PICS: Alice in Chains, Underoath, Fever 333 at NICU Amphitheatre

Alice in Chains, Underoath and Fever 333 hit Chula Vista's North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre recently with a heavy dose of hard rock (in a myriad of styles).

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Currently co-headlining a big national tour with Korn (find their own separate photo gallery on, Alice in Chains delivered beloved grunge-era hits and newer hard rock selections in contrast to their tourmates' nu-metal offerings. (Guitarist/co-vocalist Jerry Cantrell pictured)
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Aside from Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney (both of whom founded the band in 1987 in Seattle, Washington), longtime bassist Mike Inez and vocalist/guitarist William DuVall (pictured) round out AIC's current lineup.
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DuVall joined the band in 2006 after original lead vocalist Layne Staley tragically passed away in 2002.
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While the band originally came up in the Seattle grunge scene with Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and others, their sound has always leaned more toward a heavier style than those other acts. (Inez pictured)
Their debut album, 1990's "Facelift," has sold more than 2 million copies and spawned the group's first hit single "Man in the Box." (Kinney pictured)
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AIC followed that in 1992 with "Dirt," which went quadruple platinum (their best-selling album to-date) and contained five (!!!) hit singles: "Would?," "Rooster," "Them Bones," "Angry Chair" and "Down in a Hole."
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The band released an acoustic EP in 1994 titled "Jar of Flies," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Three of its singles hit it big -- "No Excuses," "I Stay Away" and "Don't Follow." (Cantrell pictured)
In 1995, AIC released their eponymous album, which also hit No. 1 on Billboard in its first week. It was since been certified triple platinum and spawned four singles -- "Grind," "Again," "Over Now" and "Heaven Beside You" (three of which were sung by Cantrell).
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The following year, they released a live album of their all-acoustic "MTV Unplugged" performance. After a hiatus and Staley's untimely death in 2002, the band reconvened, and with DuVall onboard, released "Black Gives Way to Blue" in 2009, "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" in 2013 and last year's "Rainier Fog." (Cantrell pictured)
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AIC tore through some of their greatest songs during the Sept. 2 show, with a set list that featured "Angry Chair," "Man in the Box," "Check My Brain," "Again," "Them Bones," "Dam That River"... (DuVall pictured)
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Along with "Hollow," "Rainier Fog," "Got Me Wrong," "Down in a Hole," "Sludge Factory," "We Die Young," "The One You Know," "Would?" and "Rooster." (Cantrell pictured)
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Is this the real Alice in chains???
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Underoath, who was tapped to open all of the tour's 30 dates, delivered a great performance.
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Hailing from Tampa, Florida, the metalcore/post-hardcore group was founded in 1997. (Drummer Aaron Gillespie and vocalist Spencer Chamberlain pictured)
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They released the albums "Act of Depression," "Cries of the Past," and "The Changing of Times" with the band's original vocalist Dallas Taylor. Following his departure, Spencer Chamberlain became lead vocalist. (Guitarist Timothy McTague pictured left)
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Aside from Chamberlain, the group is currently comprised of Aaron Gillespie, Chris Dudley, Timothy McTague, Grant Brandell (pictured) and James Smith.
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Underoath released their eighth studio album, "Erase Me," on April 6, 2018; it was their first album in eight years and their first in 10 years with founding drummer Aaron Gillespie. The first single was "On My Teeth" and earned them a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance.
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The band's Sept. 2 set list featured "On My Teeth," "Loneliness," "Rapture," "Breathing in a New Mentality," "Ihateit," "Hold Your Breath," "No Frame," "Writing on the Walls" and "Sink With You."
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Rapcore trio Fever 333 helped open the show as well. (Vocalist Jason Aalon Butler and drummer Aric Improta, mid-air, pictured).
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The group released its debut EP, "Made an America," last year and signed to Roadrunner Records (Improta pictured). Their debut full-length studio album, "Strength in Numb333rs," dropped this past January.
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Butler is the former lead singer of the post-hardcore group Letlive and is also a member of the band Pressure Cracks.
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As you can see, Butler and his bandmates are known for getting out into the crowd during their wild performances.
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The group's Sept. 2 set list included the following songs: "Burn It," "We're Coming In," "Made an America," "One of Us," "Trigger," "The Innocent" and "Hunting Season." (Guitarist Stephen Harrison pictured)
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The whole show, from start to finish, was simply incredible. Can't wait for all three of these bands (and Korn) to come back to San Diego soon!
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