Old Warped Tour preview story with Fiasco! and Kevin Lyman comments


Note: photo above is of Rancho Cucamonga band Fiasco!

Warped Tour comes home to Pomona

You might think that Warped Tour founder and promoter Kevin Lyman is getting tired after 15 years.

Think again.

“It still is exciting, 15 years later,” he said in a recent interview.

15th annual 2009 Vans Warped Tour

Where: Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona

When: 11 a.m. today

Cost: $33

Information: www.ticketmaster.com

This year’s festival, which starts at 11 a.m. today at the Fairplex in
Pomona, pays homage to old school punk rock, which helped start the
Warped Tour. “It’s kind of paying homage to history,” Lyman said. “You
can see it with the lineup. The music is all kind of related.”

This eatures punk rock
heavyweights like Bad Religion, NOFX, The Adicts, TSOL, The Exploited
and Guttermouth, ska bands like Less Than Jake, plus other acts
including Fishbone, P.O.S., Shooter Jennings, 30H!3 and Senses Fail.

For the full lineup, go to www.warpedtour.com.

now live in an iPod-on-shuffle world. Last year, they watched (pop
artist) Katy Perry and then watched (metalcore and death metal band)
Bring Me The Horizon. It’s what I was hoping to have,” Lyman said.

The tour “develops a lot of bands as live touring bands,” he said.

Rancho Cucamonga’s unsigned pop punk group Fiasco! will perform at the
Warped Festival for the first time on the Kia Kevin Says stage. Daniel
Durston, 22, who is a bassist, pianist and vocalist for the band, said
he had been “tour shopping” to prepare for the gig.

“Every day we forget things, and I’ll be at Wal-Mart at 1
a.m. Today I have to go back to get two or three things,” Durston said.

Among the items he purchased for the tour was a wireless
Internet connector to use as a guide, to post videos or blogs and to
keep in contact with their fans.

“Our Internet is our map,” Durston said with a laugh. (The group’s site is www.myspace.com/fiascomusic.)

Warped Tour spans the nation, but founder Lyman looks at the Pomona
show as a hometown engagement since he grew up in Claremont and proudly
points out that his dad still “lives on Arrow Highway.”

Lyman graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 1984 with a degree in recreation administration.

The accomplishment took him five years, he said. “One year at the pool and four years in class,” Lyman said.

was at Cal Poly that he met Paul Tollett, founder of the annual
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio. Lyman and Tollett
both worked for promoter Gary Tovar and his Goldenvoice company during
the 1980s, then went on to produce shows of their own.

“Looking back at what we did, somehow, something was
triggered, and he puts on amazing festivals,” Lyman said of Tollett.
“Sometimes I do, too.”


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Ne-Yo with Keri Hilson is at the San Manuel Casino near Highland tonight

and here is a link to my story (with the story following in case the link goes bad) …


Ne-Yo to appear at San Manuel on Thursday

– Ne-Yo’s brand of rhythm and blues has dominated radio stations with
numerous hits like “So Sick,” “Sexy Love,” “Because of You,” “Closer”
and “Miss Independent” among others.

Ne-Yo, real name Shaffer Chimere Smith, will perform Thursday
at the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino near Highland. His opening
act is Keri Hilson.

Ne-Yo has released three albums.

“In My Own
Words” was released in 2006 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album
chart. “Because of You,” released in May 2007, also debuted at No. 1.

His latest album, “Year of the Gentleman,” was released in September 2008 and debuted at No. 2.

In an interview posted on his official Web site with Real Detroit Weekly, Ne-Yo described what he looks for in crafting a song.

after seeing how the music industry works, I’m still a stickler for a
lyric,” Ne-Yo said. “That magic was never lost for me. There are some
people who can write things and just make you feel it. It’s just a
vibe-oriented process that there is really no way to lose that magic.”

His opening act is singer/songwriter Keri Hilson, whose
album “In a Perfect World …” hit No. 4 on the top Billboard album
chart when it was released in March.

Hilson’s latest song, “Knock You Down,” is currently playing on radio stations like Power 106 – KPWR-FM (105.9).

She described herself as goal-oriented in an interview.

“I come across a lot of people who are opportunists and they’re like, `If it
happens, it happens.’ I’m not one of those. I’m a go getter,” Hilson
said in comments posted on her official Web site biography.

Ne-Yo with Keri Hilson

Where: San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino, 777 San Manuel Blvd. Highland

When: July 2; doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $60, $50, $40

Information: www.ticketmaster.com