School of rock

Meet some of Warped Tour’s great­est alumni

Kerrang! (UK) - - The Inside Track -

BLINK-182

YEARS PLAYED: 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001 blink are so syn­ony­mous with the Warped Tour that they namechecked it on their hit sin­gle, The Rock Show. It’s fair to say that the band are the first of the plat­inum punks to have come of age on Kevin Ly­man’s watch.

AVENGED SEVEN­FOLD

YEARS PLAYED: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 When A7X hit Warped in 2005, they were mid­way through their meta­mor­pho­sis from punk to metal band. With a ma­jor la­bel deal un­der their belt they were also on their way to be­com­ing fa­mous, a tran­si­tion the Tour did lit­tle to de­ter.

MY CHEM­I­CAL RO­MANCE

YEARS PLAYED: 2004, 2005 MCR were handed a slot on one of Warped’s two main stages in 2005 im­me­di­ately after a hand­ful of smaller-stage slots the sum­mer be­fore. “I gam­bled,” says Kevin Ly­man, “and it paid off.” Twelve months later, they were back to play their part in Warped Tour’s most mag­i­cal sum­mer.

PARAMORE

YEARS PLAYED: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 Hav­ing toured with Warped for at least part of five con­sec­u­tive Amer­i­can sum­mers, un­der the tour’s ban­ner Paramore went from brat­tish un­der­dogs to South­ern State Su­per­stars.

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