We sent our intrepid Abbs-of-steel out to venture the
world called "back stage" at a Vans Warped Tour. There
was much confusion getting her in (big surprise) but thanks to our
Vans dude, went OK except for the fact that we didn't think Abbey
had a media pass, but she did. So therefore, she covered the deal
minus her camera. So, being the super clarkie that I am, I thought
I'd include some pics Tim Fielder took of the Warped in Seattle
last year and some I took at Warped Boreal this year. So put your
imagination caps on and enjoy this slightly unique team style effort
|Crowd Surfing, Seattle '00, photo by Tim Fielder
asked me to cover Van's Warped Tour, I was totally stoked. Road
trip with four of my friends, free tickets, meet the bands, go backstage,
hear good music, watch the skate contests... what else could a girl
ask for? Getting in was another thing. First the ticket booth lady
was a real witch if you know what I mean, and secondly she didn't
believe me that I was a writer for Real Skate. I was getting angry
and I think she figured that out when I said "are you stupid
can you read my shirt or my business card?" LOL. What can I
say - a girls' got to do what a girls' got to do. Right? she finally
checked the list, so I did get in and that's all that counts. They
told me I couldn't take my camera in, but once I got in they said,
"Oh gee you could have brought your camera in, you have a complete
media pass, but once your in your in and can't go out..........argh
|RAS-1 Long Beach Dub Allstars, Seattle 00,
photo by Tim Feilder
The first band me and my friend Kelli saw was FLogging
Molly; they were great. I got to meet them and talk for about
30 seconds then I got pushed on by my friends in black shirts with
the weird last name of SECURITY! I never knew how big their family
was cause everywhere I turned there they were. As you can tell from
this article how much I liked these guys. I checked out the Ladies
Lounge; that was very cool, and they did give me a free subscription
of the magazine Wahine. The girls were
all very cool.
|Ladies Lounge Boreal 01, photo by Clarkie
Later that day I came across The
Line's booth, not knowing who they
were I decided to check them out. Their guy selling their merchandise
really sucked at selling... well not that much, but I told him I
could do better selling their shirts so he said "lets see."
Me and Kelli started selling stuff left and right! So the guy (I
can't remember his name... sorry guy, but he was super nice!) made
us a deal....
|Less Than Jake, Boreal 01,
photo by Clarkie
we sell The Line's merchandise then he would take us
to meet the band and go back stage hassle free of my friends in
black. It was definitely a no brainer YES! he even gave us free
bottles of water, and that beats paying three dollars for one bottle.
Who knew water could cost soo freaking much?
Don from The Line came and took us back to their RV
where we met the rest of the band and chilled with them and some
of the Volcom team. The guys where the
coolest. Hopefully I will be getting in touch with them and doing
an interview with them soon. We did go back stage, we watched The
Vandals play. Of course they were awesome.
Lets talk about the bands for a while. Flogging
Molly was really good and nice!, The Vandals
were crazy while on stage it was awesome watching them from backstage,
Less than Jake and H2O
were freaking awesome too.
|Eric, LBDA Seattle, '00 photo by Tim Fielder
I didn't see that much of Sum41
but what I heard was good. The Ataris
were great... everyone who played just basically kicked ass! I didn't
get to see all the bands I wanted to cause some were playing at
the same time, so I guess I will just have to go back next year
(* HINT HINT*).
Oh yeah I can't forget about Brandon;
he won 2nd in the vert contest and let me sign his stomach. Congrats
on that! Their street course wasn't that good, not that many ramps
or rails. The vert contest was fun to watch though. My friend Andy
got an Element deck that was thrown from
a booth... lucky ass! But I did come home with three shirts, nine
CD's, lots of stickers and magazines, and of course a ton of memories.
Crowd surfers meet security,
photo by Clarkie
I had a blast! thanks a bunch Clarkie and Vans for
getting me in! You rule!