The iconic punk music festival has announced that 2018 will be its last year as a cross-country touring event. The Vans Warped tour has been a staple for punk rock for the last 20 plus years and launched careers for acts like Paramore, My Chemical Romance and Katy Perry.
Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman issued a statement via the tour’s website last night (November 15th) saying:
“I have been a very lucky person to have traveled across the country and sometimes around the world as one of the founders and producers of the Vans Warped Tour. Today, with many mixed feelings, I am here to announce that next year will be the final, full cross-country run of the Vans Warped Tour. I sit here reflecting on the tour’s incredible history, what the final run means for our community, and look forward to what’s to come as we commemorate the tour’s history 25th anniversary in 2019”
Continuing, Lyman said “I have been proud to work with so many artists who have grown to be some of the largest in the world. Countless bands have played in hot parking lots and through summer storms for you at some point”
He name dropped a massive list of acts who’ve been part of the tour.
“touring many summers with my friends and peers like — Pennywise, Social Distortion, NOFX, Bad Religion, The Descendents, Flogging Molly, Anti-Flag and The Offspring are just some of my fondest memories. More include, having Blink 182 travel on my bus in 1997 when the world opened up to them and made them the superstars they are today”
His full statement is on the tour website but he concldued with “What has always made me so proud was when I read that Warped was the most diverse show of the summer where you could find Eminem and Ice T on the same stages as Sevendust, Pennywise and 7 Seconds”
“I’m so grateful to have worked with more than 1,700 bands over the last 23 summers. I wish I could thank every band that has played the tour”
Vans Warped Tour even referenced in this Blink 182 song ‘The Rock Show’
— Vans Warped Tour (@VansWarpedTour) November 15, 2017