Rock came to life at 26th annual KROQ Weenie Roast. The roast returned to the StubHub Center in Carson on May 12 and included many up-and-coming artists including Alice Merton, James Bay, Nothing But Thieves and Mt. Joy.
It was refreshing to witness a popular radio station give air time to well deserving small acts. Mt. Joy opened the show at the Bud Light Side Stage. The band has had an amazing year so far, their song “Silver Lining” has been climbing the charts and it was great to see the indie rock-folk genre represented in the lineup. Nothing But Thieves, Alice Merton and James Bay also gave solid and intimate performances at the Bud Light Side Stage.
Having two shows in a day didn’t stop Shinoda stealing the entire show and making Weenie Roast feel extra special. The singer shifted the Bug Light stage towards the middle of the venue and made his performance all about the fans. He songs from his hip-hop solo project Fort Miner and from his latest, Post Traumatic EP. Chills and sorrow filled the venue as he played a somber version of Linkin Park’s “In the End,” letting the audience fill in Chester Bennington’s parts.
After Shinoda's stellar performance, everyone was escorted to the main stage where we got to witness Manchester Orchestra, Bishop Briggs, The War on Drugs, Cold War Kids, AWOLNATION, Dirty Heads, Rise Against, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Panic! At the Disco and Blink 182.
Highlights of the night included the smooth moves of AWOLNation frontman Aaron Bruno, fun reggae vibes of Dirty Heads and headbanging, mosh-pit inducing music of Rise Against.
It was deja-vu as Thirty Seconds to Mars was invited for a second time in a row to KROQ event. The band performed during the station's Almost Acoustic Christmas show. If you went to that show, you didn't miss out on much. Their last-minute addition to the lineup was entertaining but familiar as frontman Jared Leto invited members of the crowd up on stage and was dancing around entertaining the crowd.
One of the most anticipated acts of the night, Panic at the Disco had the entire crowd dancing. Brendon Urie's performance was by far the best highlight of the night. The performers not only sings magnificently live but he's also witty and charismatic. Often bantering with the crowd and talking about getting high since it's now legal. The bands 40 min set included crowd favorite "I Write Sins Not Tragedies," his popular rendition of Queens "Bohemian Rapsody," and new singles "Say Amen (Saturday Night)" and "(Fuck a) Silver Lining"
To close out the night, Blink 182 played all their hits including " What's My Age Again?," and"All the Small Things." The band even sang a cover of The Cure's“Just Like Heaven” and jokingly exclaimed it was an original. It was a fun performance as all the crowd sang along.