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For the past 22 years, local alternative rock station KROQ has been organizing annual events around the holiday season, dubbed “Almost Acoustic Christmas” (which, during the live performances, translates to “not acoustic at all”).   These events showcase the groups that are typically played on the station.  Today, KROQ announced the lineup for night one of the two day event.  Performing at the Gibson Ampitheatre on December 10th will be Young The Giant, 311, Social Distortion, New Found Glory, Incubus, Chevelle, Bush, and Blink-182.  These choices are not surprising, as they compose the 90s and 2000s-era bands that have consistently earned significant airplay on alt-rock stations around the country, especially KROQ.  Young The Giant is perhaps the only unexpected choice, considering the group is relatively young.  KROQ usually reserves night 2 for the younger, less established alt-rock groups.

Local concert promotion company Goldenvoice is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary this year.  The company, which promotes concerts throughout California as well as in Hawaii, Nevada, and Alaska, is a subsidiary of AEG Live, one of the world’s largest concert/show promoters.  Goldenvoice is most prominently known as the organization behind the annual Coachella festival in Southern California.

On December 16th, 17th and 18th, Goldenvoice is teaming up with local rock station KROQ to throw three nights of 30th anniversary shows.  The event, dubbed GV30, will feature some of LA’s best (and most historic) punk bands.

I grew up in Sacramento listening to 93 Rock, which changed about midway through my hometown life to 98 Rock – same music, different spot on the dial.  93 Rock played Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, AC/DC, Skid Row, Poison, and the list goes on.  Now, to some extent, I imagine that most rock stations played this music then, but I guess what’s important to note is that 93 Rock leaned toward the heavier side of rock – playing things like Metallica and Megadeth far more often than Journey, for example, and not just the singles either.