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Kevin Lyman, founder of the Vans Warped Tour and a 40-year music industry veteran, shares the untold stories, backstage shenanigans, and narrowly-avoided disasters of the world’s longest running punk rock festival. Kevin is joined by special guests from the tour to tell all the behind-the-scenes anecdotes he’s never publicly revealed. Each week, Kevin and his co-host, Tony Arratia, select a topic based on fan suggestions and give all the answers to the questions you didn’t even know you had. Text questions and comments to (818)-863-6445. New episodes every other Monday.
4 Episodes
40 cities in 50 days, life on Vans Warped Tour is no cakewalk. At the end of a long shift, folks needed a break, and since there was no food, they started a BBQ. Since the music on Warped Tour spanned so many genres and bands it was hard to get everyone all in one place. Kevin saw that these BBQs were a great way to not only give people a place to blow off steam but also bring artists and roadies together. Hear stories from Carlos Donohue, who started the first Warped BBQ, and from one of the all-time greatest BBQ bands, Pepper. Kevin tells a never heard before story about Warped Tour Superlatives and how that may have rubbed a young Katy Perry the wrong way. Plus, the lead singer of Beebs and Her Money Makers, another BBQ band, tells an incredible story surrounding the Sidewalk Project, an organization catering specifically to the punk rock houseless community. Featuring: Carlos Donohue (@gnarlos) - Tour Manager, FOH Engineer Kaleo Wassman (@Kaleowassman) - Singer for Pepper Yesod Williams (@yesodwilliams) - Pepper, Lead Drums  Beebs (@BeebsMoney) - Beebs and Her Money Makers
Kevin relives working on the first Lollapalooza in ‘91 with two remarkable women. Hear about Tana Douglas’ legacy as the first-ever woman roadie and her book "LOUD", as well as stories from Lisa Brownlee’s ever changing Warped Life. From border crossing nightmares to “$5 All You Can Drink” bars in North Carolina, don’t miss out on Lisa and Kevin's legendary road shenanigans! Plus, Kevin speaks with Shaney, the founder of Keep A Breast Foundation, to highlight this incredible organization and the impact it has had on women's health. This episode is dedicated to all breast cancer fighters and survivors. Featuring: Lisa Brownlee (@brixton23) - Tour Manager Tana Douglas (@Tanaddouglasofficial) - Author Shaney jo Darden (@shaneyjo) - Founder of Keep A Breast
Kevin and his dear friend Shelley, founder of TaDa Catering, had to figure out how to feed the hundreds of hungry band members and workers. These food inventions on Warped revolutionized the tour catering industry, so sit back and listen as these stories are told for the first time. Plus, get a front-row seat to one of the wildest moments of the Warped tour’s illustrious history, the legendary “Food Fight”. Come join Kevin, Tony, Fletcher, Eileen, and Shelley as they dive into the history of the Food behind Warped Tour. We promise not to bring the hose water pasta, just great stories.    Featuring:   Shelleylyn Brandler (@tadacatering) - Owner & Founder of TaDa! Catering   Fletcher Dragge (@fletcherpw) - Guitar Player for Pennywise   Eileen Mercolino (@eileenmerc) - VP Marketing & Partner Management at M2M PR & Partnerships  Robert Aronoff (@band_vibe_tech) - Band Vibe Tech & Chef
It’s the summer of 1995 and the headliners are Sublime and No Doubt. The buses are packed with musicians and stow away skaters, so let’s hit the road as we embark on the very first Warped tour! Come hear the unforgettable, untold stories of the first punk rock summer camp narrated by fans and musicians from the first year as they reminisce about what they remember to be the first of many Warped summers. Featuring:  Chris Shiflett (@shifty71) - Guitarist for Foo Fighters & No Use For A Name, Host of Walking The Floor with Chris Shiflett Jennifer Finch (@JenniferFinch) - L7, Singer/Songwriter/Musician/Visual Artist Greg Teal (@gregteal) - Stage Manager for Vans Warped Tour Gus Brandt (@gusbrandt) - Artist Manager@ Cardiff Giant/Foo Fighters Tour Manager Jon Smith (@eljonsmith) - Radio DJ Tazy Phillipz (skaparade) - Host of #SkaParade on
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B West

I'm the first to comment on this! Warped Tour! It was an amazing run. So glad I got to be at a few shows. #Shorelineamphitheater

Mar 3rd
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