The slogan on the official T-shirt for this year’s Warped Tour read: “It can’t be stopped.” That much was certainly true.
With a less-than-stellar lineup that inexplicably included party-til-you-puke rocker Andrew W.K. as a headliner, the 2010 summer tour was certainly lacking star power.
Not that it stopped the masses from descending on Time Warner Cable Amphitheater yesterday for the day-long festival that featured 70-plus bands playing on seven different stages set up in the venue’s parking lot. But many of the main-stage acts had trouble packing the tented stage (which you’d think would be easy, given the high temps).
But as solid as their sets were, veterans like the Dillinger Escape Plan, Face to Face, and Bouncing Souls all played to small audiences. All-American Rejects were the exception: They played to a full house and had the power-pop chops to keep the audience entertained.
The side stages were really where the action was. While there were plenty of bad bands (Set Your Goals delivered formulaic pop-punk that was dumbed down even further by the fact that the guys all wore matching T-shirts, while Fake Problems went for a Franz Ferdinand vibe but came up woefully short of the mark), bands like the rowdy Riverboat Gamblers and the emotionally sensitive Never Shout Never delivered some of the day’s best performances.
Too bad they had to compete with the punk rock shopping mall of T-shirts and trinkets that seemed to get more attention than the music did. —Jeff Niesel
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