The Vans Warped Tour blew out 16 candles Friday, making it older than a good portion of the 12,000 fans who attended the opening date on the 42-city summer tour. The sun-splashed Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., was a sea of colorful Mohawks, tween screams, father-and-son moshers, F-bomb-laced T-shirts, and vendors hawking every imaginable article of punk gear. Oh, and you can bet your $5 pair of sunglasses there was music too.
Click through the gallery for our 11 Top Moments -- written by Kevin Bronson
Vince Staples is hardly the ingratiating type. “Don’t shake my hands unless you passing payment,” instructs the redoubtable young’un on “C.M.B.,” a paean to ruthlessly mercenary, Randian capitalism. “Keep your salutation / I need my 40 acres.” This ice-grilling Left Coaster is more Mack 10 than Myka 9, a verbal marksman who refuses to placate… More »