Bosstones Added To Warped Tour Lineup

Music and sports festival will kick off June 24 in Phoenix.

Ska-rockers the Mighty Mighty Bosstones will join Green Day, the Long Beach Dub Allstars and TSOL among the top acts on this year's Vans Warped Tour, which kicks off June 24 in Phoenix, according to tour publicist Keri Lee.

Also appearing on at least some shows will be rock and punk bands the Suicide Machines, the Dickies, the Muffs, Save Ferris and Less Than Jake, tour founder Kevin Lyman said.

This year's Warped lineup proves the continuing vitality of the extreme sports and music festival, now in its sixth year, Lyman said. "People start writing you off, but here we've come back with a lineup that's as strong, or stronger, than any lineup we've ever had."

Also playing on the tour are punk bands Anti-Flag, Hotwater Music, Millencolin, Snapcase, Unwritten Law, Avail and Ugly Duckling, as well as rappers Jurassic 5.

The festival, in an effort to continue its focus on extreme sports, will include a human cannonball act this year, according to Lyman. "Everything's extreme now, so we had to take it to a new extreme," he said.

The outing began as strictly punk rock, but it now reaches a much wider audience, Lyman said. "It's branched out from punk roots to basically a fun day. If you're a kid who wants a good time, you'll find it on the Warped Tour."

The first Warped Tour, in 1995, featured such bands as L7, Orange 9mm, Quicksand and Sublime. Sublime re-formed as the Long Beach Dub Allstars after the drug-related death of frontman Brad Nowell in 1996.

Warped Tour veterans the Mighty Mighty Bosstones are scheduled to release a new album, Pay Attention, on May 2. The album is their first since 1997's Let's Face It and features the punk-tinged single "So Sad to Say" (RealAudio excerpt), on which the band's usual ska rhythms are absent.

Green Day, meanwhile, are in the studio recording their next album, which is scheduled for release in October, according to their publicity firm, MSO.

"The overtone in the lyrics seems to be more positive," singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong said of the album earlier this year in a letter posted to the group's Web site (www.RepriseRec.com/greenday).

The new disc will follow the San Francisco Bay Area band's 1997 disc Nimrod, which included the acoustic hit "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" (RealAudio excerpt).

After opening in Arizona, the Warped Tour will move through the West before hitting the rest of North America in June and July and ending with an Aug. 6 show in El Paso, Texas. The tour's lineup will vary by region, Lyman said.

Vans Warped Tour dates:

June 24; Phoenix; Celebrity Theatre Parking Lot

June 25; Las Vegas; Thomas & Mack Center

June 27; Fresno, Calif.; CSUF Amphitheatre

June 28; Chula Vista, Calif.; Coors Amphitheatre parking lot

June 29–30; Anaheim, Calif.; Arrowhead Pond parking lot

July 1; San Francisco, Calif.; Pier 30/32

July 2; Lake Tahoe, Calif.; Boreal Ridge Resort

July 3; Nampa, Idaho; Idaho Center

July 4; George, Wash.; Gorge

July 6; Calgary, Alberta; Race City Speedway

July 7; Missoula, Mont.; Grizzly Stadium

July 8; Salt Lake City; Utah State Fairgrounds

July 9; Denver; TBA

July 11; Minneapolis, Minn.; HHH Metrodome parking lot

July 12; Tinley Park, Ill.; New World Music Theatre

July 13; Cleveland; Nautica

July 14; Philadelphia; CoreStates Complex parking lot

July 15; New York City; Randalls Island

July 16; Asbury Park, N.J.; Stone Pony Lot

July 17; Syracuse, N.Y.; State Fairgrounds

July 18; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Iron City Light Amphitheatre

July 19; Buffalo, N.Y.; La Salle Park

July 20; Boston; Suffolk Downs

July 21; Montreal, Quebec; Parc Des Illes

July 22; Toronto, Ontario; Docks

July 23; Pontiac, Mich.; Phoenix Center Street

July 25; Washington, D.C.; RFK Stadium Parking Lot

July 26; Norfolk, Va.; Naval Base

July 27; Knoxville, Tenn.; World's Fair Park

July 28; Jacksonville, Fla.; Fairgrounds

July 29; Miami; AT&T Amphitheater

July 30; Orlando, Fla.; Central Florida Fairgrounds

July 31; Panama City Beach, Fla.; Club LaVela

Aug. 2; Houston; Astroarena Parking Lot

Aug. 3; South Padre Island, Texas; Charlie's

Aug. 4; Dallas; Artists Square

Aug. 5; San Antonio; Sunken Gardens Amphitheatre parking lot

Aug. 6; El Paso, Texas; Biggs Air Field at Fort Bliss