From First To Last released their first record without Sonny Moore
From First To Last solidified themselves as emo staples following the release of their first two records—Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has A Body Count and Heroine. Despite this, frontman Sonny Moore left in early 2007 to pursue an eponymous solo career and later established himself as the Grammy-winning Skrillex. The band continued on with guitarist Matt Good moving to vocal duties, and their 2008 self-titled was the first with him in the new role. The band dropped two more records—Throne To The Wolves in 2010 and Dead Trees in 2015 (the latter of which featured Spencer Sotelo on lead)—with a hiatus in between. Rumors of Moore reuniting with FFTL started circulating in July 2016 and grew even more when Mark Hoppus posted a photo hanging out in the studio with Travis Barker, Feldmann, Good and Moore in January 2017. A few days later, FFTL released “Make War,” the first track with Moore on vocals since 2006’s Heroine, confirming his reunion with the band.
The Medic Droid released their only album
Chances are if you were a teen with a Myspace account in the mid-2000s, you knew of the Medic Droid and probably added their viral hit “Fer Sure” to your page’s playlist. The band, consisting of Chris Donathon and Hector Bagnod, first met in 2003 after a New Found Glory shirt sparked a conversation. They later started making music, posting “Fer Sure” on Myspace in late 2006. The track took off, leading to “Keeping Up With The Joneses” and “FScene8.” The electro-pop duo landed their first gig opening for Enter Shikari in New York City in September 2007 through a friend. They then self-booked some shows and eventually signed with Epic subsidiary Modern Art Records. After embarking on a spring 2008 tour with A Cursive Memory, they released their full-length debut, What’s Your Medium, (which, of course, included “Fer Sure”) that summer. Following the album’s release, they set out to open for Kill Hannah alongside Innerpartysystem and the White Tie Affair. They closed out the year with a headliner and then announced the end of the band, citing it was time to move on. The duo made the switch to Facebook in 2012 and later reunited at South By So What?! 2013. Three years later, they played a handful of shows and released their first new music in seven years—“Closer” and “Disco Queen”—but have since remained quiet.
Pete Wentz opened Angels & Kings in Chicago and Barcelona
Pete Wentz launched his first bar Angels & Kings in New York City in 2007. The co-owner bassist described it as a “dive bar” where he could hang out with his friends that included then-girlfriend Ashlee Simpson (whom he would wed in May 2008 and divorce three years later) as well as members of Gym Class Heroes, the Academy Is…, Cobra Starship among many others. The following summer, Wentz and partners opened a second location in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. The new spot kept up the mugshot theme, which included real ones of musicians on the wall as well as the ability to take your own in a photobooth. The bar relocated to the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago in 2011 before shuttering in 2015. A third location opened in Barcelona later in 2008, and a fourth popped up in LA in 2010, but all have since closed.
3OH!3 released “Don’t Trust Me”
3OH!3 had one self-titled record they self-released in 2007 under their belt before signing to Photo Finish Records. They dropped the first single, “Don’t Trust Me,” from their forthcoming label debut in June 2008. A month later, Want was released, and they set out on Warped Tour in support of it. The single gained major traction and became radio gold, peaking at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and later hitting triple platinum RIAA status in 2011.
Katy Perry crowdsurfed at Warped Tour
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) May 29, 2015
Before she was among the coveted list of Super Bowl halftime performers and filling arenas across the world, Katy Perry was sweating it out on Warped Tour with the best of them. Perry embarked on the 2008 leg in support of her first full-length, One Of The Boys, under her current moniker (following a self-titled contemporary Christian debut under given name Katy Hudson). Perry tweeted a memory of the tour two summers ago, revealing a famous stage dive caused her to lose a shoe. That Warped stage dive wasn’t the first for Perry, who used the move in support of then boyfriend and Relient K frontman Matt Thiessen back on a 2005 stop of the tour.
Mayday Parade recruited other frontmen for Warped date
Mayday Parade headed out on Warped 2008 in support of their full-length debut A Lesson In Romantics. While on the tour, frontman Derek Sanders’ brother was slated to get married. Instead of skipping the Marysville, California stop due to being down a frontman, the band tapped other vocalists on the tour to fill in including All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth, Pierce The Veil’s Vic Fuentes, We The Kings’ Travis Clark and the Audition’s Danny Stevens.