Warped Tour 2013

Vans Warped Tour 2013

All photos by Ashley Allison/WXOU radio.

Home Court Advantage

By: Ashley Allison, Music Director

The Vans Warped Tour rolled into The Palace Of Auburn Hill’s on Friday, July 19th.  The heat index rounded out at about 100 degrees that day, but it didn’t stop fans or the bands from having, as the warped tour theme was this year, “The Best Day Ever.”

Out of the all the band playing the Warped Tour main stage that day, over 5 of them had Michigan ties, including motor city favorites, Chiodos and We Came as Romans.

We Came as Romans played to their hometown crowd around 3:30PM on the Kia Soul stage. The band even started to sell their brand new album this day, Tracing Back Roots, nearly four days before the official release date. July 19th also marked the bands eight-year anniversary.

We Came as Romans

We Came as Romans

“Today is a very special day,” screamer Dave Stephens said, “The moment we saw all the routing for the tour, months and months ago, we have been excited for this show. We are always excited for hometown shows but today is extra special.”

A band We Came as Romans grew up watching and listening to in the Detroit music scene as well was, Chiodos.

Davidson, Michigan natives, Chiodos closed the Kia Forte stage around 8PM. The bands set was cut short after Mother Nature ran through the city around 5PM and delayed the remainder of the day.

No the rain or thunder stopped fans from sticking around for the hardcore band; they ended up playing to full hometown audience.

“[The Detroit music scene] is really unique as well, cause a lot of these newer bands now like We Came as Romans or I See Stars, it’s cool because they came to all our hall shows and said without you guys we wouldn’t be a band,” drummer Derrick Frost said. “I think that is most flattering compliment ever. “

Other warped tour bands with Michigan roots included I See Stars, Sleeping with Sirens, Kaliedo, The Black Dahlia Murder and The Swellers.

We Came as Romans Interview

Chiodos Interview

Motion City Soundtrack and Chiodos

By: Josh Nagy, Assistant Promotions Director

The first Warped Tour I attended was in 2006, I was thirteen years old. That day I was exposed to a brand new world of music, and it changed my life. Two bands stood out that day. Fast Forward seven years later, those same two bands captivated me again.

Motion City Soundtrack hit the Kia Forte stage around 5:20 and gave the fans what they wanted to hear. They offered a mix of their old and new music.  Pulling a crowd over to watch your set can be difficult at warped tour, multiple bands play at the same time. Motion City Soundtrack was able to pull the hardcore crowd of Memphis May Fire, and welcome them into their world of pop-punk. They opened up with fan favorite, “Attractive Today,” from there most successful album, Commit to this Memory.

Motion City Soundtrack

Motion City Soundtrack

This being Motion City Soundtrack’s eighth (that’s right eighth) Warped Tour, you could tell they felt right at home on stage. Justin Pierre’s vocals are just as great as I remember. They play songs which really highlighted his vocals including, “LG Fuad,” “This is For Real” and “Time Turn Fragile.”

Midway through this set, the unexpected happened. Mother Nature decided to cut Motion City’s set short.  During their new and unreleased song, “Inside Out,” a member of the stage crew interrupted the set and told fans to quickly but calmly make their way into The Palace of Auburn Hills to stay safe from the storm warnings. Unfortunately, this was the end of Motion City Soundtrack’s Detroit Setlist. No “My Favorite Accident” and “The Future Freaks me Out.” Hell, they didn’t even get a chance to play “Everything is Alright.” Regardless, Motion City’s set was my personal favorite of the day. That being said, I’ll be attending there next show in the Motor City.

Now, the Motor City’s very own, Chiodos. The last time Chiodos played a Warped Tour was 2009. This was the last time Detroit saw the original Chiodos lineup together before their very public break up with lead singer, Craig Owens. This Warped Tour gave the fans, the Chiodos they wanted. The original band was just missing Jason Hale on lead guitar.

Chiodos closed the Kia Forte stage with a set beginning at 8:10 and opened with, “The Undertaker’s Thirst for Revenge Is Unquenchable (The Final Battle).”  Lead Singer Craig Owens made it very clear to their hometown audience this set was for them, and Chiodos delivered. With hits like, “Thermacare,” and “There’s No Penguins in Alaska,” how could they go wrong? Owens even mentioned to the audience the band would be releasing new music in early 2014.

A very special moment for me was watching the band perform two songs I distinctly remembered from 2006; “The Words ‘Best Friend’ Become Redefined” and “Baby You Wouldn’t Last a Minute at the Creek.” Those songs make Chiodos stand out amongst all of the other hardcore bands at Warped Tour.  These are two songs that show why the Detroit hardcore scene is still alive and well.

All and all, it a very solid Warped Tour this year. Now the wait for 2014 begins.

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