Warped Tour, featuring The Devil Wears Prada, Gym Class Heroes, SHARKS, Yelawolf, and more
Cal State Dominguez Hills
Warped Tour is the longest running touring festival in the United States, older than the now dead Ozzfest and the immobile Lollapalooza
. Throughout its sixteen years, Warped has managed to keep true to its roots but at the same time evolve. This year's installment featured Warped veterans like Less Than Jake, Gym Class Heroes, and Sum 41, and also newer acts like metalcore heavy hitters The Devil Wears Prada and U.K.'s SHARKS.
Although not their first time here, this seemed to be The Devil Wears Prada's year. They played in the early afternoon, but the crowd was big enough for a late night headliner. Anxious fans stretched far beyond the soundboard, screaming every time a tech came out to check a mic. Realizing that this was not going to be just an ordinary afternoon set, security called in for back-up, a bright yellow, polo'ed army ready to catch the onslaught of crowd surfers.
The band came to the stage still half asleep and smiling at the sea of screaming kids. Before long, however, they went into breakdown after breakdown, with Daniel Williams' double pedal chugging along to keep time. Most groups ask the crowd to participate -- to jump up and down, clap, hit the pit or whatever. Not TDWP, as lead singer Mike Hranica never had to ask. The crowd responded to the energy they saw on stage and the music they heard, which was excellent.
The set in general was well done. Less talking and more playing is always a recipe for a great set -- especially at Warped, where sets are short.
SHARKS review below.
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