Last Weenie Roast At The Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
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On Saturday May 14, KROQ held their 24th annual Weenie Roast at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. This concert originally had a line up of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Empire of the Sun, Panic! At The Disco, The Lumineers, Garbage, Cold War Kids, Fitz & The Tantrums, Miike Snow, Lukas Graham, The Strumbellas, Nothing But Thieves, Bishop Briggs, and Bear Hands. Unfortunately the headliners, Red Hot Chili Peppers, had to cancel their performance due to their lead singer, Anthony Kiedis, having to go to the hospital with what was later described by the band’s spokesman as the intestinal flu. Although the entire crowd (whom were mostly wearing RHCP attire) was saddened by the news, Weezer was able to cheer them up soon after.
This was KROQ’s last Weenie Roast at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre since it will be demolished later in the year to make space for the Irvine Company’s Los Olivos apartment communities new additions. Although the location for the next Weenie Roast is unclear, KROQ made it clear to its fans that it will continue having this concert.
This year, the proceeds from the sale of every ticket went towards helping two organizations: Surfrider Foundation and Heal The Bay; two non-profit environmental organizations dedicated to the protection of the world’s waves and beaches.
This year’s surprise appearance was Blink-182, whom performed after Panic! At The Disco. With new member Matt Skiba, fans were excited to hear how he would sound compared to previous blink member Tom Delonge. They played a couple of old songs, and a couple of new ones off their new album “California,” which got the crowd pumped up and singing aloud.
Although RHCP did not play, there were still many great performances from countless great bands that concert attendees will remember for sure.