Since 1995 the Van’s Warped Tour has has been traveling around the country uniting scene kids, punk rockers and all those looking to let out all their angst in a circle pit with an afternoon of punk, ska, metal and hip-hop. Over the years, the tour has hosted artists like Eminem back in 1999 and Katy Perry in 2008, before catapulting them into global stardom.
But the community and camaraderie of the tour is what I think was so attractive; getting to kick it with your favorite bands at their merch booths and enduring the heat with the folks that shared a passion for the same type of music you connect with. Whether it was hip-hop, metalcore, hardcore, ska, indie rock, or whatever – it's what set Van's Warped Tour apart from your regular concert.
Lyman posted a heartfelt message on the Vans Warped Tour website expressing his gratitude towards all the people that made the event possible and sharing some of his favorite memories. Here's a little bit of it: