POMONA, CA— Vans Warped Tour kicked off this Thursday (June 21) with its first stop at the Fairplex in Pomona.
The 2018 edition would make 24 years running of the annual traveling tour that started in summer 1995.
The Warped Tour is not only a place for fans to listen to their favorite artists live but also a source for the dreams for hopeful musicians. Whether onstage performing or busting out tunes in the parking lot, several bands, like Fall Out Boy, Blink-182, Paramore and Avenged Sevenfold have accredited their beginnings to the tour.
This past Thursday was no exception. Starry-eyed hopefuls handed out copies of their CDs as to the concert-goers shuffled back to their cars in the jam-packed parking lot. Though the day was filled with veteran Warped Tour performances by bands such as 30H!3, The Used and Simple Plan, these newer bands like With Confidence, Grayscale and Makeout took their talents to the array of stages.
Bands like The Dollyrots, No Small Children, Blameshift, Turbulent Hearts took to the pink-themed Shiragirl stage. With past performances by legends such as Joan Jett to its name, this stage has been an outlet for the empowerment of female-fronted bands. It will make its last stop in Ventura on June 24.
More than a place of music, Vans Warped Tour also gathers a collection of charities and nonprofits. One of those, To Write Love On Her Arms, an organization geared to bringing the help to those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide, has followed the tour since 2007. Explained in a letter written by TWLOHA founder, Jamie Tworkowski the Warped Tour has been a source to spread the love of music and shape the organization’s message.
Fans have a chance to donate to their favorite charities partnered with the Warped Tour to win exclusive backstage passes, prize packs and tickets.
Vans Warped Tour closes out the legacy on West Palm Beach, Florida on August 5.