By Ashley Allison
The annual Vans Warped Tour made a stop in Auburn Hills on Friday, July 6. The much-anticipated tour made a big change this year in its venue, taking place at the Palace of Auburn Hills instead of Comerica Park.
The arena was open to fans that wanted to escape the weather that maxed out 104 degrees, but that didn’t stop most warped attendees from making it out into the crowd.
“Its been very hot, but [I have been] very pleasantly surprised with the crowd,” Beau Bokan of the blessthefall said. “The crowds have been super huge and super fun and even though it’s been a million degrees outside people have had so much energy and want to party and that makes me feel great.”
As the day continued into the heat of the afternoon fans piled into the parking lots to catch a glimpse of their favorite band.
“Memphis May Fire was by far my favorite band of the day,” Shayne Strem of Sterling Heights said. “They set the bar high.”
Memphis May Fire, All Time Low and Rise Against were just amongst a few who played the main stages, Kia Soul and Kia Rio. While acts such as Transit, A Loss for Words and Kristopher Roe took their talents to the newly added acoustic basement stage. The acoustic basement stage gave newcomers a chance to give fans a personal show under a tent away from the sun.
Warped veterans, Taking Back Sunday, ended the night with a set shortly after 8pm. The dehydrated, tired and sun drained crowd stayed until the very last moment to hear Taking Back Sunday play their 2006 album hits from Louder Now.
Overall, Warped Tour staff and head honcho, Kevin Lyman hit the nail on the head again with everything from the new venue to taking the tour back to its roots with bands such as New found Glory, leaving the crowd awaiting next year.