The annual KROQ Weenie Roast is a star-studded affair...
The stars turned out in southern CALIFORNIA last night (June 12) as THE STROKES, BEASTIE BOYS, THE HIVES and THE KILLERS headlined LOS ANGELES radio station KROQ’s annual WEENIE ROAST festival.
Actor James Spader, Drew Barrymore and comedian Will Ferrell joined the 16,000 strong, sold out crowd to catch special performances from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Hoobastank, New Found Glory, Cypress Hill and Velvet Revolver over the evening.
The Killers, who release their debut LP ‘Hot Fuss’ in the US on Tuesday (June 15), hit the Main Stage first. The group noted the heat, but managed to keep the arena, at half capacity, dancing with songs including singles ‘Mr Brightside’ and ‘Somebody Told Me’.
The band told NME.COM they played the event – the third festival performance of their career, in part to thank the radio station, but said the line up swayed them into joining so quickly.
“With the bill and everything we would want to do it even if it wasn’t to thank the radio station,” bassist Mark Stoermer said.
This year’s line up was also a big draw for The Hives, who came to play a number of tracks from their forthcoming new album.
“It’s cool,” frontman Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist said of the event. “There’s good bands that we want to see too. I want to see The Strokes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I want to know what that Velvet Revolver thing is all about.”
The Weenie Roast proved a good measure of the growing popularity of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who thrilled patrons that recently learned of the band thanks to single ‘Maps’, which is in high rotation (Number 4) on the playlist at KROQ and many likeminded stations around the country.
“[‘Maps’ has] affected touring,” singer Karen O told NME.COM. “[There’s] such a huge overwhelming demand for us in the US. It seems like a lot of people are starting to catch on to us here.”
Backstage, the performers mingled with each other – NME.COM catching headliners The Strokes meeting Velvet Revolver’s Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum.
The Strokes later closed out the evening’s event with a headlining set. The New York five-piece last played the event two years ago in the same slot The Killers had this time, and were cut off from finishing their last song due to time restraints. Last night though they made it all the way through their set, performing hits including ’12:51′ and concluding with ‘Take It Or Leave It’. Frontman Julian Casablancas rolled off the stage on the last song and into the crowd, complaining a crowd member had taken his necklace.
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The Strokes return to Britain on August 21 & 22 for the V Festival.