PICS: AFI at the Observatory North Park

AFI thundered through the Observatory North Park recently with a high-energy, goth-punk spectacle.

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The band's insane shows have simply become legendary -- Alternative Press has called frontman Davey Havok an undeniable "bona fide rock god," after all -- and their recent San Diego concert was no different.
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The group -- which, aside from Havok, includes drummer Adam Carson, bassist Hunter Burgan (left) and guitarist Jade Puget (right) -- tore through a 17-song set list during their Dec. 10 show.
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AFI started the night off with "Strength Through Wounding," "So Beneath You," "Get Dark," "Girl's Not Grey," "Now the World," "Synesthesia," "17 Crimes," "Trash Bat," "Feed From the Floor"... (Puget pictured)
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Followed by "Sacrifice Theory," "Back into the Sun," "Endlessly, She Said," "The Conductor," "...But Home is Nowhere," and "Silver and Cold."
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The band ended the night with a two-song encore of "Morningstar" and "Totalimmortal."
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The AFI acronym stands for “A Fire Inside,” but band members have stated that it originally stood for “Asking For It” and “Anthems For Insubordinates.” (Carson pictured)
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The group started to reach substantial commercial success following the release of their fifth album, “The Art of Drowning,” in 2000 when it peaked at No. 174 on the Billboard 200 chart. (Burgan pictured)
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But it was their following album, 2003’s “Sing the Sorrow,” that launched them into huge mainstream popularity. The album peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and remained on the chart for 51 whole weeks thanks to its massive singles “Girl’s Not Grey” and “Silver and Cold.”
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“Sing the Sorrow” was certified Platinum by the RIAA in 2006 and has become the band’s best-selling release to-date. As of 2009, the album has sold more than 1.26 million copies.
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Their seventh album, “Decemberunderground,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2006 and featured the huge hit single, “Miss Murder.” They released “Crash Love” in 2009, and their ninth studio album “Burials” in 2013, which hit No. 9 on the Billboard 200.
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During an interview with the Boston Globe, Havok talked about the band's influences: "Each of us grew up on everything from punk to hardcore to dark '80s U.K. stuff like The Cure, Bauhaus, Joy Division, and the Sisters of Mercy. And there were rock bands like the Misfits, Samhain, and Danzig and industrial bands like Skinny Puppy, Ministry, Front 242 and Alien Sex Fiend. And we all love the Smiths."
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The band’s 10th studio album is self-titled (often referred to as "The Blood Album") and released on Jan. 20, 2017 through Concord Music Group. As such, vinyl for the new album was originally sold in four different color variants -- one for each blood type.
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Just a couple weeks ago (Dec. 7), AFI released an EP titled "The Missing Man" featuring five new songs. A nice gift for the fans during the holidays -- we like your style, guys. Come back soon!
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