KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2011 Night 1 – Live Blog
“All these demons, they keep me up all night,” Blink-182 sings while they lay heavy into their guitars, metal-ish riffs, different, but somehow just as musically-comforting as their early happy-go-lucky pop songs. It’s hard to remind oneself that Blink-182 aren’t a young band anymore when they play songs like “The Rock Show” and “What’s My Age Again?”
But when they are headlining KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas and giving props to “younger” bands like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Young The Giant[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Chevelle[/lastfm] (whom they “fell” in love with), it’s clear that Blink-182 are “old” pros. Probably why they dedicated a song to all the “old people.”
But beyond being musically-tight, incredibly comfortable on stage, and hilariously charming, Blink-182 don’t show their age.
Between getting thrown a “36-B” bra onstage, saying said stage reminded them of the “Fibonacci Code,” asking audience members if they are going to “f**k,” and “setting the mood” for some “reverse cowgirl with strobe lights,” Blink-182 played songs like “Feelin’ This,” “Up All Night,” “I Miss You,” “After Midnight,” “First Date,” “All The Small Things,” “Josie,” and “Dumpweed.”
Their rollicking sound, their playful attitudes, their aggressive Christmas tune “Happy Holidays, You Bastard,” and their crude jokes about Travis’ bedroom demeanor (“The way that Travis plays drums is exactly how he f**ks.”) show that Blink really stick to their over a decade-old exclamation of “I never want to act my age. What’s my age again?”
But, “I Guess This Is Growing Up.”
With lyrical entreaties like “I said before/I’ll say it once more/Knew you would make me feel so good/Wanna do you right/Can’t get enough” and ethnic-infused reggae-electro-funk-rap (yes, so many apt descriptors), it’s hard not to be one of those “positive people” that [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Nick Hexum[/lastfm] says [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]311[/lastfm] makes music for.
The fact that many people haven’t seen 311 since their high school days playing hacky sack, going to drum circles, and smoking lots of ganja with friends is unfortunate because 311 is seriously an amazing, talented, wave-of-the-future, hyper-mind-altering sort of band that can truly turn your negative energy “Amber.”
The audience was treated to old (and new) favorites like “Beautiful Disaster,” “All Mixed Up,” “Come Original,” “Amber,” “Happy Slam Dance Song,” “Applied Science,” and “Don’t Stay Home.” Mid-set the group began a funky-tribal percussive set with Japanese taiko drumming.
311 truly taps into the primordial subconscious while expanding the mind as reflected best in their song “Creatures (For A While)” where they encourage you, conscientiously, to “make a mess,” “blow off stress,” “stoke the fire, and be “just creatures for a while.” We are definitely “Down” to get a little crazy.
Nicole got to sit down with Blink-182 in what New Found Glory deemed as “Stryker’s Living Room” and the crimped-out joq asked Mark and Tom what they would be doing if they weren’t in Blink. While Tom talked about being a Urologist and a creepy doctor’s appointment he recently had, Mark said “probably living at my Mom’s house playing video games until 2pm.” He also talked about how the laser from the Honda Civic Tour burned his retina, a laser strong enough that the roadies used to light their cigarettes on it.
Beer Mug was chugging a beer while on camera. Hahahahahahaa. Oh man, we love that dude.
The fact that [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bush[/lastfm]’s [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Gavin Rossdale[/lastfm] took his children to see Social Distortion in their dressing room is telling for how important Social D has been in shaking up the climate of rock ‘n roll, especially in the Los Angeles punk rock scene.[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Mike Ness[/lastfm] elaborated on Social Distortion’s Southern California lifestyle when he told the story behind the appropriately titled “California.”
“This next song is a song about growing up in Southern California,” explained Ness. “Running the streets…all over the motherf**ker…there’s not one alley that we did not drink in…we didn’t drink in no motherf**king bars….we drank behind the bars.”
Ness continued, “Growing up as a punk rocker and eventually turning into a grown a** man, I guess. Hopefully.”
Social Distortion is full of “grown-a**” men who have maintained their raucous, wry energy without skipping a beat, both literally and metaphorically. The band played note-tight versions of their songs “Bad Luck,” “So Far Away,” “Machine Gun Blues,” “Story Of My Life,” and “I Was Wrong.”
Emphasizing the importance of the generations that have grown up on Social Distortion, Ness said dedicated their song “Prison Bound” to his son Julian.
Social Distortion ended their set with a “real Christmas song,” no “Jingle Bells sh*t” which ended up being [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Johnny Cash[/lastfm]’s “Ring Of Fire.” We’re not sure where the Christmas comes into that song, but as Ness said ever so eloquently: “Merry Christmas, Motherf**kers.”
“Loving is what I got,” and by “I,” We mean the quintessential California reggae-funk band, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sublime with Rome[/lastfm]. Soaking the weed-clouded audience with their groovy, lackadaisical reggae-tones, Sublime is one of those bands that typifies the Southern California vibe with songs like “Smoke Two Joints, “ “Garden Grove,” “Date Rape,” “Bad Fish,” and “Santeria.”
Tonight was full of moving moments with Rome’s exclamation of “Rest In Peace, Bradley!,” his statement that “a couple years ago, I moved to this city to be doing this…thank you Bud. Thank you Eric Wilson. And thank you Los Angeles for being such an inspiring place to be,” and the breaking news tonight that this is the last show the band will play together as Bud goes forward on his adventure into fatherhood.
All which really does show that “life is short, so love the one you got.”
It seems a lot of people in the audience got inspired to “take their medicine” by the reggae-tones of Sublime with Rome.
Lookin’ fab girls.
The minute [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Gavin Rossdale[/lastfm] stood onstage, standing seductively in the purple-hazed spotlight during “Glycerine,” shredded t-shirt giving way to sweaty muscles, we guarantee multitudes of young women were texting their friends things like “Remember when I had that poster of Gavin Rossdale in my room in sixth grade? Still crushin’.”
London-formed alternative rock band, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bush[/lastfm], were one of the iconic bands to usher in the grunge era with songs like other songs like “Everything Zen” and “Machinehead.” As KROQ were huge supporters of Bush in their beginning, Rossdale gave a graceful shout-out to Kevin Weatherly, Lisa Worden, Jed the Fish, Kevin & Bean, Stryker and called this show the ultimate hometown show–especially since Rossdale lives “seven minutes away.”
Some of the show highlights include Rossdale jumping into the pit, covered with ladies, and dancing through all of “Afterlife,” doing a sexy snippet of the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Talking Heads[/lastfm]’ “Once In A Lifetime,” covering the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Beatles[/lastfm]’ “Come Together,” and the audience singing a moving thirty-seconds of “Comedown.”
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bush[/lastfm] just did a sexy, sweaty slow jam in the middle of “Everything Zen” and Gavin sang the lyrics to “Once In A Lifetime” by the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Talking Heads[/lastfm]!
Oh, and now he’s in the crowd and his giant muscles are getting fondled by screaming hordes of women.
The hard-rocking [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Chevelle[/lastfm] definitely made a statement–by ostensibly crashing this computer when their huge sound made it vibrate off the ledge and crash to the floor. It was almost like a sign from the rock gods to stop typing and start paying attention.
Which we did and found an audience totally enthralled with this band that had once played Acoustic Christmas six years ago. The band played both older and new songs like “The Jars,” “Send The Pain Below” “The Red,” and “I Get It.”
Literate, quirky indie rock band from Irvine, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Young the Giant[/lastfm], showed off their giant sound on the “harder” night of KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas. A lot of people wondered why such a decidedly indie band was playing such driving night, but Young The Giant showed them why with their deliriously lush wall of sound.
With tambourine in hand, Sameer led his talented band through favorites like “Apartment, “ “Guns Out,” “Shake My Hand,” “Cough Syrup,” “Streetwalker,” and “My Body.” Lead singer Sameer wouldn’t let the audience get away with acting “indie,” calling out the audience members sitting in their seats with their “arms crossed” and emphasizing that this is a “rock concert” at which [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Blink-182[/lastfm] is going to play.
Take notes, kids. Young the Giant can hold their own among rock and punk giants with their newly-minted, albeit huge sound.
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Chevelle[/lastfm] is making my laptop vibrate so hard I can barely type..fsdjfkldj…
Our heroes who spontaneously saved the day when [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rome[/lastfm] called in and offered to fill-in for the unfortunately sick[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Incubus[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sublime with Rome[/lastfm], just said in their interview outside that THIS IS THEIR LAST SHOW TOGETHER because drummer, Bud Gaugh, is having a kid.
WHAT? Say it isn’t so. This is a pretty epic show for goodbyes. But still.
Rudy a/k/a Psycho Mike sure picked a good time to crash the party.
Damn, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Young The Giant[/lastfm] is so effin’ amazing. Give it up to the local boys.
Explosive, entertaining, engaging: [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]New Found Glory [/lastfm]was the perfect jolt of pop-punk energy to wake up the dreamy, sleepy crowd wandering into the wintertime wonderland that is Acoustic Christmas.
Even though we were supposed to be intently live blogging, it was impossible not to “get up” and “jump” around when the Florida-bred boys commanded us to “jump” and “get up” while playing their high-energy tunes like “All Downhill From Here,” “Radiosurgery,” and “Don’t Let Her Pull Her Down”–which has a video featuring KROQ’s own Stryker.
The boys also dedicated their song “Hit Or Miss” to all the “old-school New Found Glory fans that came early to the show,” absolutely tore through an amazing cover of “Blitzkrieg Bop” by their punk rock icons, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Ramones[/lastfm], and even sang a politically-correct version of “Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire” (Hanukkah and Kwanzaa included) with their inflated back-up band, Saxophone Santa and the Ho Ho Ho’s.
Young The Giant looking pretty young and getting pretty giant…career-wise that is. But still humble enough to get some Christmastime joy from taking a jaunt on the Universal Studios Tram.
Back in Santa’s workshop i.e. interview land, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bush[/lastfm] talked about the Bush Bash at Morongo and Daddy Gavin talked about how he brought his adorable progeny (with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Gwen Stefani)[/lastfm] into [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Social Distortion[/lastfm]’s dressing room.
Awww, so many musical generations of awesomeness.
YES, HEY HO HO HO LET’S GO! New Found Glory is ripping through the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ramones[/lastfm] “Blitzkrieg Bop!”
Nevermind, Chad says the backing band is actually called Saxophone Santa and the Ho Ho Ho’s. Why didn’t we think of that?
Right on time, Stryker just announced his buds, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]New Found Glory[/lastfm]. They brought their Christmas back-up band onstage– The Over-Inflated Festive Foursome. To add to the holiday spirit, Jordan is dressed as Santa.
If you had the chance to sit on his lap and ask for a present, what would you ask for? Only if you’re naughty of course.
Ran outside to check out [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Chevelle[/lastfm] interview with Bean, bean the magical…oh, you know. The band talked about their new album and Bean’s favorite song, “Ruse.”
Ruse which could be defined as in the wool Bean would have had to pull over his wife’s eyes in order to not get in trouble for bidding $7000 for a date in New York with We Bought A Zoo starlet, Scarlett Johansson.
[photogallerylink id=149554]So far we’ve seen [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Gavin Rossdale[/lastfm] of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bush[/lastfm] playing with his child and ran into Chad from [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]New Found Glory[/lastfm] backstage whilst he was in the middle of live tweeting! Check back at @kroq and @xchadballx for Twitter updates from the madness.