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Old School Punk Reunion at Warped Tour

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Our previous photo essay from the Warped Tour left some people feeling incomplete. "Where are the pictures from the Old School Stage?", underground music enthusiasts asked. Well, here's the deal. Old School is so cool, it requires it's very own story. In fact, Old School IS the story and many people, young and old understand that. The Old School has a message to send because it speaks to the spirit of DYI culture.

The big huge rubber blow-up sign at the Warped Tour was the one and only place all people in attendance could see what band was playing where. All bands listed on all stages had computer print-out signs lined up neatly, right next to their time. The Old School Stage band list was entirely hand-written. The same was the case with most band fliers "back in the day".

People like Jack Grisham, Casey Royer and Lee Ving were kids who dared to dream and now their livin' it for the second time around and hopefully passing the lesson to the youth of today. Because, in all honesty, today's youth can kick old-school ass thanks to things like blogs, podcasts and iPods.

Hmmm, maybe the Old Schoolers can form a learning institution in honor of The Ramones and call it "Rock and Roll High School." That would be cool. But until then, you can enjoy the pictures and listen to their music on MySpace. The Old School Stage featured acts like T.S.O.L, Fear, Germs, Dickies, D.I., Big Dill Car, Mike Watt, and Revolution Mother. For some reason, GBH, who qualify as Old School, ended up on Highway 1 Stage but photos are included here nonetheless.

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Story by Sheri Zampelli
Photos by Michael Zampelli/LAist