Hole, Stone Temple Pilots, Devo Lead Nostalgic Weenie Roast in L.A.
L.A.'s KROQ held its annual Weenie Roast on Saturday, June 5. As is usually the case with the influential station, this year's lineup reflected the current trends in alternative music. What did we learn from the 2010 Weenie Roast? Well, as Courtney Love told Spinner back in December, the '90s are back in vogue. The sold-out show at Irvine's Verizon Amphitheater featured a triple shot of the grunge decade, with Sublime With Rome, Stone Temple Pilots and Hole closing out the day-long fest.
The day began with a side stage anchored by the resurgent Deftones, who had fans sweltering in the SoCal June heat, moshing in front to their thunderous riffs after some early technical difficulties were rectified. Fans also packed the asphalt to hear a strong set from Against Me!, as well as Temper Trap, Passion Pit and others.
The main stage lineup was a tale of two decades, starting off with the current music scene. Silversun Pickups frontman Brian Aubert joked, "We like to think we're closing out the current portion of the show." Actually, that honor went to Paramore, who followed the Dirty Heads. They in turn were followed by Cage The Elephant, Spoon, and a rocking SSPU, who closed their half-hour set with 'Panic Switch,' which ended with a beautiful extended guitar fade/segue into 'Lazy Eye.'
Paramore, playing their first Weenie Roast, delivered a crowd-pleasing set, with an energetic Hayley Williams -- wearing a yellow tank top with "Security" written across it in black ink -- jumping around the stage as they opened with a rocking 'Ignorance.' That