Arcade Fire headline KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas
LA gigs see Vampire Weekend, Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys and more perform live
The two-day event took place at the historic Shrine Auditorium after it's former home, Universal Studio’s Gibson Amphitheatre, was torn down this summer to make room for a Harry Potter theme park.
Saturday night (December 7) featured Kings Of Leon, Vampire Weekend, Queens of the Stone Age, AFI, Arctic Monkeys, Cage the Elephant, New Politics, Foals and Grouplove — the only band ever to play the event three years in a row — on a revolving stage that left no delays for set changeovers.
Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme told the crowd: "I don’t know why it’s 'Almost Acoustic Christmas'. There isn't an acoustic guitar within 40 miles of here. It should be called 'Almost Aquatic Christmas' because you're all just swimming in booze."
Sunday night’s line-up included Phoenix, Lorde, The Neighbourhood, Capital Cities, Portugal. The Man, Fitz and the Tantrums, Atlas Genius and Bastille before a decoy band began to play Arcade Fire's 'Rebellion (Lies)'. The real Arcade Fire then appeared as The Reflektors, with frontman Win Butler jumping down from stage to walk the aisles and giving away their tambourines at the end of the set.
Arcade Fire played:
'Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)'
'Joan of Arc'
'Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)'
'Here Comes the Night Time'