PlayStation®2 Sponsors Vans Warped Tour for Ninth Consecutive Year

PlayStation 2 Presents 'Be a Warped Tour Roadie,' Giving Fans Across The Country the Chance to Go Behind the Scenes in Vans Warped Tour 2003


Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today its sponsorship of the ninth annual Vans Warped Tour 2003, set to kick-off this summer in Boise, Idaho on June 19, and commence in Asbury Park, New Jersey on August 10. Sony Computer Entertainment America has sponsored the Vans Warped Tour since its inception, and continues to bring the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment experience to Vans Warped Tour fans across the country. This year, consumers can sample the latest PlayStation 2 software titles such as Primal™, Downhill Domination™, and MLB™ 2004 at the PlayStation 2 tent, and have the opportunity to win a coveted place as a roadie in the "Be A Warped Tour Roadie" promotion.

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Vans Warped Tour fans can live out their dreams of joining their favorite bands on tour in the PlayStation 2 "Be A Warped Tour Roadie" radio promotion, which will run in select markets on the tour's schedule as it crosses the country. Winners will travel to selected cities where they will be escorted to the official tour bus, and provided with credentials and a schedule for an exciting four-day, behind-the-scenes adventure. Winners will experience first-hand what it takes to put together a successful tour, working in areas such as production, tickets, catering, and the PlayStation 2 tent. On their last day as a Warped Tour Roadie, winners will be rewarded with an all access pass to the festival.

"The PlayStation 2 experience immerses consumers into a complete visual and audio fantasy world, where we continually expand the role music plays in the videogames we create," said Sharon Shapiro, director, promotions, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "We recognize that music is a big part of our fan's lives, and the "Be a Warped Tour Roadie" promotion gives them the opportunity to experience the tour and PlayStation 2 on a whole new level."

Known as America's longest-running touring festival, the Vans Warped Tour 2003 line-up includes: Rancid, AFI, Pennywise, Less than Jake, Face to Face, Andrew W.K., The Ataris and a host of other bands. In addition, the tour features top action sports athletes who will perform their tricks on-site in Moto X, Skateboarding, freestyle BMX, street skating and bike trials. For more information about the Vans Warped Tour, visit

  Tour dates are as follows:*

   Date           City                     Venue
   Thu  6/19      Boise, ID                Idaho Center Amphitheater
   Fri  6/20      Bozeman, MT              Gallatin County Fairgrounds
   Sat  6/21      Salt Lake City, UT       Utah St. Fairgrounds
   Sun  6/22      Denver, CO               Invesco Field
   Mon  6/23      Wichita, KS              Wichita Greyhound Park
   Tue  6/24      Kansas City, KS          Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Lot
   Wed  6/25      St. Louis, MO            UMB Bank Pavilion
   Thu  6/26      Cincinnati, OH           Riverbend Music Center
   Fri  6/27      Indianapolis, IN         Verizon Wireless Music Center
   Sat  6/28      Minneapolis, MN          Float-Rite Amphitheater
   Sun  6/29      Chicago, IL              Tweeter Center
   Wed  7/2       Calgary, AB              Race City Speedway
   Fri  7/4       Vancouver, BC            Thunderbird Stadium
   Sat  7/5       Seattle, WA              Gorge Amphitheater Lot
   Sun  7/6       Portland, OR             Columbia Meadows
   Tue  7/8       Pomona, CA               Pomona Fairplex
   Wed  7/9       Ventura, CA              Seaside Park
   Thu  7/10      San Diego, CA            Coors Amphitheatre Lot
   Fri  7/11      Long Beach, CA           CSULB
   Sat  7/12      San Francisco, CA        Pier 30/32
   Sun  7/13      Sacramento, CA           Sleep Train Amphitheater
   Tue  7/15      Phoenix, AZ              Peoria Sports Complex
                                           (night show)
   Wed  7/16      Albuquerque, NM          N.M.S.U. Practice Field
   Fri  7/18      San Antonio, TX          Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
   Sat  7/19      Dallas, TX               Smirnoff Music Center Lot
   Sun  7/20      Houston, TX              Reliant Center
   Wed  7/23      Atlanta, GA              Hi Fi Buys Amphitheatre
   Thu  7/24      Orlando, FL              Central Florida Fairgrounds
   Fri  7/25      St. Petersburg, FL       Vinoy Park
   Sat  7/26      Miami, FL                Pompano Beach Amphitheatre Lot
   Sun  7/27      Jacksonville, FL         Jacksonville Raceways
   Mon  7/28      Charlotte, NC            Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Lot
   Tue  7/29      Virginia Beach, VA       Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Lot
   Wed  7/30      Washington, DC           Nissan Pavilion Lot
   Thu  7/31      Boston, MA               Brockton Fairgrounds
   Fri  8/1       Montreal, QB             Parc Jean Drapeau
   Sat  8/2       Toronto, ONT             Molson Park
   Sun  8/3       Detroit, MI              Pontiac Silverdome
   Mon  8/4       Milwaukee, WI            Marcus Amphitheatre
   Tue  8/5       Cleveland, OH            Tower City Amphitheatre Lot
   Wed  8/6       Pittsburgh, PA           Post Gazette Pavilion
   Thu  8/7       Buffalo, NY              Darien Lakes PAC
   Fri  8/8       Philadelphia, PA         Tweeter Center (Waterfront)
   Sat  8/9       New York City, NY        Randall's Island
   Sun  8/10      Asbury Park, NJ          Asbury Park Lot

  *All dates subject to change

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Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one™ game console, and the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. The PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system is set to revolutionize the home entertainment market, offering the most compelling interactive content and the capability to be used as a network terminal in the coming broadband era. Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one game console and the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif. Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

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