Classic Warped Tour Represent
Over the course of the day, three classic Warped Tour bands (Less than Jake, Reel Big Fish, and Sum 41) preformed on the Journeys stage at Aaron’s Amphitheatre. Less than Jake, the Gainesville, Florida based Ska-punk band with reggae influences, was the first of the three to perform. Being the Thursday before the July 4th weekend, Less than Jake infused a patriotic theme into their set; Chris DeMakes the band’s lead singer took the stage in a Red, White, and Blue suit. Their set included two of their best known songs: “All My Best Friends Are Metalheads” and “The Science of Selling Yourself Short.”
Later in the day, Reel Big Fish also took the stage. The Alternative Rock band from Huntington Beach, California combines a trumpet, trombone, and saxophone with classic rock vibes. They thoroughly entertained the crowd with their unique sound. Their set included a great mix of some of their hit songs and even a cover thrown in. They preformed “Everyone Else is an Asshole,” “Sell Out,” and a cover of A-Ha’s “Take on Me.”
Sum 41 was the last of the three to take the stage and they did not disappoint. The Canadian Punk Rock band had the crowd roaring from the first strum of Deryck Whibley’s guitar. After a four year Warped Tour hiatus, it was as if the band had never left. The crowd rocked out to “Fat Lip,” “In Too Deep,” “The Hell Song,” and much more.
Issues Brings Special Guests to Their Hometown
Issues, an Atlanta-based Metalcore band, pulled out all the stops when the Tour stopped in their hometown. The set kicked off with their rock cover of the classic Pokémon theme song, a very apropos track with the highly anticipated Pokémon Go launch just a week after the show. Issues treated the crowd to two guest performances during their set. First, MAX (Max Schneider), best known for his YouTube covers, joined the on stage for their song “COMA.” Next, Georgia country artist Jon Langston joined them for their song “Yung & Dum,” a country metal song; Jon is also featured on this track on their album.
The YouTube Generation Joins Warped Tour
Many of the new Warped Tour bands have also made a name for themselves on YouTube. Chrissy Costanza of Against the Current has conquered the YouTube sphere from two directions: her personal fashion channel with over 600,000 subscribers and by performing covers with Kurt Hugo Schneider on his channel and on the Against the Current channel. Against the Current rocked the Amphitheatre stage, the only covered stage in the venue and a respite from the 100 degree heat of the Atlanta summer. They preformed tracks off of their EPs and their new album In Our Bones. Both Tyler Carter of the aforementioned Issues and Cody Carson of Set It Off have also made a name for themselves performing covers on YouTube.
From start to finish, Aaron’s Amphitheater was rocking all day. Other acts at Warped Tour included The Maine, State Champs, Yellowcard, Mayday Parade, The Story so Far, We the Kings, Falling in Reverse, Tonight Alive, Sleeping with Sirens, and much more.
Less than Jake Gallery
The Maine Gallery
State Champs Gallery
Mayday Parade Gallery
Against the Current Gallery
Reel Big Fish Gallery
The Story so Far Gallery
We the Kings Gallery
Falling in Reverse Gallery
Tonight Alive Gallery
Sum 41 Gallery
Sleeping with Sirens Gallery