Warped Tour Return at Least Three Years Away
The Warped Tour as we know it ceased to exist upon the completion of its summer 2018 incarnation, ending a remarkable run of nearly 25 years. Founder Kevin Lyman cited “an evolving summer festival industry, a shrinking pool of bands, and declining ticket sales amongst its teenage demographic” in addition to plain old burn out as reasons he decided to end it. The Warped brand returned in 2019, but in name only, a series of one-off festival shows in three cities throughout the summer.
Earlier this year, Lyman revealed that the tour could return under a different name, although he didn’t specify why it would need a new moniker.
Now Attila’s Chris Fronzak has revealed, on the No Jumper podcast with Adam22, that name change would be necessary for legal reasons.
Fronzak apparently attempted to purchase the Warped brand after 2018, but the price beyond his means. When he re-started conversations about reviving the trek with Lyman earlier this year, “he explained to me that for legal reasons, which I can’t go into depth, Warped Tour can’t come back for at least another three years or so.”
Still, Fronzak hasn’t given up on Warped yet: “Hopefully I’m the one that brings it back because I have a really good for how to make it sustainable and make it bigger than it’s ever been.”
You can check out the entire interview below.