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2009 WARPED INTERVIEWS
As I sit in the press room reading over interview’s done earlier
in the day, Escape the Fate frontman Craig Mabbitt enters
through the door leading to the hallway. Momentarily he stops
to check which publication has signed up for interviews.
Bethany, the tour press coordinator, directs him to me.

After we introduce ourselves then sit down in the chairs I had
saved, I ask him about his tattoo sleeve.  He explains to me
that the theme of his sleeve is religion.  Farther in the future
he plans to make his whole right bottom leg dedicated to video
games. The center piece is going to be Cloud Strife with his
Ultima Weapon facing off against Master Chief.
Escape The Fate's lead talks video games
C & C, OUT OF THE BLUE
A first time Warped Tour press experience with interviews
C & C, OUT OF THE BLUE
Approaching my first Warped Tour ever, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I saw
the bill and read over the bands. Nothing compared to what hit me when I
stepped out of the car.

The line reached from the gate of Riverbend Amphitheatre all the way through
the parking lot. The waves of fans waiting to get in filled me with excitement.  

My buddy and I found our way through the masses, bumping and pushing until
the press table was in sight. Upon reaching the table, we gave the press
workers our names and which publication we worked for. We happily took our
wrist bands and made our way in.

Walking through the gate fans crowded the walkways and stood at attention
looking toward
the set list. Trying to see when their favorite bands played, fans
wrote band names and set times down on make-shift notepads. For a brief
moment we follow suit before heading off in search of the press room.

We find the entrance to backstage at
the side of the main stage, flash our wrist
bands like Charley’s golden ticket and walk past two females guarding the
gate. We walk until we come to the very back where we turned and went into
the dining area for the bands.

Halfway through our departure we stumble beside a door with a taped paper
saying: “Press Room.” Opening the door we stepped into a small hexagon with
a table set up on the opposite side. Sign up sheets cover the table top, on which
I fill my name and which publication I’m with.

Bethany, the press coordinator, comments on how they need more chairs for
interviews, so we offer our assistance. The three of us travel upstairs into the
shower area where we find enough chairs to hopefully sit the press brigade.

Once we get back in the press room my friend writes down all the bands he
wishes to take photos of.  He then asks me to read all twenty or so of them off
to him so he can have a timeline on where he needs to be and when. After we’
re done he heads out toward the crowd to take photos.

During the five hours I was in the
press room, I spoke to some band members
who graced one of the many stages at this year’s Warped Tour.

Matt Goddard (bass) and Brad Bell (keys, vocals) from
Chiodos, told me that
once Warped Tour is over, they’re heading back into the studio to record a
new album—an album that will be similar to previous releases with the same
high energy.  The guys said they wasted their time sitting through the new
Harry Potter movie on an off-day, but surprisingly enjoyed themselves at a stop
in a bar; a bar mainly composed of a crowd that happened to be opposite of
their sexual orientation.

With
a sweet smile, 21-year-old singer-songwriter Alana Grace told ootb646.
com, that writing for her new sophomore album (
With One Word) took two
years, and that the Warped Tour is the first nationwide tour she’s been part of.
Grace said she vocal trains with Brett Manning and also hosts Speed Channel’s
“The New American Thunder Show.” She plans to go on tour soon with Heart
in Europe.

Less Than Jake’s humorously sarcastic, fast-talking Buddy Schaub
(
trombone) talked about touring around the world. He said the oddest place
they’ve ever played is Japan, where instead of hearing the usual fan cheers
between songs, the crowd grows sharply silent—so silent “you can hear a pin
drop.” Schaub’s advice to local bands: “quit it, hang it up, too many bands!”
However, if you’re the next Jimi Hendrix, Schaub said, then don’t stop playing.
The Floridian ska-punk band plans to headline a tour this fall and squeeze time
in to write a new album.

On a Warped day off, Jordan “Ratbeard” Hastings (drums) from
Alexisonfire
said the whole band went fishing in Florida. They taped the event and posted it
in a bulletin on their MySpace.  If Hastings wasn’t involved with music, he said
he would probably be a chef.  The band recently released
Old Crows/Young
Cardinals
on Vagrant Records.  Hastings also plays in a supergroup called
Hunter.

Packing everything up, I look forward to seeing
3OH!3 perform. Then it’s  
back to the car to recap a wonderful first hand experience of Warped Tour ’09.
Alexisonfire
Less Than Jake
Chiodos
Alana Grace
Although Mabbit quickly said that Final Fantasy 7 is the
greatest game of all time, currently the Wii has been his
system of choice. Punch Out has been the game. He
explains how that after you beat the game, you can choose
to go back through because every boxer has something new
about them.

In a surprising note, he admits to listening to country music,
including the artists Kenny Chesney and Garth Brooks.

After the Warped Tour, Mabbitt and the rest of the band will
headline a tour across Europe in December.
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