Tim Armstrong with The Interrupters

The 7 Best Moments from KROQ Absolut Almost Acoustic Christmas

December 10, 2018

By Ramon Gonzales

Over the course of two days and some 20 performances, it’s tough to summarize KROQ Absolut Almost Acoustic Christmas weekend in a way that isn’t overwhelming. There were however a ton of moments that made the highlight reel.

Related: KROQ Absolut Almost Acoustic Christmas 2018 Recap, Photos + Interviews

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BAD RELIGION LOVES CHRISTMAS MUSIC

Bad Religion

Considering the scope of this holiday party, it would be safe to assume that there would be Christmas music, right? The only band to take advantage of the season with some festive tunes was Bad Religion. Performing “What Child Is This?” there just aren’t many bands that can rally a circle pit with Christmas music.

TIM ARMSTRONG CRASHES THE PARTY

Tim Armstrong with The Interrupters

Checking in with one of the most active, entertaining sets of the weekend, The Interrupters welcomed none other than Tim Armstrong of Rancid to their stage. The team ramped up the energy by performing a KROQ classic in Rancid’s “Time Bomb” prompting everyone to pull out their phones.

AFI MAKES THE LIVE DEBUT OF “GET DARK”

AFI

Davey Havok and the guys surprised fans by dropping their Missing Man EP during the week leading up Almost Acoustic Christmas. They upped the ante by playing the single “Get Dark” for the first time ever for fans. Judging by the response, the Forum was especially stoked.

SPENDING THE HOLIDAYS WITH THE FAMILY

AJR

Not too sure why no one mentioned it but there was a ton of family sharing this stage this weekend. Adam, Jack and Ryan Met are the brilliant multi-instrumentalists of AJR. Twins Jesse and Justin along with guitarist Kevin Bivona make up the rhythm section of The Interrupters. Greta Van Fleet is also has a pair of twins in Jake and Josh Kiszka with younger brother Sam handling the keys and bass.

MUGOS GETS LIT

#Mugos vs. #KROQXMAS vs. @djjeremiahred ------------ #MumbleRap #Brrraap #SkrrtSkrrt

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Making an early appearance, MUGOS blessed the crowd with some lyrical fire during DJ Jeremiah Red’s opening DJ set. Equipped with a Captain’s hat, a luscious plume of chest hair, and bars for days, the prompt Almost Acoustic fans where lucky enough to bear witness to the turnup.

COVERS A PLENTY

Mike Posner

It’s always cool when a band showcases their influences by taking on a cover. Throughout the weekend there were some killer contributions. Mike Posner rocked a version of Terror Squad’s “Lean Back.” Lovelytheband performed a rendition of “Pony” by Ginuwine. Likely the most talked about covers however, came from the Smashing Pumpkins as the band performed not one but two KROQ classics in “Never Let Me Down Again” by Depeche Mode and “Friday, I’m In Love” from The Cure. Legends tipping their hat to legends guarantees a place in the highlight reel.

#MAKECHESTERPROUD

Mike Shinoda

Mike Shinoda has the tough task of rocking the party with a heavy heart. His talent as a musician and performer is undeniable but his ability to be endearing was what put this time over the top. During his set, Shindoa explained that his focus now that his music is out in the world is to make the online phenomenon of #MAKECHESTERPROUD something tangible and not just a hashtag. The message struck a chord such hat streams of tears could be seen throughout the crowd.