Why Are So Many Bands Leaving The Warped Tour?

In wake of several acts dropping out of this year’s Warped Tour, members of some bands on this year’s tour tell MTV News there is definitely a higher level of tension on this year’s trek. While some blame the summer’s sweltering temperatures and the pressures of spending two long, grueling months on the road, others say there’s an old-punks-vs.-new-punks battle that has resulted in tension between bands. Fat Mike, who has spent eight of the last 11 summers on Warped with both NOFX and cover band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, says the tension is due to all of the above. “The thing is, a lot of bands sign up for this, and they have no idea what it’s about, and how difficult it is if you’re a smaller band,” he said. “If you have to do this tour in a van, it’s really, really difficult. Our whole goal on this tour is to have as much fun as we possibly can — that’s what it’s all about, so if you can [accomplish] that, it’s a really great tour.” Read more.

Warped Tour Hits Camden

Gym Class Heroes, hellogoodbye, Every Time I Die, NOFX, Rise Against, mewithoutYou, Armor For Sleep, The Stiletto Formal, The Pink Spiders, Senses Fail, Thursday, and Early November performed at the Warped Tour in Camden, New Jersey on August 3rd. Watch several video clips from the gig at YouTube.

Vans Warped Tour 2006 Hits San Francisco

Anti-Flag, Joan Jett, Less Than Jake, Motion City Soundtrack, Nofx, Thursday, Rise Against, and Saves The Day performed at the Vans Warped Tour 2006 stop on July 8th at Pier 30/32 in San Francisco, California. Check out pictures from WireImage.

Vans Warped Tour Stops On Randall’s Island

Anti-Flag, Bad Religion, New Found Glory, NOFX, Story of the Year, Sugarcult, Taking Back Sunday, The Vandals, Tiger Army, and Yellowcard performed on the 2004 Vans Warped Tour on Saturday (August 7) on Randall’s Island in New York City. Check out pictures from FilmMagic.

On TV: New Found Glory, Lenny Kravitz, NOFX, They Might Be Giants

They Might Be Giants

Rock acts on television this week include New Found Glory, who appear on ‘Total Request Live’ and ‘Daily Download’ on Monday; Lenny Kravitz, who performs on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Monday; NOFX, who perform on ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ on Tuesday; Taking Back Sunday, who appear on ‘Daily Download’ on Wednesday; and They Might Be Giants, who perform on ‘Late Night’ on Friday.

Warped Tour Shines Amid Summer Concert Slump

Reuters reports that the Warped Tour, America’s oldest traveling rock festival, is thriving on the collective buying power of teen fans lining up to see such bands as Bad Religion, Good Charlotte, the Vandals and NOFX for a low price. “There are very few acts that are selling out everywhere at this point,” said Gary Bongiovanni, editor in chief at trade magazine Pollstar. “We’re seeing acts that are scaling back, doing fewer shows and moving into smaller venues.”