Music: Warped Tour

This year’s Vans Warped Tour lineup is decidedly Rock-centric, with a lean toward Metalcore, Hardcore and edgy Indie Rock.

click to enlarge Kevin Lyman founded the summertime Vans Warped Tour in 1995, and it continues as strong as ever to this day.
Kevin Lyman founded the summertime Vans Warped Tour in 1995, and it continues as strong as ever to this day.

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is year’s Vans Warped Tour lineup is decidedly Rock-centric, with a lean toward Metalcore, Hardcore and edgy Indie Rock. For a festival tour that started out in the mid-1990s being focused on Punk and Ska — music that had a strong underground following at the time — it’s quite a shift.

But Warped founder and organizer Kevin Lyman says there’s a simple reason why Metalcore and other aggressive Rock genres have taken a lead role in the lineup.

“Those bands speak to the kids (today) the same way Bad Religion or Dead Kennedys spoke to me,” says Lyman, 54, who became a fan of Punk as he headed from his teenage years into adulthood, and in fact worked numerous Punk shows in his early days in the music business. Read the full article here.


The 2015 VANS WARPED TOUR comes to Riverbend Thursday. Tickets available at riverbend.org. Full lineup info at vanswarpedtour.com.


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