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.
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