Rock of Ages

By Dave Good

(Published in the December 2010 issue)

91X is a radio station with dual personalities. One of them is about cutting-edge rock radio, and the other is defined by the series of mini-festivals that station management has been producing here since almost day one. X-Fests and other such concerts have ranked as some of the best live shows ever staged in San Diego. Granted, there was a time when, for whatever reasons, the music-event machine slowed down, but that’s all in the past, says Garrett Capone (on-air weekdays, 2 to 6 p.m.).

“91X was known for putting these great concert events together year after year,” he says, “but when I got here, that didn’t seem to be happening. I’ve made it a focus for me, as program director, to make sure that we do the best shows that we can.”

On Sunday, December 12, Smashing Pumpkins will headline 91X’s Wrex the Halls, an all-star lineup that includes Bad Religion, Switchfoot, My Chemical Romance, Anberlin and A Day To Remember. It will be a night to remember, and all for about the price of one band. How do they do it? Relationships, forged with artists over the years.

“Having 28 years of heritage in music doesn’t hurt,” Capone says.

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91X (with a little help from PacificSD) presents:

Wrex the Halls
Headliner: Smashing Pumpkins
Date: Sunday, December 12
Venue: Viejas Arena (SDSU campus)
Doors Open: 4:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35.91 to $62.91, available at Ticketmaster outlets and


Smashing Pumpkins: The frontman for the group that ruled the ‘90s, Billy Corgan is back with a new band and a new album that he’s giving away for free, one song at a time, on the Pumpkins’ website. Download from

My Chemical Romance: Who, by now, doesn’t own a copy of the best alt-rock album of 2006, the New Jersey rockers’ killer CD, The Black Parade?

Jimmy Eat World: Hard to believe-17 years ago, this band launched their solid blend of indie and punk in Mesa, Arizona. Seems like only last week.

Bad Religion: The punk godfathers on any stage today, Bad Religion performed live for the first time, in 1980, when opening for Social Distortion in Fullerton, California.

Switchfoot: Local boys make good with three-layer, kick-ass alt rock guitars and a name borrowed from surfing.

Anberlin: Relative alt rock newcomers, they charted in a big way in 2008 with their CD New Surrender.

A Day To Remember: ‘Gator rockers from Florida, these Warped Tour favorites blend their southern-boy metalcore with pop and punk.

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