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Linkin Park, the Killers, Jack White top lineup for KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas
In case you weren’t listening this morning: Linkin Park and Rise Against will close out the first half of KROQ’s yearly Almost Acoustic Christmas shows at Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk, while the Killers and Jack White will finish off the pair of benefit concerts the next night.
Tickets for the 23rd annual event, slated for Dec. 8-9, go on sale Friday, Nov. 16, at noon. Prices are typically in the $75-$100 range.
The choice of Linkin Park for Night 1 headliner, when that group has already played several big shows behind its June release Living Things, suggests a favor is being kindly paid by the L.A. band, beloved by KROQ’s audience.
Clearly Green Day’s routing was leading that trio to the AAC bash amid the first live promotional push behind the ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tres! trilogy thrill ride. Of course, their tour plans for the rest of the year were scrapped not long after Billie Joe Armstrong entered rehab in late September. (Feel better. Would like to see you at Coachella.)
A Green Day/Rise Against ending to the Saturday portion would have made a lot of sense. But whether that was ever the intention, Linkin Park is far from a poor replacement for the traditionally heavier half of the bash. Though the band headlined Weenie Roast last year, it hasn’t appeared at Almost Acoustic Christmas since 2007. (It’s their fourth time topping the bill overall — fifth if you count 2001 twice.)
Fleshing out Night 1 are two returning ’90s favorites, Bush and Garbage, plus Slightly Stoopid, Awolnation, the Lumineers, Walk the Moon, the Gaslight Anthem, Two Door Cinema Club and Youngblood Hawke.
Not too shabby, though certainly a tad schizophrenic, shifting as it does halfway up the chain from an afternoon in the Mojave tent in Indio to an evening at Epicenter. Then again, that is a pretty accurate reflection of the ever-changing scene at modern rock radio, which lately has been slightly favoring catchy indie stuff (originals and clones alike) over heavier stuff.
Anyway, much of Night 1 seems like it belongs on Night 2, a more Coachella-driven rundown geared toward indie-rock and dance-pop. Joining Brandon Flowers’ band and the prolific Mr. White will be L.A. breakout sensation fun. and Anglo-Franco outfit M83, as well as Neon Trees, Passion Pit, Of Monsters and Men, Grouplove, Alex Clare and Imagine Dragons.
Also, as in years past, the balance isn’t even — Night 1 has 11 acts, Night 2 has 10. Sometimes that’s an indication there’s a surprise in the works. Sometimes it isn’t.
You must be a KROQ Street Team member to purchase tickets (join here), which will be sold exclusively online through Live Nation. Proceeds will benefit Para Los Niños and the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center, both assisting at-risk children in Los Angeles county.
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