Photos and recap by Vanessa Bly.
Hearing about the all-star lineup of WKQX’s Piqniq of AFI, 30 Seconds to Mars, and Linkin Park was enough to get me out of work early and into gridlock for an hour. I used to take the train/bus to high school, and I remember the most dominant CDs in my book were AFI’s Black Snails in the Sunset and Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory.
I had always wanted to see AFI live, they have been there for me for so long! It wasn’t until last year at Riot Fest that I was able to see AFI live– I told myself that the next time I would see them, it would be in VIP. To be able to get up close and personal with my favorite band of all time was a dream come true! It was still light out, which didn’t really fit with the emotion of the music. However, by the third song, singer Davey Havok was already standing in the crowd to great fan response. They played a lot of newer songs during their short set, but made sure to include some old favorites.
Linkin Park hit the stage hard! Taking advantage of every inch of the stage, the band was super high energy and for the three songs that I was able to be front and center, they interacted with the media and the audience non-stop. The crowd was going crazy for their entire set. Like AFI, their set was the perfect mix of newer and older songs.
You can view my photos of both AFI and Linkin Park from this year’s WKQX Piqniq below!