On-hand for the festivities were Kevin Lyman, Warped Tour's founder, and some of the most notable acts set to play this summer's outing: Forever Came Calling, Matt Toka, L.A.'s own Dead Sara, and Falling in Reverse each played energetic sets, sandwiched in between surprise appearances by Warped legends Yellowcard (2 songs, acoustic) and The Used (4 songs, electric).
It was a fun night, and was a great introduction to what looks to be a pretty eventful summer - Warped assembled a solid lineup for 2012, headlined by bands such as New Found Glory, Every Time I Die, Anti-Flag, The Used, Four Year Strong, Taking Back Sunday, and so on.
I was lucky enough to have a Press Pass last night, and took some pretty cool photos of the bands. Enjoy a huge photo gallery below, as well as this video of Dead Sara playing their new hit Weatherman - it'll be great to see them bringing some rock 'n' roll fury to Warped's parking lot stages this summer.
Enjoy the photos below, and go snag your Warped tickets now, as the pre-sale began today. Don't sleep on this, as this first pre-sale is a bargain:
To keep the festival at a great value, pre-sale package prices are $21.99 and include commemorative 3D ticket--which also serves as a jump-the-line early entry pass--a Vans Warped Tour 2012 compilation CD and a 25-cent donation to the Unite the United charity and all service fees. Only a limited number of pre-sale tickets are available per city and once they sell-out, they’re gone. The general on-sale will begin April 7.
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