The Used

Alt-rockers The Used have been forced to drop off the Vans Warped Tour because frontman Bert McCracken is undergoing vocal cord surgery.
The band was scheduled to play the first couple weeks of the trek, which kicks off Friday (6/29) in Pomona, CA.

McCracken developed a node on one of his vocal cords and doctors have recommended treatment and rest without singing for about five weeks, according to a press release. A full recovery is expected.

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“[Warped founder] Kevin Lyman and the Van’s Warped tour have been amazing supporters of our band and we are truly saddened that we won’t be able to perform on this year’s tour,” guitarist Quinn Allman said in a statement.

The disappointed bandmates plan to return to the road in September for a headlining tour of the US. . .

The Utah-based quartet has been out this year supporting its third album, “Lies for the Liars,” which debuted in the Top 5 of The Billboard 200 when it surfaced in May. . . (more)

Vans Warped Tour Dates

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June 2007
29 – Pomona, CA – Pomona Fairgrounds
30 – Ventura, CA – Seaside Park

July 2007
1 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
3 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Thunderbird Stadium
5 – Calgary, Alberta – Race City Speedway
7 – Salt Lake City, UT – Utah State Fairgrounds
8 – Denver, CO – Invesco Field at Mile High
11 – Phoenix, AZ – Cricket Pavilion
12 – Las Cruces, NM – NMSU Practice Field
13 – Selma, TX – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Lot
14 – Dallas, TX – Smirnoff Centre
15 – Houston, TX – Reliant Center
18 – Atlanta, GA – HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
19 – Jacksonville, FL – Reynolds Park Yacht Center
20 – St. Petersburg, FL – Vinoy Park
21 – Miami, FL – Bicentennial Park
22 – Orlando, FL – Tinker Field
23 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
24 – Virginia Beach, VA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
25 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
26 – Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
27 – Detroit, MI – Comerica Park parking lot
28 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
29 – Minneapolis, MN – Metrodome parking lot
31 – Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheatre

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August 2007
1 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
2 – Cleveland, OH – Tower City Amphitheatre
3 – Camden, NJ – Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
4 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Coliseum
5 – Englishtown, NJ – Raceway Park
7 – Noblesville, IN – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8 – Burgettstown, PA – Post Gazette Pavilion
9 – Mansfield, MA – Tweeter Center
10 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Field
11 – Barrie, Ontario – Park Place
12 – Montreal, Quebec – Park Jean Drapeau
14 – Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
15 – Bonner Springs, KS – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
17 – Nampa, ID – Idaho Center
18 – George, WA – The Gorge
19 – St. Helens, OR – Columbia Meadows
22 – Fresno, CA – Selland Arena
23 – Marysville, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre Lot
24 – Chula Vista, CA – Coors Amphitheatre
25 – Carson, CA – Home Depot Center

Warped Tour is a touring music and extreme sports festival. The tour is held in venues (generally parking lots or fields upon which the stages and other structures are erected). The skateboarding shoe manufacturer Vans has sponsored the tour among others every year since 1995 and it is often referred to as the Vans Warped Tour.

In recent years the Warped Tour has featured as many as 100 bands per show. The bands play for up to 30 minutes over approximately 10 different stages, although the biggest bands generally play the two “Main” stages. A typical day would have bands starting at 11:00am and end at 9:00 p.m. with several bands playing at once. The individual band times and stages where each band play is marked on a large board usually centered in the middle of the venue. The full area is set up to prevent music from one stage disrupting other active stages. One band, by fan vote, is allowed to play ten extra minutes at each show. Every year there is a “BBQ Band,” which, in exchange for the privilege of playing on the tour, must prepare food for the bands and crew for the barbecue which is held most evenings. The tour started as a skate punk, and third wave ska tour, but in recent years has featured mostly post-hardcore, pop punk, and metalcore acts.