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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Part 3 coming soon....