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Warped Tour 2010 Veterans, Rookies and the Crawl Of Death

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Warped Tour Twenty Ten brought together old school punk, new school hardcore, emo, pop-punk and more under 14 stages at Darien Lake

All photos by Ben Gardner

Every Time I Die orders the crowd to perform the "Crawl Of Death"

The Vans Warped Tour has recently been an ideal venue for the old and new to come together. This year’s warped tour included veterans like The Casualties, Motion City Soundtrack and Every Time I Die on the same stage as new comers like We The Kings and Rochester’s Polar Bear Club, who are performing on their first Warped Tour.

(From left) Polar Bear vocalist Jimmy Stadt and me in the press trailer.

“The idea is to branch out and play outside your comfort zone” said Polar Bear Club vocalist Jimmy Stadt.

Stadt and his band are not new to bigger tours but when it comes to performing next to different bands in front of crowds who aren’t necessarily familiar with their music, it’s a whole different experience he said.

“There are so many days where way more than half the audience has never heard of us,” Stadt said. “Up there, you definitely get a feeling for how many people you’re winning over. There’s a sort of body language.”

For bands who have been on the tour before, changes small and large can make an impact on their everyday lives. Motion City Soundtrack are on their seventh Warped Tour now and singer Justin Pierre has noticed a couple of those changes.

“They’ve started doing more environmentally friendly things, which is really cool.” Pierre said. Those “environmentally friendly things” include stuff like powering the main stage with a bio diesel generator.

On the list of things that Pierre and his band expect every year from Warped Tour; crazy weather, great food and lots of down time.

“I don’t party at night or anything, most of my time is spent catching up on TV shows,” Pierre said. “I just finished season 8 of The X-Files.”

So what kind of advice does a veteran like Pierre have for rookies like the Polar Bear club?

“If they’re smart enough, they wouldn’t ask for my advice,” he said. “But the point is just to get your music out there and talk to people, that’s what we’ve tried to do over the years.”

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The Casualties

The Casualties' crowd of punks

The Casualties guitarist, Jake Kolatis, rocking out in the Darien Lake ampitheater

Deryck Whibley of Sum 41 pleading to the crowd

Justin Pierre of Motion City Soundtrack during my interview with him

Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die letting it all out on stage

We The Kings singer Travis Clark on the main stage

Hunter Thomsen of We The Kings

  • Mitch

    Great comments from band members and awesome photos. Makes me wish I went this year!

  • Sandi

    The photos ar incredible!! Have been to the tour many tmes yeas ago so much has changed. It’s, obviously a great place for music AND fun. The photos tell a great story of the Tours events. Hat’s off to Ben Gardner for such a fabulous job of bringing the tour to those who couldn’nt make it.

    Sandi – July 20, 2010

  • davis

    Great photos, makes me wish I could have made it this year. Maybe next year!

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  • Rishelle

    Hahaha, epic crawl of death. I was there for it, a photo can’t describe it. hah.

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