Update: Simple Plan to Headline the Cleveland Stop of Warped's 25th Anniversary Tour


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Update: Earlier today, the Rock Hall announced that it has partnered with the Vans Warped Tour to create a special new exhibit, Forever Warped: 25 Years of Vans Warped Tour. The exhibit documents the history of the tour from its inception in 1995 through the final cross-country run in 2018. It includes artifacts from acts such as Fall Out Boy, No Doubt, Rancid, Reel Big Fish, Joan Jett and Ice-T.

“Not only did Vans Warped Tour provide a launching pad for numerous artists, it also helped bring underground culture into the mainstream and created a real community for fans that may have struggled to fit in elsewhere,” says Rock Hall curator Amanda Pecsenye in a press release about the exhibit and concert. “The lasting impact of Warped Tour cannot be underestimated.”

On Saturday, June 8, the Forever Warped exhibit will kick off with a special opening concert featuring Simple Plan, We the Kings, Hawthorne Heights, Emery, Chali 2na & Cut Chemist

“The Vans Warped Tour holds a very special place in our hearts and in our history.” explains Steve Van Doren, vice president of global events and promotions at Vans. “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 Kevin and the Warped team to put on a once in a lifetime experience to celebrate the tour’s final year.”

Tickets went on sale this morning, and the kickoff concert is already sold out.

Original Post 12/21/18: Earlier this year, after Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman announced that he was bringing the popular punk festival to an end, he talked to us about his reasons for the decision.

“A lot of it has come to the physical side of things,” said Lyman, who has also appeared in and produced multiple TV series, movies and documentaries during the course of his career. “I’ve always worked in a different kind of way than other people. When I was 30 years old, it was a lot different. Also, artists used to come on Warped Tour because they were part of a community, and they wanted to support the younger bands. They thought it would help their career down the road. Times have changed. Bands have to tour all the time now. That’s their main source of income. For what I do, that sense of community isn’t as strong as it used to be.”

Lyman has shifted gears and recently spent more time on the lecture circuit. He gave the keynote speech at an annual National Association of Music Merchants conference, and he came to Cleveland this year to speak to students who participated in the annual Tri-C High School Rock Off.

And yet, earlier this week, Lyman announced that Warped Tour, which apparently has befallen the fake farewell tour syndrome (you know, when an artist announces a final tour only to begin touring again after a short hiatus), will return in 2019 to celebrate its 25th anniversary with concerts on the West Coast and East Coast. There will also be an event in Cleveland on June 8 — no word yet on the venue.

And while Lyman has coordinated with locally based Alternative Press magazine in the past to ensure that Warped Tour swings through town at about the same time as the magazine’s awards take place, that’s not the case for the June 8 event. The APMAs are still on hiatus, though the June 8 date just happens to coincide with AP’s 34th anniversary, which takes place on June 6.

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