The 2010 Vans Warped Tour stopped in Salt Lake on Saturday, Aug. 7. And it was more back-to-the-basics.
There weren’t major names, such as Joan Jett, but there were some old-school heavies, such as Face to Face, Real Big Fish and Dropkick Murphys.
Some of these bands haven’t been on the tour for a while. But what was also interesting is the fact that some of the newer bands such as the Riverboat Gamblers, who hail from Denton, Texas, also appeared on this year’s tour as veterans.
The Riverboat Gamblers’ vocalist Mike Wiebe said his band played most of the 2005 tour and noticed some differences in the attitudes and lineups of this year’s younger bands.
He also said he loves coming to Salt Lake City.
“We played here with Flogging Molly earlier,” he said. “Salt Lake audiences are really passionate about music.”
As with the day’s itineraries in the past, this year’s were also smartly scheduled.
Fans of old school were able to sit in one place for most of the day and see these bands. And the other stages were scheduled in similar fashion.
In most cases, fans of heavier music didn’t have to sit around and listen to mellow music before their favorite bands, such as Every Time I Die or Bring Me the Horizon, played. Fans were able to rotate to the right stages at the right time.
With an all-day event with multiple bands and stages, I only heard one minor gaff.
During San Diego-based Fight Fair’s set, lead singer Alex Bigman must have thought he was in Colorado because he kept calling us “Denver.”