KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas

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KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas
GenreRock, Metal, Punk, Post-hardcore, Ska, Alternative rock
Location(s)Universal Amphitheatre (1989–1997, 2000–2012)

Shrine Auditorium (1998, 2013)
Honda Center (1999, 2019)

The Forum (2014–2018)
Years active1989–present
Founded byKROQ-FM
WebsiteKROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas

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 then 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] The festival started off as a one-day event, and every year, since 1992, it has been held as a two-day festival (although the 1999 and 2022 shows were a one-day festival).

From 1989 through 2012 the show took place at the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, except for 1998 where it was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and in 1999 where it was held at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim. After the Universal Amphitheatre closed in September 2013, the show performed again at the Shrine Auditorium in December 2013. In 2014 the event was moved to The Forum. In 2019, the show took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim and returned to the Kia Forum in 2022.

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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas did not take place in 2020 and 2021.

KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas returned to the Kia Forum on December 10, 2022.


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

Date Lineup
December 1, 1990 Dramarama, The Havalinas, 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 12–13, 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 11–12, 1993

Night 1 (Saturday): Bad Religion, Belly, Tony Bennett, Cowboy Junkies, The Cranberries, 4 Non Blondes, General Public, Nick Heyward, Billy Idol, The Lemonheads, They Might Be Giants, The Wonder Stuff

Night 2 (Sunday): Belly, Blind Melon, Cracker, The Cranberries, Porno for Pyros, Primus, Rage Against the Machine, Henry Rollins, The Smashing Pumpkins, US3, The Violent Femmes,

December 10–11, 1994

Night 1 (Saturday): Stone Temple Pilots, Hole, Liz Phair, Mazzy Star, Live, Meat Puppets, Veruca Salt, Bad Religion, Luscious Jackson, Sunny Day Real Estate, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Brian Setzer Orchestra

Night 2 (Sunday): Simple Minds, The Black Crowes, Sheryl Crow, Candlebox, The Cranberries, Live, Seal, Weezer, Love Spit Love, Dinosaur Jr.

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

Night 1 (Saturday): Jane's Addiction, No Doubt, Scott Weiland, Sarah McLachlan, Beck, Matchbox Twenty, Rancid, Fiona Apple, Smash Mouth, Blink-182, Sneaker Pimps, Chumbawamba

Night 2 (Sunday): David Bowie, Green Day, 311, Live, Sugar Ray, Third Eye Blind, Portishead, Save Ferris, Everclear, The Aquabats

December 11–12, 1998

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

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 Stoopid, 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

December 13–14, 2014 Night 1 (Saturday): System of a Down (headliner), Linkin Park, Incubus, Fall Out Boy, Bush, Rise Against, Walk the Moon, New Politics, Royal Blood

Night 2 (Sunday): No Doubt (headliner), The Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, Tears for Fears, Imagine Dragons, Modest Mouse, Interpol, Alt-J, Vance Joy (Canceled: U2)

December 12–13, 2015 Night 1 (Saturday): Disclosure (DJ set), Weezer, Twenty One Pilots, Cage the Elephant, Bastille, Silversun Pickups, Awolnation, X Ambassadors, Foals, Halsey, The Struts

Night 2 (Sunday): Fall Out Boy (headliner), Of Monsters and Men, Chris Cornell, Cold War Kids, Panic! at the Disco, The Neighbourhood, The 1975, George Ezra, Elle King, James Bay, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

December 10–11, 2016 Night 1 (Saturday): blink-182 (headliner), Kings of Leon, Jimmy Eat World, AFI, M83, X Ambassadors, The Strumbellas

Night 2 (Sunday): Green Day (headliner), Beck, Weezer, Bastille, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Phantogram, Bishop Briggs, The Head and the Heart

December 9–10, 2017 Night 1 (Saturday): Muse (headliner), Thirty Seconds to Mars, Queens of the Stone Age, Rise Against, Prophets of Rage, Run The Jewels, Cold War Kids, Judah and the Lion, Royal Blood

Night 2 (Sunday): The Killers (headliner), Weezer, The Lumineers, Foster the People, Phoenix, Walk the Moon, Franz Ferdinand, X Ambassadors, Vance Joy (Cancelled: Morrissey)

December 8–9, 2018 Night 1 (Saturday): The Smashing Pumpkins, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Third Eye Blind, Greta Van Fleet, Bad Religion, The Interrupters, AFI, AJR, Badflower

Night 2 (Sunday): Florence + The Machine, Death Cab for Cutie, Bastille, Mike Shinoda, Billie Eilish, Young the Giant, Chvrches, Mike Posner, Lovelytheband

December 7–9, 2019 Night 1 (Saturday): Cage the Elephant, Beck, Jimmy Eat World, Young the Giant, Angels & Airwaves, Cold War Kids, The Head and the Heart, Catfish and the Bottlemen

Night 2 (Sunday): Twenty One Pilots, Mumford & Sons, The 1975, The Raconteurs, Of Monsters and Men, The Interrupters, Lovelytheband, Matt Maeson

December 10, 2022 One Night (Saturday): Imagine Dragons, The Black Keys, Social Distortion (replaced Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Death Cab For Cutie, Jimmy Eat World, Yungblud, Måneskin, The Interrupters, Wet Leg


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

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