Vans Warped Tour @ Pomona Fairplex – 06/21/2018
Warped Tour has been a staple of summer since it first began in 1995, with Vans becoming its major sponsor in 1996. For 23 years, the most anticipated festival of the summer has offered fans of every genre a common ground to celebrate the unification powers of music. Unfortunately, 2018 will be the very last Warped Tour. Though countless people were and are heartbroken over this news, the last installment of the iconic event started off with a bang at the Pomona Fairplex on Thursday, June 21! Some of the bigger names headlining this tour are none other than The Used, Simple Plan, and Black Veil Brides. Those planning to attend should plan to arrive early, however, as the other stages will also play host to powerhouse talent.
Nekrogoblikon hit the Mutant White Lighting stage at 2:15pm, and despite some technical difficulties, put on a killer performance. This metal band combines keyboards with catchy, light-hearted lyrics, and gritty vocals. One of the things that make them stand out is their goblin “mascot,” who of course made an appearance with the band, dancing among them, and running amok. Their newest album, Welcome to Bonkers, should not be missed!
Motionless in White
There was a large goth presence at the Pomona Fairplex, and they gathered at the Mutant White Lightning stage to see Motionless in White. Angel statues stood at both ends of the stage, lending a macabre feel to the scene. They played fan favorites like “Soft,” “Voices,” and “Eternally Yours,” to a packed crowd. It’s hard to be goth in the summer, but MIW made it look so easy by playing with finesse and vigor, despite the piping temperatures.
The Amity Affliction
Right next door to the Mutant White Lightning stage was the Mutant Red Dawn stage, where The Amity Affliction melted faces at 5:40pm. They combine clean vocals with screaming, and masterful instrumentals, which all make for great music. Admittedly, the band gained a new fans in Pomona, as yours truly had never listened to them. The catchy choruses and powerful riffs are enough to win anyone over!
One of the bands that stood out a little in the grand scheme of this tour was Twiztid, and they did so in a good way! Donned in clown face paint, the three-piece kicked off their set with “Nothing to You.” Chants of “whoop whoop!” filled the air during their performance, and it was clear Twiztid was a great choice to help round out the line up for this year’s Warped Tour.
One of the headliners on the Journey’s Left Foot stage was The Used. The band hit the stage dressed in white, tye-dyed outfits, and Bert McCracken literally appeared in a cloud of smoke. They opened with the high energy song, “Take It Away,” and the crowd’s elation was electrifying. Every person was singing along, and one couldn’t help but smile. Though they only played a handful of songs, The Used played a fun set, with a serious message. McCracken made it clear where the band stands politically, and based on fan reaction, it’s safe to say they all stood on the same side of the fence.
If the first stop of the last year of the Vans Warped Tour was any indication, music fans from every genre will be in for one hell of a summer! There truly is something for everyone this year, complete with a little nostalgia. Despite the high temperatures, the bands all put on exceptional performances, and the patrons endured to see the acts they look up to. For everyone planning to attend the spectacular finale of this incredible festival please be safe, stay hydrated, and above all, HAVE FUN!