Monday, June 22, 2015

Weenie Roast taps old and new favorites for 20th anniversary

WEND 106.5 The End's End of Summer Weenie Roast may have taken a few years off in the mid `00s, but the new rock station is still celebrating its 20th year in September with an impressive lineup.

Following 2014's festival (technically its 14th, which was capped by a fun, nostalgic performance from Weezer) this year's bill finds another act that made its name in the `90s - Stone Temple Pilots - in the headlining slot. The entire lineup reflects the station's mix of  `90s grunge and mainstream alternative rock, which emerged at the same time as WEND was solidifying its format, and current rock and pop-rock favorites with a bit of Americana thrown in for good measure.

Blues Traveler and Live join STP to fill the `90s quotient, while Passion Pit, Bleachers, Atlas Genius, X Ambassadors, IAMDYNAMITE, Langhorne Slim & the Law, Kopecy, Catfish & the Bottlemen, and alt-rock stalwart MuteMath (who came along during the decade between STP and Bleachers) give the 20th Weenie youthful spark.

Stone Temple Pilots and Live no longer feature original vocalists Scott Weiland and Ed Kowalczyk. STP features Chester Bennington of Linkin Park on vocals. Chris Shinn, formerly of the band Unified Theory and son of former Charlotte Hornets owner George Shinn, now fronts Live.

Pre-sale starts Tuesday at 10 a.m. The pre-sale password is "Weenie." A limited number of lawn seats will be available for $10.65. Gold Circle and pit tickets will also be available. General sales start Friday at 10 a.m. at and at LiveNation ticket sellers.