Friday, August 19, 2011

All new interviews from Vans Warped Tour posted

I have posted a bunch of new interviews with a few more to come today on my YouTube page:

Click HERE to watch awesome!

Interviews include: Kevin Lyman, The Expendables, Gym Class Heroes, The Wonder Years, Family Force 5, Less Than Jake, MC Lars and Weerd Science, Relient K, D.R.U.G.S., and Black Square

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Vans Warped Tour 2011- San Diego review

Another year came and another year gone, but I cannot help but being left with frustration and anger. No, not about the concert itself, but that I have to wait another year for the Vans Warped Tour to roll back to San Diego. I can give nothing but praise to the amazing job that the tour had put on it is seventeenth consecutive year as a funning festival. As many doubters have been whispering about the tour going downhill, I bear witness that the tour is alive and well and will stay strong going forward in the years to come. 

Although as a fan of certain bands, the artist lineup may not always include some of your favorite bands. It will not get Blink-182 to come back every year to play “Rock Show” or Avenged Sevenfold to come and tear up the stage, but this year, I must marvel at what an excellent job they did, from a music genre standpoint, selecting a diverse lineup and creating such a well-rounded tour as a whole, giving the music fan a little dose of everything they need to not only encourage them musically, but seeing where the future lies in music and seeing that it is still strong, still growing, and still something that kids through adults should not let go of.

It is amazing to see you can some someone like Josh86, the lead singer of a small Hawaii ska punk band being able to rub shoulders with people such as Hayley Williams of Paramore and Travis McCo y of Gym Class Heroes. This tour gives people like him the opportunity to play in front of large crowds every day and give his band the best opportunity to get noticed and gain a small following. After traveling around America for two-months straight leaving family and friends behind, sleeping in bussing, 12 hour car rides from state to state, using port-o-potties in over 100 degree weather on hot blacktop parking lots and still playing a set every single day, it gives the little guy a chance to earn their rock star boot camp stripes, as well as can humble top-40 radio acts and multi-platinum artists.

Warped Tour is such wide experience, one cannot help but feel you aren’t getting a little of everything. The choice of seven stages. A chance to see the smaller, new band. A chance to see legends like The Expendables open up the day as the first band to play. A chance to see guys get a second chance, such as the guys from D.R.U.G.S., who all have played Warped, but with other touring acts. For artists to try new things such as Weerd Science, ex-drummer from Coheed and Cambria, testing the waters out in his hip-hop career. Where unsigned bands get the spot to play their local show just for one day as the winner of their local battle of the bands, to the band that earns their way on tour from being the BBQ band and serving food to the 60 or more bands that play every day, just so they can have a thirty-minute set as doors open. There is too much positive to overlook, too much good stuff that is available at a place like this. Hard work, dedication, and determination from bands who want to get their one shot and taking the chance for a make it or break it scenario.

The hard work is not only put in on the front lines with the acts. Kevin Lyman, creator and founder of the Vans Warped Tour and Mayhem Festival, can attest to this personally. The guy does not rest a minute of the day. At 50 years old, the guy is still running around and taking his time out to make all these kids happy that come out to the tour. He listens to countless CDs, countless demos, talking to countless bands every day who just want their one shot. He sits in on many meeting every day on Warped Tour just to plan the next year’s tour. He travels in the bus with these guys for two months, is able to overcome pain in his leg from recent ankle surgery just so he can get a chance to see live music being played and much as many people happy as possible. 

This is not all going unnoticed. In the latest projection, according to Lyman, the tour had its first spike in attendance in several years with estimation of 40,000 extra tickets being sold and able to keep it at the same low price of $40 for the day. $40, which gets you freebies from all the sponsor tents, nine hours of straight live music from a variety of bands, and a chance for meet and greats with all the bands on tour that day. Quite a bargain. It is a bargain because Kevin Lyman does it the right way. He is not in it for the money, although by now he probably has quite a bit of it, he does it because he loves music and he wants to keep the love of music in the hearts of so many at an affordable price
Warped Tour is nowhere near dead, infact, it has a bright future ahead. Do no be surprised if year 20, year 25, even year 30 of this tour rolls around. If it stays true to its core and Warped Tour stays as it is now, there is no telling for the continual growth it will have. As for me, I will see you next year in the pit.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Mayday Parade release date, track listing and tour info

No band has been harder working in the past year than has Mayday Parade. Saying you do not believe it? Well, try 194 tour dates stops and 74,000 miles of travel, which has deservingly earned the band Songkick’s “Hardest Working band of 2010” award, topping Lady Gaga, Willy Nelson, and other highly notable artists. In early March, the band release, Voldosta, a six-song  EP, including four new songs, but did not stop there. 

As of yesterday, the band finally announced a release date of their newest upcoming, self-titled album, which will be made available October 4th.

This twelve-song album will be their third full length album, and first since their release of Anywhere But Here, which was released in 2009. Mayday Parade originally burst onto the music scene with their debut album, A Lesson In Romantics, which sold over 170,000 copies and reached the top 10 of Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. Since then, the band has been on several headlining tours, a few stints on the Vans Warped Tour, and featured on a few Punk Goes… compilation albums by Fearless Records.

This summer, the band does not stop its hard work as it heads out on a 23 date North American Tour with All Time Low which starts July 28 in Richmond, Virginia and runs through August 27 in Niagara Falls, NY
The track listing of the new self-titled album can be found below
Mayday Parade:
1. Oh Well, Oh Well
2. No Heroes Allowed
3. When You See My Friends
4. You're Dead Wrong
5. Priceless
6. Stay
7. Call Me Hopeless, Not Romantic
8. A Shot Across the Bow
9. Everything's An Illusion
10. I'd Rather Make Mistakes Than Make Nothing At All
11. Without The Bitter The Sweet Isn't As Sweet
12. Happy Endings Are Stories That Haven't Ended Yet

Friday, June 10, 2011

Gym Class Heroes release new song

Yesterday, Gym Class Heroes along side, released their new song "Stereo Hearts (ft. Adam Levine of Maroon 5)" that will debut on their new album Papercut Chronicles 2, which will release this fall.

Listen to the song HERE

Gym Class Heroes will also be headlining the Vans Warped Tour all summer this year. Check for a date near you!

Taylor Swift, Black Eyed Peas postpone charity concert

To the disappointment of many fans yesterday, the Robin Hood Foundation anti-poverty foundation, featuring hit acts of Taylor Swift, Black Eyed Peas and a list of others including: Debbie Harry, LL Cool J and Natasha Bedingfield, was forced to be postponed Thursday.

Approximately 60,000 fans showed up at Central Park’s Great Lawn in New York City to witness this benefit show, but due to a series of long delays and waiting, the promoters finally had to yank the plug on the show as heavier rain, thunder, and lightning rolled into the area, making for unplayable conditions, says the official reports of the show.

According to, a representative from the Robin Hood Foundation has made a statement that they do not have a new date planned out yet for the benefit show.

"The heat wasn't going to stop them, the rain wasn't going to stop them, but the lightning — it stopped them. It came down to safety for everyone. Organizers are hoping to reschedule, so ticket buyers should hold onto their tickets. will have information in the next week or so," said the rep when asked about a future show date.

No fan was more disappointed about the cancellation then was Taylor Swift. The singer/songwriter tweeted yesterday, after apologizing about the cancellation, “"I was like 'I get to sing with Fergie in NYC?!' and then there was rain and lightning and they're like 'it's cancelled' and I was like [sad emoticon]."

The Black Eyed Peas took to twitter as well to apologize. The group was able to perform an intimate show backstage for some fans, but still didn’t stop all of the group members feeling horrible about the situation.

"We are devastated and Fergie told me to tweet this she loves u all ... I hope that the concert will be rescheduled ASAP, our pea-ple deserve it, my pea-ple from chase and robinhood deserve this NYC we love u," said Taboo of Black Eyed Peas.

It appears even Mother Nature cannot take a break for a charity concert and hopefully she will be more agreeable upon the reschedule of the show.