Vans Warped Tour 25th anniversary event venues confirmed

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The Vans Warped Tour 25th anniversary celebration finally has a couple of places to call home!

On Monday (Jan. 28), festival organizers unveiled the three venues where Vans Warped Tour will celebrate its quarter-century celebrations. The first stop of the celebratory tour will take place on June 8 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. A few weeks later, the rocking party will roll onto the sandy shore of Atlantic City Beach in Atlantic City, New Jersey on June 29 and 30.

A few weeks after that, the festivities will conclude with a two-day stint at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California.

“With the [Vans Warped Tour] 25th Anniversary events, we want to bring the atmosphere of a classic Warped Tour show, but on a scale that our fans simply could not get with a national tour” explains founder Kevin Lyman about this year’s event.

“The bands, the special attractions, everything – we want to bring back elements that have made the Warped Tour, Warped Tour, over the past 25 years.”

This year’s event will feature over 50 bands performing on multiple stages, extreme sports ranging from skateboarding to motocross, and an exhibit of art which will honor the traveling rock show’s rich history.

Pre-sale tickets for the Vans Warped Tour 25th anniversary celebration go on sale beginning Monday, Feb. 25. The full lineup will be unveiled a couple of days later on Friday, March 1, the same day as general tickets go on sale.

The news comes almost a year after Lyman made the announcement that the 2018 incarnation of the Van Warped Tour would be the last cross-country run for the traveling music festival.

Upon closing out the music festival’s run, organizers unveiled a lot of interesting tidbits including that they sold over 11.5 million tickets, drove well over 300,000 miles in the span of 24 years, that more than 1,000 bands took the stage during the course of the festival, and that there are countless memories in its lengthy history book.

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Vans Warped Tour to return for limited run in 2019

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Remember last year when Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman announced that the traveling music festival would cease to travel across the continent after its 2018 incarnation? Well, it looks like that may have been somewhat false. On Monday (Dec. 17), Lyman announced that the 25th anniversary of the punk rock music fest will hit the road once again in 2019, but for a very short trek.

The quarter century celebration will reportedly take place over the course of five days throughout the months of June and July. The only city that has been confirmed is Cleveland which will take place on June 8. The dates for the east coast shows will happen towards the end of June while the west coast days will take place in mid-July.

The cities and venues for the shows will be revealed on Jan. 28, 2019 while both ticket sales and lineup details will be unveiled in early-March.

According to the festival’s mastermind, he made the announcement so that those who would want to attend could put in their vacation requests well ahead of time.

“Plans are coming together for Vans Warped Tour 25th. Only thing I can say for now since many need to hold vacations dates are June 8 Cleveland, June 29-30 eastcoast, July 20-21 westcoast.”

Lyman’s summer 2019 plans come months after the Vans Warped Tour officially bowed out at the Coral Sky Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Florida. The long-running music festival ended its run in the most punk rock way with Pennywise performing “Bro Hymn” with a slew of fellow Warped Tour bands before saying good-bye to its dedicated and genre-spanning fans.

Upon closing out the music festival’s run, organizers unveiled a lot of interesting tidbits including that they sold over 11.5 million tickets, drove well over 300,000 miles in the span of 24 years, that more than 1,000 bands took the stage during the course of the festival, and that there are countless memories in its lengthy history book.

We the Kings return with new song, new album

Armed with a brand new record, We the Kings are ready to hit the Vans Warped Tour this summer. On Wednesday (June 20), the Florida-founded band announced the forthcoming release of their sixth studio album. Titled SIX, the new album is due out July 6 through the band’s longtime home of S-Curve Records/BMG.

The record comes a year or so after the band launched a PledgeMuisc campaign to assist with the creation of the new album. Late last year, the group’s monetary goal was reached and they began to work on their new set of tunes. In honor or all those fans, the cover art features the faces of all those contributors.

In conjunction with the new album announcement, the five-piece also released the album’s lead single, “On My Love.”

In an interview with Billboard, frontman Travis Clark reveals that the title is based on an expression used by his wife’s family.

“I learned the expression ‘On My Love’ from my wife’s family,” he begins.

“They use it all the time to prove that they are being honest and telling the truth. This song is about swearing on my love that no matter where life takes us, we will always be there for each other. ‘Even if the worst takes us through hell, I’ll be here for you.'”

Listen to “On My Love” above.

Pre-orders for SIX are available on the band’s website. The upcoming record is the follow-up to the group’s 2015 release, Strange Love.

In support of the early July release, the band will embark on the final Vans Warped Tour. For now, the complete track listing for SIX can be found below.

SIX TRACKLISTING:

1. “On My Love”
2. “The Ocean and the Sun”
3. “Even If It Kills Me”
4. “Mama Knows Best”
5. “Ride”
6. “Alive”
7. “I Won’t Settle”
8. “Festival Music”
9. “Planes, Trains, and Cars”
10. “Immortal”
11. “What I Wouldn’t Give”

Watch: As It Is address stigmas in new music video

A month after releasing their 2000s throwback music video for “The Wounded World,” As It Is have returned with the clip’s follow-up. On Wednesday (June 20), the British band unleashed act two of their The Great Depression era. Title “The Stigma (Boys Don’t Cry),” the three-and-a-half minute song addresses the stigma behind showing and expressing emotions and how many times it feels like a weakness than just human nature.

“This song and video tackle toxic masculinity, gender expectations, and the long overdue need to rebel and speak out against outdated ideals that to this day continue to threaten individuality,” the band writes on Twitter.

“The eponymous ‘stigma’ is that sense of blemish and shame so often associated with showing and expressing emotion, that causes too many to hide who they are. It’s totally acceptable to show feeling; it is real and human to do so and not something that should be arbitrarily gendered and hidden from view.”

“In these increasingly disconnected time where empathy is seemingly on a decline on many levels of everyday modern life, it is vital to stand up against such outdated tropes.”

Watch the music video for “The Stigma (Boys Don’t Cry)” above.

“The Stigma (Boys Don’t Cry)” will join previously released track “The Wounded World” on As It Is’ upcoming new album. The Great Depression is due out Aug. 10 through Fearless Records. Pre-orders for the new record are available on the band’s website.

The Great Depression is the follow-up to the band’s 2017’s sophomore effort okay.

In support of the album’s August release date, the group will embark on the final Vans warped Tour this summer.

Listen: Ice Nine Kills drop ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ inspired song

Ice Nine Kills fans have been patiently waiting for new music from the band for a while, but now, it looks like things are about to change. On Tuesday (June 19), the Massachusetts-founded band announced the upcoming release of their fifth studio album. Titled The Silver Scream, the new record is due out Oct. 5 through Fearless Records.

Taking to social media, the group posted the forthcoming album news while also letting fans know that there will be a lot more to the new set of tunes. “The Silver Scream is going to be MORE than just an album,” the band wrote on Twitter.

Within 24 hours of the band’s announcement, fans were already beginning to pass along theories about what this record’s theme might be. Most fans came to the conclusion that The Silver Scream will be highly influenced by horror films, hence its name. Taking inspiration from horror films for the new album is not much of a stretch for the four-piece; their last record was influenced by literature.

In conjunction with the new album announcement, the band also unleashed the new record’s lead single, “The American Nightmare.” If fan speculations are correct, then it would appear that the newly released song is influenced by Wes Craven’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street”; just take a look at the single’s artwork which features Freddy Krueger’s iconic red and green stripped sweater.

Listen to “The American Nightmare” above.

The Silver Scream will be the follow-up to 2015’s Every Trick in the Book.

In support of the new album, the band will embark on the final Vans Warped Tour this summer.

This trek will also mark the band’s first tour without longtime drummer, Conor Sullivan. Earlier this week, the band announced Sullivan’s departure. Filling in Sullivan’s vacancy will be former Affiance member, Patrick Galante.

Real Friends announce new album with new single

Earlier this month, Real Friends dropped a brand new song; their first since going on an unofficial, year-long hiatus due to vocalist Dan Lambton’s bipolar diagnosis. On Monday (June 18), the Illinois-founded band confirmed that the new song was not a one-off single, but rather part of an upcoming new record. Titled Composure, the group’s third studio album is due out July 13 through Fearless Records.

According to bassist Kyle Fasel, the forthcoming, ten-track album —which was produced by Mike Green— was the first time the band put a lot of effort and time into not only the individual songs, but the album as a whole.

“We have never put this much time and effort into a record,” begins Fasel. “Composure is everything we’ve always come up short on. We focused more on melodies than ever before. We focused more on the overall emotional climate of each song than ever before. I truly think that every song on the record stands on its own. But when all the songs come together it creates our best effort to date.”

In conjunction with the new album announcement, the band also released another new song from Composure; a tune titled “Smiling on the Surface.” Stream the new song above.

Pre-orders for Composure are currently available on Real Friends’ website. The band is offering a slew of different bundles for every price range. All pre-orders will include instant downloads of “Smiling on the Surface,” “Get By,” and “From the Outside.”

Prior to the new album announcement, the band had a small group of hometown fans RSVP to three acoustic shows. Instead of playing an acoustic set, the five-piece announced the release of Composure and played the complete album for them. Watch some footage from the surprise sets here.

Composure is the follow-up to the band’s 2016 release, The Home Inside My Head.

In support of the summertime release, the quintet will embark on the final Vans Warped Tour this summer.

For now, the complete track listing for Composure can be seen below.

COMPOSURE TRACK LIST:

1. “Me First”
2. “Stand Steady”
3. “From the Outside”
4. “Smiling on the Surface”
5. “Hear What You Want”
6. “Unconditional Love”
7. “Composure ”
8. “Get By”
9. “Ripcord”
10. “Take A Hint”

Ice Nine Kills drummer exits band

When Ice Nine Kills take the stage this summer on the final Vans Warped Tour, fans may notice a missing member. On Thursday (June 14), the Massachusetts-founded band announced the departure of longtime drummer Conor Sullivan. Taking to social media, the band unveiled the news, stating that Sullivan had decided to leave the group to pursue other musical interests and projects.

“After nearly ten years of working together and creating wonderful music and memories, our creative musical roads have taken us in different direction,” the remaining members posted in a joint statement.

In the same letter, the band announced that Patrick Galante (ex-Affiance) will take over their drum kit during the band’s trek on Warped Tour this summer.

“While it won’t be easy, filling his shoes on this summer’s final Vans Warped Tour will be our good friend Patrick Galante.”

The remaining members did not further elaborate on whether Galante’s stint will be solely for the upcoming tour or if he may become an official member of the lineup.

Earlier this year, Ice Nine Kills revealed that they were in the process of working on the follow-up to 2015’s book-centric album Every Trick in the Book. Last year, the band surprised fans by releasing a one-off single titled “Enjoy Your Slay” based off Stephen King’s The Shining.

Mayday Parade ask for a ‘Piece of Your Heart’ in new song, announce new album

Last month, Mayday Parade announced they had left their longtime home of Fearless Records for Rise Record where they would release their sixth studio album. Now, it looks like that brand new album may be in the hands of fans sooner rather than later. On Thursday (May 3), the Florida-founded band formally announced the title and release date for their impending new album.

Titled Sunnyland, the new album will be released on June 15 via Rise Records. Taking to social media, the band confirmed the name and release date for the 13-track album as well as debuted the music video for its first single.

“We’re happy to finally announce our first single ‘Piece of Your Heart’ off of our upcoming album Sunnyland, out June 15 on Rise Records!,” the group posted on all their social media platforms. Watch the emotional video for “Piece of Your Heart” above.

Pre-orders for the new album are currently available on Mayday Parade’s website. Sunnyland is the follow-up to the group’s last effort, 2015’s Black Lines.

In support of the band’s new record, they will hit the road this summer on the final Vans Warped Tour. Those upcoming tour dates can be found here while the complete track listing for Sunnyland can be seen below.

SUNNYLAND TRACK LISTING:

1. “Never Sure”
2. “It’s Hard to Be Religious When Certain People are Never Incinerated By Bolts of Lightning”
3. “Piece of Your Heart”
4. “Is Nowhere”
5. “Take My Breath Away”
6. “Stay the Same”
7. “How Do You Like Me Now”
8. “Where You Are”
9. “If I Were You”
10. “Satellite”
11. “Looks Red, Tastes Blue”
12. “Always Leaving”
13. “Sunnyland”

Live Nation’s National Concert Week offers $20 all-in tickets for hundreds of shows

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Summer 2018 seems to be the summer that every single musician has decided to hit the road on some kind of tour. Of course, for those of us who are not financial secure, the slew of shows make it hard to decide which to buy tickets for and which we will need to pass on until the next time. On Tuesday (April 24), Live Nation announced their $20 All-In Tickets in honor of National Concert Week. For a week, the event tickets giant will be offering $20 tickets for a slew of popular tours that will hit North America during the summer months.

The $20 tickets deal will begin on Monday, April 30, at 8 a.m. local time and conclude the following Tuesday, May 8, at 11:59 p.m. local time. The deal does not include ticket delivery and print-at-home fees.

While lists like this typically include tours that are not selling very well, Live Nation has made sure to include some of their biggest tour to hit the road during the summer. Fans will be able to choose from over 2,000 Live Nation shows from all genres of music including rock, pop, hip-hop, rap, Latin, and even speaking tours (looking at you Joe Biden). The massive list includes some of our favorite acts like Paramore (Tour Five), 5 Seconds of Summer (Meet You There tour), the final Vans Warped tour, Thirty Seconds to Mars (“Monolith” tour), Weezer and the Pixies (their co-headlining tour), Taking Back Sunday and Coheed and Cambria (their joint tour), Charlie Puth (Voicenotes tour), Kesha and Macklemore (their co-headlining tour), and many more.

The complete list of participating tours can be seen below. For more information about Live Nation’s National Concert Week $20 All-In tickets, head on over to their website here.

LIVE NATION’S NATIONAL CONCERT WEEK SHOWS:

311 / The Offspring
3 Doors Down / Collective Soul
5 Seconds of Summer
Alan Jackson
Arcade Fire
Avenged Sevenfold / Prophets of Rage
Backstreet Boys
Beck
Bon Jovi
Brad Paisley
Breaking Benjamin / Five Finger Death Punch
Bush / Stone Temple Pilots / The Cult
Charlie Puth
Chicago / REO Speedwagon
Chris Brown
Coheed and Cambria / Taking Back Sunday
Counting Crows / LIVE
David Blaine
Dead & Company
Def Leppard / Journey
Dierks Bentley
Dwight Yoakam / Lucinda Williams / Steve Earle
Enanitos Verdes / Hombres G
Erasure
Foreigner / Whitesnake / Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening
Game of Thrones Live Experience
G-Eazy
Godsmack / Shinedown
Gov’t Mule / The Avett Brothers
Hall & Oates / Train
Halsey
Imagine Dragons
Janet Jackson
Jason Aldean
Jeff Beck / Paul Rodgers
Joe Biden
Juanes / Mon Laferte
Keith Urban
Kesha / Macklemore
Kevin Hart
Kid Rock
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Kygo
Lady Antebellum / Darius Rucker
Lindsey Stirling / Evanescence
Logic
Luis Miguel
Luke Bryan
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Maroon 5
Miranda Lambert / Little Big Town
Ms. Lauryn Hill
NEEDTOBREATHE / JOHNNYSWIM
Niall Horan
ODESZA
Ozzy Osbourne
Paramore
Pentatonix
Poison / Cheap Trick
Post Malone
Rascal Flatts
Ray LaMontagne
Rise Against / AFI
Rob Zombie / Marilyn Manson
Rod Stewart / Cyndi Lauper
Shakira
Shania Twain
Steely Dan / The Doobie Brothers
Styx / Joan Jett and the Heartbreakers
The Smashing Pumpkins
Thirty Seconds to Mars
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Weezer / Pixies
Zac Brown Band

State Champs announce new album with new song

Earlier this week, State Champs uploaded a cryptic, hypnotic photo on their Twitter account leading fans to quickly speculate what was going on with them. As many assumed at the time, it was just the beginning of the band announcing their new era. On Thursday (April 19), the New York-founded band announced the release of their third studio album, Living Proof. Instead of just confirming that a new set of tunes was coming out in a couple of months, the band unleashed the music video for the album’s lead single, “Dead and Gone.”

The three-and-a-half minute clip begins with a guy passed out in what appears to be an abandoned warehouse. He wakes up and notices that there is what appears to be an old-school iPod next to him. He picks it up, places the ear buds in his ears, and presses play. On the other side of the mini speakers are the guys of State Champs performing the song from what looks like an airplane hangar.

While the music plays through the ear buds, the protagonist is looking at a wall that has random newspaper clips. After a while, he decides to leave the warehouse only to be corner by two guys wearing gorilla masks. He quickly makes up his mind to run away from the two men, trying his hardest to elude them eventually succeeding in his mission.

Watch the complete music video for “Dead and Gone” above.

“Dead and Gone” will be featured on Living Proof which is set to be released on June 15 through Pure Noise Records. Pre-orders for the new album are available on the band’s website. The band is offering several different bundles to satisfy every fan.

In support of Living Proof‘s release, State Champs will spend the summer touring around the country on the final trek of the Vans Warped Tour. Those dates can be found here.

Living Proof is the follow-up to the group’s 2015 release, Around the World and Back. Around the World and Back peaked at the number 30 spot on the Billboard 200 chart and the number three spot on both the Top Alternative Albums chart and the Top Rock Albums chart.