KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas

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KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas
Location(s) Los Angeles, California
Years active 1989 - present
Founded by KROQ-FM
Date(s) mid-December
Genre Rock, Metal, Punk, Post-hardcore, Ska
Website KROQ 106.7 - Acoustic X-Mas

Almost Acoustic Christmas is an annual concert run by the Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM.

The first show was held in December 1989 though it was simply called the KROQ Xmas Bash. In 1990 the show became bigger and attracted increasingly popular alternative rock bands and singers. It takes place over a weekend in mid-December, and has in recent years been broadcast for free on KROQ-FM's website.[1]

Every year it has taken place at Gibson Amphitheatre, in Universal City, except for 1998 where it was held at Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles, in 1999 where it was held at the Arrowhead Pond, in Anaheim, and again at the Shrine Auditorium in 2013 after the Gibson Amphitheatre was closed in September 2013. KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas concerts benefit Para Los Ninos and the Al Wooten Jr Heritage Center, plus other local charities.

In 1999, a compilation of live recordings, The Best of KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas, was released.

On December 18, 2009, KROQ-FM released a compilation called KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2009, a benefit album with proceeds benefiting Para Los Ninos and the Al Wooten Heritage Center.

Line-ups[edit]

Bands listed in alphabetical order (or, if known, in reverse order of night's performance).

Date Lineup
December 1, 1990 Dramarama, The Havilinas, Chris Isaak, The Posies, Social Distortion, Soho, The Trash Can Sinatras
December 21, 1991 Ian McCulloch, Alison Moyet, School of Fish, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Smithereens, This Picture, The Wonder Stuff
December 12, 1992 Adam Ant, David Byrne, Cause and Effect, The Cult, dada, Duran Duran, EMF, The Farm, Michael Penn, The Rembrandts, Seal, Soul Asylum, The Soup Dragons, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Suzanne Vega, The Violent Femmes
December 11, 1993 Bad Religion, Belly, Tony Bennett, Blind Melon, Cowboy Junkies, Cracker, The Cranberries, 4 Non Blondes, General Public, Nick Heyward, Billy Idol, The Lemonheads, Porno for Pyros, Primus, Rage Against the Machine, Henry Rollins, The Smashing Pumpkins, They Might Be Giants, US3, The Violent Femmes, The Wonder Stuff
December 10, 1994 Bad Religion, The Black Crowes, Candlebox, The Cranberries, Sheryl Crow, Dinosaur Jr., Hole, Luscious Jackson, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Live, Love Spit Love, Mazzy Star, Meat Puppets, Liz Phair, Seal, Stone Temple Pilots, Simple Minds, Sunny Day Real Estate, Veruca Salt, Weezer
December 16–17, 1995

Night 1 (Saturday): Bush, Alanis Morissette, Lenny Kravitz, Joan Osborne, Oasis, Sonic Youth, The Presidents of the United States of America, Foo Fighters, Porno for Pyros, Toadies, No Doubt

Night 2 (Sunday): Bush, Alanis Morissette, Lenny Kravitz, Joan Osborne, Silverchair, Radiohead, Goo Goo Dolls, Garbage, Wesley Willis, Tripping Daisy, The Rentals

December 13–14, 1996

Night 1 (Saturday): Natalie Merchant, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Sheryl Crow, Garbage, Jewel, The Cardigans, Fiona Apple, Poe, Tracy Bonham

Night 2 (Sunday): Bush, 311, The Presidents of the United States of America, Beck, Orbital, Cake, Eels, Republica, The Wallflowers

December 5-6, 1997 Fiona Apple, The Aquabats, Beck, Blink-182, David Bowie, Chumbawamba, Everclear, Green Day, Jane's Addiction, Live, Matchbox Twenty, Sarah McLachlan, No Doubt, Portishead, Rancid, Save Ferris, Smash Mouth, Sneaker Pimps, Sugar Ray, Third Eye Blind, 311
December 11–12, 1998

Night 1 (Friday): Korn, The Offspring, Hole, Blink-182, Barenaked Ladies, Reel Big Fish, Sugar Ray, The Cranberries

Night 2 (Saturday): Depeche Mode, Billy Corgan, Garbage, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Goo Goo Dolls, Cake, Everlast, Semisonic, Soul Coughing

December 11, 1999

One Night (Saturday): Bush, Blink-182, Rob Zombie, Beck, Tori Amos, Foo Fighters, 311, Oasis, Fiona Apple, Save Ferris, Powerman 5000

December 16–17, 2000 Night 1 (Saturday): Papa Roach, No Doubt, Deftones, Weezer, Moby, Incubus (w/ orchestra), Fuel, 3 Doors Down, Coldplay, At the Drive-In

Night 2 (Sunday): Green Day, Papa Roach, No Doubt, Deftones, Weezer, Moby, Incubus (w/ orchestra), Everclear, Disturbed, Linkin Park

December 8–9, 2001 Night 1 (Saturday):Linkin Park, Blink-182, Staind, System of a Down, Bad Religion, P.O.D., Sum 41, Puddle of Mudd, Alien Ant Farm

Night 2 (Sunday):Linkin Park, Staind (acoustic), Bush, Foo Fighters, 311, No Doubt, Coldplay, Nickelback, Pete Yorn, Remy Zero, Travis (canceled)

December 7–8, 2002 Night 1 (Saturday): P.O.D., Disturbed, Audioslave, Queens of the Stone Age, Sum 41, The Used, Zwan, New Found Glory, Trust Company, Taproot

Night 2 (Sunday): Creed, Coldplay, Beck (w/ The Flaming Lips), Jack Johnson, Dashboard Confessional, Good Charlotte, Jimmy Fallon, The Vines, Jurassic 5

December 13–14, 2003 Night 1 (Saturday): Linkin Park (headliner), The Offspring, P.O.D., AFI, Pennywise, Puddle of Mudd, Chevelle, Thrice, The Distillers

Night 2 (Sunday): Korn (headliner), Blink-182, Jane's Addiction, 311, Staind, Rancid, Brand New, Jet, Trapt

December 11–12, 2004 Night 1 (Saturday): Jimmy Eat World, Interpol, The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, Gwen Stefani (special guest), Modest Mouse, Muse, Taking Back Sunday, The Shins, Keane, Snow Patrol, The Music

Night 2 (Sunday): Green Day (headliner), Velvet Revolver, Incubus, Social Distortion, Papa Roach, Sum 41, Good Charlotte, The Used, Chevelle, My Chemical Romance, Hoobastank (canceled)

December 10–11, 2005 Night 1 (Saturday): System of a Down (headliner), Nine Inch Nails, Korn, Fall Out Boy, Avenged Sevenfold, Thrice, Rise Against

Night 2 (Sunday): Depeche Mode (headliner), Coldplay, The White Stripes, Jack Johnson, The Bravery, Death Cab for Cutie, Hot Hot Heat, Nada Surf

December 9–10, 2006 Night 1 (Saturday): Foo Fighters (headliner), AFI, Incubus, My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Papa Roach, +44, Wolfmother, Saosin

Night 2 (Sunday): Foo Fighters (headliner), The Killers, Beck, The Raconteurs, Evanescence, Panic! at the Disco, Angels & Airwaves, Gnarls Barkley, Snow Patrol, She Wants Revenge

December 8–9, 2007 Night 1 (Saturday): Linkin Park (headliner), Bad Religion, Avenged Sevenfold, Rise Against, Serj Tankian, Angels & Airwaves, Paramore

Night 2 (Sunday): Muse (headliner), Jimmy Eat World, Modest Mouse, The Killers (surprise appearance), The Shins, Silversun Pickups, Feist, Spoon

December 13–14, 2008 Night 1 (Saturday): The Offspring (headliner), Stone Temple Pilots, Rise Against, AFI, Staind, Three Days Grace, Slightly Stoopid, Hollywood Undead

Night 2 (Sunday): The Cure (headliner), The Killers, Death Cab for Cutie, Paramore, Kanye West (Surprise Appearance), Franz Ferdinand, Scott Weiland, Snow Patrol, Vampire Weekend

December 12–13, 2009 Night 1 (Saturday): AFI (headliner), Rise Against, Alice In Chains, Sublime with Rome (Surprise Appearance), Thirty Seconds to Mars, Three Days Grace, Dead By Sunrise, Anberlin

Night 2 (Sunday): Muse (headliner), 311, The Bravery, Slightly Stoopid, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Cage The Elephant, Metric, White Rabbits

December 11–12, 2010 Night 1 (Saturday): The Smashing Pumpkins (headliner), Social Distortion, My Chemical Romance, Jimmy Eat World, Bad Religion, Cake, The Dirty Heads, Anberlin, Switchfoot, A Day to Remember

Night 2 (Sunday): Phoenix (headliner), Vampire Weekend, Brandon Flowers, The Black Keys, Florence and the Machine, Neon Trees, The Temper Trap, Broken Bells, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

December 10–11, 2011 Night 1 (Saturday): Blink-182 (headliner), 311, Social Distortion, Sublime with Rome, Bush, Chevelle, Young the Giant, New Found Glory (Cancelled: Incubus)

Night 2 (Sunday): Jane's Addiction (headliner), The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, Death Cab for Cutie, Florence and the Machine, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Cage the Elephant, Foster the People, The Naked and Famous, Grouplove

December 8–9, 2012 Night 1 (Saturday): Linkin Park (headliner), Rise Against, Bush, Garbage, Slightly Stupid, Awolnation, The Lumineers, Walk the Moon, The Gaslight Anthem, Two Door Cinema Club, Youngblood Hawke

Night 2 (Sunday): The Killers (headliner), Jack White, No Doubt (surprise appearance), fun., M83, Neon Trees, Passion Pit, Grouplove, Of Monsters and Men, Alex Clare, Imagine Dragons

December 7–8, 2013 Night 1 (Saturday): Kings of Leon (headliner), Vampire Weekend, Queens of the Stone Age, AFI, Arctic Monkeys, Cage the Elephant, Grouplove, Foals, New Politics

Night 2 (Sunday): Arcade Fire (headliner), Phoenix, Lorde, The Neighbourhood, Capital Cities, Fitz and the Tantrums, Portugal. The Man with special guest Curt Smith of Tears for Fears, Bastille, Atlas Genius

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The World Famous KROQ". Kroq.com. 2014-05-12. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 

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