Warped Tour 2015: The Times Are A Changin’

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The last time I went to Warped Tour was summer 2013. I had gone before in the summers of 2010 and 2011, but the tour in 2013 was barely recognizable from its version three years earlier. I went to the official website to look up information about the tour this year. It is a whole new, entirely more commercial, entity. Has it changed for the worse?  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIPfJY09yRY

Warped Tour touts itself as “Punk Rock Summer Camp”. It seems like a once in a lifetime experience for the performers; touring the nation while playing your music for thousands of sweating, adoring fans. I used to watch the behind the scene documentaries of my favorite bands. They would be exhausted, but rested assured knowing they were part of something great. The music styles, hair styles, and fashion styles have certainly shifted over the years. Many of the old standards now claim that warped tour is just for rich, megastudio boy bands that exist to make the record company a quick buck.

So what? Rob Pasalic, guitarist for the Saint Alvia Cartel, put it best: "Warped Tour is a place for teenage kids to go and hear all their favorite bands in one day. It wouldn’t make sense for it to be the same tour in 2007 as it was in 1997. These are the bands that kids like, and the tour is smart enough to grow and adapt to that.” (Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warped_Tour). Punk music, as sad as it is to me, has lost favor with teenagers. And who says that warped has always been all skate all the time? Katy Perry, Eminem, and even Lady Gaga have graced the foldable warped stage.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OK9T2CntSG4

So, as with most things in life, your opinion on warped tour depends on what year you were born in. I can see both sides’ arguments as I have the advantage of being born in between them. I personally will not be going to warped tour this year. I feel as if it is past my time. When I went two years ago, it was mostly preteen couples being a little too touchy, drunk adults, and skaters who felt it was almost their duty to show up for the three bands they wanted to see.

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