Farewell Vans Warped Tour, You Did Great

Posted Aug 01, 2018


In 1995, Kevin Lyman launched the first Warped Tour and turned the idea of a traditional “tour” on its head.

Instead of a multi-band music festival on one day in one city, Warped would take its bands all across the United States, blending action sports and presenting multiple musical genres to the masses.

"What has always made me proud was when I read that Warped was the most diverse show of the summer where you could find Eminem and Ice-T on the same stages as Sevendust, Pennywise, and 7 Seconds.” - Kevin Lyman (Warped Founder)

^ Photo Credit: Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/SCNG

“The Vans Warped Tour was the platform to witness the rise of pop punk with Sum 41, Simple Plan, MXPX, New Found Glory and Good Charlotte. The birth of Emo – with bands like Thrice, Thursday, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, The Starting Line, Motion City Soundtrack and Jimmy Eat World.” - Kevin Lyman (Warped Founder)

For the past 23 summers, the Warped Tour has served as a launching pad for young bands, and a return home to the roots for the superstars.

Check out the retrospective video below celebrating the history & heart of the iconic tour:


  • 23 Full Cross Country Tours
  • Over 1700 bands
  • Amazing work with 90+ non-profit organizations
  • Hundreds of thousands of pounds of food collected for local food banks
  • 11 million attendees across the world

PRS is proud to have been a part of the history of Warped Tour, check out images of PRS artists who blessed the Warped stage below:


We tried to think back to all of the PRS bands who have been on the tour, here's a partial list:

  • Incubus
  • I Prevail
  • Story of the Year
  • Family Force Five
  • Watsky
  • Pacific Dub
  • Waterparks
  • Don Broco
  • Sum 41
  • Cute Is What We Aim For
  • We Are In The Crowd
  • Of Mice & Men
  • Four Year Strong
  • Say We Can Fly
  • This Wild Life
  • Memphis Mayfire
  • Good Charlotte
  • Bad Seed Rising
  • Sleeping With Sirens
  • Bad Rabbits
  • Neck Deep
  • He Is Legend
  • A+ Dropouts
  • A Day To Remember
  • All That Remains
  • As I Lay Dying
  • Bebe Rexha
  • Black Dahlia Murder
  • Fall From Grace
  • Linkin Park
  • Matisyahu
  • Moose Blood
  • Relient K
  • Sevendust
  • Staind
  • Throw The Fight

In closing we'd like to say a big THANK YOU to Kevin Lyman and the Warped staff (especially Kate Truscott and Steph Mirsky) for their tireless work supporting music and giving bands a nationwide platform for their art. Thank you for your contribution to music, culture, and the community.