30 Years of AFI
We all form one dark flameSUBMIT YOUR MEMORY
A Love Story
I fell in love with AFI in highschool like most of their fans. My sister used to play Black Sails and AOD so loud in her bedroom I began to know all the lyrics. I’ve been front row at all 8 of their shows I attended in Vancouver, B.C. except when I was 8 months pregnant I had a group of friends surround me to protect me. My sister and I share our love for AFI still to this day. We even got tattoos a while back to always remember their influence. Much love Davey, Jade, Hunter and Adam ❤️
TV changed my life
I was around 12 years old when I saw the snowy music video for Love Like Winter on my TV screen and it changed my life. I could not stop thinking about it in for days after and I got that album gifted to me. Almost 15 years later I still hold AFI in my heart. Thank you for making the art you do and for helping a younger me grow through the hardship of being a teenager.
Black sails and wings
I have been an AFI fanatic since 2001. A close friend of mine introduced me and there was no turning back. I have three AFI tattoos. My black sails, a pumpkin and my star with a fire inside surrounded by wings. These tattoos remind me of all of the AFI concerts I have been to and my bestfriend. I can’t wait to see you all in concert again. And I just want to meet you one day!
Jumping On The Bed
The first time I recall hearing AFI was at a sleepover at my two friends’ place across the street. They were sisters. Their older brother had the decemberunderground CD in his room and while he wasn’t there, my friends and I turned it on and jumped around on his bed listening to it. I specifically remember wondering why he was screaming but I loved it. I also remember seeing the CD booklet and I was mesmerized by their sense of fashion. We were maybe 9 years old or so. One day I finally bought the CD for myself, and eventually most of their others. AFI is one of the first bands I ever got into and I’ve been a huge fan ever since. They helped me understand my dark feelings more, which helped me cope and better express those feelings. They helped me out when I used to cry alone in my bedroom. They helped me develop my own style that I was comfortable with as well, and I still practically dress the same way to this day. I am finally going to see AFI live in February and it’s really been a long time coming. I’m 22 now. I’ll be forever grateful for this band.
15 year old me and my favourite AFI t-shirt.
15 year old me at my friends place back in the day. I’m 35 now and still a huge fan of AFI and always will be. My friend toke this photo and clearly I wasn’t ready for the picture lol. I first saw AFI when I was around the same age in the picture. When I saw them live that was the first time I heard of them and I fell in love with the band and the lifestyle they lived. I myself have a dark side to me but also can be very loving and caring also. AFI’s album “The Art of Drowning” helped me through a lot and also made me realize who I am supposed to be. And that’s someone that stands out from the crowds and be original and unique. Thank you and happy 30 year anniversary AFI love you guys till death.
First time meeting the band.
Davey came out front(where I was standing with it), and brought me back in to get it signed. Adam sent me stickers through Nitro, when I mentioned there were none at the show. I also said he should get a computer to see the AFI message board. That was his response he wrote to me. It was so awesome. Great guys!
Of Greetings and Goodbyes
I saw AFI at the Wiltern in Los Angeles in 2017 when they were touring on The Blood Album. I’d seen AFI about 6 times at this point in my life and for the most part they had similar set lists each time. This time was different. The set list was absolutely stacked with Paper Airplanes, This Celluloid Dream, and Total Immortal. But nothing will compare to when they played my absolute favorite song, Of Greetings and Goodbyes. I got into AFI when I was 13. In 2017 I was 28 years old and I never thought I’d hear that song live ever. When they kicked in with those first 2 snare/kick drum hits I lost my fucking mind. My wife and I looked at each other like oh my God it’s finally happening! I’ve been to hundreds of concerts over the course of my life and that moment, that 2 minutes will forever be at the top of the list. There will never be a more important band in my life than AFI. Thank you Davey, Adam, Jade, and Hunter for the music you’ve made and will hopefully continue to make. Long Live A Fire Inside.
This Time Imperfect
Sing The Sorrow holds a dear place in my heart as my favorite album of all time. My mother bought me the album when I was 5 years old and even bought me a matching shirt with it. Times were rough as my father left, but listening to that record with my mom in our car each day kept me happy. I even performed Dancing Through Sunday at a school talent show. Thank you for being a part of my life and memories, AFI.
My first AFI show
For my 15th birthday, my parents flew me from Maryland to Florida to see AFI for my very first time. It was the Decemberunderground tour at Jannus Landing in St. Pete. I screamed til I lost my voice, and danced the night away. I’ll never forget how incredible that moment was, I’ve now seen AFI 8+ times, and have 3 different tattoos. Thanks guys for creating music, I feel like you’re family to me. 🖤
I just want to say thank you. I was 18 years old, going to a party with friends and the moment I walked through the door I heard Davey sing. I asked the host, “who is this?” He replied, “AFI.” The next morning I went to FYE and bought the entire discography. Now 23 years later I’ll be taking my daughter to see them for the first time next year. Thank you for the inspiration for life, tattoos and a lifelong love.
My first AFI concert
AFI has been my fav band since 2005. My first concert was in Detroit at the Fillmore in 2009, shortly after Crash Love was released. The excitement I felt knowing I was finally seeing them live for the first time was insane. That experience was one I will never forget. The energy in the room was a feeling I never experienced until that day. Everyone sang, jumped, and danced their hearts out. The band as a whole gave such a powerful performance that night, you could feel their passion and energy emulating. It was truly an experience I will never forget and still experience every time I see AFI live. I will love AFI forever and always. Thank you for your beautiful music, art and powerful performances throughout the last 30 years.
So the first time I saw AFI. Was right when their first album came out. They were opening up for Dancehall Crashers at Paterson Hall in Fresno. We’d rent a Uhaul and load it up with ppl to go to the show. Tbh I didn’t really like Dancehall crashers and had never heard of AFI, just loved shows. I remember them going on and it changed my life. They came so hard and put on such a show. After that I love been a fan for life. That Uhaul ride home was filled with excitement and a mini mosh pit. Good old days. Thank you
Leaving Song Pt 2. Music Video Contest
I remember the elation of winning tickets off the radio as a 13 year old and thinking how cool I was to be going to my first real concert with my friends to see our favorite band AFI. I remember when the band put out the music video contest for the Leaving Song Part 2 and my friends and I going on a crazy mission to create the coolest music video tribute to our favorite band, even sneaking into the school auditorium after hours to film scenes. 20 years later and it’s what I do for a living. That was the literal moment I fell in love with filmmaking and decided to set out to become a Hollywood film director (or die trying). It would not be an exaggeration to say that AFI helped me discover who I was and what I truly love and for that I’ll forever be grateful.
I have had a weird life of solitude, isolation, and starting over multiple times. In one of my roughest periods I happened across AFI. Their album Sing the Sorrow resonated so profoundly with the sadness I had been working through for many years. It gave a voice to so much hurt and allowed me to move beyond pain that I had never been able to comfort in myself. Despite being impoverished for most of my life I managed to get the CD for myself. As circumstances changed and my life began to improve with effort and persistence… the first vinyl I ever purchased was the Red Special edition of Sing the Sorrow, which sits sealed, the plastic slightly damaged, one of my fondest possessions.
Okay, so back in 2006 I came up to edmonton.
I was 13 at the time and I got tickets to go see AFI, my first concert loved afi they were and still are my favorite band.
Well at the show I was with my older brother (20 years older) and asked if I could go to the crowd and I was on my way, enjoyed the opener I was a chill experience so far and then AFI came on.
My brother told me how he witnessed everyone in the beer gardens run over to the stage and how the crowd just got hectic.
Well there I was In my first concert unprepared for what was happening I remember me and a group of Stangers tried to hold the line and out spot but it just wasn’t possible lol.
I remember moving back to a more chill part of the crowd and fucking Davey havok finishes a bottle of water and tosses it in the crowd and it just bumping me on the head with sniper precision.
Overall it was a good night and one that I could remember, really glad AFI was my first concert.
Interview with Davey at a metro Chicago in early 2000s
I was the photographer for a zine called “Jaded in Chicago.” We had interviewed and photograph countless bands since the 90s. We covered so many bands from their start at the Fireside Bowl Chicago, up until they became extremely well known and successful (Jimmy Eat World, Death Cab for Cutie, Alkaline Trio, etc). Sometime in the early 2000s we were covering AFI at the Metro in Chicago and Davey agreed to be interviewed. We met with him backstage. The editor, Bill, interviewed him and I sat there holding the camera I just took pictures with. I was mesmerized by Davey’s tattoos as a fellow lover of Nightmare Before Christmas. I found myself staring, likely uncomfortably for Davey, at the details of his tattoos and then his articulate answers. He saw this, but was so kind and interactive with me even though I was very shy meeting him. It was a moment to remember, and have been a fan since.
AOD release show Oct 2000
The AOD release show at the Fillmore in SF in Oct 2000 is to this day (1,000 shows later) in my top 3 most memorable and best shows I’ve had the privilege of attending. It was (personally) the best AFI you could want with nothing but AOD and before on the set list, the show was absolutely insane even for being at the Fillmore, & with Tiger Army and (sorry guys, probably the best band ever) The Nerve Agents on the bill, it made it quite literally one of the best shows you could ever ask for. Got this poster signed after the show outside and everyone was as nice as you could imagine.
My AFI Introduction
There I was a 7 year old boy in the backseat of my moms car. Little did I know she bought the new Decemberunderground album and my life would be changed forever. I can still remember hearing the opening Prelude 12/21 thinking what is this and how have I not heard it yet? Fast forward 16 years later AFI is still my favorite band but what makes it even better is that I finally get to see them live in concert February 2022 in ATX. Here’s to another 30 years of AFI!
Love like 17
It was a beautiful summer afternoon on August 13 2019. I was beyond excited to see AFI. My boyfriend spent the day with me, and as we drove to the concert 17 Crimes played. I typically get emotional when hearing the track because it reminds me of an honest youthful type of love , and carefree breezy summer days. As I sat enjoying the music filling the summer sky, my boyfriend grabbed my hand and lead me down to the bottom of the hill as 17 Crimes was playing… I wasn’t sure what the reason was…. Until he proposed to me in front of the crowds of people to my favourite band, and a very sentimental song. My heart truly was full, to have someone who finally understood me to the core, including the passion that is AFI and their artistry. That moment will be remain with me beyond and to all time.
Miss the sorrow
It’s 4pm. I get to the alley where the “A” artists’ labels are, and there it it’s, the brand new “Sing the sorrow” album. It was a long way from the store to my car. I get in, put the disc into the player and Miseria cantare trembled through the speakers and the next weeks, my stereo didn’t meet any other CD. 2021, l got a bargain of Sing the sorrow CD signed on eBay. Still looking forward to meet the band…still looking forward to an album that surpasses this masterpiece.
Love Like Winter – Feb 2007
I fell in love with AFI’s music when Sing the Sorrow was released, which is still one of my all time favorite albums and one that got me through high school. I live in a small town in the middle of the Midwest so seeing your favorite artists live didn’t always happen but I did get the chance to see them in Des Moines at Val Air Ballroom in Feb of 2007 and it was a blizzard! Horrible weather but we still waited outside for several hours so we could be upfront. Totally worth it.. the atmosphere, fans, and music were absolutely wonderful! I got some artwork from Sing the Sorrow tattooed on my neck shortly after which is now faded and definitely needs touched up and maybe the rest of the album added to it 🙂
First time meeting
Best friend and I, AFI road trip to Springfield Missouri. Met a radio DJ who invited us backstage to meet the band. They were fantastic and kind, commented on us being from Seattle and traveling all that way to see them. Month later at a DF meet and greet in Medford, Oregon, Davey mentioned that he remembered us from the Missouri show…that has always stuck with me.
My collection started when I was in high school in 2006, when Decemberunderground came out, in an instant I became a fan of them, I had already heard their song Silver and Cold years ago, only I didn’t know who they were but I really liked that song, and coincidentally I found it between those months when I got to know more about them after buying the Decemberunderground album, some time later I acquired their other albums and other accessories.
Adam taking a pic with me, Seattle, 2010
This photo was taken after a show at Showbox Sodo in 2010. Adam
was so kind and generous with his time. He talked to everyone there, laughing
and taking pictures. I think it’s this kind of connection with their fans that
helps the band endure.