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AFI make triumphant return to Detroit

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AFI at Saint Andrews Hall in Detroit 9-13-13


On Friday, AFI brought the second night of their Burials tour to Detroit where they took the stage at Saint Andrews Hall.

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The band is releasing their latest album, Burials, on October 22 through Republic Records.

The album was produced by Gil Norton (Foo Fighters, Pixies, Patti Smith) in Los Angeles and features new singles "I Hope You Suffer" and "17 Crimes".

AFI has not toured in three years and they kicked the current tour off on Tuesday with a surprise warm-up date in L.A. before the first official date on Thursday in Minneapolis.

The tour runs through November 2.

Friday's sold out show found the band leaning heavily to their older material to the delight of the energetic crowd.

Their rabid energy kicked off long before the band hit the stage as they loudly let loose with the familiar chant of "Through our bleeding we are one" from the AFI song "Strength Through Wounding".

It was obvious that those in attendance were eager to see AFI return to the stage and made it clear that the band had no reason to worry that their long break has affected their fan's devotion.

Once the band hit the stage, they returned the crowd's affection and enthusiasm ten-fold as they tore through radio hits like opener "The Leaving Song Pt. II", "Love Like Winter", "Girl's Not Grey" and "Miss Murder".

Along the way they took care of the fans that have been with them since the beginning by pulling out older material like "A Single Second" and "Ever and a Day".

It was the crowd's first chance to see "I Hope You Suffer" and "17 Crimes" live and they welcomed them with a loud and positive response.

The set also included a fantastic cover of The Cure's "Just Like Heaven".

Front man Davey Havok has not lost any of his stage presence and still cannot stay still as he hopped from one platform to the next and prowled from one end of the stage to the other and even made his way out into the crowd at one point.

After moving from shoulder to shoulder to the center of the room, he finished performing "God Called In Sick Today".

Guitarist Jade Puget and bassist Hunter Burgan were also constantly on the move and drummer Adam Carson's furious pounding kept things rolling.

After the building exploded during "Dancing Through Sunday", AFI exited the stage prompting the crowd to begin chanting again.

The band returned to the stage for an encore of "The Days of the Phoenix" and "Silver and Cold".

AFI Setlist:

The Leaving Song Pt. II
Girl's Not Grey
I Hope You Suffer
A Single Second
Love Like Winter
Ever and a Day
17 Crimes
The Interview
Over Exposure
Just Like Heaven
Bleed Black
God Called in Sick Today
Miss Murder
Dancing Through Sunday


The Days of the Phoenix
Silver and Cold


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