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Friday, December 21, 2018

Warped's 25th Anniversary Tour Coming to Cleveland in 2019

Posted By on Fri, Dec 21, 2018 at 4:07 PM

click to enlarge MICHAEL PFEIFFER
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Earlier this year, after Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman announced that he was bringing the popular punk festival to an end, he talked to us about his reasons for the decision.

“A lot of it has come to the physical side of things,” said Lyman, who has also appeared in and produced multiple TV series, movies and documentaries during the course of his career. “I’ve always worked in a different kind of way than other people. When I was 30 years old, it was a lot different. Also, artists used to come on Warped Tour because they were part of a community, and they wanted to support the younger bands. They thought it would help their career down the road. Times have changed. Bands have to tour all the time now. That’s their main source of income. For what I do, that sense of community isn’t as strong as it used to be.”

Lyman has shifted gears and recently spent more time on the lecture circuit. He gave the keynote speech at an annual National Association of Music Merchants conference, and he came to Cleveland this year to speak to students who participated in the annual Tri-C High School Rock Off.

And yet, earlier this week, Lyman announced that Warped Tour, which apparently has befallen the fake farewell tour syndrome (you know, when an artist announces a final tour only to begin touring again after a short hiatus), will return in 2019 to celebrate its 25th anniversary with concerts on the West Coast and East Coast. There will also be an event in Cleveland on June 8 — no word yet on the venue.

And while Lyman has coordinated with locally based Alternative Press magazine in the past to ensure that Warped Tour swings through town at about the same time as the magazine’s awards take place, that’s not the case for the June 8 event. The APMAs are still on hiatus, though the June 8 date just happens to coincide with AP’s 34th anniversary, which takes place on June 6.

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