the United States who grew up seeing or discovering some of their favorite bands at this touring institution, including those in Scranton. So when the opportunity to cover one of only three events celebrating the 25th anniversary of Warped Tour this year, we packed our bags and hit the beaches of Atlantic City, New Jersey last weekend to join massive sold-out crowds for one last hurrah, whether or not this is really the last time.
The first Warped Tour 25 Years celebration was held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio on June 8, and the final event will be in Mountain View, California on July 20-21.
“The Vans Warped Tour holds a very special place in our hearts and in our history,” Steve Van Doren, vice president of global events and promotions at Vans, said in a press release. “It was through the annual tour that we were able to bring music and action sports to youth across the globe for over two decades. We are really excited to partner with [Warped Tour founder] Kevin [Lyman] and the Warped team to put on a once-in-a-lifetime experience to celebrate the tour’s final year.”
“Through the years, the Vans Warped tour has always tried to bring you something extra – this year, we have gone through the past archives and dug up many of our old friends to join us for these special events,” Lyman added. “The curated art experience will showcase our favorite moments over the last 25 years. So dust off the old Vans and lace em’ up since you won’t want to miss a thing!”
In addition to lining up classic fan-favorite “acts that represent decades of youth culture that has thrived in parking lots across the country” on multiple stages, both Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30 featured up-and-coming bands as well as skateboarding, BMX biking, pro wrestling, and nonprofits providing information and educational experiences, a longtime tradition at Warped Tour.
For years, Scranton was represented in several Warped tour lineups by local metal band turned national headliner Motionless In White, and in 2019, Scranton was there once again when The Menzingers took the stage to play some punk rock on Sunday.
On Day 1, we photographed 311, Andrew W.K., Atmosphere, Bad Religion, Can’t Swim, A Day to Remember, Glassjaw, Good Charlotte, Kaleido, Less Than Jake, The Pink Spiders, Save Ferris, and Travie McCoy, along with some posed and candid moments taken throughout the weekend. See photos from Day 2 featuring Anti-Flag, Blink-182, Circa Survive, Dirty Heads, Juliet Simms, The Menzingers, Not Ur Girlfrenz, The Offspring, The Starting Line, Taking Back Sunday, Thrice, and The Used here.
A Day to Remember
Less Than Jake
The Pink Spiders
Skating, biking, and wrestling
Miscellaneous Warped Tour fun
by Keith Perks
Keith is an artist, photographer, and writer. He loves diners, dive bars, Southern culture, anything Irish, and vintage America. He knows Cytoxan kicks in after about eight hours and he once helped save a green pig.