Final Run of Vans Warped Tour in Pomona, CA: Gallery & Review

Vans Warped Tour has toured across the United States every year since the summer of 1995 and is known to be the longest running touring music festival in North America. Kevin Lyman, founder of the tour, announced this summer to be the final cross-country run of Vans Warped Tour ever.

I recently attended the Pomona, CA date, which also happened to be the first California stop on the tour. The nostalgia kicked in for me as soon as I walked through that entrance. Getting to walk my old stomping grounds at Vans Warped Tour one last time felt bittersweet, but I was incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to capture these memories one last time.

Mayday Parade

The day began with an unforgettable mid-afternoon performance by Mayday Parade. They opened up their set with a song off their brand new album Sunnyland, which was released in May 2018, followed by emo classic "Jamie All Over." It's safe to say my heart felt full seeing them play on the Journey's Right Foot Stage at Warped Tour one last time.

The Maine

Next up on the "to see" list was my ultimate band crush back in the day.

Straight from Chandler, Arizona: The Maine.

This was indeed "The Summer of Red" for The Maine. As they entered the Warped Tour stage, fans were definitely impressed by their outfit choices. Vibrant yet sophisticated, The Maine certainly had the most standout performance of the day. They performed popular favorites such as "Everything I Ask For" off their debut album Can't Stop Won't Stop and "Black Butterflies and Deja Vu" off their most recent Lovely Little Lonely.


3OH!3 were up next on Journey's Left Foot Stage. The dynamic duo, Sean Foreman and Nathaniel Motte, absolutely blew me away with their energy. I will never forget this performance! 3OH!3 sang my personal favorites from their album WANT such as "DONTTRUSTME," "STARSTRUKK," and "RICHMAN."

Simple Plan

This legendary rock band from Montreal, Quebec was up next. Simple Plan had an unforgettable performance as the sun was setting in beautiful Pomona. In my opinion, they had the most nostalgic performance of the day. Simple Plan played old classics like "Addicted" and "Welcome To My Life." Lead singer Pierre Bouvier also gave an acoustic performance of the song "Perfect." "I'm Just A Kid" closed out their set.

The Used

The Used was the last band of the day. Lead singer Bert McCracken entered the stage with colorful smoke bombs as he opened up their set with "Take It Away," a song off the band's 2004 album In Love and Death.

It seemed The Used really wanted to embrace that nostalgic end of Warped Tour by playing older hits. Their setlist consisted mostly of tracks like "The Taste Of Ink," "All That I've Got," and "A Box Full Of Sharp Objects," just to name a few. I've seen The Used play several times, but I think this Warped Tour performance takes the cake!


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