VANS Warped Tour – Seattle WA : August 9 2015


The last day of the 2015 Warped Tour and all the bands seemed to be genuinely bummed that the tour was over. I suppose that after spending so much time traveling and playing with such a great group of bands, that they all must have had a great time and getting back to reality must seem a little strange to think about. We saw the tour on their June 20th, Mountain View California show and could probably have seen every show in between. There is just so much good music and energy at these shows, that you never want them to end.

We found that we do like the Whiteriver Amphitheater better than Mountain View as things seemed to be just a bit less confined and better played out to enable you to go from stage to stage without seeming to be trapped in a sea of bodies.

I was really looking forward to seeing Escape the Fate this time as we missed them in Mountain View due to their set being at 11:00am, right when they opened the doors and we had;t even gotten to the parking lot. We weren’t disappointed, they were incredible! The only problem was they only played four songs. Of all the bands, they were my favorite, with Blessthefall coming in second. Ryan’s favorite band of the show today was Candy Hearts, where Toni and Nicki’s favorite of the day was Icon for Hire and New Years Day.

All in all it was a great day of music, and it is sad that the tour is over, but we’ll be there next year for sure.

Vans Warped Tour – Mountain View CA : June 20 2015

We had a great time at the show yesterday. It was a little difficult getting tot he venue with the traffic…it took us an hour and a half to get less than a mile, and this was after driving for three and a half hours from Redding CA. to Mountain View CA. Once we got parked and in, all was well.

This was our first Warped tour out of the state of Washington and although it was a great show, we all thought that the show at the White River Amphitheater in Auburn WA. is much better arranged and more open to allow the crowds to move from stage to stage easier…it seemed that the stage areas were much more confined here.

The bands were awesome as usual, due to our late arrival due to the traffic, we missed one of the bands I was most wanting to see (Escape the Fate) who came on 11:45. We’ll have to make sure we get there early at the Seattle show. I think by far, my favorite performance of the day was Blessthefall. They sounded awesome and performed a great set of songs including See You On the Outside, Hollow Bodies and the song Up In Flames from their new album To Those Left Behind. Of course Black Veil Brides was great as usual playing a good (but short) mix of songs including Faithless, Heart of Fire, The Legacy, Fallen Angels and closing with In the End. We were also able to see Pierce The Veil, although this was one of the performances where there were just too many people in a very small area. We had a great spot off to the right of the stage before they started playing, but as people started filling in, we had to move pretty far back to avoid getting caught up in a mosh. Toni, Nicki and Ryan went to watch Icon for Hire and Set It Off as I watched Blessthefall, but they were able to come and see the last couple songs of the BVB set with me which was nice.

All in all, it was a real good show…a lot of young people enjoying themselves and watching a ton of young bands with limitless energy. We enjoyed a lot of bands who we have seen before and saw some new bands who we had never heard before. We are looking forward to the show back in the Seattle area in August.

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