And we’re back: with Night Two of KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas. Still flowing on last night’s buzz, I was fully pumped for tonight’s music as I made my way down to the pit; and with more people showing up early, you know they were feeling the same.
Night two opened up with The Head And The Heart, an indie folk band from Seattle, Washington. As the lights dimmed, THATH took the stage and eased us all into the night.
That girl Bishop Briggs has something, man, I mean her voice totally blew me away. I had no idea what to expect from her but what came out of that girl’s mouth was amazing. Thank you!
I’ve been wanting to see Phantogram for a long time and KROQ made my wish come true. Sarah Barthel’s honey voice dripped through song after song and Josh Carter’s complimented hers very well; I couldn’t get enough (not to mention that lady has style-her outfit and hair were on point).
I’I really didn’t know what to expect from Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness. I’ve never listened to them but was pleasantly surprised when I saw how much energy Andrew and his band had.
Bastille was super fun. Dan Smith was all over the stage, on every platform dancing around, the rest of the guys were as well. Dan even sang as he walked through the crowd in the pit area.
I remember seeing Weezer at KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas in 1999. Somehow I was lucky enough to get backstage and meet Rivers Cuomo, he came out after the show and was nice enough to sign a shy girls show flyer; thank you so much for that. Their set this night was even better than I remember back in 1999, they’ve still got it going on.
Then a thing happened. A legend graced the stage; he said it was his first time ever playing The Forum. Not only did Beck bring the energy and music but he can dance. This man has created some of our favorite music to date and still keeps going. I got two turn tables and a microphone.
Then another thing happened! Ted Stryker brought out Adrian Young and Tony Kanal of No Doubt to announce Green Day (also lucky enough to meet Tony backstage at KROQ XMAS ’99). Then with a guttural roar, Adrian introduces Green Day and the boys take the stage. It’s a strange thing to see so many of the same bands in one place AGAIN; Billie Joe was another guy who was kind enough to sign my flyer at KROQ XMAS ’99 even though I didn’t have my own pen. I was sort of fangirling all night, I’ll admit it (who wouldn’t be at this point). It was sort of like reliving 1999 but way better.