Warped Tour 2012, Camelback Ranch Baseball Stadium, 6/28/12

Categories: Last Night

Melissa Fossum
As an old man, what I recall most about New Found Glory, who made their return to Warped following a five-year hiatus is Ralph Macchio and The Outsiders. When I was given a sampler of the band way back during the Clinton administration, it started with a clip of The Karate Kid talking to Pony Boy about how nothing gold can stay. During their set, they did play a few old favorites, including "Hit or Miss" and "All Downhill from Here".

I made the rounds once again, and ended up catching one of the best bands of the day, an Atlanta-based band called The Constellations. I was absolutely blown away by the perfect melding of rock, funk, and soul. This ballsy six-piece band was unfortunately robbed by the small stage, inadequate sound system, and small crowd.

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Melissa Fossum
Skinny Lister
As I made my way back, once again, to the main stages -- mobility during the festival was key to avoid collapsing under the desert sun -- I was shocked to find a U.K. folk band, complete with standup bass and a mandolin, playing on the main stage. Skinny Lister entertained the crowd with songs like "17 Summers" and "Merry Old Dance." I was happy to stand in the sun while resisting the urge to start river-dancing just to witness the fun.

It was almost four hours into the tour before I heard any band make mention of Arizona Senate Bill 1070. Leave it to Warped veterans Anti-Flag to come on stage and proclaim their hatred for the bill, Governor Jan Brewer, and police brutality. The statement segued nicely into "Fuck Police Brutality," but I was more on board with the message and politics than the performance.

Melissa Fossum
Dead Sara
Despite the letdown on the main stages, the others still held promise. Nothing exemplified this more than L.A. band Dead Sara. Despite their recent debut on The Jimmy Kimmel Show, I was unfamiliar with the band. But wow. Vocalist Emily Armstrong climbed atop an amplifier during the closing song, "Weatherman," possessing all the stage presence of a young Courtney Love (sans the drug habit and bizarre behavior) and the attitude of Cherie Currie, even going so far as to toy with security by attempting to remove their hats and head sets at the front of the stage. This is definitely a band I will keep my eye on and was an absolute highlight of the day.

Location Info


Camelback Ranch Stadium

10710 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

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