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Recap: Weenie Roast 2013 brings lively big name rockers to Charlotte
Patrick Bogans | September 30, 2013 |

On Sunday, Sept. 28, the newly reenacted annual Weenie Roast, put on by local rock station 106.5 the END, continued to solidify itself as the Charlotte summer concert sendoff.

Prominent local bands like Matrimony and Beyond the Broken started up the roast and big name rockers like AWOLNATION, Sublime with Rome and 30 Seconds to Mars concluded the day of rock with high energy and high marks.

Last year, the Weenie Roast returned after a seven-year hiatus, with a variety of very ’90s rock acts like The Offspring, Our Lady Peace and Garbage. Younger fans this year came out in a full force, as this Weenie had a lineup with more new-age alternative rock acts.

New Politics, an on-the-rise energetic band from Denmark, made their third mark on the Charlotte area this year.

Previously supporting Twenty One Pilots and Fall Out Boy during their respective stops earlier this summer in the Queen City, New Politics and their lively lead singer, David Boyd, brought their exciting energy to the second stage at the Weenie Roast.

Boyd charmed the crowd with dance moves, even joining the crowd at one point. Performing sing-along hits like “Harlem” and “Fall into These Arms,” the energy these men brought to the stage couldn’t help but make the entire crowd smile.

Sick Puppies and Filter both brought memorably strong, fast-paced rock sets. Vivacious vocals from Filter’s lead Richard Patrick proved he hasn’t lost a single octave of energy since 1993. And their powerful recent album, “The Sun Comes Out Tonight” has brought them many new admirers.

AWOLNATION is riding the waves of their new found popularity. And seeing their lead singer Aaron Brun on stage was a mystifying experience; his spaced out looks matched the style and songs performed on stage. AWOL’s captivating electronic rock is like a perfect mix between a down-to-earth Angels and Airwaves and Muse. Songs like “Not Your Fault” and the hit, “Sail,” captivated the crowd. Even Boyd from New Poltiics began to break dance on stage during one of AWOL’s performances.

Sublime with Rome delivered their feel-good reggae rock tunes with ease, catering to those in the crowd who may have had a date with Mary Jane. The 106.5 crew even acknowledged it, asking the crowd, “Who’s smoking weed tonight?”

And finally, the ever-awaited headliners 30 Seconds to Mars ended the night with a fantastic final set.

Coming right out of the gate with their powerful hits, “Kings and Queens” and “This Is War,” Jared Leto and crew brought down the house, even bringing down a parade of huge balloons onto the crowd right from the beginning, feeling like a high energy celebration. Leto’s fantastic vocals and stage presence, alongside a simple but attractive stage setup and light show, made for a nice new look for the main stage.

The performances throughout the day had not been very involved, but 30 Seconds to Mars brought a high quality hour-long ending performance to Weenie Roast.

With a magnificent finish from 30 Seconds to Mars to an overall jammed pack day, it only makes Charlotte more excited to see what acts will come next year to Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.

Full Weenie Roast 2013 lineup

Beyond The Broken
Biffy Clyro
Unlikely Candidates
Manchester Orchestra
Langhorne Slim
Airborne Toxic Event
New Politics
Sick Puppies
Sublime with Rome
Thirty Seconds to Mars