Festival Recap: Vans Warped Tour 25th Anniversary Event In Mountain View, CA

On July 20-21, thousands of people descended upon Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA to say goodbye to the Vans Warped Tour at the final of three 25th anniversary events. It was a long weekend of music, skating, wrestling, and more.

People started moving into the event on Saturday morning and they were already excited for what lied ahead. For those that wanted to take in the whole festival, it was nice to get in as early as possible to navigate the festival grounds and check out the various merch booths, vendors, etc. before their favorite artists took the stage. This date featured performances from the likes of The Offspring, Bad Religion, August Burns Red, Wage War, Goldfinger, Simple Plan, Save Ferris, Anti-Flag, OFF!, Meg & Dia, Silent Planet, and tons more. These groups managed to bring in an unmatched energy that captured the spirit of the festival’s 25 year run. Every act was memorable for different reasons, whether it be The Offspring’s impeccable showmanship and comedic stage banter, Bad Religion’s killer musicianship, Anti-Flag’s inspiring words, or Wage War’s intense onslaught.

As day two arrived, there was no shortage of massive amounts of talent and positive vibes. This day included artists such as NOFX, who played an abbreviated set after some travel issues, Jawbreaker, The Used, Sum 41, The All-American Rejects, Atreyu, Andy Black (Black Veil Brides), Juliet Simms, Dance Gavin Dance, Thrice, Circa Survive, and more. Every artist had a different flair to them, helping to enhance the festival experience even more. This included the awesome dual vocal stylings of Dance Gavin Dance and Atreyu, amazingly powerful vocals from Simms, the entertaining and comedic nature of The All-American Rejects, the extremely energetic Sum 41, and the fun dancey vibe of Black.

Despite all these great things, the real highlight came at the end. NOFX’s flight got cancelled and they ultimately needed to get flown in on a private jet, before getting a police escort to the venue. However, they weren’t going to make it until 9:50, so organizer Kevin Lyman recruited a number of musicians to cover songs from the band until then. Members of Goldfinger, Sum 41, Thrice, Atreyu, The Used, The All-American Rejects, The Starting Line, etc. participated in the cool performance, which Lyman described as a drunken jam session, reminiscent of past Warped barbecues. They even had a fan, identified as Twitch, sing a song before Fat Mike ran out, much to the crowd’s delight.

Once NOFX took the stage, they powered through 11 tracks, before being told to stop, but it was awesome nonetheless. The band were hilarious, energetic, and they managed to give Warped Tour a proper send-off, regardless of the circumstances.

All in all, the whole weekend was a blast. There may have been a few hiccups at the very end, but it actually worked out by making everything even more memorable. The iconic “punk rock summer camp” has been bringing people together for 25 years and it ended the way it should have, with a community joined together by the power of music.

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides) Announces San Diego Comic-Con Appearance

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides) has announced that he will be signing copies of his “The Ghost Of Ohio” comic book at San Diego Comic-Con International on July 18. The frontman will be located at the War Machine Marketing booth (#1415) at 1:00 p.m. “The Ghost Of Ohio” is a graphic novel based on an original concept by Biersack and it was released in conjunction with his Andy Black solo album of the same name.

More Bands Added To Vans Warped Tour 25th Anniversary Events

More bands have been added to the Vans Warped Tour’s 25th anniversary events. You can check out the updated lineups below.

June 8: Cleveland, OH – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame:

Chali 2na & Cut Chemist
Emery
Hawthorne Heights
Meg & Dia
Simple Plan
We The Kings
Peter McPoland And The Haps

June 29-30: Atlantic City, NJ – Atlantic City Beach:

311
A Day To Remember
Andrew W.K.
Andy Black
Anti-Flag
The Aquabats!
Atmosphere
Atreyu
Bad Religion
Big D And The Kids Table
Blink-182
Bowling For Soup
Chali 2na & Cut Chemist
Circa Survive
CKY
Deadly Apples
Dem Atlas
Dirty Heads
The Doped Up Dollies
Eyes Set To Kill
Four Year Strong
Frank Iero & The Future Violents
Glassjaw
Good Charlotte
H2O
Hidden In Plain View
Hyro The Hero
I The Mighty
Juliet Simms
Kaleido
Less Than Jake
Man Overboard
Meg & Dia
Memphis May Fire
The Menzingers
Not Ur Girlfrenz
The Offspring
Oxymorons
Plague Vendor
Quicksand
Reel Big Fish
Save Ferris
Set It Off
Set Your Goals
Shiragirl
Simple Plan
The Skatalites
Sleeping With Sirens
Stacked Like Pancakes
The Starting Line
The Story So Far
Taking Back Sunday
Tatiana Demaria
The Ones You Forgot
Thrice
Travie McCoy
Trophy Eyes
The Used
Valencia
Wage War
We The Kings

Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre:

July 20:

Anti-Flag
The Aquabats!
Ariana And The Rose
August Burns Red
Bad Religion
Chali 2na & Cut Chemist
Face To Face
FEA
Fishbone
Frank Iero & The Future Violents
Good Charlotte
I The Mighty
Lagwagon
Less Than Jake
Meg & Dia
OFF!
The Offspring
One OK Rock
Ozomatli
Plague Vendor
Save Ferris
Set It Off
Set Your Goals
Silent Planet
Silverstein
Simple Plan
Skating Polly
Travie McCoy
The Vandals
Wage War
We The Kings
The World Over

July 21:

The All-American Rejects
Andrew W.K.
Andy Black
Atreyu
Bad Cop/Bad Cop
Circa Survive
Confide
Dance Gavin Dance
The Dollyrots
Elder Brother
Four Year Strong
Go Betty Go
Hyro The Hero
Jawbreaker
Juliet Simms
Man Overboard
Memphis May Fire
NOFX
Quicksand
Shiragirl
Sleeping With Sirens
The Starting Line
The Story So Far
Street Drum Corps
Sum 41
Teenage Bottlerocket
Thrice
Tsunami Bomb
Twiztid
The Used
Vigil Of War
Whitney Peyton
Yungblud

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides) Undergoes Surgery For Ruptured Appendix

Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack, aka Andy Black, had to undergo surgery earlier today (March 29) to remove his ruptured appendix. He tweeted the following about that:

UPDATE: Biersack has since followed up with a health update:

Andy Black (Black Veil Brides) Premieres “The Promise” Lyric Video

Andy Black (Black Veil Brides) has premiered a lyric video for his new song “The Promise.” This track is from his new solo album “The Ghost Of Ohio,” which will be released on April 12. Black commented:

“‘The Promise’ was inspired by my days spent driving from my neighborhood on the west side of Cincinnati and heading towards the city and into northern Kentucky where I spent almost all of my teenage years in bands, working on a dream. Every day I would use that drive as a chance to plan and think and hope and wish that one day I would be able to make music and tour the world. Over the years, that dream has remained, but like all of us as we grow up, often our interests and methods change over time. This song is about trying to remain true to what you wanted the most when you had nothing and keeping that very same passion and drive close to your heart.”

The Used, Thrice, Circa Survive, Etc. Set For Rockstar Energy Drink Disrupt Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the inaugural Rockstar Energy Drink Disrupt Festival. The event will feature the following: The Used, Thrice, Circa Survive, Sum 41, The Story So Far, Atreyu, Sleeping With Sirens, Andy Black, Four Year Strong, Memphis May Fire, Trophy Eyes, Meg & Die, Juliet Simms, and Hyro The Hero. Dates can be found below and exact lineups for each city can be found at rockstardisrupt.com.

Tour Dates:

06/21 Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
06/22 Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater
06/23 The Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
06/25 West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre at S. Florida Fairground
06/26 Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
06/28 Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheare at Lakewood
06/29 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
07/02 Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
07/03 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
07/05 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
07/06 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
07/07 Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre
07/09 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
07/10 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/12 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
07/13 Thornville, OH – Legend Valley
07/14 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
07/15 Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
07/17 Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre*
07/20 Irvine, CA – Five Point Amphitheater presented by Mercury Insurance
07/23 Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
07/24 Boise, ID – Ford Idaho Center Amphitheatre
07/26 Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
07/27 Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
07/28 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater

Andy Black (Black Veil Brides) Premieres “Ghost Of Ohio” Music Video

Andy Black (Black Veil Brides) has premiered a new video for the title track of his new solo album “The Ghost Of Ohio.” That effort will be released on April 12.

Black commented:

“I grew up in southwestern Ohio and moved to Los Angeles at age 18. I’ve been on the road for essentially my entire adult life, but some part of me always has this intrinsic connection to the town I am from and the good and bad times I experienced there. This song and video both represent the idea of viewing your home from the perspective of an outsider. I wanted to explore the idea of what it feels like to be ‘home’ but feel a million miles away even though you’re surrounded by all the things you are most familiar with.”

He continued:

“Since the record is also the companion piece to a graphic novel of the same name that follows the titular character in a fictional version of my hometown, I wanted to capture that feeling in the video. This is ‘the ghost’ haunting his own memories and experiences. One of my favorite music videos is [Bruce] Springsteen’s ‘Streets Of Philadelphia’ and I hoped to capture that same sort of vibe with this video.

My grandmother’s birthday happened to fall around the same time that we were in Cincinnati filming the video and it was such a great experience getting to spend that day with her. The following day we shot in her house for hours. I’d say about 30 percent of the video is in her house (attic, back yard, etc.), which is a place I spent a tremendous amount of time as a child. Also, we were able to put photos of both her and my late grandfather in the video, which was very special to me! It’s her voice you hear say ‘he’s the ghost of Ohio’ in the outro of the song.”

[via Blabbermouth]