School of rock
Meet some of Warped Tour’s greatest alumni
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.
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.
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.