Warped Tour To Kick Off In Late June

The 2002 edition of the Vans Warped Tour will encompass a 46-city, 48-day trek launching June 21 outside Boise, Idaho, and wrapping Aug. 15 in Boston. As previously reported, the summer fest will be h

The 2002 edition of the Vans Warped Tour will encompass a 46-city, 48-day trek launching June 21 outside Boise, Idaho, and wrapping Aug. 15 in Boston. As previously reported, the summer fest will be headlined by melodic punk act Bad Religion, fellow punkers NOFX, and ska-flavored band Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

Aside from two dates in Los Angeles and San Francisco in early July, the tour is currently scheduled to hit other major markets just once. The annual circuit is the first of this summer's major festivals to set a lineup and itinerary. Word is still being awaited on the return of Lollapalooza, Moby's Area: Two and the full OzzFest roster, on which System Of A Down is confirmed to co-headline with Black Sabbath.

There have been a number of additions to this year's Warped Tour, including an interactive water park area dubbed "The Pirate Zone." The carnival-like features will include a giant water slide, a "waterized" bungee jump, water gun competitions, and a dunk tank, in which fans can take aim at participating artists. A Warped Tour museum will also be introduced this year, featuring memorabilia from past tours, as well as an extreme drumming contest and a fan-requested locker section.

Coming off one of Warped's most successful outings, thanks to appearances last year from Rancid, Blink-182 and Pennywise, this year's edition will be produced by founder/organizer Kevin Lyman, Vans, Creative Artist Agency, and law firm Codikow & Carroll. Last year, Vans purchased back Yahoo!-owned Launch Media's 70% stake in the tour. Some major sponsors for the punk fest this year include Yoo-hoo, Sony Playstation 2, and Ernie Paul.

Among the acts confirmed to play various Warped shows are 28 Days, Alkaline Trio, Anti-Flag, Audiocrush, Authority Zero, Autopilot Off, Borialis, Boy Sets Fire, Casualties, Divot, Downway, Dynamite Boy, Eskimo Joe, Five Iron Frenzy, Flogging Molly, Gob, Guttermouth, Hot Water Music, Lagwagon, M16, Manic Hispanic, Midtown, Morgan Heritage, MXPX, New Found Glory, No Use For A Name, Ozma, Pistol Grip, Potluck, Quarashi, Recover, Reel Big Fish, Riddlin Kids, Smackin Isaiah, Small Brown Bike, Something Corporate, Staves Acre, Student Rick, Switched, the Damned, the Start, Thrice, Thursday, Tiger Army, Total Chaos, Tsunami Bomb, Ultimate Fakebook, Used, and Welt.

Here are the dates for the Vans Warped Tour:

June 21: Nampa, Idaho (Idaho Center Amphitheatre)
June 22: Salt Lake City (Utah State Fairgrounds)
June 23: Brighton, Colo. (Adams County Fairground)
June 25: Omaha, Neb. (Westfare Amphitheatre Lot)
June 26: St. Louis (Riverport Amphitheatre Lot)
June 27: Bonner Springs, Kan. (Sandstone Amphitheatre Lot)
June 28: Dallas (Lone Star Park)
June 29: Houston (Woodland's Lot)
June 30: San Antonio (venue TBA)
July 2: Phoenix (Peoria Sports Complex)
July 3: Chula Vista, Calif. (Coors Amphitheatre Lot)
July 5: Las Vegas (Thomas & Mack Lot)
July 6: Soda Springs, Calif. (Boreal Ski Area)
July 7: Fresno, Calif. (Tulare County Fairgrounds)
July 10-11: Los Angeles (Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum)
July 12: Ventura, Calif. (Seaside Park)
July 13-14: San Francisco (Pac Bell Bark Lot)
July 17: Calgary, Alberta (Race City Speedway)
July 19: Vancouver (Thunderbird Stadium)
July 20: Quincy, Wash. (Gorge Amphitheatre)
July 22: Billings, Mont. (Metrodome Parking Lot)
July 23: Fargo, N.D. (Fargo Dome Field)
July 24: Milwaukee (Marcus Amphitheatre Lot)
July 25: Noblesville, Ind. (Deer Creek Music Center)
July 26: Cleveland (Nautica Stage)
July 27: Tinley Park, Ill. (World Music Theatre)
July 28: Minneapolis (Metrodome Parking Lot)
July 30: Columbus, Ohio (PromoWest Pavilion)
July 31: Cincinnati (Firstar Center)
Aug. 1: Atlanta (Hi Fi Buys Amphitheatre)
Aug. 2: Orlando, Fla. (Central Florida Fairgrounds)
Aug. 3: Miami (Pompano Field)
Aug. 4: Tampa, Fla. (USF Soccer Field)
Aug. 5: Jacksonville, Fla. (Jacksonville Raceway)
Aug. 6: Charlotte, N.C. (Verizon Wireless Pavilion)
Aug 7: Virginia Beach, Va. (Verizon Amphitheatre Lot)
Aug. 8: Bristow, Va. (Nissan Pavilion Lot)
Aug. 9: Camden, N.J. (Tweeter Center)
Aug. 10: New York (Randall's Island)
Aug. 11: Asbury Park, N.J. (Asbury Park Lot)
Aug. 13: Pittsburgh (venue TBA)
Aug. 14: Buffalo, N.Y. (La Salle Park)
Aug. 15: Boston (Suffolk Downs)
Aug. 16: Montreal (Parc Des Iles)
Aug. 17: Barrie, Ontario (Molson Park)
Aug. 18: Pontiac, Mich. (Tiger Stadium Lot)


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