The funny thing about the Warped Tour is that the older the tour gets (it's now in its 17th year), the younger the crowds get.
Part of me wants to believe that's how tour founder Kevin Lyman envisioned it. What started out as a traveling punk-rock festival is now a full blown carnival of genres.
Everything from rap (Top 40 hitmakers 3OH!3, nerd rapper MC Lars) to heavy metal (pop-hardcore hybrid a Day to Remember, the Devil Wears Prada, a sizable chunk of other bands on the tour) has found their niche on the touring summer camp.
This year's road show may be tailored more toward heavier genres (with most of those bands taking prime spots on the biggest of the tour's eight stages), old-schoolers still have a place to call home — like Warped staples Less Than Jake (who shaved a kid's head into a mohawk during their set) and Unwritten Law (who played Warped during its first couple of years).
Yesterday at a sweltering Blossom Music Center, bands like Paramore (who ended their show in a shower of confetti) and the English group Enter Shikari (who had the entire crowd on each others' shoulders at one point) were highlights.
The Warped Tour's return to Blossom yesterday marked the first time it's stopped there since 2001. For the past decade the show was at Tower City Amphitheater, which closed earlier this year.
The wait to get into the venue was more than an hour. And the mid-'90s temperature took its toll by the end of the day. But fans made the most of it starting at noon and not letting up until sunset. The Warped Tour comes around only once a year, why not make the most of it? —Max Hayden
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