Angels & Airwaves @ Vans Warped Tour
First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL
August 2, 2008
The Vans Warped Tour has a tradition where fans get to vote for which of their favorite bands will get to play an extra 10 minutes longer in addition to their standard 30-minute set. The winning band also gets $200 for gas money to guarantee they’ll make it to the next city on the tour! This voting process occurs in every city on the tour. At Chicago’s Warped Tour, Angels & Airwaves won the vote and had the chance to play for 40 minutes, much to the fans’ delight. This actually worked out perfectly, seeing as how the band’s songs are not your average 2 1/2 minute pop/punk songs, but rather 4-5 minute long alternative/epic rock sagas with lengthy instrumental intros. Their set was over before I knew it! Angels & Airwaves is definitely one of the most well-established acts on this summer’s Warped Tour. Even though the guys have only been around for the past three years or so, it did not take them long at all to gather a solid foundation of die-hard fans. This is due to the fact that the lead singer and guitarist, Thomas DeLonge, is the former lead singer and guitarist of Blink-182. Basically, after Tom quit Blink and formed AvA, the majority of Blink fans were instant followers of Tom’s new band, Angels & Airwaves. Pretty nice deal, huh? Kind of like a built-in fan base.
Keep on reading to see more up close and personal photos of the guys in Angels & Airwaves as they dominated Warped Chicago…
Songs from the AvA set at Warped in Chicago:
My First Punk Song (Box Car Racer) / There Is (Box Car Racer) / Reckless Abandon (Blink-182)
Besides formerly being the founding member of Blink-182, Tom DeLonge also had a past side project called Box Car Racer. AvA guitarist David Kennedy was also in Box Car Racer and is an old high school friend of Tom’s. At every AvA concert, to pay homage to his former bands, Tom always does a short medley of songs from both Box Car Racer and Blink-182 – just check out the set list from Chicago’s Warped show above. Not sure about you, but I love that AvA takes the time out of their performance to do this. The fans know every word to every Blink and Box Car song. They are truly devoted to Tom’s music and it shows when you see the audience go CRAZY for these old hits that last no longer than 30 seconds…
This summer, Guitar Center hit the road with the Vans Warped Tour, activating two programs designed to provide the artists on the tour with support-based tools that improve their chances for success as pro musicians: the GC Web Lab and the GC Axe Smith. The Guitar Center Web Lab, a custom 32? climate controlled internet trailer, provides bands and their crew exclusive access to a backstage wireless web center. Complete with top of the line Apple computers, a satellite-based broadband internet connections, design based software and a knowledgeable rep, Guitar Center’s mission is to provide Warped Tour artists/bands with the tools they need to maintain their online worlds when they are on the road : a service that is especially needed since web access is severely restricted in many of the rural areas where the Warped Tour touches down.
Guitar Center is also proud to provide all bands on the Vans Warped Tour with an onsite professional guitar tech, a.k.a. the “GC Axe Smith”. The GC Axe Smith is where Vans Warped Tour guitarists and bassists come to get their instruments tuned, repaired and ready to rock. From complete set-ups and minor repairs to intonation and truss-rod adjustments, this service is 100% FREE to the artists, underscoring Guitar Center’s commitment to helping Warped bands make the best music possible. In addition, Guitar Center will serve as the exclusive, presenting sponsor of the Vans Warped Tour video blog. Utilizing the Web Lab as the blogging home base, a GC video reporter will use and include the Web Lab in video content as well as conduct artist interviews within the lab’s “testimonial” set-up. Our onsite Warped rep will also produce weekly video content with artists, conducting musician-centric interviews, how-to videos and more.
Check out the GC Axe Smith and Web Lab @ Warped Tour: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Nkx7oI_DQ7A
Check out the GC Axe Smith on Austin TV: http://www.news8austin.com/content/sxsw/stories/?SecID=292&ArID=202608
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