KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night One - Gibson Amphitheatre - December 8, 2012

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Gavin Rossdale of Bush

KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night One
Gibson Amphitheatre
December 8, 2012

The landscape of modern rock radio has definitely changed over the past few years.This became evident when examining the line-up for the first night of KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas. Historically, the first night has been a mix of hard rock, punk and metal bands. While Linkin Park, Rise Against, and Bush fit into those genres, bands like Two Door Cinema Club, Walk The Moon and The Lumineers fall into more of an alternative genre making it one of the more eclectic first nights of Acoustic Christmas in years.

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Do you remember the band Iglu & Hartly? The remnants of the band have wisely reformed as Youngblood Hawke and have started to make waves which scored them an opening slot at Acoustic Christmas. Powered by their current radio single "We Come Running," Youngblood Hawke did what all bands should do as openers and play their heart out like it was a packed stadium.

Having recently played a headlining gig at the Hollywood Palladium, Two Door Cinema Club impressed with their upbeat dance rock in the same vein as Phoenix playing such familiar radio tunes like "Sleep Alone," "What You Know," and "Something Good Can Work." Shout out to the girl in the black dress dancing to their whole set and singing every word.

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Linkin Park

The overall volume was turned up a notch for the raging call to arms songs of The Gaslight Anthem. Fresh from their tour with Rise Against, The Gaslight Anthem were in prime touring shape knocking out such tunes like "Handwritten" and "Mae". The first guest surprise of the evening was Jakob Dylan who added guitars and vocals on "45." Only later would they be upstaged by another guest artist.

Walk The Moon have had a phenomenal year going from one of the first bands to play the KROQ Weenie Roast to a mid slot at Acoustic Christmas. They have toured tirelessly which recently included a sold out show at the Observatory. Numerous fans were spotted with their faces painted like the band as they worked through "Anna Sun" and "Tightrope."

With bands like Mumford And Sons selling out two nights at the Hollywood Bowl, it isn't surprising to see some bands channelling an Americana sound. The Lumineers have done well with their self-titled debut album and admitted that it was weird to be on the same bill as Linkin Park and Bush. "Ho Hey" and "Stubborn Love" were some of the highlights from their set.

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