Warped Tour 2015: Part 2

Day 9 - Holmdel, NJ

This night we all slept at our drummer Danny's house (who has the coolest dad in the world) in south Jersey. We got to the venue, set up, and began to die. As I promoted the lines sweat was pouring into my eyes, and it wasn't even 11AM. Probably the hottest date of Warped Tour I'd ever been to (until later this tour) I spent most of the day staying cool in the tent or amphitheater. This show was also cool because I got to see lots of friends, since it was the closest to my hometown.  My good buddy Andrew (different Andrew lol) also hopped on tour this day, driving for Candy Hearts. Our respective bands did our first tours together back in January, so it was pretty cool and special to both now be a part of something on this scale. 

The Wonder Years

The Wonder Years

The Wonder Years  

The Wonder Years

 

Bad Case Of Big Mouth

Bad Case Of Big Mouth

Miss May I

Miss May I

Miss May I

Miss May I

Carousel Kings

Carousel Kings

Carousel Kings

Carousel Kings

Have Mercy

Have Mercy

Have Mercy

Have Mercy

Major League

Major League

Major League

Major League

Simple Plan

Simple Plan

Simple Plan

Simple Plan

It was also Cody's birthday

It was also Cody's birthday

Day 10 - Off Day

My parents were cool enough to come to Holmdel the day before and bring me home afterwards for the off day. So I spent this day with my family before I was gone for a few weeks.

Day 11 - Scranton, PA

This day is the show I had gone to every year since 2010, so this Warped was my familiar stomping grounds. Unfortunately,  both me and the rest of the band arrived a little late and had to settle on setting up merch literally right next to the Beatport stage, which had us bumping with phat beats all day. We also faced some more rain this day but with the added surprise of lightning.  Luckily, concrete doesn't get as muddy as grass.

Blessthefall

Blessthefall

Blessthefall

Blessthefall

Pvris (Aside from the fact that Pvris photos aren't allowed to be posted in color, I will be trying to do more B&W in this part 2)

Pvris (Aside from the fact that Pvris photos aren't allowed to be posted in color, I will be trying to do more B&W in this part 2)

Pvris

Pvris

And then it poured.

And then it poured.

We Came As Romans

We Came As Romans

We Came As Romans

We Came As Romans

Nevershoutnever

Nevershoutnever

NeverShoutNever

NeverShoutNever

Day 12 - Off Day

We spent this day at Cody's house waiting for the van to be fixed. We didn't do a whole lot but did get a really good pizza. We also got a new driver this day, Kyle who had just finished tour with Fake Life Clothing now belonged to us.

Day 13 - Cyungaho (SP***) Falls, OH

I never figured out how to spell or say the name of this city and still can't. I think it's a suburb of Cleveland. We blew another trailer tire on the way here and messed up some guys car when our wheel well came flying off. He was passively upset. Sick. Anyways, this venue had one of the coolest amphitheaters of the tour and the Monster stage was in a fairy tale wooded forest which was cool. Carousel Kings played their stage first this day which frustrated me not only because I was tired but nobody likes shooting in the 11AM light. I also was kicked out of a photo pit this day because my all access pass was apparently not enough? Had to sneak past that security guard for the rest of Warped. The post show frisbee was extra lit this day. 

Carousel Kings

Carousel Kings

Carousel Kings. This photo ended up on a shirt somehow. I think you can buy it on Merchnow.

Carousel Kings. This photo ended up on a shirt somehow. I think you can buy it on Merchnow.

August Burns Red

August Burns Red

August Burns Red

August Burns Red

Major League. Did not enjoy this light. 

Major League. Did not enjoy this light. 

Major League

Major League

The Youtuber line. If you follow me on Snapchat you know I had a lot of beef with this. All summer I would watch kids stand in this like for hours to meet a few dudes who have gained recognition through Youtube video blogs. . Many kids came to Warped for this reason alone. I'm all for letting people do whatever they want and no disrespect to the hard working Youtubers, but all summer I felt like this was so out of place. Warped always has been about the music and when you spend your day waiting in line to meet a few teenager bloggers I believe it takes away from those values and ultimately your experience. I get that Warped Tour possibly wanted to try something new with this tent, but I think this type of event should be saved for a Youtube Convention or something, not a rock and roll music festival. Not backed.   

The Youtuber line. If you follow me on Snapchat you know I had a lot of beef with this. All summer I would watch kids stand in this like for hours to meet a few dudes who have gained recognition through Youtube video blogs. . Many kids came to Warped for this reason alone. I'm all for letting people do whatever they want and no disrespect to the hard working Youtubers, but all summer I felt like this was so out of place. Warped always has been about the music and when you spend your day waiting in line to meet a few teenager bloggers I believe it takes away from those values and ultimately your experience. I get that Warped Tour possibly wanted to try something new with this tent, but I think this type of event should be saved for a Youtube Convention or something, not a rock and roll music festival. Not backed.   

Citizen in the sick Amphitheater. 

Citizen in the sick Amphitheater. 

Citizen

Citizen

Another view of the place. 

Another view of the place. 

Being As An Ocean

Being As An Ocean

Being As An Ocean

Being As An Ocean

Cody holding what's was left of the trailer wheel well.

Cody holding what's was left of the trailer wheel well.

Typical scene outside the van after loading out.

Typical scene outside the van after loading out.

Day 13 - Auburn Hills, MI

This was one of my favorite shows of the tour. This one took place the Palace Of Auburn hills in a suburb of Detroit. Catering was in the arena which is normally home of the Detroit Pistons. As my friend Andrew put it, we got to eat breakfast in the same spot Ron Artest beat the shit out of some Pistons fans. 

Speaking of catering, this is literally the most amazing thing about Warped Tour. Every day, the amazing team at Ta Da Catering cooks up breakfast, lunch, dinner, AND dessert for the hundreds of people that work on Warped Tour. Not only do they manage to get food on all our plates, but it's some of the best prepared meals I've ever had and they always managed to have something new each day. I have never eaten better or more balanced than on Warped. The fact they can cook that much food in a different city every day all with fresh ingredients is amazing to me and those people are definitely the hardest working on the whole tour.  

After setting up merch and what not, I watched Knuckle Puck open up their stage without shooting which was fun. I also watch The Wonder Years from back stage this day without shooting and really took in the atmosphere of a main stage performance. It was pretty wild seeing thousands of kids having the time of their summer to some pop punk songs in a parking lot. The barbecue this night was especially fun and we were feeling pretty relaxed, especially since this was one of the few days so far without a van issue. 

Hundredth

Hundredth

Hundredth

Hundredth

August Burns Red

August Burns Red

August Burns Red

August Burns Red

Pierce The Veil

Pierce The Veil

Pierce The Veil

Pierce The Veil

Day 14 - Chicago, IL

This day was apparently the largest day of Warped tour in numbers and I believe it. It was packed. The grounds were also huge and the amphitheater was probably the biggest of tour. I don't remember much from this day, possibly because it was baking hot. Garland (Now that there's two Andrews in this blog Garland is my merch partner lol) passed out in the van from what we only summed up to be complete exhaustion, so I spent more time in the tent but still managed to shoot a lot of bands and meet a lot of friends.  Also had a sick ultimate frisbee match in the parking lot with some strangers before we left which was cool.    

Hundredth

Hundredth

Hundredth

Hundredth

False Puppet

False Puppet

False Puppet

False Puppet

Crossfaith

Crossfaith

Crossfaith

Crossfaith

Hands Like Houses. Security physically ripped me down from the barrier about a quarter second after I took this. 

Hands Like Houses. Security physically ripped me down from the barrier about a quarter second after I took this. 

Hands Like Houses

Hands Like Houses

Will

Will

Never saw the result of this selfie. 

Never saw the result of this selfie. 

Dave and Kaya who's only like 16 and a way better vocalist than you.

Dave and Kaya who's only like 16 and a way better vocalist than you.

Day 15 - Shakopee, MN

This is when I really started to lose track of where I was. Took me a couple hours to realize we were in Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. Worth pointing out that I saw very few cities on this tour because it seems all the Warped venues are about 20 minutes outside of the downtown areas in the suburbs. So I pretty much saw a bunch of different fields and parking lots.

I got weird vibes from this stop. I have no good reason as to why but I did. Maybe it's because I started my morning by breaking into a porta potty because they were zip tied shut and then took a shower and shaved in one of the portable foot pump sinks.  Or because I was almost trampled when I was taping posters to the asphalt and the opened the doors 5 feet behind me. I also shot Riff Raff. Two weeks on Warped starts to make you do weird things.

Our tent was on the bottom of this hill everyone was sitting on so it felt like they were watching us all day.

Our tent was on the bottom of this hill everyone was sitting on so it felt like they were watching us all day.

Garland survived Chicago and was back in action today. 

Garland survived Chicago and was back in action today. 

As It Is. I had no idea this guy was Youtube famous. His band rules though.

As It Is. I had no idea this guy was Youtube famous. His band rules though.

As It Is.

As It Is.

Riff Raff

Riff Raff

Riff Raff. This drummer RIPS. 

Riff Raff. This drummer RIPS. 

Will getting in the way of my art.

Will getting in the way of my art.

Pierce The Veil from America

Pierce The Veil from America

Black Veil Brides from America

Black Veil Brides from America

Cleanup begins. 

Cleanup begins. 

Bus City

Bus City

Day 1 6 - St. Louis

Wow, what a miserable day. The moment I stepped out of the van, I knew we were in for it. It was probably 90 degrees by 9 am and humidity was maxed out. We actually got there early enough to snag a shower in the venue, which was nice until fifteen minutes after when I was already drenched in sweat and disgusting again. 

By the way, I don't know if I forgot the mention but the air conditioning in our sketchy van did not work at all. For the whole tour, no A/C. Going into today was probably my 10 day straight without any form of A/c. Doing Warped without air conditioning is pretty much the worst and days like today really reminded us of that.

I grabbed a pair of Full Sail sunglasses (this was my 4th pair and I was hoping the kind people working that tent weren't catching on to me) and shot Carousel Kings who played second on their stage. The majority of the day after that was spent in the tent trying not to die. I'm pretty sure it got close to 100 that day and the humidity was ridiculous. I couldn't muster the strength to go shoot and when I did, I quickly abandoned it because sweat was pouring into my eyes and I couldn't see. Just when it couldn't get any worse, the biggest thunderstorm of my life swept through and we were forced to hold our tent to keep it from blowing away all while trying to not soak our merch and get struck by lightning. I think they shut down the stages and moved everything into the amphitheater. We packed everything out as soon as the storm ended and witnessed probably the coolest sunset I've ever seen while loading out. I regrettably took no pictures of it.

Carousel Kings

Carousel Kings

Carousel Kings. They played early and right next to the entrance which was good for them. I also killed it on the poster placement this day.

Carousel Kings. They played early and right next to the entrance which was good for them. I also killed it on the poster placement this day.

Knuckle Puck

Knuckle Puck

Night Riots. I only shot one song of their set before the heat drove me away.

Night Riots. I only shot one song of their set before the heat drove me away.

Night Riots

Night Riots

Escape The Fate. I walked through their photo pit on the way back from Night Riots as a short cut past the crowd and took about five pictures as I passed.

Escape The Fate. I walked through their photo pit on the way back from Night Riots as a short cut past the crowd and took about five pictures as I passed.

Shout out to the cleaning crews at each venue that had to pick up our mess and the mess of fans after each stop was done.

Shout out to the cleaning crews at each venue that had to pick up our mess and the mess of fans after each stop was done.

I was playing with Garland's telephoto lens shooting pictures of people passing the merch and sniped Josh from The Kenneths heading somewhere with his solar shower. These are essentially big plastic bladders that you fill with water and leave in the sun for a couple hours which heats up the water. You then hang this thing on a fence or your van and use the little sprocket to take a shower. I had one and it was pretty handy when there was no real shower in sight.

I was playing with Garland's telephoto lens shooting pictures of people passing the merch and sniped Josh from The Kenneths heading somewhere with his solar shower. These are essentially big plastic bladders that you fill with water and leave in the sun for a couple hours which heats up the water. You then hang this thing on a fence or your van and use the little sprocket to take a shower. I had one and it was pretty handy when there was no real shower in sight.

Day 1 7 - Milwaukee, WI

So this was also one of my favorite dates. First off, the venue was super cool. It was near downtown, under a cool bridge right on a larger body of water. Not sure what lake that was but yeah. The weather was also somewhat overcast which I like, the amphitheater was cool, and I got to meet and hang with bunch of people. Also got some fresh socks which I desperately needed because I lose about 7 pairs a week on tour (thank you Penelope). Caught a sick Attila set from side stage too.

Why in the world did it take me so long to catch Our Last Night?!

Why in the world did it take me so long to catch Our Last Night?!

Our Last Night

Our Last Night

Hundredth

Hundredth

What I think was a great lake.

What I think was a great lake.

Moose Blood

Moose Blood

Knuckle Puck

Knuckle Puck

So my friend Jake who had been helping with this stage on Warped let me know one song into Knuckle Pucks set that he had bought these confetti blasters and was going to pop them on song three. So I weaseled my way into the crowd and got this shot which was one of my favorite of tour.

So my friend Jake who had been helping with this stage on Warped let me know one song into Knuckle Pucks set that he had bought these confetti blasters and was going to pop them on song three. So I weaseled my way into the crowd and got this shot which was one of my favorite of tour.

Some cool bridge we parked under. This was taken in the pitch dark.

Some cool bridge we parked under. This was taken in the pitch dark.

Me hanging at some lighthouse in the dark after the show. My friend Anam took this.

Me hanging at some lighthouse in the dark after the show. My friend Anam took this.

I think I was trying to learn how to shoot with a prism at the bbq. Still don't really understand it.

I think I was trying to learn how to shoot with a prism at the bbq. Still don't really understand it.

Day 18 - Indianapolis, IN

I'm salty about this day. Not just because we had to move our merch tent like three times. Or because we were in front of first aid and had to direct hysterical kids with bloody noses all day. But mostly because I somehow messed up so badly that I lost almost all my photos from this day. I accidentally imported them back onto my memory card so when I formatted it the next day, the photos went poof. Yeah I'm dumb. I luckily did manage to edit a handful on that day though, so some pics with older edits from that evening are below.

Man Overboard

Man Overboard

Man Overboard

Man Overboard

Carousel Kings

Carousel Kings

Carousel Kings

Carousel Kings

Pvris

Pvris

Pvris

Pvris

Miss May I

Miss May I

Van Hangs

Van Hangs

We had a nice sunset at least so I forced Will to pose for me.

We had a nice sunset at least so I forced Will to pose for me.

Day 19 - Bonner Springs, KS

I was more curious about this show than any other one on the tour. I had been to most of the states on this tour at least once but never Kansas. I also didn't think they had much of a scene there, so I had no idea how this day was going to turn out. Although I feel the turnout was a little lower than other shows, it was pretty much like any other date. The sky seemed bigger out here though and boy was it flat. Our van was about a minute walk from merch which was one of the most exciting parts of this day. There was also wi-fi at catering so that was sick. I was in line right behind Bryan Stars in catering for like the third time in five days which was another thing I observed this day. Kansas also had the worst porta potties of tour hands down. I dunno, I was getting tired and noticing weird things. Also did not shoot a ton this day for that reason. This was nothing compared to the exhaustion that was to come unfortunately.

Major League

Major League

Major League

Major League

We Came As Romans

We Came As Romans

We Came As Romans

We Came As Romans

Our Last Night. They did acoustic this day because their drummer had a family emergency.

Our Last Night. They did acoustic this day because their drummer had a family emergency.

Our Last Night.

Our Last Night.

Pvris. This light was kind of tough to shoot in. 

Pvris. This light was kind of tough to shoot in. 

Pvris

Pvris

Part 3 coming soon....