There is never a dull moment at a KROQ event. The Los Angeles based radio station has made their mark by declaring the beginning of summer with their annual Weenie Roast and this year’s lineup, as always, was the go-to place for rock fans to indulge themselves in a healthy dose of nostalgia and also discover their next obsession.
The two major headliners at this year’s Weenie Roast, blink-182 and Panic! At The Disco, showed absolutely no signs of fatigue. P!ATD frontman Brendon Urie, unleashed an unprecedented amount of energy and vocal chops that further cemented that he is simply not fucking around. Urie is playful for sure, but his ability to maintain his level enthusiasm without faltering vocal wise is impressive and the perfect segue into blink-182’s set. Both legacy acts also displayed no signs of annoyance or frustration of their massive past catalogue; in fact, it was embraced. Which sounds like a small feat but in an age where both new and old acts are chasing the next trend and revolutionary, viral sound, it’s reassuring that two major bands still love their music as much as we do.
Weenie Roast is also known for championing new acts. The star of the show was easily Bishop Briggs, who is fresh off the release of her debut album Church Of Scars. It’s hard to find someone so genuinely happy and grateful to be on stage. And on top of that, blow everyone away with a unique and powerful voice.
While pop and hip hop may dominate the music sphere at the moment, KROQ events like Weenie Roast further disprove the idea that rock and roll is remotely dead. There is nothing like starting off the summer at a rock show and no one puts on a better one whoever KROQ decides to put on the bill.