Review: AFI dig deep for show at The Fillmore Detroit
Tracy Heck

On Saturday, July 15, AFI played the second show of their co-headlining tour with Circa Survive at the Fillmore Detroit. The quartet played a 17 song set that managed to hit on every aspect of their catalog and was highlighted by a number of deep tracks.

Toledo band Citizen opened the show with a solid set of post-hardcore rock that helped get the crowd primed for the co-headliners. The band had a number of friends and family on hand and they played before a crowd that packed in early.

Circa Survive played a riveting hour set that mixed in their unique brand of soft rock, hardcore and progressive rock. The Philly band is getting ready to release their new album The Amulet on September 22 and the band played first single "Lustration" in Saturday's set.

Circa Survive opened their set with "Get Out" and closed with powerful fan favorite "Nesting Dolls."

AFI is out touring behind their self-titled 2017 release, which is also referred to as the "Blood" album. The band did pull out a couple of tracks from the release in "Aurelia" and "So Beneath You", but the band mostly stuck to older tracks, which was to the delight of the packed crowd.

The band set the tone for the night right from the start as they burst into "Miseria Cantare-The Beginning", which they hadn't performed since 2007. As the evening went on, the band would also pull out rare tracks like "The Lost Souls," "Clove Smoke Catharsis," "He Who Laughs Last," and "Paper Airplanes (Makeshift Wings)."

The hits like "Girl's Not Grey," "Love Like Winter," and "Miss Murder" were also there, but it was the rarities that really stood out and drew the biggest reaction from the crowd. Powerful performances of "End Transmission" and "Silver and Cold" also stood out.

Frontman Davey Havok's high energy level drew the crowd in and kept them dancing and singing along throughout the set and the band's effortless chemistry with one another is always fun to watch.

After closing things out with "Miss Murder", the band returned to the stage for an encore of two more rarities in "Morningstar" and "This Celluloid Dream" that was proceeded by Havok addressing the Detroit crowd and thanking them for being "F*cking amazing as you always are."