In 1994, Warped Tour started out when Lyman, a 3-year Lollapalooza veteran, put a handful of his favorite South California punk and ska bands, including Sublime and No Doubt, on a bus and embarked on tour. Considering cancelling the event for summer 1995, Lyman was approached by the Vans Shoe Company to put together a skating festival. Seeing the obvious connection, Lyman jumped at the chance to incorporate their idea into his Warped Tour, leading to the longest-running annual tour in North America: The Vans Warped Tour. In 1997, the crowd was twice as large as in 1996 due to the fact that bands such as Blink-182 and Social Distortion were there all year long. This continues, which is why it is known as "The Tour That Won't Die". Lyman also included Warped Recycling in recent Warped Tours to help get all the trash left at the shows recycled. The incentive is that the person who brings a number of recyclables to the Unite The United tent can receive free merch items. He also worked with Shelley Lynn (owner of Tada Catering), who is the annual tour caterer, to include EarthWare as the dishware used every day. He also started to use a mix of diesel and bio-diesel in the production buses on the tour. Lyman has openly admitted that the concept of the Warped tour was inspired by Perry Farrell, founder of Lollapalooza. Lyman was also a judge for the 7th, 9th, 10th and 11th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists. In an interview with Punknews.org, Lyman said, "If it was just the “Kevin Lyman Tour”, it’d be Bad Religion, NOFX, Flogging Molly, and the Bouncing Souls all the time."