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Countdown To Vans Warped Tour 2017

Countdown To Vans Warped Tour 2017

Welcome to the Highwire Daze Annual Countdown To Vans Warped Tour!  Now in its 23nd year, Vans Warped Tour is the largest traveling music festival in the United States, and the longest-running touring music festival in North America. Originally conceived by founder Kevin Lyman in 1995 as an eclectic alternative rock festival, with a focus on punk rock, over the years the tour has grown to include a multitude of genres, including metal, hip hop, reggae, pop and more.

This year’s edition of the Vans Warped Tour kicks off in Seattle, Washington on June 16th and concludes in Pomona, California on August 6th.  Visit the Official Vans Warped Tour website for cities and tour dates HERE!

We had a chance to chat with founder Kevin Lyman about what to expect at this year’s edition of the Vans Warped Tour! Featured in this year’s Countdown To Vans Warped Tour are Bad Omens, Carousel Kings, Farewell Winters, Fit For A King, One Last Shot, Shattered Sun, and Silent Planet. Read on for find out more about the bands ready to make your Warped Summer of 2017 a wondrously memorable celebration of music…

Kevin Lyman – Founder of the Vans Warped Tour

What goes through your mind just right before a Summer at Warped is about to commence?
I really hope that I will put on the best show possible and that my crew, the bands and fans all get home safe.

Who do you think the break out stars will be at Vans Warped Tour 2017 and why?
I like the direction that I Prevail, Knocked Loose. Bad Seed Rising and Creeper are all going.. Any of these could be the break out.

What advice would you give a band about to attempt Warped for the very first time?
Have a great live show.. And have a team around you that can make the most of the experience not only during but as a followup.

What could parents look forward to the most when attending Warped Tour?
Parents should go out and enjoy some music.. There are bands that they might like and check out all the great non-profits that your kids have been getting involved with.

When all is said and done at the end of the day, what music does Kevin Lyman listen to when it comes time to unwind?
I really Like artists like Paolo Nutini, old blues, or possibly a little Reggae when we are heading down the road.. It really doesn’t take long these days before I am sound asleep.

How has the canned food drive been going in the past in each city, and will there be one this year?
To me that is a highlight, last year we collected over 430,000 lbs of food. I like watching the fans bringing their bags each day..

What do think has made Warped the event of the summer for over 20 years now?
It has been a place where you can come let loose have some fun, get introduced to great bands and make good friends in a non-judgmental place.

Any messages for Vans Warped Tour attendees who are reading this now?
First I would like to thank them for their support, secondly support your local music scenes whenever you can and third I appreciate all your feedback negative and positive.

Vans Warped Tour on Facebook

Bad Omens

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
My name is Noah – I sing and write music for Bad Omens. Nick R, Vince, and myself are all from Virginia, our drummer Nick Folio is from Maryland, and Joakim is from Sweden.

What are you looking forward to the most about Warped Tour and is this your first time on the tour?
I’m honestly looking forward to several aspects of the tour. The opportunity to play our music for both new and big crowds of diverse music listeners, spending the summer time with my close friends and piers, and absorbing as much positive experience as we can. With all that in mind I know this is going to be a really great first Warped Tour for us.

What could one expect from your live show at Warped Tour?
Intensity, engagement, and a great live mix -thanks to our amazing front of house engineer, Matt. The energy of a set can sometimes rely heavily on the energy of the crowd, and with that being said I want to challenge any shy Bad Omens fans reading this to come out of their shells and show us how the music makes you feel inside, on the outside.

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
Our debut full length is Self-Titled because it’s ultimately and overall a reflection of the self – at the time. Even the lyrical content of the songs written for/about someone else, or an external experience can be explained and interpreted as a manifestation of my own subconscious feelings about myself during the time of writing.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
Glass Houses” is a single I know we’ll play – The lyrics were written out of spite, useful to deliverer the underdog theme of overcoming adversity once you finally get to say someone “I told you so.” But it was still written out of spite and with that being said – touching base on the last question, my own bitterness and arrogance toward a certain experience with some other musicians inspired the lyrics.

Malice” is another one we’re likely to play.
The lyrics for Malice were inspired by addition, personal defeat, and death. Written from the perspective of somebody else. Prescription medication in particular, but the words can obviously be interpreted to mean anything or any vice the person may identify or struggle with. There is one line in particular that mentions a bottle and people tend to assume it’s about an alcohol bottle, but it means pill bottle. It sounds like a really negative song haha, but if you scream it loud enough with enough people by your side screaming it with you, it feels good.

How are you going to feel about playing those infamous 11:30 AM Warped Tour slots?
Well I’m a morning person and the earlier in the day it is the better I perform at anything so I’m excited to play some of our first AM shows ever.

Any strange or unusual happening in the past while out on the road?
Any Bad Omens you mean?
Just kidding. Fortunately (knock on wood) we have had very positive and smooth touring experiences with little to no massive setbacks beyond tire changes and bad weather here and there. We tend to stay alert and level headed while we’re on tour. Touring is tons of fun for us it’s also a lot of work – especially if you take it as serious as we do.

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Cane Hill – so we can make them look bad and smoke all their weed

Do you have any messages for Warped Tour attendees this year?
As I said earlier – come out of your shell, eliminate the fear and insecurity, and feel alive with us. It’s gonna be hot, sweaty, and loud so make that rewarding shower when you get home worth it.

Bad Omens on Facebook

Carousel Kings

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
I’m David Alexander, vocalist for the band Carousel Kings based out of Lancaster, PA.

What are you looking forward to the most about Warped Tour and is this your first time on the tour?
This will be our second time out on the tour. We can’t wait to get back out there! We love the entire atmosphere surrounding Warped, the crowds, the multitude of bands to watch, and of course, the food.

If this is not your first time on Warped Tour, what advice would you give a band about to attempt Warped for the first time?
Stay hydrated! Be punctual!

What could one expect from your live show at Warped Tour?
Shredding guitar solos, catchy songs with solid harmonies and tons of energy

What is the name of your latest or upcoming CD or EP and what inspired the title?
Charm City was inspired by envisioning a place where one can go to escape the struggles of everyday life in the real world, a place where all dreams, hopes, and goals are attainable and where we are most true to ourselves.

Select two songs you may be playing in your set and what inspired the lyrics.
Grey Goose’ and ‘Bad Habit’ are two new songs we’ll be playing in our set and both were inspired lyrically by struggle with addictions, whether it be thought patterns or habitual recreational activities, or abusive relationships we can’t seem to break free from.

How are you going to feel about playing those infamous 11:30 AM Warped Tour slots?
It’s rough sometimes but its honestly really nice to get the job done early and be able to chill out the rest of the day!

Any strange or unusual happening in the past while out on the road?
We popped 3 tires in one trip along the same stretch of highway

If you could open up for any band, either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Blink 182, Four Year Strong, Jimmy Eat World, August Burns Red, maybe Mac Miller, and so the list goes on! It’d be hard to pick one band to tour with. We’d love to tour with as many of our influences as possible. It’d also be cool to tour with them all.

Do you have any messages for Warped Tour attendees this year?
Wear sunscreen and stay hydrated! We’ll have super soakers at our merch tent for anyone needing to cool down😊

Carousel Kings on Facebook

Farewell Winters

Introduce yourself, what you do in the band, and where you are based out of?
Tyler- I play drums/tambourine
Mike- I play bass and vocals
Franki- I play guitar and vocals
We are based out of Pomona, CA.

What are you looking forward to the most about Warped Tour and is this your first time on the tour?
We are looking forward to playing with a bunch of bands we h