VANS WARPED TOUR 2003 NEWS
ANDREW WK CONFIRMED FOR THIS SUMMER'S
VANS WARPED TOUR 2003
NEW ALBUM DUE OUT SEPTEMBER 2003
New York, NY (May 1, 2003)- Island Records' Andrew WK is currently in the studio recording the follow-up to his critically acclaimed anthemic rock album, I Get Wet. The as-yet-untitled new album is being produced by Andrew and will be released in September 2003. Andrew recently told Alternative Press the new album would be "a bigger thing, more musical." Last year's I Get Wet received incredible praise including 4 stars in Rolling Stone while the Los Angeles Times hailed the album, "...rowdy, good time rock of such forces as KISS, Slade, the early Beastie Boys and the Ramones." Andrew WK will preview songs from his new album on this summer's Vans Warped Tour. Andrew, who performed on a few of the East Coast dates of last summer's Warped Tour, won the crowd over in such a big way with his unbelievable arena-rock style show, that he was invited back as one of this year's headliners. Andrew will perform on all Warped tour dates, which kicks off June 19th in Boise, ID. For a full listing of Andrew WK tour dates visit www.andrewwk.com.
Punk Rock Leaders Team Up To Take Action:
Vans Warped Tour, The Take Action! Tour and the National Hopeline Network--1.800.SUICIDE (784-2433)--are proud to announce their first year collaboration of the ‘Kevin Says…Take Action!’ charity area of THE 2003 VANS Warped Tour
The Vans Warped Tour is an annual punk rock concert drawing over 500,000 energetic young people every year since its inception in 1995. The Take Action! Tour began in 1999 as a way to bring the Sub City concept (combining music, social awareness and fundraising for non profit organizations) to the road. The first Take Action! Tour in 1999 featured such bands as Fifteen, The Weakerthans and Dillinger Four and benefited numerous organizations including Lifebeat, the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In 2000, Sub City teamed up with Mike Park and Asian Man records who had also been presenting an annual national tour supporting non profit organizations called Plea For Peace And its predecessor, Ska Against Racism.
The movement to tour for a cause continued to snowball when together the two labels teamed up with the Kristin Brooks Hope Center, The Hopeline Network 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433). The Hope Center was created and named for the wife of the president and founder, who completed suicide in 1997. The Hope Center is program manager for 1.800.SUICIDE, a national, 24 hour, toll free line, a GLBTQ Outreach program, Preventing Suicide: the National Journal, among other things.
How can the kids “Take Action?” The Kevin Says…Take Action! area--which will be part of the Vans Warped Tour 2003--will be packed with non profit organizations, spoken word, petitions, technology, literature and punk rock music through charity tabling, artist participation and tons of print and verbal outreach. The rockers will be able to put all their energy to good use as they talk to the non-profit representatives from national and regional organizations, learn about future job potentials with non-corporate organizations, try out donated state of the art technology, take photographs, work the web, talk to bands, take depression screening tests and sign petitions. This area allows concertgoers to explore, learn, think critically about the issues that they are faced with and express themselves creatively.
Kevin Says…Take Action! provides concertgoers an opportunity and forum to embody and act upon a lot of the ideas expressed in the music they love. The charity area will bring an added positive and proactive experience to the Vans Warped Tour attendee. What could be more exciting than to take all that potent energy, potential, and creativity that fills up each venue at the tour and give a sustainable outlet to those concertgoers who are looking to put the ideals, emotions and politics of the music that they love, to work?
The continuing bond and energy between the three organizations has built the tour to a whole new level reaching hundreds of thousands of people per year with the Hopeline’s mission that effects so many of the tours fans. The past two Take Action Tours featured such bands as Jimmy Eat World, Thrice, Anti Flag, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, Alkaline Trio and many more. The collaboration is a result of the Vans Warped Tour’s expanding and morphing to meet the varying interests and needs of the attendees while sustaining its notable spirit of freedom and curiosity.
In the United States, well over 500,000 youth between the ages of 16-24 attempt suicide each year. The concept of “Taking Action” seems to be quite a popular one with the punk, emo, hardcore music audiences. The responses from the attendees and bands alike were heartfelt and passionate, since suicide, depression and issues of mental health touch everyone. The band members and attendees often agreed that music is a refuge, a therapy, a support system and an outlet. Over 30,000 petitions for mental health parity and improved mental health services were signed by the bands and the concert attendees on this tour with an overall attendance of about 36,000. Attendees had the chance to listen to their favorite bands talk about suicide and depression, talk to counselors at the shows, pick up books and literature, and sign a petition to alert their government representatives to the epidemic of suicide, and then take home one of the Plea for Peace Take Action Tour Volume II enhanced CD’s with depression screening tools, a full length QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) suicide prevention training, a list of resources, a full length book, and a toll free number to call night or day.
AMERICA’S LONGEST-RUNNING TOURING FESTIVAL KICKS OFF JUNE 19 IN BOISE, ID;
TOUR HELPS RAISE CONSCIENCENESS AND ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS WITH ‘DECARBONATED TOURING’ AND ‘KEVIN SAYS TAKE ACTION’ CHARITY AREA
Coming off its most successful year ever with nearly 500,000 fans in attendance, the ninth annual VANS WARPED TOUR returns to the road June 19 in Boise, ID and will criss-cross the U.S. and Canada, wrapping August 10 in Asbury Park, NJ. With ticket prices still in the $25.00 range, this year’s hotly-tipped line-up includes: AFI, Andrew W.K., Dropkick Murphys, Face To Face, Finch, Glassjaw, Less Than Jake, Pennywise, Rancid, Simple Plan, Suicide Machines, Sum 41, Taking Back Sunday, The Ataris, Thrice, The Used and many more. Top athletes in the action sports worlds of Moto X, skateboarding, freestyle BMX, street skating and bike trials will include Mike Frazier, Rick Thorne, Steve Caballero and many others.
New attractions this year include the “Kevin Says Take Action” charity area, which will feature live performances by artists who regularly support charity efforts, as well as booths with up to 12 non-profit organizations at each show. Another unique aspect of the 2003 tour is “Decarbonated Touring.” Through this environmentally conscious effort, the global warming impact of the VANS WARPED TOUR will be offset through the protection of threatened tropical rainforests. The tour will calculate the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by its trucks, busses, power use and fans driving to and from shows. In partnership with Conservation International, a portion of sponsorship fees will be donated to this cause to help protect threatened tropical rainforest with high biodiversity, thus preventing the release of an equivalent amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. For more information, go to www.conservation.org.
Another tour addition is The Hawk Kids Invasion Tour, featuring twelve top skateboarders hand-picked by legendary pro-skater Tony Hawk. These skaters--revered as the next generation of professionals--will perform demos on their self-contained 70x14 foot skate arena at select shows. In addition, the Balls Of Steel motorcycle stunt show--featuring three motorcycle riders ages 16 and 17 in a steel ball doing wheelies and back flips--returns to the tour after its 2001 debut.
The VANS WARPED TOUR--America’s longest-running touring festival--continues to help break new artists and receive accolades from the media. The 2002 tour was called “the summer’s best bargain” by Rolling Stone and was chosen as the “Best Concert” in the Alternative Press 2002 Readers’ Poll. The UK’s Kerrang! hailed the tour as “punk rock’s biggest and best tour,” while the Hollywood Reporter lauded it as “the blueprint of how to run a successful music festival.”
Since launching in 1995, WARPED has helped a wide variety of bands break through to the masses, including: AFI, Blink-182, Deftones, Flogging Molly, Good Charlotte, Incubus, Jimmy Eat World, Kid Rock, Limp Bizkit, New Found Glory, Saves The Day, Something Corporate, Sugar Ray, The Ataris, The Donnas, Thursday and many others. In the New York Daily News (March 24, 2003), Jim Farber noted: “Vans Warped has become the hottest breeding ground…never before have so many acts on recent Vans tours managed to warp sales in their favor.” Farber continues by pointing out that AFI debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart this week. Other 2003 VANS WARPED TOUR bands currently on the Billboard Top 200 album chart are: All-American Rejects are at #40, Simple Plan at #44 with their gold-certified No Pads, No Helmet…Just Balls CD and The Ataris are at #48.
New attractions in 2003 include:
Kevin Says Take Action: This area will feature live performances from bands that support charity efforts. Speakers from local non-profit organizations will have the opportunity to briefly address the crowd between sets on this stage. There will also be booths for up to 12 non-profit organizations at each show.
The Hawk Kids Invasion Tour: Twelve top skateboarders hand-picked by legendary pro-skater Tony Hawk will perform demos on their self-contained 70x14 foot skate arena at select shows. These skaters are revered as the next generation of professionals. Catch these skaters at the following shows: Seattle, Portland, Pomona, Ventura, San Francisco, Sacramento.
Girlz Garage (formerly Ladies Lounge): Tent featuring the latest fashion, music, DJ's, sports, makeup, etc.
Balls of Steel: Stunt show featuring three motorcycle riders (ages 16 and 17) in a steel ball, doing wheelies and back flips.
Hansen’s Monster Rock Wall: Largest portable rock climbing wall in the country.
Auto Race Slip And Slide: Racing and old time car-themed slip-and-slide water attraction.
Fanzine Region: This area--expanded in 2003--is dedicated to the numerous fanzines that have supported the tour throughout the years and dedicated their time to VWT bands. Fanzine editors will have the chance to exhibit their fanzine in their city, providing samples and giveaways, zine history, as well as information on subscriptions and zine distribution locations. This area will also have a database with all participating fanzines. Fanzines can conduct band and athlete interviews at the booth as well.
Locker Box: An avid VANS WARPED tour fan arranged this much-needed VWT Locker Check-In area. It allows concert-goers the chance to collect items and merchandise and then check it in when it's too much to carry. Coats, backpacks, bags, cell phones, shirts, hats, pants and shoes are all welcome.
Button Booth: Workshop for making customized buttons using photos, artwork, band autographs, etc.
Ernie Ball Stage: In its seventh year, the Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands offers bands from across the country an opportunity to compete for various prizes such as: spots on the Ernie Ball stage, gear and instruments, as well as recording contracts. The stage also featured up-and-coming bands such as Maxeen and Bowling For Soup.
Reverse Daycare: A tented, air-conditioned area where kids can drop off their parents while they cruise the action of the festival. There will be a masseuse on hand to take care of the parents and movies will be shown in the tent, which will be equipped with “noise proofed” headphones. Parents will be able to get away from the heat and noise, enjoy cold drinks and discuss the triumphs of parenthood as their kids rock out to the music and activities.
‘VANS WARPED TOUR LIVE’ DVD
SET FOR RELEASE APRIL 1;
WILL PREMIERE AT MARCH 27
DVD RELEASE PARTY IN LOS ANGELES
The VANS WARPED TOUR--North America’s longest-running traveling festival tour--will release their first-ever live DVD April 1. The VANS WARPED TOUR LIVE DVD features live performances and exclusive interviews with bands from the 2002 tour, as well as behind the scenes footage and action-packed demos from the Moto X and skate park.
The DVD features 27 live songs, with performances from Bad Religion, New Found Glory, NOFX, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Something Corporate, Flogging Molly, MxPx, Reel Big Fish, The Used, Lagwagon, No Use For A Name, Anti-Flag, Alkaline Trio, Hot Water Music, Ozma, Morgan Heritage and others.
On Thursday, March 27, the live DVD will debut during the VANS WARPED TOUR LIVE DVD party at The Key Club in West Hollywood, California. Tsunami Bomb will headline the show, which also features live performances by Maxeen, M 80 and 2 Cents. Tickets are only $10.00.
Heading into its ninth year, the VANS WARPED TOUR ’03 will kick off June 19 in Boise, Idaho and wrap August 10 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. This year’s line-up features Rancid, Pennywise, Less Than Jake, Dropkick Murphys, Taking Back Sunday, Simple Plan, The Used, Face To Face, Suicide Machines, Andrew W.K., Tsunami Bomb, Glassjaw, Count The Stars, Mad Caddies and more. Additional bands, athletes and attractions will be announced in the coming weeks. Check out WarpedTour.com for more information.
INTERNET PRE-SALE TICKETS AVAILABLE
THURSDAY, MARCH 6 AT 6:00 PM PACIFIC/9:00 PM EASTERN
Some of the bands already confirmed for this year’s summer trek which kicks off June 19 in Boise and wraps August 10 in Asbury Park are: AFI, Andrew W.K., The Ataris, Dropkick Murphys, Face To Face, Finch, Glassjaw, Less Than Jake, Pennywise, Rancid, Simple Plan, Suicide Machines, Taking Back Sunday and The Used. Many more bands, athletes and attractions will be announced in the coming weeks.
Internet pre-sale tickets are only $23.74, which includes $19.99 for a ticket, $3.50 for this year's Warped Tour compilation CD and 25 cents from each ticket which will be contributed to Camp Pacific Heartland.* The Vans Warped Tour has contracted with Music Today to deliver the tickets along with the CD at a discounted convenience fee to offer tickets at the lowest price ever for the tour. After the early bird special has expired, tickets will return to their regular price, plus applicable Ticketmaster charges.
In addition, if fans purchase Vans Warped Tour tickets online between March 6 and March 12, they'll automatically be entered to win a backstage pass to a show and a copy of the newly-released Warped Book: Tales of Freedom and Psychotic Ambition (www.warpedbook.com). The ten lucky winners will be notified via email on March 20, 2003.
Log on to www.warpedtour.com for more information about Internet pre-sale tickets and sign up for the VANS WARPED TOUR email list to receive updates about the tour.
* Camp Pacific Heartland (www.camppacificheartland.org) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing recreational opportunities through a summer camping program for children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
The Vans Warped Tour is made possible through the support of Vans, PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, Yoo-hoo Chocolate Drink, Kraft Easy Mac, truth, Monster Energy and Hansen’s Sodas and SPIN magazine. For more information, visit www.warpedtour.com.
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