For those not in California, or who otherwise didn’t make it out to Weenie Roast this year, don’t worry, you can stay to date on everything that went down! We’ve got band interviews, photos and more in the live blog!
Update: Who was the surprise guest?!
10:19: Already ecstatic from the Foos, the crowd flipped once that familiar Chester screech blared through the speakers for “Papercut.” Can you say “Foo Fighters who?” It’s all about Linkin Park right now!
8:59: SURPRISE!! The Foos are here! The Foos are here!! It’s Dave Grohl and crew of the Foo Fighters live in the flesh taking the stage for a surprise performance to hundreds of screaming fans!
8:22: I think everyone in the vendor area sprinted to their seats once Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes strummed the intro to “12:51.” Everyone was out of their seats dancing the entire set, and the band didn’t even miss a beat despite a “dying mic.”
The energy stayed high for the stage turn to reveal Rise Against, who always deliver a high-kicking (literally…seriously, how does Zach Blair kick that high?) show!
7:30: [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Strokes[/lastfm] are running a tad behind schedule (unless Julian Casablancas’ voice suddenly sounds like Axl Rose), but I’m still shaking from Bad Religion’s set to even care.
There’s just something about seeing these hometown heroes live, no matter how many times you see them in a huge venue or tiny little club, that is so exciting and different each time. Bad Religion still rules L.A. after all these years.
6:29: A Day To Remember kicked it up a notch with their heavy breakdowns and played a little beach volleyball with the crowd during their set.
Matt Shultz from Cage The Elephant can’t be tamed and threw one hell of a show of his own. The dude even leaped into the pit and got wild with the fans! He has the most insane amount of energy I’ve ever seen, damn they put on a great show.
5:54: Face To Face just kicked off the main stage performances and rocked the crowd with their punk hits “Disconnected” and dedicated “It’s Not All About You” to our very own Stryker!
5:13: Counting down the minutes until the main stage acts start and killing some time backstage before [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Face To Face[/lastfm] start. You never know who you’ll run into back there while watching Kat Corbett broadcast live, like the drummer from [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]A Day To Remember[/lastfm], Tim Armstrong from [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Rancid[/lastfm], Tony Kanal from [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]No Doubt[/lastfm], the guys of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bad Religion[/lastfm] and Hayley Williams from [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Paramore[/lastfm]!
Oh, and make sure you check out Jed the Fish’s interview with Foster The People:
4:30: Check out Kevin and Bean’s interview with Airborne Toxic Event!
4:09: Foster The People showed the crowd a good time and got the entire sun-baked (and possibly half-baked) crowd to throw their hands in the air and sing along to their mega-hit “Pumped Up Kicks.”
But what’s this…Lykke Li‘s a no-show? To much of the crowd’s disappointment, the Swedish indie singer got sick last-minute and had to cancel, but fortunately Airborne Toxic Event picked up the slack for an incredible show that’s the highlight of Weenie Roast so far.
There were so many good parts it’s impossible to pick a favorite, but their high-energy set included stage dives, lead singer Mikel Jollett walking into the crowd, a cover of “I Fought The Law” and some much appreciated freebie Gatorade and water thrown into the sea of dehydrated fans. Needless to say, The Bud Light Stage 2 is on fire.
2:40: Irvine natives [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Young The Giant[/lastfm] just pumped up the crowd with their feel-good rock that had all the fedora-wearing alt-girls swoon and sway to their energizing music. Lead singer Sameer Gadhia had the first party foul of the day, spilling his beer on stage…and it’s only 2:40.
Now we’re heading back to crowd with all the other kids with the pumped up kicks for our L.A. boys [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Foster the People[/lastfm]!
1:30: The doors have finally opened and the hardcore fans are already staking out their place out in front of Bud Light stage 2 for [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Young The Giant[/lastfm] to start!
We’re just as excited for the show to start as you, and it’s never too early to arrive for a jam-packed day of shows from the best rock bands around! The “twitterverse” is already blowing up about @KROQ‘s Weenie Roast…let’s do this.
12:00: The crews are working hard with last-minute preparations for Weenie Roast 2011. We’re sitting here listening to some of the bands sound checking, and damn does it sound amazing!