Sunday, May 17, 2009

KROQ Weenie Roast 2009

I felt like this concert was made just for me.
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We got there at about 4 p.m. to avoid all the crap bands.

The Airborne Toxic Event and Silversun Pickups rocked hard. Loved them both. It's too bad the crowd didn't really appreciate them as much as they deserved. You can see my videos of them here.

Notwithstanding my overwhelming disappointment with my favorite band in October 2008, the main reason I went to the concert was for these guys, decked out in Snuggies (sorry, insomniac).
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And this time I was not at all disappointed. In fact, I was beyond excited. Elated. Thrilled. Ecstatic. Overjoyed.


Rivers Cuomo sang every single song! Like he's supposed to! The band was light and happy and goofy perfection -- the antithesis of our October 2008 debacle.

You can see my boatload of vids on Flickr, but I'm going to post two here that you absolutely must watch.

MGMT's "Kids"...Weezer-style!

Rivers Cuomo channels his inner Lady Gaga! Best "Poker Face" ever!

Go here for a much closer and complete version of both -- it was a live mash-up!

I am such a sucker. I am so in love with my band. Again.

We'll see how long it takes for them to disappoint me. Again.

I felt really bad for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. They had to go on after Weezer absolutely killed it. In a matter of seconds, the enormous audience that had just been bouncing up and down for the nerd rock extraordinaires dispersed -- to get more food, to guzzle more beer, to buy some merch. Whatever their reasons were, they missed a powerful performance.

I mean, how can you not love freaky-cool Karen O?
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If you don't have the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' new album yet, go get it! Such great stuff! Karen O's voice is like no other. "Zero" is one of my fave songs of 2009.

Jimmy Eat World came on after the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I adore them, but I had to use the restroom at *some* point, and I'd just seen their Clarity tour in March. There are no breaks during the Weenie Roast, as the stage simply revolves to reveal the next band immediately. When I got back to our seats, Mr. Monkey presented me with a gyro. I noshed as Jimmy sang "The Middle" and "Sweetness." I "whoa-ed" with my mouth full.

Kings of Leon was a crowd-pleaser. A couple of super short clips:

Sex on Fire

Use Somebody

Like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Rancid had the challenge of playing right after a very popular group. The crowds scattered again. They skipped something really special. Rancid is the definition of rad. I was over the moon because they rocked so many of my beloved tracks from ...And Out Come the Wolves, which I played non-stop my sophomore year of college.

Roots Radical

Olympia, WA

Time Bomb

Ruby Soho

We jumped around like crazy people...even though no one else around us was. It's Rancid, people! Rancid! Get up!

And then there was DJ AM and Travis Barker. I-N-S-A-N-E! Incredible!
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If you don't get the set-up, DJ AM spun all sorts of tracks -- from John Lennon's "Imagine" to Bell Biv Devoe's "Poison" to The Mamas & the Papas' "California Dreamin'" to Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name" to Daft Punk's "One More Time" to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" -- while Travis Barker tore up the drums accompanying each song.
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Crazy! I danced for 50 minutes straight! Soooooo fun!

The best part of their set? A surprise appearance by Warren G!


For all of my pics and vids from the day, go here.


  1. what an awesome lineup! boo to kings of leon (not really a fan). love the weezer covers, karen o photos, and warren g. awesome.

  2. This was awesome! Great pics and video!

  3. I am so, so jealous of you! What a great group of bands.

    Glad you are happy with Weezer again... hoping that they hit Saint Paul with Blink-182 in August.

    Would love to see DJ AM and Travis, but I don't think those two will be in the upper Midwest, ever. Will have to settle for Travis at the Blink show.

  4. Wheeeee! Looks / sounds like so much fun! You are one lucky monkey.

  5. Ohhhh the memories. I don't think I've been to the Weenie Roast since high school. We used to spend the entire summer at that amphitheater.

  6. that line-up was right up your alley! glad to hear your fav band didn't disappoint you again.

  7. love the recap. it was as if i was there. I love the band Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Have been listening to their album nonstop.

    Glad to hear that you love your Weezer back.

    I'm going to slowly go through your videos today. Yay.

  8. Am pleased to hear that Weez didn't disappoint! Did they play any Pinkerton tracks? I always want them to play Across the Sea but they never do. Punks!

    Rancid and Warren G? HELLZ YEAH!!

  9. Sounds like you had a great time! I'm super jealous.

  10. WOW! That sounds great! And I love the revolving stage thing!

  11. I could DIE for missing Weezer alone, my favorite band. Not a fan of their tracks sung by other than Cuomo as well, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Red Album and their set (and covers) sounded like it was great. Thanks for posting!

  12. I love it when your favorite band woos you back after you've been set up for disappointment. It makes the world a perfect place for a brief day or two.

  13. That sounds like an awesome show! And it got me really pumped for Lollapalooza in August! I just wish Weezer would be there.

  14. Rock on! Always love your write ups of events. Definitely feel like I was there!

  15. I would love to see DJ AM and Travis Barker's show. Although now that Blink is back together and going on tour, I wonder what's going to happen to it?

  16. Man, I'm so sad I missed this. Sounds like such a good time! Plus, I super puffy heart Warren G.

  17. Fun! Looks like an awesome show!

  18. okay that sounds like an awesome concert. especially the dj am/travis barker match up. so much fun!

  19. This is the first year in a long time I missed the Weenie Roast, and you almost make me sad that I missed it to spend time with my aunt. But I love my aunt and it was her birthday, so I know I made the right choice! Glad you had fun!

  20. UGH. I am so bummed I missed this. It was such a perfect lineup. :-( I'm glad you had fun, though...and that Weezer redeemed themselves for you!

  21. I didn't even know you were on a mission to find Mr. Warren G!

  22. What a great lineup! I'm bummed I missed it.

  23. I'm glad you had so much fun! And especially that Weezer redeemed themselves from their crap performance last time.

  24. Snuggies... *shakes fist*
    Sounds like a concert even I would have been happy at. lol

  25. our taste in music is SO different :)

    but i would've dug the DJ AM/travis barker set, as well as the warren g appearance.

    and i'm glad you love your band again.

  26. NICE! i was blasting the youtube video of Weezer rocking out to 'Kids' after seeing it on perezhilton, but this version is much better!!!

    i still love Karen O, can't wait to see Where the Wild things are

  27. Damn, I'm jealous! Airborne Toxic Event & Kings of Leon have both recently been added to my mental list of favorite bands. Add to that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Weezer, and yowza. I would have imploded, I think.

  28. I've never heard of the Weenie Roast! I would have loved to see AM and TB - that set sounds like it was phenomenal!

  29. They talked about Weezer's performance on KROQ and I totally thought of you. I'm glad you were so pleased with it and they redeemed themselves.

    The DJ AM/Travis Barker set sounds just ridiculously amazing.


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