Fuse’s Warped Roadies takes you behind the scenes of the Vans Warped Tour as it travels across North America, presenting 40 shows over 50 breakneck days. The tour’s dedicated road crew constantly battles everything from naked stage divers to insane weather conditions to make sure the massive tour runs smoothly. When we asked them to recount some of their most insane Warped Tour moments, they didn’t hesitate to share.
Kevin Lyman, the Warped Tour’s founder and producer, has seen it all. But what moment takes the cake? “A huge thunderstorm in Cleveland!” We were surprised that Kevin’s most insane Warped Tour moment was centered on weather and not something, um, more complicated. But we found it fitting that it took place in the birthplace of rock n’ roll.
For Warped Tour set-up crew member Mike Holshue, it could be “trying catch naked stage diver Metal Mike.” Or it might be using himself as a human paperweight “holding onto ropes, poles and anything else we could grab onto” during a tornado in Pennsylvania. But he’s pretty sure his most insane Warped moments are the Bus Four dance parties. “You’ll have to experience it yourself to know what I’m talking about.” We’ll take that as an invitation!
Weather seems to play a big part in the road crew’s most insane Warped moments. But set-up crew chief Danny “Pappa” Bateman’s most insane Warped moment features heat of a different kind. “Leaving the Salt Lake City venue, three dudes threw a beer into our bus window. It exploded on Boo, our driver, so we all flew off the bus to see what happened. We were greeted by some ‘gangsters’ who then proceeded to pull a shotgun on us.” We hope all they wanted were some backstage passes…
But where Danny had heat, Tour Manager Lisa “ZooKeeper” Brownlee had ice. Ice-T, that is. In Lisa’s 19 years with Warped, “crossing the Canadian border with Ice-T and Body Count” stands out as one of her most insane Warped moments. “I can’t go into detail,” she says, “but if you use your imagination you can see how that might be a little crazy.”
Terry Lee Myers, a four-year Warped veteran, kept his cards close to his chest when he answered our question. “A day off in Jamestown, North Dakota,” he said. We get it, Terry. What happens in Jamestown stays in Jamestown.
Kenny Leath, who has been with the Warped tour for 14 years, was also a little vague. “Fights, crazy-ass weather, nutty fans, a little of everything. Can’t pinpoint just one thing,” he said. OK, we’ll let our imaginations run wild.
Season 2 of Warped Roadies premieres Wednesday, December 4, at 11/10c on Fuse (channel 339).