KROQ Weenie Roast 2013 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - May 18, 2013

Andrew Youssef / OC Weekly
The Black Keys

KROQ Weenie Roast 2013
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
May 18, 2013

The lineup for KROQ's Weenie Roast provides a good time capsule of what is currently popular on terrestrial radio, including a number of bands who played Coachella this year and a host of newer, up-and-coming bands who could potentially make the jump to the main stage in the future.

Topping this eclectic assortment of bands were the Black Keys. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have been touring tirelessly and are at the point at which their most recent album, El Camino, seems pretty old. But having played KROQ Acoustic Christmas, Coachella and the Honda Center, the Black Keys proved more than capable headliners as they blitzed through such hits as "Tighten Up," "Gold On the Ceiling" and "Howlin' for You." Auerbach still has one of the fuzziest live guitar tones in the business, and the bespectacled, drum-bashing Carney rocked with razor-sharp precision.

While older folks such as me remember Jared Leto as Jordan Catelano from My So-Called Life, Leto is known to most people as the lead singer and guitarist for 30 Seconds to Mars. They are gearing up for the release of their new album, Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams. Leto worked the KROQ audience the moment he popped up in the middle of the crowd for "The Kill (Bury Me)." Fans ate up every moment, as their show climaxed with blasts of confetti and an all-out stage invasion to end their set.

When it comes to surprises, KROQ outdid themselves this year by rolling out Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington from Linkin Park on vocal duties, leaving Scott Weiland at home listening to his awful Christmas album. Coming out blazing with "Vasoline," it was still puzzling to see Bennington up there. Halfway through their second song, "Big Bang Baby," I was sold. Bennington can easily nail all the notes that Weiland missed last time I saw Stone Temple Pilots at Epicenter in 2012. While the Deleo brothers missed the mark when they formed Army of Anyone with Richard Patrick, the smiles on their faces at this show were well-warranted, as they hit the mark with Bennington.

Andrew Youssef / OC Weekly
Vampire Weekend

Another sign the radio landscape has changed was the rousing response Vampire Weekend received. Fresh off their Coachella appearance and the release of their new album, Modern Vampires of the City, Ezra Koenig and company whipped through a 10-song set with the highlights being "A-Punk," "Ya Hey" and "Oxford Comma." They will be back to headline the Hollywood Bowl in September.

The crowd didn't really start to stand up until Of Monsters and Men hit the stage. They definitely have grown leaps and bounds from being a band that was the second opener last year to a main-stage slot above Silversun Pickups and Jimmy Eat World. They seem to have usurped the popularity of Sigur Ros in terms of bands coming from Iceland.

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