After 24 years, Warped Tour is finally ready to say goodbye.
In an interview with Billboard, Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman revealed that 2018’s outing will be the brand’s last. According to the piece, there are a number of reasons why the trek will no longer continue, including a lack of bands that fit the bill and an annual festival season that looks nothing like it did back when Warped first arrived in the mid-'90s. Ticket sales have also been down for years, and while some would choose to attempt to find larger venues or pull in more commercial acts, Lyman and his team have opted to say goodbye to the legendary excursion.
The festival, which makes its way from coast to coast every summer, hasn’t yet announced dates, tour stops, or any names that will be included in its final run, but now that it’s been confirmed that this will be the party’s last stand, it’s likely that some vets will return to the stage to say a proper goodbye.
The news was devastating to longtime attendees and many who remember it fondly from their youth. The brand took to Twitter to confirm that the event as people know it was ending, but also to raise spirits by suggesting that Warped itself isn't going to disappear entirely, but rather change from a cross-country tour to something different to celebrate its 25th anniversary next year.
Right now, we are working to make sure the 2018 final cross-country tour is one to remember. The 25th anniversary in 2019 will NOT be a full cross-country tour, but we will do something to celebrate our storied history.— Vans Warped Tour (@VansWarpedTour) November 15, 2017
The nationwide tour began in 1995, and in the two decades (and then some) since, it has helped launch some of the biggest names in rock, pop, and beyond. The first Warped Tour featured bands like No Doubt, Sublime, and Deftones, and it helped introduce alternative rock to music lovers across the United States. The list of artists and groups that have taken part since then is incredible, and it includes stars like Paramore, Beck, Incubus, Blink-182, Brand New, Jimmy Eat World, Cobra Starship, Eminem, Fall Out Boy, Green Day, Linkin Park and literally hundreds of others.
Wipe your tears away and watch Warped Tour czar Kevin Lyman discuss what makes his greatest project so memorable.