Over the Weekend: The Vans Warped Tour at Superpages.com Center

Van's Warped Tour
Superpages.com Center
July 3rd, 2010

Better than:
last year's Warped date.

Alexander Flores
We already showed you the fans. Now check Alex's slideshow of Andrew WK and the rest of Warped's bands.
Thank you, Hurricane Alex. Were it not for your rain and wind, the thousands of folks at the Warped Tour would have felt like those dropped in the desert in the movie Punishment Park.

Instead, the thousands who showed up at Superpages.com Center and its parking lot were treated to a brief, big rainfall late in the afternoon, and, for much of the rest of the day, a rather cloudy, breezy affair with spots of sunshine.

As for the lineup, this felt much more like the traditional Warped Tour than recent outings, thanks to its mix of pop-punk, emo rock, hardcore, and metal. Without novelty acts like 3OH!3, Millionaires, and Brokencyde, more bands that might actually be worth a damn down the road got to play.

Alexander Flores
Alkaline Trio kept Warped in line.
Given the wall-to-wall music, there was a lot to intake. Only in the bathrooms did people get some peace and quiet.

Alas, there were exceptional acts throughout the day.

You had plenty of metal crunch: some bands brought the pop with it while others just kept it gritty and unrelenting. Suicide Silence was quite good during their late afternoon set, but Every Time I Die seemed to hit all the right notes--the New York quintet easily fused hard rock, metal, hardcore, and (gasp!) an element of fun throughout their set.

Kicking off their noon-time set on the main stage (aka, the Taggert Stage), Every Time I Die set a tone that would remain quite high on that stage for the rest of the day. Alkaline Trio, Andrew W.K., Motion City Soundtrack, the Bouncing Souls, and Face to Face all delivered quality sets filled with songs people wanted to hear.

But it was the mighty Dillinger Escape Plan that pretty much stole the entire show.

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