Vans Warped Tour: Go Backstage with Roadie Tony Skulls
Things you miss?
Friends and family, sleeping in an actual bed.
Goin' two weeks straight. Fuckin' attitudes start to crack from being on the road that long without a day off. It gets a little crazy at that point.
Being able to travel the whole fuckin' country and seeing 32 states in a matter of two months. Meeting hot babes all over the country, and seeing the different styles and people from different cities. New places, new faces, and rollin' with a crew that's down for you. We hang out with the babes and party. We have a good time.
What's the crowd like?
Warped Tour is really channeled to the younger crowd, mostly 15-, 16-, 17-year-old kids. An audience of 12,000 kids packing their asses to come see your band is a huge deal. We've all played in bands where a hundred people coming to see you at a club seemed like a lot. Here, there's 10,000 people screaming and chanting. This shit's a pretty wild experience.
How's it feel?
It's amazing to be part of this legendary tour. It's the longest-running American festival concert tour. I'm stoked. I'm lucky to travel around the country on a tour bus and make memories. Some of these people, I'll know for a lifetime. It's great to be part of American music history, 'cause this is definitely going down in the books. And without us it wouldn't get set up or broken down. We are a huge part of the backbone of it and we keep the wheels fuckin' turnin'.
We'll be cruisin' down the East Coast on a nine-day run. I'm gonna keep my leg clean and not get amputated just rockin' and rollin' and musclin' through. Every day is a new hustle and a new state. It's life on the road.
Vans Warped Tour 2013. With Hawthorne Heights, Forever the Sickest Kids, Man Overboard, Motion City Soundtrack, Chiodos, We Came As Romans, and others. 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach; 561-795-8883; cruzanamphitheatre.net. Tickets cost $23.50 to $37.50 plus fees via livenation.com. All ages.