Dave Lake
Vans Warped Tour

Saturday, August 4th

White River Amphitheater

The 2012 edition of The Vans Warped Tour, summer's longest-running touring festival, was noticeably


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Dave Lake
Vans Warped Tour

Saturday, August 4th

White River Amphitheater

The 2012 edition of The Vans Warped Tour, summer's longest-running touring festival, was noticeably different from Warped Tours of the recent past. For starters, the show took place at Auburn's White River Amphitheater for the first time, having moving from The Gorge, where it has played for many years. It was originally scheduled to stop at Redmond's Marymoor Park, a seemingly ideal location for the tour's multiple stages, half-pipe and scores of vendors, but logistical details forced the tour to find a last-minute alternative. Additionally, this year's lineup featured none of the classic-era Warped bands. There was nary a NOFX, Pennywise, Rancid or Bad Religion to be found, leaving New Found Glory as the year's resident old fogies. And though the tour's demographic has always been 13-25 or so, there were noticeably fewer attendees over the age of 30. One other noticeable difference was that the band's main stage, which gets split in half at The Gorge so bands on one half can begin moments after the bands on the other have concluded, was split between two locations, meaning show goers had to walk from one end of the venue to the other if they wanted to catch the headliners, which was a big deal given the heat of the day and the ample shade provided by the main stage. Anyway, enough of my yappin'. Here are some highlights:

Jamie Rhoden of Kingston, Pennsylvania's Title Fight, wasn't trying to swallow the microphone, but he was trying to wins fans over with an early afternoon set of old-school emo that owed a major debt to Lifetime.


Make Do and Mend's James Carroll played a set on the tour's acoustic stage, showcasing songs from the band's excellent 2011 EP Part and Parcel. The acoustic stage had a solid turnout for most of the day thanks to being placed inside a shady tent.


New Found Glory played early in the day, and the five-piece pop-punk band came out dressed in blue and yellow basketball uniforms, as if ready to take on the Harlem Globetrotters after their set. Singer Jordan Pundik climbed onto the barricade to get closer to the crowd -- and the crowdsurfers.


With Matt Toka's set rather sparsely attended, he took to the festival grounds, microphone in hand, to bring the show to everybody else. He rummaged through people's purses, had a lick from a lollipop he yanked from a girl's mouth and grabbed every camera within reach and shot away.


This is what he looks like on stage:


Raise your hand if you're sweating and/or wearing lots of bracelets.


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Pearl Dragon of local hip-hop stars Champagne Champagne finished his set by hopping off the stage and rapping at eye level.


Blood on the Dance Floor won the award for the most annoying stage props of the day, launching dozens of beach balls into the crowd and firing up a pair of foam machines like some Jersey Shore nightclub, which covered the pierced and tattooed onlookers in soap, which is exactly what you want all over you in 90 degree weather.


Over the past few years, there's been at least one band on Warped with a zombie-like aesthetic, or at least a Marilyn Manson-like one. Last year it was Black Veil Brides and this year Blood on the Dance Floor won that award too. This is singer Jayy Von Monroe.


Sharing their name with a song by The Runaways, another all-girl band from Los Angeles who started as teenagers, Cherri Bomb's oldest member is 16. Singer-guitarist Julia Pierce, who formed the band at age 11, is now 15, and the band are managed by Hole's drummer, Samantha Maloney.


They may have a banjo and an upright bass in their band, but bluegrass badasses Larry and His Flask were one of the best -- and most punk -- bands on the bill this year.


Buddy Nielsen, singer for Ridgewood, New Jersey's Senses Fail, found his apathy lost on those closest to the stage since he failed to tattoo his message in opposite directions on his knuckles, making things slightly confusing when double-fisting the mic, like seen here.


More photos after the jump, and on our Vans Warped Tour Slideshow

Feeling inspired by the around-the-clock Olympics coverage, Polar Bear Club singer Jimmy Stadt attempts to break the record for monitor leaping. The band played one of the day's best sets as well.


Troy, Ohio headbangers Miss May I, fronted by Levi Benton, played songs from their recently released third LP, At Heart.


Named for a New Found Glory lyric, All Time Low seemed to elicit the most screams from teenage girls, and also the most bras thrown onstage by teenage girls, as collected on his mic stand by guitarist Jack Barakat.

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