Vans Warped Tour 2018
We The Kings
State Champs

July 27, 2018


Late last year, there was a big announcement for Vans Warped Tour. After 24 years of exposing countless bands to generations of fans, this will be the final full cross country tour. What that means for the future remains to be seen, but founder Kevin Lyman says there’s something in store for the tour’s 25th anniversary in 2019.

The 2018 edition rolled into Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA on July 27. While there’s plenty of reminders that this is the final tour, from merchandise stating it, to many of the bands remarking about it, it’s clear there’s no intentions for the tour to go out any less strong than it always was. More than 70 acts performed across a half dozen stages, from rock to rap, indie to hardcore, emo to death metal, there’s as wide a variety as ever.

Because there were so many acts, our coverage is going to be split into multiple posts, featuring a couple of bands at a time.


State Champs


Appearing on Warped Tour for the third time is Albany, NY pop-punk band State Champs. They are touring in support of their third album, Living Proof, which they just released in June. Though they played early in the day, with their show starting at 11:45 AM, the crowd was already pumped up and ready to have a great time with them!

Setlist
All You Are Is History
Dead and Gone
Frozen
Simple Existence
Criminal
Elevated
Mine is Gold
Secrets


We The Kings


2018 marks the fourth time that We The Kings have been on Warped Tour. When we last saw them, in 2016, they were the first act of the day, and by the time we made it through the gates, we only caught one song. If you’ve never attended Warped Tour, it’s luck of the draw with Warped Tour’s rotating set times. Some days you play first, some days you play last. Today, We the Kings were on at 12:15, on the Journey’s Right Foot stage.

Guitarist/keyboardist Coley O’Toole first came to the stage, as Celine Dion’s hit, “My Heart Will Go On” started to play through the speakers. He climbed out on the front of the stage, and engaged the crowd in a sing-a-long.

We the King’s sixth album, cleverly titled Six, was released just three weeks ago, and today they played the opening track of the album, “On my Love.”

From that moment on, the crowd loved every minute of their show. Towards the end of their set, they mentioned that without bands like Jimmy Eat World, they would never have become a band, and they played a cover of their hit song “The Middle.” Then, just as soon as it had started, they had reached the end, and left the crowd with one more song, “Check Yes Juliet.”

Setlist
Sad Song
Skyway Avenue
She Takes Me High
On My Love
I Feel Alive
Say You Like Me
The Middle
Check Yes Juliet

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