Warped '97 Gears Up

Social Distortion are one of the bands being approached about playing on the Warped tour this summer.

With the competition so fierce among bookers looking to secure bands for the

myriad package tours this summer, it's no surprise that the organizers of the

third-annual Warped tour have set their sights early, and high.

Already

booked to play the rapidly-expanding punk/skate fest, which has featured bands

like Sublime, Fishbone, NOFX, Civ, Rocket From the Crypt, Goldfinger and

Unwritten Law in past years, are Pennywise, Blink 182, Millencolin, Royal Crown

Revue and the Deftones. But organizers tell ATN they've already contacted a

number of headliner types, including Social Distortion, Bad Religion, the

Descendents, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and Helmet.

The first stop of the

approximately 30-date tour, which is currently scheduled to run from July 2nd

to August 5, will be July 2nd in Phoenix. Other cities scheduled include San

Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, Calgary, Boise, Salt

Lake City, Denver, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Buffalo,

Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cape Cod, Atlanta, Jacksonville and Miami.