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AFI at the Fillmore Detroit, 3 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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It took 22 years and 10 albums but modern rockers AFI finally deemed one of its albums “AFI.”

The quartet’s latest release came out in January debuting at No. 5 on the Billboard 200. the 14-song set, AFI’s first in four years, is also the first produced by guitarist Jade Puget, who composes the songs with frontman Davey Havok. Havok (real name David Passaro) and Puget also spend time in the electronic group Blaqk Audio, while the singer is also working with member of No Doubt in another band called Dreamcar...

• Havok, 41, says that maintaining so many different projects keeps all of them fresh for him. “It’s very invigorating, really,” he explains by phone from Los Angeles, where he resides. “Being able to go back and forth really gives each of the projects a fresh look and makes it inspiring. Going from writing and performing inorganic dance music with Blaqk Audio to organic rock music with AFI always makes each of them fresh and fun, and it’s exciting to go back to one after being immersed in the other. Artistically speaking the cycle is really fulfilling for us.

• Having Puget co-produce the “AFI” album was overdue, according to Havok, and not entirely different from other band recording processes. “It’s so natural,” he says. “It’s so similar to how it’s been for years, and for me it’s very much the same because Jade has always had such a strong hand in producing the records. When he and I write he crates these elaborate demos, and in this case he dedicated himself to being the one to take those demos and make them greater than they already were for the record. There’s no one to do that better than him, really. He’s always been really, really involved in producing these records, so for him to take the next step and actually take on that role was natural.

• Havok also release Dreamcar’s self-titled debut album in May and did some touring with the group, which includes the three instrumentalists from No Doubt. The group also played some shows this year, with more planned in the future. “It’s so fun for me,” Havok says. It’s a really great experience. I was touched when those guys approached me to do the project with them, and I’m just really excited to be a part of it.”

If You Go

• AFI, Circa Survive and Citizen

• Saturday, July 15. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

• The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.

• Tickets are $29.50-$59.50.

• Call 313-961-5451 or visit thefillmoredetroit.com.

Web Site: www.thefillmoredetroit.com

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