Got a busy life? Didn’t have time watch the entire show? Thanks to Derek Horner at Mirino we’re bringing you every band on the main stage in two minutes. Take a deep breath and enjoy.
Just when the audience thought the day couldn’t get any better, some oddly familiar guitar strumming was heard from the back side of the stage as slowly rotated Rise Against out of view. Was the band still playing a few notes? No. Was it the beginning of Linkin Park’s upcoming set? Nope.
Hours earlier, The Grohl family ripped their mid-80′s style RV down a dirt road, hiding from the throngs of concert-goers entering Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Dave and his daughter set up shop behind the venue and proceeded to barbecue some dogs waiting for the other members to sneak their way in. When the time was right, they hopped a fence and made a dash for the stage. (At least, that’s the story we’re gonna stick with.)
We cut together a little video to show you exactly what happened.
If you attended Coachella, you probably heard rumors about people sneaking friends backstage in a giant Jansport backpack. Kevin believes it was fake.
Not only do I think that they were really stashing people in backpacks but I’m here to say that this weekend, I did it. Phone-op Chip crawled into a backpack and the rest is history.
- Young the Giant snagging food at catering before the first set of the day.
- Hayley Williams wandering leisurely backstage, taking autographs and talking to KROQ’s Styker.
- Adam Carolla & Miss Double December chilling out by the artist area
- Foster the People hanging with gal pals
- The Strokes getting feisty in their trailer before their set
- Dave Grohl could be seen spending quality family time with his family, and watching the Strokes while holding his ridiculously cute daughter.
My ears were ringing. My neck blistered and burned. Mustard, relish, and beer amalgamated over my pants. All of these ingredients spelled a successful day at the 2011 KROQ Weenie Roast. After reveling in 9+ hours of amazing music with one of the most enthusiastic and downright merry crowds I can remember, I know without a doubt Saturday was a day for the ages.
If you were present at our annual summer gathering, I’m hoping you left in similar conditions as I, and I encourage you to share with us some of your favorite moments from this year’s Weenie Roast on the other side of the page.
While the mood is set impressively with the backyard/summer party vibe, the plentiful booze, the pretty rock girls, and the eclectic showing of interesting vendors, the real magic of Weenie Roast is in the music.
The day kicked off on the Bud Light Stage 2 appropriately with Young the Giant, who conveniently are Irvine locals. While we were bummed that Lykke Li had to cancel due to sickness, the benefit was all other sets on Stage 2 were extended out longer. We jammed in the heat to Foster and the People’s infectious beats and Airborne Toxic Event’s soaring builds. Airborne’s lead singer Mikel Jollett sure knows how to work an audience – throwing out a political rant and then jumping off stage into the crowd with ease.
By the time Neon Trees closed out the side stage, the crowd was sweaty and buzzed – as boisterous, flamboyant lead singer Tyler Glenn who played preacher, sinner, and mo-hawked cheerleader all at one time.
If you didn’t make it out to the show this year, don’t worry, we’ll keep you up to date on everything that goes down here at Weenie Roast with band interviews, photos and more in the live blog!
Update: Who could possibly top a surprise Foo Fighters show?! Luckily Linkin Park doesn’t need any help commanding everyone’s attention back to them.