Silverstein: Eight Warped Tours
After making their first appearance in 2004, Canadian post-hardcore outfit Silverstein have played Warped a whopping eight times. They made appearances in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2013, 2015 and 2017 and will say goodbye with multiple July dates in 2018.
Pennywise: Eight Warped Tours
Pennywise performed at the second Warped Tour in 1996. The old-school veterans made their last appearance at Warped in 2010, picking up eight runs along the way (1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2007 and 2008).
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Reel Big Fish: Eight Warped Tours
During an interview with Fuse in 2013, Reel Big Fish reflected on their first Warped Tour experience in 1997. At that point, they had played another five years since then (2002, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013), but they would go on to play another two (2016 and 2018).
Every Time I Die: Eight Warped Tours
When asked what bands he hoped would perform at the final Warped Tour, Kevin Lyman said Less Than Jake and Every Time I Die. The latter thanked Lyman on Twitter, saying “Warped Tour changed the life of the band and the lives of every member, so if this is the last year, you just tell us where and when to plug in.” Turns out that has become a reality: Every Time I Die will play the entirety of Warped Tour 2018. They made their first appearance in 2002 and went on to participate in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016.
Sum 41: Eight Warped Tours
Canadian punks Sum 41 made their first appearance on Warped Tour with several dates in 2000. They went on to play 2001, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2016. They also will be saying goodbye with a July 17 performance in 2018.
How we did it: Wikipedia has lovely documentation of every Warped Tour lineup since 1995, displayed in an easy-to-copy chart. We paste (paste without formatting, Shift + Option + Command + V on a Mac) the Wikipedia chart in a Google Sheet, cleaned up the rest of the data (entailed a little regular expression action) and downloaded the spreadsheet in CSV format. We then wrote a short Python script to iterate over that CSV, counting up how many times each band played the tour and saving the counts in an array. After that, it was as easy as sorting the results in the array to print out the 10 bands with the most counts. Since the announcement is so new, we manually went in and added the 2018 lineup data. We also went through and manually fact-checked to make sure everything here actually happened.
Were you surprised who made the list?