Sadly, we've stopped going these days, simply because of the recent lineups. Maybe we're getting too old for that scene, or maybe Myspace enabled too many generic bands to gain passionate fandoms. Maybe a little bit of both. Nevertheless, I will always have a very special place in my heart for Warped Tour, because ultimately, some of my favorite memories come from my days at those festivals.
So naturally, I am really excited about No Room For Rock Stars, a new documentary about Warped Tour produced by the same team who made Dogtown and Z-Boys. The crew shot more than 300 hours of film on the 2010 tour and they cover just about everyone involved, including Warped mastermind Kevin Lyman, the musicians, the crew, stage managers, tour bus drivers and even a few of the musicians' family members. Director Parris Patton offers a thorough, comprehensive look at what Warped Tour is really like on both the good days and the not-so good days.
This documentary is not all mosh pits and adoring crowds though. Some musicians become disillusioned, fans get a little too personal, and a lot of people get homesick as the 16,906-mile journey continues. Critics sometimes make a valid argument that Warped Tour has evolved into nothing more than a giant corporate marketing opportunity for the youth demographic. Patton's film never leans one way or the other; it just presents the footage you need to make your own judgement. But in the end, the greatest strength of this film is how well it captures the sense of community felt between everyone involved on this tour. Ultimately, most people involved in Warped Tour love it because they feel like they have finally found a place they belong.
I truly enjoyed every second of this documentary, despite the fact that I don't actually like any of the featured acts all that much. Even the musicians I do not care for made for some great interviews - I generally find myself covering my ears the second I see Cristofer Drew's face but this time, I actually found myself nodding while he spoke. I never thought I'd see the day. So, I would highly recommend this film to any music fan, no matter what your musical tastes are or whether or not you've been to Warped Tour before.
No Room For Rock Stars will be in theaters across the country in an exclusive, one-night engagement on Thursday, March 1, 2012. For a complete list of cities, theaters and showtimes for No Room For Rock Stars, please visit: www.noroomforrockstars.com. The film will be available on iTunes on April 2 and on DVD May 8.