AFI has announced plans for the second leg of “The Blood Tour,” which kicks off June 2nd at The National in Richmond, VA. The band is touring in support of their critically acclaimed new release, AFI (The Blood Album) (Concord), which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative and Hard Rock Albums Charts and No. 5 on The Billboard 200. It’s the band’s second consecutive Top 10 Billboard debut following 2013’s Burials. AFI (The Blood Album) is available on iTunes and Amazon.
The band revealed the album in stages: Stereogum premiered “Get Hurt” (which was also spotlighted on “Best of the Week with Zane Lowe” on Beats 1), Pitchfork debuted the “Snow Cats” video, Rolling Stone launched “White Offerings” and NME introduced “Aurelia.” In between, AFI performed at KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas show, where they delivered what Billboard called “arguably the strongest set of the night.” They tore through “Snow Cats” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, kicked off their headlining tour of North America with a sold-out show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, then wrapped it with two sold-out nights at The Wiltern in Los Angeles.
Before their upcoming North American dates, the band will share the stage with Morrissey, Cage The Elephant and more at the When We Were Young Fest in Santa Ana, then head overseas for a string of dates with Deftones (see itinerary below).
Alternative Press and Q gave AFI (The Blood Album) 4 stars each, AV Club said it sounded like the band are “as fired up now as they were 25 years ago,” People magazine made it a Pick of the Week, Kerrang called it a “serious contender” for the Best Albums of 2017 list, The 405 praised it as “their strongest album in a decade” and ABC News gave it 3.5 stars and described it as “a dynamic record that should please both old and new fans of the band.”
AFI is vocalist Davey Havok, guitarist Jade Puget, bassist Hunter Burgan and drummer Adam Carson.
April 8 Santa Ana, CA When We Were Young Fest
May 5 London, UK Alexandra Palace w/ Deftones
May 6 Manchester, UK O2 Apollo w/Deftones
May 7 Glasgow, UK SECC w/Deftones
June 2 Richmond, VA The National
June 3 Pittsburgh, PA The Stage AE
June 2- June 4 Cincinnati, OH Bunbury Music Festival *
June 6 Norfolk, VA The Norva
June 7 Hartford, CT Webster Theater
June 10 Derby, UK Download Festival
June 15-June 18 Dover, NE Firefly Music Festival *
June 17 Providence, RI Lupos Heartbreak Hotel
June 18 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
June 20 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
June 21 Portland, ME Aura
June 22-25 Montebello, Canada Amnesia Rockfest *
* Check festival website for date of band’s appearance