The Valley didn't just welcome the 2006 Vans Warped Tour to Phoenix Tuesday; it took the annual punk rock music festival over.
Nearly 15 percent of the 86 bands hitting the stage at Cricket Pavilion were from the Valley — including E.V. bands Bless the Fall, The Stiletto Formal, Lydia and For the Record.
Tempe's Greeley Estates even headlined the Jack-in-the-Box stage, following the highly anticipated performance of early '80s punk queen Joan Jett (and The Blackhearts).
"I can't wait to see Joan Jett, she's like an idol of mine," said Leah Jung, 24 of Chandler. "I'm pretty sure I've been a fan on hers since I was 2."
When Jett hit the stage, however, the 500 people in front of her were confronted by the tired Blackhearts.
"It just looked like they didn't want to be there," Jung said.
That didn't stop the crowd (and those milling around the shopping area) from singing along to "I Love Rock 'n' Roll."
The Warped Tour lineup is determined at each stop by random selection, meaning the biggest band could be playing first.
"Helmet was good to see. I saw them years ago back at the Mason Jar with, maybe, 20 people," said Anthony Chamberlain, 36, of Mesa.
Chamberlain took part in one of a slew of meet-and-greets with bands. He even got a photo snapped with the members of Helmet with his digital camera.
The point of the festival was to see several great bands in one day, but there were some favorites. Chamberlain said he was impressed by The Germs, Valley boys Scary Kids Scaring Kids and Aiden.
"Senses Fail pretty much dominated Warped," said John Chavez, 23, of Phoenix.
This year was no different from any other in terms of the Warped Tour's main problem: It's hot in the Valley during July.
"It's this way every year. Everyone is sweating. Everyone feels disgusting," said Jung of the 103-degree heat.
Warped Tour featured nine stages. To fit the whole tour at Cricket, seven stages were placed in the east parking lot. While this gave more room, it offered little shade.
"The asphalt makes it so much hotter to be out here. It was much better last year out at Peoria (Sports Complex) on the fields," Chamberlain said.
Not everyone was complaining about the heat, though.
"It's survivable heat. It's not like there isn't water and beer and, if you look for it, shade," said Chavez.
He must have been right. If he wasn't,there surely wouldn't have been 1,500 people standing on the asphalt at one stage at 3:30 p.m. to watch NOFX sing about a "Hot Dog in a Hallway" or 400 sweaty punk fans waiting in line to have Rise Against sign a poster.
Yes, it was hot, but it always is. The bands gave 110 percent, despite it being almost the same temperature-wise.