2004 was one of the truly most iconic lineups Warped Tour ever saw, playing host to some of the biggest bands in our world, to this day.
It was the summer of 2004. It was a defining moment in our world, and the moment where some of the scene's biggest bands were catapaulted in to being the megastars they are now.
We take a look back at the summer that started it all for some, and is a snapshot in to their rise for others.
My Chemical Romance
Before they became an idea, they were a band. A pretty damn amazing band. They made their Warped Tour debut in 2004, and that was the slingshot that started them out on their path towards being ostensibly the biggest band in the scene for a number of years.
They leapt on the tour from June 25 through July 24 on the Maurice Stage, following the release of their breakthrough album 'Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge' earlier that month.
This is the famed tour where My Chemical Romance and The Used befriended one another, and as a result recorded a cover of the Queen classic 'Under Pressure'. Look how cute they were:
Warped Tour veterans The Used were on their third back to back tour, having had their debut back in 2002.
In 2004 The Used were out touring on their self-titled (produced by John Feldmann, no less). But the band spent their time out on Warped Tour preparing for the release of their magnum opus album 'In Love And Death', which was released September that same year.
Most notable about their 2004 run was the aforementioned friendship with My Chemical Romance, which while short-lived, was certainly intense for the time it lasted- as you can see in the below interview which both Gerard Way and Bert McCracken took part in (full disclosure though, this interview was done at the 2004 Taste Of Chaos tour, not Warped).
One of the biggest bands in the scene at the time, Good Charlotte were riding the massive high of their 2002 album 'The Young And The Hopeless' which properly thrust them in to the mainstream.
They spent the summer out on Warped Tour before releasing their follow up album 'The Chronicles Of Life And Death' in September.
Yellowcard jumped on Warped Tour 2004 following the breakout success of their absolute banger 'Ocean Avenue'. The release of their 2003 album 'Ocean Avenue' was their first major label release, and shot them in to the social consciousness (everyone, everywhere was singing 'Ocean Avenue').
Unfortunately there's no official footage of their appearance at the 2004 Warped, however a fan filmed this (apparently they filmed it on a damn toaster, but that's none of our business).
In all, Yellowcard clocked seven Warped Tours before their absolutely tragic demise last year. The fact that they were still out playing Warped in 2016 however is a testament to the importance of the band within the scene. Absolute legends.
Remember how we said The Used were Warped Tour veterans a couple of paragraphs earlier? They had nothing on Simple Plan. Simple Plan did seven consecutive Warped Tours, from 1999 through 2005. In 2004 they were on their sixth back to back Warped Tour, and they knew what the hell they were doing at this point.
In 2004 the band were touring their seminal classic 'No Pads, No Helmets... Just Balls' featuring the absolute banger 'I'm Just A Kid' (and didn't we all feel that so deep within our souls?). In all, Simple Plan have clocked an almost record-setting 12 Warped Tours.
And while entirely unrelated to their Warped Tour appearance, the lads in Simple Plan spent a good chunk of 2003 opening for Avril Lavigne. Just wanted to note that one down for you as some context around what was going on all those years ago.
The All-American Rejects
Before they released the absolutely iconic 'Gives You Hell', The All-American Rejects were a two-piece, touring their self-titled album. And they were on the Warped Tour 2004 lineup.
Again, no one seems to have filmed them performing at Warped 2004, but the good news is that the release of 'Swing, Swing' as a video was a similar time, and you deserve to watch this throwback bop:
Fall Out Boy
So it's the summer of 2004. Joe meets Patrick and he's like- jk that's not how this story goes. Before they were packing out arenas around the world, they were out on Warped Tour paying their dues. The (fall out) boys only jumped on Warped Tour 2004 for five dates, but they made a pretty massive impression.
Of their five appearances on the 2004 Warped Tour, one set was cut short dramatically when three songs in to their set, their stage collapsed due to the massive crowd. True story.
While we acknowledge that technology has developed since 2004, were personal cameras really this horrendous? Truly?
Regardless, Fall Out Boy had only released 'Take This To Your Grave' at this point, and were edging towards the mainstream- winning over fans on all of their Warped Tour appearances in 2004. And now 14 years later, they're still touring the world- taking on some of the biggest arenas in the world. And we couldn't be prouder.
It was truly a glorious time. Warped Tour 2004 was just the beginning for some of the biggest bands in our world. Viva la Warped Tour!