This past weekend, the Vans Warped Tour found itself in a bit of a Twitter dispute over what bands should appear on the lineup of its final run this summer. Unsurprisingly the talk centered around what ‘00s punk and emo bands fans would like to see play a 30 minute set in amphitheater parking lots one last time. However, it got us to think about what metal and hard rock bands are likely to play the final Warped Tour. After all, the touring festival has had its fair share of heavy acts grace its multiple stages over the years, everyone from Avenged Sevenfold in their early metalcore days to GWAR just last year. So here’s the question: What heavier acts should play the final Warped Tour?
Zach S: Well I’m pretty confident that younger metalcore bands like Of Mice & Men will once again return to the Warped Tour. Actually, Of Mice & Men would make a lot of sense since while they’ve been on the tour numerous times, it would give Aaron Pauley a chance to show off his new role in the band to a larger audience. However, I would love to see some more veteran acts like Suicidal Tendencies return to Warped Tour, bands many younger fans into hardcore and punk might often forget how influential they were to their favorite bands.
I also would really love to see Body Count (who actually reunited at the Warped Tour 15th anniversary party in 2009) do a proper Warped Tour run. I always loved the story of how Ice T reached out in 1999 to play the Warped Tour just for the hell of it (marking one of the first times rap had a presence on the then primarily punk focused tour). Plus, after recently earning a Grammy nomination, playing the Warped Tour this summer could prove to be a fun victory lap for Body Count, as well as a way reintroduce themselves to younger fans (sort of like how they did at Mayhem Fest back in 2014).
But now here’s an idea you might scoff at … what about Limp Bizkit? Ok, here me out! First off, let’s not forget that Fred Durst and co. played Warped Tour in 1997, right before they blew up with 3 Dollar Bill, Ya’ll. Many will admit that seeing Limp Bizkit play the festival at the time was a refreshing change during a day filled with 90s punk bands, so there’s definitely a nostalgia play with it being Warped’s final year. Plus, it could prove to help Limp Bizkit reconnect with fans and maybe even make a few new ones. Sure they’re still a long way from being taken seriously again, BUT the past few years have brought back a small nu metal resurgence (ok, more like a lot of fans looking back at nu metal albums fondly) and even some willing to admit that Limp Bizkit is a guilty pleasure. I don’t know if I’d bother going to see them play for an hour in a club (even for free). But a 30 minute set from Limp Bizkit sandwiched in between a ton of other bands in a festival setting could actually be a lot fun, maybe even remind me how I once did like a few of their songs… or worst case, provides an opportune time for a bathroom break.
Jeff: Limp Bizkit? C’mon now. You want to make that tour significantly worse than it already is? You want more empty space in the parking lot to yourself?
Aside from expecting a handful of modern metalcore bands, if it was up to me, I would love to see Slayer extend their farewell trek with Warped Tour and add a few other thrash acts including Overkill, Exodus, Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, and maybe, Metallica.