KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night Two - Gibson Amphitheatre - December 9, 2012

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KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night Two
Gibson Amphitheatre
December 9,2012

Gwen Stefani's appearance at the first night of KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas made for a memorable evening. The rumors had circulated early in the evening that those in attendance would be treated to a surprise set from No Doubt. The line-up for this evening was already stacked and a No Doubt appearance on top of it would probably bring down the house. It was no wonder that the Gibson Amphitheatre was almost full at the start time of 5 p.m.

See Also:
*KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night One 2012 - Gibson Amphitheatre - Review
*KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night One 2011 - Gibson Amphitheatre - Review
*KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night Two 2011 - Gibson Amphitheatre - Review

Hailing from Las Vegas, Imagine Dragons whipped through a set that literally left lead singer Dan Reynolds exasperated. The crowd responded well to their Killers on steroids sound. "It's Time" garnered the greatest response and you can catch them again at the House of Blues Anaheim on March 20.

British singer Alex Clare was up next mixing soul and dubstep for a croon-filled set. You probably recall his ever present song "Too Close" from the Microsoft commercial. I wonder if he made more money than Grouplove and their commercial with Apple?

Of Monsters and Men were unfortunately given a sack of coal for their set. Some static interference marred the last three songs as you could hear crosstalk from walkie talkies blaring through the monitors. Gentle songs such as "Lakehouse," "Little Talks" and "Six Weeks" were pretty much ruined but the crowd enthusiastically cheered them for their perseverance. Hopefully they will another chance at the KROQ Weenie Roast next year.

Having recently opened a pair of nights for No Doubt, Grouplove were in top form and have nicely climbed the billing of Acoustic Christmas compared to their slot from last year. "Spun," "Itchin' On A Photograph" and the iPod commercial song "Tongue Tied" had the crowd dancing in the aisles.

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Did you know Passion Pit is going to headline the Madison Square Garden? Yes, they are that big. Michael Angelakos and his falsetto and plenty of sugary synthesizers helped propel such songs as "Take A Walk," "Sleepyhead" and "Little Secrets." It seemed like their set went by in minutes.



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