By Tara Zandra | December 9, 2012
I’ve mentioned many times that Chris and I met while standing in line for concert tickets. Music is something that both of us have always enjoyed, but we weren’t always muscially compatible. Had it not been for grunge, we may never had met.
In high school, Chris was very much the Morrissey/OMD/Cure/Oingo Boingo kind of person. In LA there was one radio station to go to for those bands and that was KROQ. I, however, was not listening to any of those bands. I was into Guns N Roses, Metallica, Motley Crue, and the like and KNAC was my radio home, and it barely came in. Chris and I were on opposite sides of the music spectrum and had we met in high school, we probably wouldn’t have felt we had much in common.
But then 1991 dawned and with it came Pearl Jam and Nirvana. Grunge took over his KROQ and obliterated what little airtime my heavy metal songs had. For the first time in my life, I found myself listening to KROQ.
In summer 1993, KROQ hosted the first KROQ Weenie Roast- an all day concert featuring many KROQ bands. I debated about going, decided not to, changed my mind, and by then, tickets were sold out. The next year, May ‘94 to be exact, Weenie Roast #2 was announced and I was determined not to miss out and made plans with my then boyfriend to purchase the tickets. That was the fateful day I met Chris.
We didn’t get to go to that concert, and in fact, have still never been to a Weenie Roast. But in December 1997, we did get to go to KROQ’s Acoustic Christmas- another multi-band concert held at the Universal Amphitheatre. It was a great concert, but fates, and sometimes just poor line-ups, have prevented us from going again.
This year, though, the planets aligned. The line-up for night two was incredible and we had no commitments that night. It was decided- we MUST attend. And attend we did and experienced one hell of a night.
The station that brought us together
Fun was amazing. Jack White was amazing. The Killers were amazing. Simply no other word to describe them all. Imagine Dragons were surprisingly good; Grouplove looked like they were having a great time; Neon Trees- their singer takes his job as frontman very seriously and he was so fun to watch. There were a few let downs, but overall, KROQ did not disappoint. It’s just a radio station, but it has played such an important part in our life together.