Warped Tour bands, dates confirmed

15th edition set to run June 26-Aug. 23

NEW YORK -- Flogging Molly, Underoath, Thrice, Bad Religion, Less Than Jake, NOFX and Anti-Flag are among the dozens of bands confirmed for the 2009 Vans Warped Tour, which begins June 26 in Pomona, Calif., and will wrap Aug. 23 in Los Angeles.

Also on the bill for the 15th edition of the punk-leaning tour are Bayside, Bouncing Souls, Chiodos, Escape the Fate, Meg & Dia, Senses Fail, Silverstein, the Ataris, Gallows, Alexisonfire and Black Tide.

Warped 2008 was not immune to the economic realities of producing a major festival. Tour creator Kevin Lyman wrote on the Warped site that when the jaunt began in Southern California, "sales were down almost 25% from 2007."

He wrote: "Was it true? No one had money for tickets, or for gas to get them to the shows? Was this going to be the end for touring as we knew it? Many people recommended cutting bands, stages, sending attractions home -- anything to save money. Gas prices were up, food costs were up, and fewer people were coming to shows. When things got tight, I stood my ground and said I believed in the package and the tour and things would turn around, and they did. What turned it around was your excitement for the bands we booked."

Meanwhile, the trek's history is chronicled on "The Warped Tour: A Concert, a Culture, an Entire Generation," a new documentary that can be ordered from WarpedTour.com.

A complete list of Warped 2009 bands and tour dates:

Bands:
The A.K.A.s
Alexisonfire
Anti-Flag
The Architects
The Ataris
Bad Religion
Bayside
Big D and the Kids Table
Black Tide
Bouncing Souls
Breathe Carolina
Brokencyde
Cash Cash
Chiodos
Dance Gavin Dance
A Day to Remember
Dear and the Headlights
The Devil Wears Prada
Dirty Heads
Escape the Fate
Every Avenue
Flogging Molly
Gallows
Hit the Lights
I Set My Friends on Fire
Jeffree Star
Less Than Jake
Lights
The Maine
Meg & Dia
Millionaires
NOFX
Outernational
P.O.S.
Saosin
Scary Kids Scaring Kids
Senses Fail
Shad
Silverstein
Sing it Loud
A Skylit Drive
Streetlight Manifesto
Tat
There for Tomorrow
Therefore I Am
3OH!3
Thrice
TV/TV
Underoath
Valencia
Westbound Train
The White Tie Affair

Schedule:
June 26, Pomona, Calif.
June 27, San Francisco
June 28, Ventura, Calif.
June 30, Phoenix
July 1, Las Cruces, N.M.
July 2, San Antonio
July 3, Houston
July 5, Dallas
July 7, Indianapolis
July 8, Pittsburgh
July 9, Cleveland
July 10, Toronto
July 11, Montreal
July 12, Hartford, Conn.
July 14, Washington, D.C.
July 15, Buffalo, N.Y.
July 16, Scranton, Pa.
July 17, Camden, N.J.
July 18, Uniondale, N.Y.
July 19, Oceanport, N.J.
July 21, Boston
July 22, Virginia Beach, Va.
July 23, Charlotte, N.C.
July 24, Orlando
July 25, Miami
July 26, Tampa, Fla.
July 28, Atlanta
July 29, Cincinnati
July 30, Milwaukee
July 31, Detroit
Aug. 1, Chicago
Aug. 2, Minneapolis
Aug. 3, St. Louis
Aug. 4, Kansas City, Mo.
Aug. 7, Boise, Idaho
Aug. 8, Salt Lake City
Aug. 9, Denver
Aug. 12, Calgary, Alberta
Aug. 14, Vancouver
Aug. 15, Seattle
Aug. 16, Portland, Ore.
Aug. 19, Fresno, Calif.
Aug. 20, San Francisco
Aug. 21, Sacramento
Aug. 22, San Diego
Aug. 23, Los Angeles
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