Simple Plan joined Warped late in the tour, but judging by their kickoff performance July 19, they're ripe for a killer set every day. The guys opened with some new hits but concluded with "I Do Anything" and the half-acoustic ballad "Perfect." Get ready to shed some nostalgia-fueled tears. Peep our pics of the kickoff performance here!
At the Holmdel, New Jersey Warped Tour date, As It Is performed right after Riff Raff. Leaving no time for anyone to depart or grow bored, the quintet launched into their unique brand of power pop-punk without a breath of hesitantion. Moments before, we watched the guys stretch and practice their spin kicks—all part of the show, really!
PVRIS (pronounced Paris for you pop-punk novices) are currently playing the totality of Warped Tour for the very first time in their career. Even if they're new to the experience, the band was almost immediately bumped up to the main stage, confirming their excellent live show and ever-growing popularity. If you're not hip to them now, you will be after seeing their set.
British band Neck Deep start their fiery set by inviting a member of the suicide prevention non-profit, Hope for the Day, to speak about the dangers of youth depression. It sets the scene for their set: It's explosive, concerned, focused music, the stuff that teens remember decades later.
Blessthefall have been in the game for more than 10 years now, and its only helped them perfect their live performance. You learn something from watching the Arizona act—namely, how to be in a post-hardcore band and not fall into the generic trappings the scene sometimes permits. Diversify, sheeple!
If rock is supposed to be dead, you haven't heard Black Veil Brides. The Los Angeles-based band manage to combine '80s hair metal (both in sound, appearance and stage tactics) and the metalcore that attracts kids to the Warped world in the first place. It's a strange, new flavor, one that confounds and delights.