"The Fabulous Rudies have been picked up to play the entire 2007 Vans Warped Tour," says singer Tom Voris. "We were the second band announced, right after Bad Religion, and we're already getting label and management offers from it....
"They're not making us pay to play; we actually get a paycheck, and we get to keep the proceeds from anything we sell on the tour." The group will also be the tour's official "BBQ band," playing after-show cookouts each day for the workers and other performers.
The Fabulous Rudies formed around ten years ago, when Voris taught history at San Marcos High School.
"They were having a music festival in the gym, so I put together a group with some teenage students," he says. "Three of the current eight members remain from that original student lineup; they're all in their 20s now."
Voris now teaches economics and history full-time at Oceanside's El Camino High School.
"The kids say, 'I can't believe a teacher is going on the Warped Tour.... A lot of them have bands of their own and ask for advice and for hookups.... When I first saw Jack Black in School of Rock, I said to myself, 'Man, that's my life up there on the screen.' "
The Fabulous Rudies appear February 10 at Soma.