Warped Tour 2007
Posted on Monday, August 06, 2007 by Rob Meronek
Warped Tour 2007Words By Jorge Angel
Photos and Captions by Angel Carela
The Lucky 13th Annual Warped Tour made a stop at the beautiful Venoy Park in St. Petersburg this year, and of course the Skatepark of Tampa was there to represent at the scene the festival brings. For those who have never been to Warped Tour at Vinoy Park, I would definitely recommend it. There are not many venues in the country that offer enough space to fit 10 stages, a mini-ramp, numerous band tents, and a beautiful waterfront view.
With half of the Skatepark of Tampa crew touring Europe, the tent was a bit more tame than in past years, but it did not stop the rest of the crew from having a good time. Scotty “The Body” Conley was working hard spitting rhymes while grilling some free hot dogs for the crowd. Sean Albright was busy tagging people with our logo and other obscenities. The crowd in the tent got real thick when the rain came. Good thing we did not have tables and chairs this year because we were able to provide more shelter for those who where trying to stay dry. But of course there were those young hippie kids dancing around and moshing in the rain.
The Mini-Ramp Contest was well-represented by the Skatepark of Tampa crew, as it should be. I do not know exactly what the format was, but I think it was a jam session. If you were there you know it really was a Levi Combs and Chris Lehman demo. Both of them destroyed and if I was judging I would have just given them both first place, but since there has to be a winner Levi Combs beat out Chris Lehman for first and Lehman took second. The only problem with the Mini-Ramp Contest was the band playing next to the ramp. Thanks to Vans for providing the ramp and prizes.
Of course Warped Tour brings some heavy hitters when it comes to music. Being able to see Pennywise, Bad Religion, and Pepper alone in one day is worth a $20 ticket. One thing Warped Tour did lack though was diversity of music in the smaller bands that played. Every small stage I went too there was some emo kids up there doing synchronized head banging screaming into mics. It was entertaining to watch these kids looking foolish on stage though. Overall it was a good time and thank you Warped Tour for all that you do. Hope to see more people next year.