KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night One
Orange County natives Young The Giant continue to evolve. It seems like only yesterday I saw them at the Chain Reaction opening for Peachcake when they were called The Jakes. Vocalist Sameer Gadhia alternated between two microphones while guitarists Jacob Tilley and Eric Cannata drenched their guitars with delay and reverb for such songs as “Cough Syrup” and “My Body.” I was surprised to see they were headlining the Wiltern in February, but their performance quickly eroded any doubts they could carry a show.
Having sold out the Grove of Anaheim in September, Bush closed out their tour in support of their latest album The Sea of Memories with a bang by being one of the evening's standout performers. Strategically, “Machinehead” was a perfect way to start their set, as the crowd was singing along from the start. Gavin Rossdale expressed how nice it was to be home, mentioning he lives a mere seven minutes away. “The Chemicals Between Us,” “Everything Zen” and “Glycerin” kept the crowd rocking and the beers hoisted high in the air in approval. At that moment, they held the distinction of being the best band of the evening.
It is hard to believe 311 has been at it for 23 years. As he bounced around with his red Gibson Flying “V” guitar, strumming the chords to “Beautiful Disater,” Nick Hexum still seemed to be in his twenties. The aroma in the air reminded me of Sublime with Rome's set as they worked through “Amber,” “Come Original” and “Creatures (For Awhile).”