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Concert Gallery: AFI at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA

August 24, 2010 by  
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AFI
August 16, 2010
Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
Photos by:  Mary Ouellette

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AFI Concert Photos/ Boston, MA

October 28, 2009 by  
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AFI
October 25, 2009
House of Blues – Boston, MA

Photos by: Mary Ouellette
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AFI Concert Photos – Club Casino/Hampton, NH

October 19, 2009 by  
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AFI
October 17, 2009
Club Casino – Hampton, NH
Photos by: Mary Ouellette

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For more on AFI check out:
Our recent interview with guitarist Jade Puget
A review of the AFI show at Epic in Minneapolis, MN

Concert Review: AFI in Minneapolis, MN

October 7, 2009 by  
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Epic – Minneapolis, MN
October 2, 2009

Rating: ★★★★☆ 


Reviewed by: Justin

AFI is one of my favorite bands to see live. I got to the venue (Epic) around 30 minutes before the doors opened. It was a cloudy/rainy night, but the line still extended around the block, and nobody seemed to mind it that much. I was excited to not only see AFI again, but to see the new Epic since I hadn’t been there since it was the Quest Club. There were a lot of good shows and good memories there, so I was hoping to start new ones here.

It’s kind of fitting that the venue they played at was called Epic, because that’s what a lot of fans waiting in line were hoping that the show would be. Many of the fans were seeing AFI for their first time, and many of them traveled across the country to make it to the first show on the tour. Now THAT’s passionate! Traveling across the country and standing the rain hours before the doors open. Well, it’s either passionate or insanity – or both – especially when it’s general admission, so it’s not like there are better “seats” for the early birds.

The opening band was Gallows, from the United Kingdom. I’d never heard their music before, but I came away impressed. They were a great opener for a band like AFI. Maybe I’m still immature (probably), but I’m still thoroughly entertained by British accents… not pronouncing the R’s at the end of words, keeping the T’s silent, etc. I couldn’t make out some of Frank Carter’s stage banter, but he certainly had the crowd with his charisma. He’d sing the last two songs IN THE CROWD, a la Butch Walker. A couple nice little circle pits and some catchy music would be the perfect precursor for AFI.

I’ve had “Crash Love” for awhile, and I was lukewarm towards the album at first, much to my dismay. It certainly wasn’t as good as DECEMBERUNDERGROUND to me after the first few spins, at least before seeing them live. There are a handful of bands where, once I see them performing the new material in a live setting, it enhances it for me, and once I give it more listens, I get really into it. AFI’s not that type of band, but this album certainly was.

The set list was as follows:

Torch Song
Girl’s Not Grey
The Leaving Song Pt. II
End Transmission
Kill Caustic
Silver and Cold
Nyquil
Beautiful Thieves
Dancing Through Sunday
The Leaving Song
On the Arrow
Death of Seasons
Veronica Sawyer Smokes
Love Like Winter
Medicate

The encore would be 6 to 8 and, of course, Miss Murder.

For all of those long-time fans seeing the band for the first time, they really put on an excellent show for them. Davey Havok has a style and charisma all his own where he’s able to connect with the crowd so easily. Botched stage dive attempt aside, the band was “on” tonight. From the new material, “Torch Song”, “Beautiful Thieves”, “Medicate”, and “Veronica Sawyer Smokes” were the best songs live, with the latter being my personal favorite.

AFI has constantly grown and evolved with every subsequent album, but they still have a rabid, passionate fan base. While I don’t know the precise capacity of Epic, the club was packed upstairs and downstairs on this rainy Minneapolis night. If you’re on the fence, for whatever reason, about going to the show, make up your mind fast before it sells out – if it’s not already. And if you’re like me where the album didn’t grab you after the first few listens, you’ll feel otherwise once you see them live.

Excellent show!
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Check out our recent interview with AFI guitarist Jade Puget here

Jade Puget of AFI

September 20, 2009 by  
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afi2It’s been three years since we’ve heard anything new from AFI (Davey Havok on vocals, Jade Puget on guitar, Hunter Burgan on bass and Adam Carson on drums) and the masses are hungry.  On September 29th the band debuts their eighth studio album “Crash Love” to the world.  While the album will surely be put under the microscope by AFI enthusiasts who will undoubtedly compare it to the AFI albums of old, one thing is certain, AFI didn’t remake Decemberunderground or Sing the Sorrow.  What they will find is a collection of songs that prove that AFI is not resting on their laurels or writing a knockoff of one of their old albums, they continue to evolve from album to album.  In the “sometimes less is more” vein the band went back to basics in what may be their most guitar oriented album to date which may broaden their appeal to a more mainstream crowd.

Lyrically Davey kept a prevalent theme of hollow Hollywood and the vacuous society it perpetuates but he also ventures into tales of relationships gone good and bad.  With the first single Medicate giving fans their first taste of the album stand out tracks like “Veronica Sawyer Smokes” and “Darling I Want To Destroy You” leave the best yet to come.

As with any band that stands the test of time AFI continue to reinvent themselves and challenge themselves musically. Crash Love will undoubtedly usher in a whole new generation of AFI fans to carry on the torch hand in hand with the AFI fans of old.

Guitarist Jade Puget recently took some time to talk to us about the album, the recording process, and of course Michael Anthony Hall!

Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | September  2009
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Exclusive Preview of “Cold Hands” From AFI’s Forthcoming Album Crash Love

September 17, 2009 by  
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AFI’s new album CRASH LOVE drops on September 29th but we’ve got the exclusive preview of one of their new tracks.  The clip comes from the song “COLD HANDS“.

CRASH LOVE is AFI’s eighth studio album and the band will hit the road almost immediately in support of it.

In a recent interview with guitarist Jade Puget we asked him about the song and here’s what he had to say:

“I had originally written another completely different song from this one and we called it Cold Hands.  We ended up not putting it on the record and we wrote this new one.  It was one of those songs that was very natural and we didn’t have to work hard at it all, the parts just came together and they flow.  It’s a dark energetic rock song.”

Tune in next week for our full interview with Jade to find out more about Crash Love and AFI.

Pre-order CRASH LOVE

You can check out clips from other tracks on Crash Love by following the links below:

Too Shy To Scream

Sacrilege

It Was Mine

Torch Song

For all the latest info on the band visit their official website including all the info on the deluxe packages available for Crash Love.

AFI's Crash Love Drops On September 29th!  Mark Your Calendar!

AFI's Crash Love Drops On September 29th! Mark Your Calendar!