Hard-core rappers Cypress Hill and punk-rockers Blink 182 and Pennywise
have agreed to play this summer's Vans Warped Tour, which will be
slimmed down in size but opened up in terms of musical styles, tour
organizers said Thursday (March 11).
The fifth annual festival tour will kick off June 25 in either Austin
or San Antonio, Texas, tour founder and organizer Kevin Lyman said.
For the first time, the punk-oriented tour will be showcasing hip-hop
acts. A formal contract hasn't been signed with Cypress Hill, but the
trio, whose most recent album, IV (1998), features
(RealAudio excerpt), have said "yes" to the tour, according to Keri Lee,
a spokesperson for Kevin Lyman Productions.
Already signed to the tour are soul-influenced rappers Black Eyed Peas, who sing about
(RealAudio excerpt) on their album Behind the Front (1998).
"That's definitely an interesting flavor this year," Lyman said of the
Trying to describe his band, Will I Am (born William Adams) of Black
Eyed Peas said last year, "There's so many multicultural influences that
you can't really describe the Black Eyed Peas' sound. ... It's not a
particular sound. It's just that the Black Eyed Peas have a sound kind-of
like how the Beatles had their sound."
Additionally, the country band BR5-49, known for their long, wild live
shows, will play selected dates of the tour.
Each show will feature 21 touring bands on three stages and seven
additional bands on one local stage, Lyman said. He said he's shooting
for crowds of 10,000 at the shows, which will be held mostly in parking
lots and open fields.
Last year, each Vans Warped Tour show featured 32 acts performing for
as many as 19,000 people.
"We thought the tour got too big," Lyman said. "It wasn't the backyard
party I set out to create."
In addition to the four stages, the festival will include what Lyman
called a "modern-art fashion show," a dirt-bike exhibition, a house
reggae band, a dance-party tent and an expanded ladies' lounge. Sticking
with Warped Tour tradition, the shows also will feature extreme
skateboarders and bicyclists.
In addition to Cypress Hill, Pennywise, Blink 182 and Black Eyed Peas,
the bands scheduled to play the entire tour, for which more than 40
dates are already planned in North America and Europe, are all rock acts:
Molotov, Less Than Jake, Bouncing Souls, H20, Suicidal Tendencies,
Grinspoon, The Living End, Dropkick Murphys, Frenzal Rhomb and Sevendust.
Appearing at select venues will be Lunachicks, Lit, Amazing Crowns,
Good Riddance, Zebrahead, Buck-0-Nine, Avail, Agnostic Front, Atomic
Fireballs, Jimmy Eat World, BR5-49, Leatherface, All Systems Go, Gob,
AFI, Seven Seconds, Skarhead and Spring Heeled Jack.
SonicNet is the exclusive online presenter of the tour and the
designer of its official website (last year's site can still be seen at
Vans Warped Tour Dates:
June 25; Austin or San Antonio, Texas, Southpark Meadows or TBA
June 26; Houston, Texas, Astro Arena Lot
June 27; Dallas, Texas, Artists Square
June 29; Phoenix, Ariz., or Las Vegas, Nev., Celebrity Theater Lot or TBA
June 30; San Diego, Calif., TBA
July 1-2; Los Angeles, Calif., TBA
July 3; San Francisco, Calif., Pier 30/32
July 4; Lake Tahoe, Calif., Boreal Ridge
July 6; Portland, Ore., Downtown Park
July 7; Vancouver, B.C., PNE
July 8; Seattle, Wash., Kingdom Lot
July 9; Boise, Idaho, Idaho Center/Hawks Stadium
July 10; Salt Lake City, Utah, Fairgrounds
July 11; Denver, Colo., TBA
July 13; Minneapolis, Minn., TBA
July 14; Chicago, Ill., TBA
July 15; Cleveland, Ohio, The Flats at Nautica
July 16; New York, N.Y., Randalls Island
July 17; Northampton, Mass., Fairgrounds
July 18; Asbury Park, N.J., Stone Pony Lot
July 20; Pittsburgh, Pa., IC Light Amphitheater
July 21; Philadelphia, Pa., Corestates Lot
July 22; Buffalo, N.Y., LaSalle Park
July 23; Montreal, Quebec, Parc Des Lles
July 24; Toronto, Ont., The Docks
July 25; Detroit, Mich., Pontiac Street
July 27; Washington, D.C., or Baltimore, Md., RFK Stadium Outside or Docks
July 29; Atlanta, Ga., TBA
July 30; Miami, Fla., Pompano Amphitheater Grounds
Aug. 20; Hamburg, Germany, St. Pauli Stadium
Aug. 21; Berlin, Germany, Wuhlheide Stadium
Aug. 22; Inzell, Switzerland, Ice Stadium
Aug. 24; Zagreb, Croatia, TBA
Aug. 25; Ljubljana, Slovenia, TBA
Aug. 27; Minden, Germany, Weser Ufer
Aug. 28; Rural Area, Germany, TBA
Aug. 29; Reading, England, Reading Festival
Aug. 30; Leeds, England, New Reading Festival
Sept. 4; Barcelona, Spain, Red Bull Festival
Sept. 5; Madrid, Spain, TBA