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Warped Tour: Seattle & Portland (Aug 4th/5th)
Warped Tour: Seattle & Portland (Aug 4th/5th)
08/14/12 at 11:13 PM by Jake Denning
"What a difference a year makes" -- that was the thought I've had over the past week when I reflect back on this summer's Vans Warped Tour. I had a blast seeing how just 12 months time has treated various different bands, such as Yellowcard, Breathe Carolina, Of Mice & Men, and Memphis May Fire, to give a few examples. This year's Warped Tour had an absolutely stacked line-up, one that you couldn't help but have a blast the entire day, regardless of who you saw (well, except if you accidentally stumbled near Blood On The Dance Floor's atrocious display).

The Seattle date took place at the White River Amphitheatre, specifically in Auburn, WA. After dramatically altering my schedule to make it on time, I was able to get where I needed to go with relative ease --...[read more]
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12:40 PM on 08/15/12
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I'm curious as to why you want less bands on the tour?

Also, did you check out the 7/11 free Slurpee truck? Damn thing was a god send.
01:53 PM on 08/15/12
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Ugh, that Portland show was SO crowded and poorly planned, in my humble opinion. The sound quality was great for all the bands we saw, but the heat + limited access to everything made for a rough day. The fact that Larry And His Flask played multiple sets definitely made the day better though. :)
02:23 PM on 08/15/12
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First, good write-up Jake. I enjoyed reading it and your thoughts on the tour this year.
I also went to the Seattle and Portland dates, and I'm pretty sure we were at some of the same shows during the day. (As well as the TCC release show on Friday night)

Definitely have to agree with you about the Seattle venue-great layout and awesome staff! Having never been to the Gorge and I'm not the best person to say this, but I wouldn't mind Warped taking place there yearly. Portland's new venue....not so much. The fact that the Fire Marshall almost had to close down the entire stop is proof enough of that. People getting turned away at the door and it taking almost an hour to walk 2 blocks distance is outrageous.

Same sets we caught in Seattle: AL4W acoustic, Yellowcard, and I'm pretty sure we walked the same path from Breathe Carolina early to Mod Sun, and then went separate ways (I chose Taking Back Sunday).
Same sets from Portland: Falling In Reverse really did sound good...but I'm still not going to listen to their cds. I Call Fives was fantastic at both their acoustic and electric shows. Four Year Strong did seem to be missing something...until they closed with "Wasting Time". Sat through Breathe Carolina while waiting for Yellowcard-they are solid live.

Other things: Skinny Lister was awesome! I'm very happy to hear that the Acoustic Basement will be returning to the tour next year. I'd expect for Monster to stay on the tour and keep the Monster lounge-definitely a great idea. I think Kevin Says having a normal set time was perfect-actually some of my favorite sets were at that stage (IC5, Tonight Alive). As for whether the tour should have less bands, I think this year had about the right amount; there was always someone playing that I could enjoy, and there really weren't too many conflicts.

For anyone who'd like, you can read my full reviews for both stops here:
Seattle: http://wp.me/p2wegb-4G
Portland: http://wp.me/p2wegb-4P
02:28 PM on 08/15/12
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I was at the Seattle date and that was my FAVORITE warped tour experience ever. I had an awesome time hearing some bands that I've either never paid attention to or never heard before (Memphis Mayfire, Larry and His Flask) bands that I've grown to love over the last 5 or so years (Four Year Strong, Pierce the Veil), and bands that brought me straight back to my teenage years (Yellowcard, Senses Fail, Taking Back Sunday). And of course I loved walking about and hearing a song or two from several other bands that I didn't come to see nor had I heard before. The only negative was that some grungy 80s buttrock band was playing instead of Hostage Calm for some reason.

I was especially impressed at hearing some of those veteran bands and how incredibly solid and professional they sound compared when I used to go to their shows 8-10 years ago.

And I actually LOVED having a fucking schedule and not having to walk far to get to the different stages. I was pleasantly surprised.
02:43 PM on 08/15/12
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This just in - atleast is one word apparen tly.
03:07 PM on 08/15/12
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This just in - atleast is one word apparen tly.
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