July 16, 2016
Merriweather Post Pavilion
The 2016 installment of the Vans Warped tour was a tad more metal than previous years with White Chapel, Vanna, Cane Hill, and Every Time I Die adding extra chunk to this years tour.
Against The Current are one of the break out bands from this years Warped and their set was a mix of Katy Perry meets Paramore. It was impressive to see the crowd singing the words to nearly every song in their set.
The Interrupters played a valiant set of ska rock and I had a dejavu moment when I realized that the bands lead singer was Amy Allen; Rock N Roll Experience interviewed Amy when she was promoting her solo record while touring with Sugar Ray.
Cane Hill played the small “Full Sail” stage and they were hands down the best metal band this day. Cane Hill’s soundcheck was littered with random Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax guitar riffs. Musically, Cane Hill are part metal, part hardcore, and they were one of the loudest bands at this show.
Motionless in White drew a large crowd and their goth rock infused performance created a large mosh pit.It was interesting to see the painted goths onstage and in the crowd standing in the direct sunlight on a Saturday afternoon.
Less Than Jake’s set started off like a political rally and their set was pretty standard. Reel Big Fish fell in that same category; they delivered exactly what you expected them to and these 2 bands are staples of the Warped tour.
Every Time I Die sounded amazing and their set is best described as organized chaos!
The day started off sunny and clear until a little after 4 PM when the clouds turned purple and the sky began slowly drenching the crowd with rain drops. A solid, hard downpour soaked the crowd and it was interesting to witness a huge crowd getting soaked while Sum 41 played their set; the crowd did not care if it rained or not because they were there to rock!
Sum 41 were the most anticipated band of the day and their set was filled with all the “hits” as well as a new song. The band promised the crowd they would be back in a few months in support of their new record which will be released in the Fall of 2016.
White Chapel closed the side stage area with a set that hammered the crowd with metal intensity.
Warped Tour 2016 offered fans a nice variety of pop, punk, and metal; this bill had something for everyone.