• 8.14-17.8 Warped Tour with Mike Watt & the Missingmen

    MIke Watt with the Missingmen does Warped Tour 08 - Chula Vista, CAMIke Watt & the Missingmen does Warped Tour 08 – Chula Vista, CA
     

     

    “The longest running of traveling music festival!” Mike Watt announces often on this trip. He speaks very fondly of Kevin Lyman, “the Boss”, the founder of this. I had never attended a Warped Tour out of all 22 years of its existence. When Watt brought it up the he’s taking the Missingmen to do a few of the cities around California, I asked to join. With Watt, I don’t really know how things happen – It’s between my demanding to get involved, or his invitation to participate. In any case, I’d still do my best to be a part of the experience. 

    Knowing full well what I was signing up for, I braced myself for the BOAT RIDE. A space was saved for me in the co-pilot section as the Missingmen guitarist Tom Watson, drummer Raul Moreles, and general roadie friend co conspirator Richard Bonney were in the back seat. Watt signed up the band for 3 shows, and damn it all to hell, I will go to all of them. First show in Chula Vista near San Diego – 2 hour south of LA, then ‘hell ride’ 8-9 hours up the coast to Mountain View for a 9am check in at the festival office. One day break and the last one was to be back southward in Carson, just a bit south of LA. Yes, South – North – South…Watt Style. The third show was the last one to conclude Warped Tour.

    This is one place where I put my ignorance to use more apparently. I decided a long time ago that I would preserve my learning about people/events from real life interaction. This is also to help me be objective in my photography pursuit. The personal impression of people I meet is very crucial, this I find over the years. It is as if all the information from somewhere else – word of mouths, others’ interpretations, internet, websites – are hard for me to filter out once received. I would then get confused and nervous of portraying people the way someone else somewhere might expect. Selfish, I know – but I pay high price to get to be like this.

    Part of the huge ignorance I went in with was about anything Punk ; bands, personalities, histories, and relationships. Other than Mike Watt and his Missingmen that I traveled with, I knew no other bands. I didn’t even know that Warped Tour had always been held in parking lots. About them, I think the festival organization is quite outstanding. All bands must check in first thing in the morning, at the day of event. They were then given the schedule and stage assignment. This way, Watt explained, they will have no problems with bands showing up whenever they want. All the bands and crew get fed 2 meals, lunch and dinner. I appreciated the recycling effort implemented throughout the festival ground.

    Watt and his band was to play at the Old School Stage – this is unique to the West Coast leg of the tour. Bands like Fear, TSOL, The Germs, The Dickies and Watt’s played on this stage. Watching Watt glowed catching up with old friends from ‘back in the days’ was something else. I only caught performances here and there feeling very scattered and ineffective in photo coverage. I couldn’t help it but being crazy distracted by EVERYthing else that was going on. There were at least a dozen stages, and must be close to a hundred bands playing back, and at the same time. I had to constantly remind myself this was another Watt-centric photo coverage. That way I wouldn’t get tempted to stray far. 

    Partial photo report 

    Watt discusses the band schedule - Chula Vista, CA

    Watt discusses the band schedule - Chula Vista, CA

    Watt on stage in Chula Vista where the concert was not

    Watt on stage in Chula Vista where the concert was not

    Raul's smile qualifies to effect world's peace

    Raul's smile qualifies to effect world's peace

    Richard, Tom, and Raul

    Richard, Tom, and Raul

    Band loading out - Chula Vista, CA

    Band loading out - Chula Vista, CA

    Watt - Chula Vista, CA

    Watt - Chula Vista, CA

    neo-retro-punk fashion?

    neo-retro-punk fashion?

    Family Force Five or FF5, the most animated band I had ever seen - Mountain View, CA

    Family Force Five or FF5, the most animated band I had ever seen - Mountain View, CA

    Lee Ving of Fear - Mountain View, CA

    Lee Ving of Fear - Mountain View, CA

    Mondo Lopez of Fear - Mountain View, CA

    Mondo Lopez of Fear - Mountain View, CA

    Watt with Kevin Lyman

    Watt with Kevin Lyman

    Watt - Carson, CA

    Watt - Carson, CA

    Jack Grisham with TSOL - Carson, CA

    Jack Grisham with TSOL - Carson, CA

    Lorna Dooms and Pat Smear - the Germs, Carson, CA

    Lorna Dooms and Pat Smear - the Germs, Carson, CA

    Shane West - the Germs, Carson, CA

    Shane West - the Germs, Carson, CA

    The Dickies - Warped Tour, Carson, CA

    The Dickies - Warped Tour, Carson, CA

    Watt - Chula Vista, CA

    Watt - Chula Vista, CA

    Mike Watt and the Missingmen waiting for BBQ after the festival - Mountain View, CA

    Mike Watt & the Missingmen Raul and Tom after festival in Mountain View, CA