PICS: 91x’s Wrex the Halls Night 2

Night two of 91x's Wrex the Halls took over Valley View Casino Center on Dec. 11 with AFI, Jimmy Eat World and hometown heroes Pierce the Veil.

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91x’s annual Wrex the Halls hit Valley View Casino Center for the second night on Dec. 11, with chart-topping hometown heroes Pierce the Veil (singer/guitarist Vic Fuentes pictured).
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Beloved indie-rock group Jimmy Eat World (singer/guitarist Jim Atkins pictured) was one of the main headliners.
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AFI (singer Davey Havok pictured) was a last-minute addition to the packed bill, when Kaleo (who had previously been scheduled to play) had to back out due to illness.
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Needless to say, the huge venue (formerly known as Sports Arena) full of rock fans ate it up.
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If you didn’t know, post-hardcore juggernauts Pierce the Veil got their start right here in San Diego in 2006.
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The band was founded by brothers Vic and Mike Fuentes (drummer, pictured) after the disbandment of their previous group, Before Today.
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The band’s other two members are bassist Jaime Preciado (pictured) and lead guitarist Tony Perry.
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They’ve released four studio albums, each bigger than the last – starting with their 2007 debut “A Flair for the Dramatic.”
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“Selfish Machines” followed in 2010, and “Collide with the Sky” was released in 2012.
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Coincidentally, backstage at the Dec. 11 show, the band was presented their official RIAA Gold record awards for “Collide with the Sky” – it has sold more than 500,000 copies in the U.S.
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Pierce the Veil’s fourth and latest album, “Misadventures,” came out on May 13, 2016.
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When talking about the new album, Vic Fuentes said: “It sort of represents our lives over the last couple of years making this record. All the different steps that were taken, the different places it took us.”
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When it was released, “Misadventures” debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart, giving them their first top 10 album ever.
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Alternative Press gave the album a 90/100 rating, saying “Every single track is a winner.”
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In 2012, the band won nine categories in the Alternative Press reader’s poll, including Best Live Band of the Year, Album of the Year, and Artist of the Year.
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Fun fact: The band was nominated for a 2010 San Diego Music Award for Best Alternative Album (for “Selfish Machines”) and inexplicably lost.
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The band performed the following set list at Wrex the Halls: “Dive In,” “Floral & Fading,” “Bulletproof Love”…
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“The Divine Zero,” “Hold On Till May,” “Tangled in the Great Escape,” “Caraphernelia”…
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“Texas Is Forever,” and “Hell Above.” They followed their set with a two-song encore, consisting of “Circles” and “King for a Day.”
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Night two of 91x's Wrex the Halls 2016 at Valley View Casino Center on Dec. 11. (Photo by Alex Matthews)
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Night two of 91x's Wrex the Halls 2016 at Valley View Casino Center on Dec. 11. (Photo by Alex Matthews)
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Night two of 91x's Wrex the Halls 2016 at Valley View Casino Center on Dec. 11. (Photo by Alex Matthews)
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Night two of 91x's Wrex the Halls 2016 at Valley View Casino Center on Dec. 11. (Photo by Alex Matthews)
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Night two of 91x's Wrex the Halls 2016 at Valley View Casino Center on Dec. 11. (Photo by Alex Matthews)
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Jimmy Eat World was one of the main headliners at Wrex the Halls.
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The beloved Mesa, Arizona band hasn’t played San Diego in a hot minute.
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The band formed in 1993, and have released nine studio albums.
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The group consists of vocalist/guitarist Jim Adkins, drummer Zach Lind, guitarist Tom Linton and bassist Rick Burch (pictured).
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Their huge commercial breakthrough came in 2001 with the release of their album, “Bleed American.”
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Four singles from the album charted within the top 20 positions of the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart.
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“The Middle,” the band’s biggest single to-date, peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
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Following the attacks on 9/11 shortly after the album’s release, the band reissued the album as self-titled, worrying that the “Bleed American” title would be misinterpreted.
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In 2008, the album was re-released under its original title with 21 bonus tracks.
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The RIAA has certified “Bleed American” platinum, and their 2004 followup, “Futures,” gold.
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The band’s sixth album, “Chase This Light,” became the band’s highest charting album, peaking at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart.
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Their debut self-titled album was released in 1994 and featured Linton (pictured) singing most of the lead vocals on the album.
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Their ninth studio album, “Integrity Blues,” was released on Oct. 21, 2016.
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Fun fact: The band’s name came from a crayon drawing made after an incident between Linton’s younger brothers, Jim and Ed, who fought frequently…
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Legend has it, Ed sought revenge on Jim one day by drawing a picture of Jim shoving the Earth into his mouth; the picture had the caption of “Jimmy eat world.”
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The band started off with a more straight-forward punk sound, which evolved into a more indie-rock style thanks to colleagues in the scene like Sunny Day Real Estate and Sense Field.
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Fun fact: Mark Trombino, drummer for hometown post-rock band Drive Like Jehu, produced/recorded Jimmy Eat World’s major-label debut, “Static Prevails.”
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The band played a 10-song set at Wrex the Halls: “Pain,” “Work,” “Bleed American”…
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“Get Right,” “A Praise Chorus,” “Big Casino,” “Sure and Certain,” “The Authority Song,” “Sweetness,” and “The Middle.”
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Night two of 91x's Wrex the Halls 2016 at Valley View Casino Center on Dec. 11. (Photo by Alex Matthews)
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Night two of 91x's Wrex the Halls 2016 at Valley View Casino Center on Dec. 11. (Photo by Alex Matthews)
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Night two of 91x's Wrex the Halls 2016 at Valley View Casino Center on Dec. 11. (Photo by Alex Matthews)
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Night two of 91x's Wrex the Halls 2016 at Valley View Casino Center on Dec. 11. (Photo by Alex Matthews)
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AFI did 91x a huge favor by filling in for Kaleo after they dropped out of the lineup at the last minute due to illness.
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The horror-punk/hardcore band formed in Ukiah, California in 1991.
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Fun fact: The AFI acronym stands for “A Fire Inside,” but band members have stated that it originally stood for “Asking For It” and “Anthems For Insubordinates.”
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They’ve had the same lineup since 1998: Lead vocalist Davey Havok (pictured), drummer Adam Carson, bassist Hunter Burgan and guitarist Jade Puget.
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The band has released nine studio albums, 10 EPs, one live album and one DVD.
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AFI started to reach substantial commercial success following the release of their fifth album, “The Art of Drowning,” in 2000 when it peaked at No. 174 on the Billboard 200 chart.
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But it was their following album, 2003’s “Sing the Sorrow,” that launched them into huge mainstream popularity.
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The album peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and remained on the chart for 51 whole weeks.
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The album was supported by the massive singles “Girl’s Not Grey” and “Silver and Cold.”
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“Sing the Sorrow” was certified Platinum by the RIAA in 2006 and has become the band’s best-selling release to-date.
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Their seventh album, “Decemberunderground,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2006 and featured the huge hit single, “Miss Murder.”
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They released “Crash Love” in 2009, and their ninth studio album “Burials” in 2013, which peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard 200.
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As of now, the band is currently finished with the followup to “Burials,” simply titled “AFI.”
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It will be released on Jan. 20, 2017 through Concord Music Group.
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For fans of the band that couldn’t catch them at Wrex, AFI has already announced three shows in San Diego on Feb. 20-22 at the Observatory North Park. Hurry, the first two shows are sold out!
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The band’s Wrex the Hall set list consisted of the following songs: “I Hope You Suffer,” “Girl’s Not Grey,” “Snow Cats” …
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“The Leaving Song Pt. II,” “Love Like Winter,” “17 Crimes,” “Silver and Cold” and “Miss Murder.”
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Night two of 91x's Wrex the Halls 2016 at Valley View Casino Center on Dec. 11. (Photo by Alex Matthews)
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Night two of 91x's Wrex the Halls 2016 at Valley View Casino Center on Dec. 11. (Photo by Alex Matthews)
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Night two of 91x's Wrex the Halls 2016 at Valley View Casino Center on Dec. 11. (Photo by Alex Matthews)
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