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Black Veil Brides at Vans Warped Tour Pomona


The final cross country run of the Vans Warped Tour kicked off at The Fairplex in Pomona, California, officially starting the summer of 2018 with a auditory blast to the senses. With the mercury only tipping at 90, which is actually quite mild for the wilds of Pomona, the first show of the legendary Warped festival was filled with a vast and varied selection of bands.

Headliners on the Journey’s main stage included a rock solid performance from Black Veil Brides (pictured) and a one-off appearance from L.A.’s own Echosmith. Included in Black Veil Bride’s closing performance were Faithless, Wake Up, Rebel Love Song and Fallen AngelEchosmith unveiled their classic pop song Cool Kids, and an inspired cover of The Killers’ When You Were Young within their very well received set.

Amongst the many stages were the KROQ Locals Only stage, presenting the very best in homegrown talent, as well as the Shiragirl stage, unveiling some pretty kickass female fronted bands. Also making a bit of news was Highwire Daze photographer Jack Lue, who shot 75 out of the 81 bands performing at this year’s edition of Warped – some of the pictures which are included in this article.

So without further adieu, here are some of the amazing bands Highwire Daze Online caught up with at the Vans Warped Tour in Pomona. Read on…

Black Veil Brides on Facebook
Echosmith on Facebook


The Shiragirl stage kicked off with a blast at the 11:30AM breakfast hour, thanks to a very solid performance from the one and only Blameshift. Based out of Long Island, New York, Blameshift traded coasts for the kickoff show of the final cross country edition of the Vans Warped Tour.

Jenny Mann is an absolutely engaging performer, presenting the vocals with a good amount of passion while making sure there was a whole lot of crowd participation. Songs including in their captivating set were Secrets and Monster – both of which should be all over the worldwide radio airwaves and sound tremendous within a live setting.

In addition to the charismatic Jenny Mann, the powerhouse Blameshift lineup consists of Tim Barbour on guitar and vocals, Mike LaRoche on bass, and Jeff Maurer on drums.

Early arrival at the Vans Warped Tour is always encouraged – otherwise you just may miss out on dynamic performances from bands such as Blameshift! A bright and early rock and roll treat from a hard working band that you’ll be hearing a lot more about in future days.

Blameshift on Facebook


Makeout showed up as a three piece on this year’s edition of the Vans Warped Tour, but they absolutely tore up the Owly.FM stage with a superbly energetic set of tunes. Formerly known as Trophy Wives, Makeout recently unleashed their debut album The Good Life on Rise Records.

To really know this band is to see them live, and Makeout definitely had the early arrivals singing along rapturously. Wickedly infectious songs as Openminded, Blast Off and Lisa definitely set the tone for wild and wonderful set. And the blast of good time energy known as Where’s My Charger showed Makeout at their most endearing and humorous.

Closing out the set with their pop punk anthem for the ages Crazy (which is also featured on the Warped Tour 2018 Compilation via Sideonedummy), it