Warped Tour Gets An Attitude in 2017

Warped Tour Gets An Attitude in 2017

June 20, 2017
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Warped Tour 2017 - Century Link Field Seattle 6.16.17
Review/Photos: "Iron" Mike Savoia - www.Facebook.com/SavoiaPhotographyLive
Full Concert Photo Album on KISW.com {Here}


The 2017 version of The Warped Tour definitely got me out for the first time since the last time I shot the tour way back in 1997 at The Gorge! Why? Cause lets face it, The Warped Tour this year has expanded it's rock section to even heavier forms I dig like the death metal of Carnifex, the crushing testosterone overload of Emmure and even the theatrical metal spewing mess of GWAR.
 This being the first show of the tour, I loved the tight setup within Century Link Field's north parking lot even though at first I thought . All 7 stages (Journey's Left Foot, Right Foot, Hard Rock, Skullcandy, Monster Energy North and South and the Full Sail) were placed pretty well not to overbleed sound at any other stage during performances. With over 60 bands playing in between 9hrs (11:30am-8:40pm) there was no way I'd catch every band so I had a little list of a few bands I definitely wanted to check out and the rest I'd randomly come across.
The first band I had to see was Fire From The Gods. Saw them open for Otep last year and their blend of downtuned Sevendust meets POD blend of hard rock/metal I loved. They did not disappoint as the crowd showed up to see them in a large force. Next up is the punk rock poppy sounds of Doll Skin. The band backed and on Megadeth's David Ellefson EMP Label Group. David even surprised me and showed up in support of the band for the show in Seattle. They didn't disappoint with a 30min allowed set of pure energy. 
Dance Gavin Dance was a crowd favorite especially with the girls and clean vocalist Tilian Pearson model looks.
 Old school acts Goldfinger and Save Ferris really got the crowd rockin with their punk ska rock sounds.
 
Things went off the hook when the death metal sounds of Carnifex hit the Monster Energy South stage. Crowd lost their s**t with the biggest circle pit of the day. These guys were just bad ass brutal.
There was even some rap sounds from Sammy Adams on the Journeys Left Foot stage. 

With the tour sponsored by Vans shoes many of the artist sported them like CKY frontman and guitarist Chad I Ginsburg.
 
If you weren't into all the bands, there was plenty of other things to do with all the tents filled with products, games, food, band merch and even our local favorites The Motley Zoo Animal Rescue.

Lets get down to the other bands that ruled my day. New Years Day and Ash Costello (who played KISW's PITG 2016) brought the head banging hair flying sounds to the Journeys stage.
 
BlessTheFall and their metalcore stirred the crowd up in a frenzy.

The American punk legends The Dickies, who pretty much all killed themselves except for lead singer Leonard Graves Phillips, rocked the Hard Rock stage with an entertaining set that included some funny stage props.
  
GWAR was GWAR, spewing the crowd with their fake blood and water spraying while playing in their amazing self made costumes.

The band of the day for me was Barb Wire Dolls. This punk-rock band originally from Greece, now in Los Angeles was personally signed by Lemmy to the Motorhead Music in 2015. They were everything cool about what's missing from todays rock scene. The attitude, the look, the sound etc. That same feel when GNR busted on the scene. Watch for this band...they give us hope especially with Iris Queen on vocals!! Nice line-up Warped Tour! Get out there and check this out America!