The sixth annual KROQ Weenie Roast, at sun-drenched Irvine Meadows, boasted all the usual radio festival elements: station overhype, fistfights among the bands, bonfires in the lawn section, unfounded rumors of special guests and even some good music. These sorts of shows are never as strong musically as they should be, but this Weenie lineup boasted a few strong moments.
This includes the Wallflowers’ polished late-afternoon set that included a couple of songs you normally wouldn’t expect to hear on KROQ: David Bowie’s “Heroes” (from the “Godzilla” album on Epic/Sony Music Soundtrax) and the Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again”; impressive second-stage efforts from L.A. multiculturalists Ozomatli and dynamic hard-rockers Deftones; and a confident turn from promising newcomers Harvey Danger (of “Flagpole Sitta” fame).
Many of the bands that played on the main stage are enjoying lots of airplay from the sponsoring, Burbank-based radio station, but in this quick-turnaround, rotating-stage environment, many of these groups, like Creed, Marcy Playground, Fastball and Blink-182, were exposed for the one hit wonders that they are.
Many in the backstage area were convinced that either Red Hot Chili Peppers or the Smashing Pumpkins would make an unannounced appearance, but neither did, leaving Billy Idol’s spot with Third Eye Blind on their “Graduate” as the only surprise of the day.
Back at the second stage, Las Vegas electronic duo Crystal Method put the cap on the long show just before midnight with a mind-tripping assortment of beats and sounds, but for most, it was background music for the long walk back to the Amphitheatre’s parking lot.