Photos: John G. Tobin
VANS WARPED TOUR '06
The pavement was hot and the bands were sizzling at Dodger Stadium. On
the Vans Warped Tour came rolling into town. With a reasonable ticket
price of $30, this tour continues to grow and flourish. Even on a
Wednesday, true rockers
summer school or just the basic reality of day to day life to be a part of
this rocking good time.
This year, more than ever, the scene has taken a sharp turn towards the
heavier side of punk competing with another summer classic tour Ozzfest!
With more than 70 bands on numerous stages, Tent World and countless
vendors, there are plenty of things to keep you occupied while waiting for
your next favorite band to take the stage.
temperatures reached close to 100 degrees and I know I wasn’t the only one
asking myself “why can't they do this in May?”but an endless supply bottled
water, soft drinks and shaved ice helped to stave off dehydration.
Tour regulars -NOFX, Less Than Jake and Anti-Flag combined with a blast
from the past, Joan Jett, delivers a little something for everyone.
Uneven performances mesh with the (sometime) sublime, to create a concert
experience that is not easily replicated.
The summer is still here in full swing, but the Warped Tour has come and
gone. Like always: it delivers what it promises, a unique concert
experience. It certainly accomplished what it set out to do. My only
suggested change would be to talk to Mother Nature and see if she could
arrange some mid 80’s for next year!