With each passing day, we’re drawing closer to this summer’s Warped Tour. The last batch of lineup announcements will be coming over the next few weeks and we’re excited to see who’s on the list.
Even though we all know it’s wildly unlikely, we’ve all taken a moment to daydream about some of the past Warped greats that we’d love to see grace the stage once again. Since Fall Out Boy and Paramore are heading out on the Monumentour this summer, we know they’re out of the question, but what about some of the other big names?
We decided to take a moment to list out five bands that would make us shout with joy should they once again be announced for the Vans Warped Tour. We know, these are all long shots, but hey – we can dream, can’t we?
It’s been 13 years since Blink graced the stage at Warped, and we’re pretty sure they’d draw more fans than every other band combined if they joined the lineup this summer. Two years ago, Warped made a big push to bring back older bands in what could almost have been considered a throwback year for the tour. With this year’s lineup being so top heavy with young bands on the scene, what better band to level out the playing field between the old guard and new than Blink?
According to Saosin, their upcoming reunion performance with original vocalist Anthony Green at this year’s Skate and Surf Festival will be their last. However, we can’t imagine a better way for these post-hardcore legends to go out than one last trek on Warped Tour. Can you imagine the uproar if the band were to release one final EP with Green before hitting the road on Warped as a farewell to their fans? Yeah, this needs to happen.
If pop punk legends Blink-182 were to come back, why not bring back their longtime contemporaries, MxPx? The last time these left coast rawkers were on the tour was in 2007, in which they looked just as energized and rowdy as they did on their initial run in 1998. Over two decades into their career, the MxPx fanbase is still strong and always hungry for new music and fresh performances. There’s no doubt that MxPx would add a healthy dose of punk to this year’s lineup.
4. Say Anything
Surprisingly, Say Anything has only joined Warped Tour one time (2008). With a new album on the way, we think 2014 would be a prime time for Say Anything to make another appearance on the tour. The live performances of vocalist Max Bemis were made for large crowds and massive sing-a-longs, something every Warped main stage can provide. We’d even be up for throwing in Eisley and Merriment for a full-family Warped Tour run.
5. Circa Survive
What would be better than a double dose of Anthony Green on this year’s Warped Tour? If Saosin were to make the trip, we’d want to see Circa too – imagine the wild back-to-back sets these bands would perform. Circa was last on the tour in 2007 and has added a whole lot of new music to their arsenal since then, including last year’s triumphant Violent Waves.
by Kiel Hauck
Kiel Hauck is the editor in chief at It’s All Dead. Over the past decade, he has been a contributor for multiple online and print publications and was most recently an editor at PopMatters. Kiel currently resides in Indianapolis, IN with his wife and their imaginary pet, Hand Dog. You can follow him on Twitter.