KROQ has long been the Southern California radio station where many great alternative rockers got their first big commercial radio push. Each year, the station puts on its Weenie Roast, which features many of the hottest up and coming bands.
When you look back to the very first Weenie Roast, which took place in 1993, you start to ask yourself, ‘Where are they all now?’ Just to refresh your memory, that concert featured Terence Trent D’Arby, Dramarama, Gin Blossoms, The Lemonheads, Suede, The Posies, Rocket from the Crypt, Bettie Serveert, Stone Temple Pilots, The The, and X. Wow, brings back some memories, eh?
Over the years, this concert has included some obvious choices, as well as a few surprises. In 1996, Kiss played. Ozzy Osbourne played with Black Sabbath in the year 2000. It’s hard to believe it now, but Jack Johnson was relegated to the side stage in 2002. Motley Crue played the festival in 2005, while Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl made a surprise appearance in 2006. Warren G was there in 2009, although his music certainly doesn’t get regular play on KROQ. Last year, The Black Keys headlined, while Stone Temple Pilots introduced its new lead vocalist, Chester Bennington (of Linkin Park).
The 2014 lineup is a little bit old, a little bit new. Longtime KROQ staple, Beck, will be there, but the most of the participants are relatively new. A few exceptions are Fall Out Boy and, perhaps, Foster The People. However, newbies include The Neighborhood, Bastille, Fitz And The Tantrums, Capital Cities, Phantogram, The 1975, American Authors, Kongos, Bleachers, and Cherub.
It’s important to keep in mind that shows like KROQ’s Weenie Roast are a lot like visits to the Hometown Buffet. You won’t get a full meal from any musical dish. Instead, you’ll come away with a nice, short sampling. This means that you’ll have a chance to see many of these more established acts perform their hits, but little else. If you want to get the full picture of any particular one, you need to see them in a full concert of their own.
With that said, there are some acts in particular you won’t want to miss. Capital Cities, who had the big hit with “Safe and Sound”, are known to throw in a few fun cover versions. Also, it will be curious to see which Beck shows up. Will it be the more subdued Beck of his album "Morning Phase", or will it be the funky white boy with two turntables and a microphone? Who knows? Maybe you need to make plans to go and find out.