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 2930; 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