Yesterday I got the chance to go to Warped Tour in Scranton, Pennsylvania. This was my first time ever going to Warped Tour, and I didn’t even have to pay for I worked the Bridge 9 Records tent. I met some awesome people, hung out with familiar people, and saw some interesting people. Also I got to drink water out of a can made by Monster. I am still trying to comprehend the whole thing. I also learned that people sure do love buying Have Heart merchandise, which put a smile on my face.
Even though I was there to sell merchandise, I got the chance to see some bands. I was also able to photograph them. Shhhhh, I wasn’t allowed since I didn’t have a press pass, but since I was with a vendor, I snuck my camera in. The first band I watch was one of my favorites, The Early November. I lost count on how many times I’ve seen them. I should’ve asked Scott, their merch guy, if I could get on stage, but forgot. As always, they put on a great show. Of course the set times are short, but the guys played most of their classics and new songs. I was surprised to hear “Decoration” thrown in. After they finished I talked with the guys at their table, they were about two booths down me.
The next band I saw, and they played right in front of the Bridge 9 tent, was Driver Friendly. After my first mishap of photographing them, I had to redeem myself. I must say I did a better job. These guys put on a killer set. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, this band is a band to look for soon. I think they are on the verge to be something big. Check them out, trust me.
After we packed up our booth I walked around and tried to catch other bands. Sadly I missed the Acoustic Basement stage, but to close out my night I took a trip to memory lane. I watched Reel Big Fish and relived my high school days. I must say they still put on a hell of a show.
Warped Tour was interesting. Would I attend again? Maybe if I was given this opportunity again or to photograph, but to go and just see bands, I don’t think so. Sadly I am too old for this tour. Most of the bands aren’t to my liking or they are bands I used to like. Also the crowd is young and the girls show more skin than the girls in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, which is just…right… Also I don’t know how bands do it, but it does get you exposed. I will see what happens next year, but for now I have a big week end ahead.