Warped Tour 2008 band lineup released!!! Who's going?


22 Feb 2008, 21:21

UPDATE: I found out today that I have to work the day of Warped Tour, so I won't be making it after all. I guess you guys'll have to tell me how it goes ;)

The 2008 Vans Warped Tour band lineup has been released HERE.

I've never been to Warped Tour before for a variety of reasons, most of which boiled down to to time and interest. Back when I had the time and the money, I wasn't interested in that type of music. Or at least not interested enough to pay to see it live. When I finally became interested enough, my schedule got in the way. I'm hoping that doesn't happen this year, as I think I should be on vacation the week it comes into my neck of the woods. Emphasis on the think part. I actually just phoned my boss to confirm that before I started writing this but he wasn't in office. We'll see.

This year, I think the lineup is pretty stellar. Below are the bands I know and what I think of them:

All That Remains: One of the best true American metalcore acts, and probably the flagbearer (along with Killswitch Engage) for the New England metal scene. I'd hope they play
Shading and This Calling, but unfortunately they won't be playing on the tour for my date :(.

Flame point: for all their talent, the truth is they're In Flames knockoffs.

Anberlin: Just when you thought you'd heard every possible way to cry your heart out, these guys come out with the masterpiece Paperthin Hymn, which could also be the soundtrack for driving into a tornado. Good stuff.

Angels & Airwaves: I have a bad taste in my mouth from these guys. Not their fault, but from a female fan of theirs I was friends with briefly in 2006. No heartbreak here, just lies, lies, lies ... idk wtf I wanna forget it and I don't think seeing them is gonna help, lol

As I Lay Dying: Fantastic. An Ocean Between Us was a masterpiece that expanded their sound without abandoning their core audience, but all the songs I wanna hear are from Shadows Are Security: The Darkest Nights, Confined and Through Struggle.

How quickly
I forget
That this
is meaningless

- As I Lay Dying - Confined

Every Time I Die - OH NO not these motherfuckers again, seriously. Ugh. If you wanna see what I think of them, see here.

From First to Last - Florida screamo. The Latest Plague is all I know, and it's the usual railing against fake people that's heard in every musical genre. Boring.

Greeley Estates: I can manage seeing them. Decent Arizona emo.

Gym Class Heroes: These fucking clowns should never have gotten a record deal. Yet another act whose sole purpose is to sell ringback tones for college girls :rolls eyes:

Jack's Mannequin: AKA Something Corporate, Pt. 2. To their credit, The Mixed Tape was one of the best new singles IMO the year it came out. Live? I'm not so sure ...

Madina Lake: I have House of Cards and Here I Stand. Generic.

Maylene and the Sons of Disaster: Alabama rock. Dry The River is all I know, I think it's pretty good.

Norma Jean: Redeemer is epic. Can't wait to see them live :).

Paramore: I feel sorry for the guys in this band, because no one knows they exist thanks to the girl at the front. The funny part is she looks great on TV but horrible in pics and possibly even worse live. People'll jam to their set and then forget them all.

Relient K: *yawn* wake me up for the next band

Rise Against: Rise against what? I can't stand artists who let their personal politics get too heavily mixed in with their music. You guys wanna riot? We have flamethrowers. Still wanna riot?

Say Anything: Can I go puke now? Next.

Story of the Year: Gotta give these guys props for bucking the trend and going from emo to hardcore. Doesn't change the fact that they stood apart in the emo crowd thanks to the genius of Page Avenue, while they don't sound any different from the myriads of other hardcore bands out there. They have a new release dropping on April 22, I hear.

The Academy Is...: These guys are a band? I thought they were a tshirt company. JK, they're textbook Warped Tour material.

The All-American Rejects: Cliche name. Cliche music. Cliche everything. I have some of their songs, but thanks to the above I hate them even when they're good. I want to throttle people I see wearing their tshirts.

The Dillinger Escape Plan: I don't know if I can stomach another one of their dissonant performances. Fortunately they're not playing on my date. Phew.

The Human Abstract: Cool vocals. Should be decent to see.

The Secret Handshake: Scored a timeless classic with Summer of 98. It's college/high school date music that belongs on the soundtrack to one of MTV's numerous reality shows, so I'm not sure how it'll play out live ...

And that's all I know. I think I'll be going to the show just for Norma Jean, Anberlin and As I Lay Dying anyway.

Are you in or are you out?


  • irishtim

    With the exception of Norma Jean and Dillinger (I know you've just seen them and hated them but I've never seen them live and I love their albums) I think the rest of the line up is pretty bad. It still looks like the Warped Tour is marketed to teenaged hipsters. It usually comes to Portland, Oregon which would be closest stop at 4 hours away. I'm not sure if I'd drive all that way for just 2 bands...but I might.

    22 Feb 2008, 23:12
  • LANjackal

    [quote]It still looks like the Warped Tour is marketed to teenaged hipsters.[/quote]It always has been. But then again, WT has always been about up and coming punk(ish?) acts, and that age group is usually on the bleeding edge *shrugs* If you read the comments for the lineup posting, you'll see a lot of people making the same complaint, with the same explanation being given: WT is not about established acts ...

    22 Feb 2008, 23:27
  • irishtim

    Bad Religion used to be a staple to the Warped Tour line up for years. Not that I'm a huge fan but it would be nice to see more established acts join. I think it could only help.

    22 Feb 2008, 23:44
  • LANjackal

    More acts = a larger crowd, but remember there are limits in terms of space and time. And while revenues would be larger, it would mean less opportunity for new acts and would be bad for the music itself, IMO

    22 Feb 2008, 23:47
  • irishtim

    I guess you right. I've just been extremely dissappointed with the line up the last few years. Maybe they can start adding different genres of music to spice things up. It always seems like that same emo crap I can't stand or cookie cutter metalcore bands that all sound the same every year.

    22 Feb 2008, 23:51
  • LANjackal

    New genres is an excellent idea. But then again, WT's core audience is the (excuse me while I vomit) scenester crowd. As a result, a change for the better would probably kill it. Perhaps what we need is another tour showcasing new stuff from other musical styles ...

    23 Feb 2008, 0:51
  • irishtim

    To bad Cochella (if they added more metal acts) isn't a touring festival. In the last few years they seem to have the most consistant line ups that I've seem. But then again I live in Southern Oregon where we're lucky to see 1 or 2 good concerts come our way each year so I'm not to hip on festivals cause they never come close enough. I'm sure there is a few that have great line ups, I just don't know of any.

    23 Feb 2008, 1:08
  • Ey3con

    Coachella is a completely other beast. It is without question the best North American festival. Does Warped count as a festival? For their sake I would say no. Anyways, I'll be at the Ventura Seward show (more of a tradition than anything, which has sadly been the case for the last few years).

    23 Feb 2008, 2:22
  • LANjackal

    [quote]Ventura Seward[/quote]Who?

    23 Feb 2008, 2:26
  • Ey3con

    Who? Seward is the Ventura venue. Normally it's one of the first shows on the leg.

    23 Feb 2008, 3:58
  • LANjackal

    Oooooh it's a location. Hahaha sorry about that ...

    23 Feb 2008, 4:17
  • xofa1l3n

    some good bands but i will not be present. haha =)

    23 Feb 2008, 20:16
  • xofa1l3n

    there like on my favorites list<3. i wish slipknot would tour around here

    23 Feb 2008, 20:18
  • LANjackal

    I wish more girls liked those bands hahaha

    23 Feb 2008, 21:41
  • nervous_brkdown

    The lineup is really great- but I'm not going to be there. I'd love to see Stick to Your Guns, Dillinger Escape Plan, August Burns Red, and A Day to Remember, but none of them are playing my town. It sucks. The only bands that I do like that are playing are Every Time I Die (who are awful live) and The Devil Wears Prada, who I'm seeing next month. Oh well, I guess I'll have more money for better shows them. Warped is Usually fairly expensive, so I'm not worried.

    24 Feb 2008, 1:40
  • LANjackal

    I definitely agree that ETID are terrible live. Ugh.

    24 Feb 2008, 1:42
  • worldxwarxme627

    no way, i thought ETID were fucking amazing live. or atleast at their christmas show in buffalo last year anyway. i'm bummed about a day to remember, august burns red and the dillinger escape plan stopping before my date. but i'm so game for reel big fish. one of the best bands i've ever seen live hands down.

    25 Feb 2008, 2:06
  • LANjackal

    This may be the reason for our differing opinions on ETID: [img]http://img252.imageshack.us/img252/1747/tasteometerhk5.jpg[/img] Hahaha

    25 Feb 2008, 2:16
  • prescribedpills

    I'm going! I totally want to see Norma Jean. One of very few bands that I'm actually looking forward to this year. The line up is really weak so far.

    25 Feb 2008, 23:01
  • prescribedpills

    Angels & Airwaves has good music, but Tom Delonge is a tool and his ego is way too large. Hayley Williams makes me hate Paramore even though their music is decent and they put on a good show. I don't know how the boys put up with her. She's really getting out of hand.

    25 Feb 2008, 23:02
  • prescribedpills

    Gah, last comment I promise. The first year I went was in 2006 and I saw 15 great bands I'd always wanted to see but never could. I really wanted to go in 05 though. I wanted to see about 24 bands.

    25 Feb 2008, 23:04
  • LANjackal

    Can't make it to the Tour after all since I have to work that day :(. I've updated the journal to reflect that ...

    26 Feb 2008, 2:36
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