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Twiztid's fortunes rise on final Warped Tour

By Gary Graff
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The last time Twiztid played on the Vans Warped Tour, it did not end well.

The show was 20 years ago in Boston, and the audience of primarily punk rockers did not exactly welcome the Livonia-based rap duo — then recording for Insane Clown Posse’s Psychopathic Records — with open arms.

“We got booed off the stage,” the group’s Paul “Monoxide Child” Methric remembers. “There were, like, 30,000 people there and a couple thousand Juggalos, and as soon as we hit the stage they got swallowed up and these Gatorade bottles full of dirt and all kinds of (stuff) started flying.

“One of us got hit, so, all right, we started doing what we knew how to do — we started punching people in the face.”

Warped founder Kevin Lyman brought Twiztid back for the 24th and final installment of the traveling festival, and Methric reports things are much better this time out.

“Right off the bat we’re seeing all these different bands. That lets us know (the audiences) is open-minded to something that’s out of the norm,” he says. “That’s a strong point for us. Give us the chance and we can rock with anybody. Everybody said, ‘You are the wild card of the tour,’ so they didn’t know how it was gonna go, either, but every day it’s great.”

Methric and partner Jamie “Madrox” Spaniolo are also happy that Twiztid will be associated with Warped’s final run before Lyman packs it in next month.

“Everyone’s having a great time,” Methric says. “It’s like they’re finally getting to see the fruition of everything they’ve built over the last (24) years. You don’t know how important you are till you die, so to speak, and that’s what they’re seeing. They’re seeing this thing really made its mark. A lot of people got their shot here.”

Warped may be going away, but Twiztid will be in full gear with its Attack of the Ninjas Festival, Aug. 24-25 in Indiana, as well as new releases from its Majik Nina Entertainment label and fresh music of its own, which the duo plans to release online. It’s also planning a second Astronomicon pop culture festival for February.

• If You Go: Vans Warped Tour. 11 a.m. Friday, July 20 at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on the Oakland University campus in Rochester Hills. Tickets start at $45. Call 313-471-7000 or visit 313Presents.com.

Web Site: www.313Presents.com

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