My final Warped Tour began with waiting in the shade to preserve what little energy I had. While waiting in line, I had one specific realization: I should’ve retired years ago. I was getting too old for this. Once I found the one and only Lisa Johnson, Rock Photographer, the day commenced. This is my second year taking her TEI: Life in the Pit class. Trashboat was the first band we all shot. They put on an energetic performance and everyone went absolutely wild. For those who
On June 6, 2018, many patient fans awaited outside of the gates at Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, Arizona, awaiting to see what will be one of the most fun and unique shows they will encounter. With a soft sung intro of Kesha’s 2010 hit ‘Tik Tok’ slowly leading into her 2017 release of ‘Woman’, the night commenced. As the queen herself emerged from her neon spaceship placed carefully on stage, dressed head-to-toe in sparkles, the crowd expected nothing less. Kesha began her set
After 24 years of good music and even better memories, Vans Warped Tour is amidst its final full cross-country tour and Tour Press Force (TPF) is rockin' Phoenix, AZ today. Come rock out with us (Nahnalah, Mickey and Sammi) at Ak-Chin Pavilion! Big headliners for this year’s tour are: Taking Back Sunday, Sum 41, All Time Low, and Less Than Jake to name just a few. In addition to the artist from Warped Tour’s main genres Punk and Metal, there are quite a few musicians from out
After 24 years of good music and even better memories, the Vans Warped Tour begins its final full cross-country tour this week. Photos by Kiya Gaskin Warped Tour began in 1995, although it wasn’t just music. It included Skate competitions and even wrestling. The genres have changed quite significantly throughout the years. Bands such as Sublime, No Doubt, NOFX, Blink 182 and Reel Big Fish were some of the very first headliners, eventually evolving into Eminem and Katy Perry,
Photo by Mickey Johnson of Scissorhands Photography With the release of Lust for Life this past summer (July 21, 2017 via Interscope Records), Lana Del Rey has been touring all around the world. She is currently finishing up the US leg of the LA to the Moon Tour. On February 13, 2018, she took the stage at Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Del Rey beautifully incorporated previous album tracks with a plethora of songs from Lust for Life. Lana opened w
Tour Press Force (TPF) was glad to catch up with the Dark Rock-Pop Powerhouse RIVALS during the first stop of their recent tour with Hail Sagan and The Scars Heal In Time. With TPF Cofounder, Nahnalah_G spinning the reel, powerhouse vocalist Kalie Wolfe, guitarist Micket Woodle, bassist Sebastian Chamberlain, and newest RIVALS-family member drummer Josh Alves, initiated TPF Intern, Mickey Johnson, into the Damned Soul Family—TPF knows the interviewer cannot escape unscathed o
At precisely eleven AM on January 21, 2018, men, women and children joined together to initiate the 2018 Women’s March at the Arizona State Capitol building. This year, the cause was back with “March to the Polls”. This is a women-led movement, but encourages anyone and everyone to come out and march. The purpose of this march was to advocate for women in office. Many guest speakers such as Laila Ikram, told their stories, and spoke their truth. Women around the nation in var
Damned Soul to be released via Smartpunk Records on February 2, 2018.
Pre-order HERE. Damned Soul is a 10-track banger that was produced by John Espy (Red Jumpsuit Apparatus) and Aaron Edwards (Sick Puppies, Elohim, The Cab), with additional writing for drums and mixing/mastering by Cody Stewart (The Browning, Rings of Saturn, Falsifier). Filled with powerful and emotional tracks, Damned Soul is set to be the debut album that fans have been waiting for. RIVALS is a Pop-Rock
Mesa Music Festival is back! The free, three-day festival will take over Downtown Mesa from November 9 through 11. Mesa Music Festival is a festival full of local, national, and even international musicians. Alongside the musicians, industry professionals speak and conduct mentoring workshops. Last year’s festival featured the late Arizona native Chester Bennington. This year’s keynote speaker is former American Idol judge Randy Jackson. While this festival is fairly new, it
As many know, this summer was crazy for new album releases in almost every genre. Not only were new albums released, we were reminiscing on older albums and all of the classic sounds of summer whether it be in the genres of EDM, Metal, Rap or any other genre one could possibly imagine. With Warped Tour and summer 2017 coming to a final close, Tour Press Force would like to bless your speakers with the different variations of summer playlists provided to you by Spotify! The pl
The Chicago-based Pop band Marina City is back with the release of their latest EP, Terminal. If you haven’t heard these guys, they sound a lot like later Fall Out Boy with a new twist. Frontman Ryan Argast hits those especially hard high notes like Patrick Stump while being backed by softer instrumentals. After their previous successes, such as winning Battle of the Bands in 2015, many people were expecting something new and fresh, and that is exactly what they gave us. With
If you are not quite aware of who BARB WIRE DOLLS are quite yet, then you definitely will, especially if you are on your way to Warped Tour. They are strong believers of making riot and not war. They are punk rockers from Greece who truly enforce their roots and how they have shaped the band over the years. Rub My Mind is their latest release. After following a very successful few albums such as Slit, there were very high expectations from their audience. Rub My Mind opens wi
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | ADRENALINE PR Following up on a very successful 2016, raucous rockers BARB WIRE DOLLS just released their brand new album, Rub My Mind via Motörhead Music. The band is touring summer long in North America on the Vans Warped Tour in support of the album! BARB WIRE DOLLS can be seen daily on the Skullcandy Stage. Tickets are on sale now on the Warped Tour Website!
Watch for the upcoming Barb Wire Dolls interview during the Phoenix Warped Tour stop with
Mickey Johnson and Shawna Potter of War On Women - Watch the Interview I guess to really start off this article, I must give a complete background of myself and the music that shaped me as a person. I was raised primarily on Pink Floyd, Zeppelin, and Green Day with my dad, and country with my mom. I briefly went through a One Direction phase, but we don’t need to talk about that. I fell in love with My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy when I was twelve and that is when it al
The old adage of “getting there early to get a good place in line” didn’t entirely hold true for Warped Tour Phoenix 2017. We got there a little after 8 am and were hoping to get a jump on the crowd. What we found was a growing line of cars parked along 99th Avenue in front of a locked gate. The temperature was already approaching 100°, and they weren’t letting us in. Even worse, kids walking down the path to check out what was going on were being turned back. Our air con
For anyone that lives in Arizona, we know how hot the summers can be. We also know how serious we are about our concerts and supporting all types of music, despite the deadly heat conditions. On June 16, 2017, 51 West Coffee shop in Tempe hosted one of their famous after hour’s shows. One of the highlights of the night, was the band Silk Stockings. Silk Stockings is a two piece band consisting of members Asa Borowicz on guitar and Sheldon Meyer on drums. They are a Noise/Expe
Tour Press Force (TPF) announced that local AZ Nu Metal band Go Ask Alice had been signed to Legend Recordings in mid-May.
Our intern Mickey Johnson interviewed Tyler Samuel (vocalist) and Erik Jensen (guitarist) to discuss their signing and upcoming July debut of their album featuring Revolt, Rebuild. Band members not present during the interview are Stephan Goodenburger (drummer), Lane Vassallo (hard vocalist), Schuyler Morgan (guitarist) and Jacob Harrington (bassist). G
Warped Tour began in 1995, although it wasn’t just music. It included skate competitions and even wrestling. The genres have changed quite significantly throughout the years. Bands such as Sublime, No Doubt, NOFX, Blink 182 and Reel Big Fish were some of the very first headliners, eventually evolving into Eminem and Katy Perry and after that A Day to Remember and Bring Me the Horizon. The Original genres of the Festival included Ska and Ska-Punk. Today the genres include anyt
When we think Pop Punk, we think khaki shorts, empty pizza boxes, and having a good time with your friends. This is exactly what Phoenix based, Pop Punk band, Innocent Elaine embodies. The first time I saw this band was at Arizona Bike Week 2017 on April 8 at WestWorld of Scottsdale. I remember being super blown away with the way they presented themselves on stage. The members of this band consist of Jay Norton (lead guitar/lead vocals), Colton Harrison (bass guitar/vocals),