You know that a touring festival is in trouble when one of the best acts on the bill is local.
Looking at the just-announced lineup for this year’s Dallas stop of the Vans Warped Tour, it’s hard to get overly excited about any of it. I mean, I’m glad that the touring buses run on biodiesel and all, but besides our own Forever the Sickest Kids, who else on the list below makes you want to fork out the big bucks to sweat off a few pounds come the tour's July 3rd Dallas date?
And why does the promoter refer to this festival as a “traveling punk rock summer camp”? Please, tell me, of the bands listed after the jump, which would you honestly describe as punk?
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The Academy Is... Gym Class Heroes Devil Wears Prada Alesana Aggrolites Charlotte Sometimes Relient K Reel Big Fish The Color Fred Set Your Goals Katy Perry The Fabulous Rudies Everytime I Die Norma Jean The Pink Spiders The Higher Shwayze The Lordz From First to Last Anberlin Pierce the Veil A Day To Remember Bedouin Soundclash Between the Trees The Bronx Paramore We the Kings August Burns Red 3oh!3 MC Chris Street Dogs As I Lay Dying The Briggs The Maine Evergreen Terrace Protest the Hero Against Me! Say Anything Family Force 5 Stick to Your Guns Horrorpops The Audition Angels and Airwaves Story of the Year Mayday Parade The Secret Handshake Beat Union Jack's Mannequin Cobra Starship Broadway Calls Forever the Sickest Kids Oreska Greeley Estates Maylene and the Sons of Disaster
[Editor's Note: I actually take offense to Against Me! and Street Dogs not being considered punk here, but, hey, I didn't write this post...
also, I totally vouch for 3OH!3. They're awesome. Truth.]