By: Gary Graff
AFI kicks off its first tour in four years tonight (September 12) in Minneapolis, following a surprise warm-up date on Tuesday (September 10) at the Troubadour in Los Angeles.
The group is ostensibly promoting its new album, "Burials;" though it doesn't come out until October 22, AFI has released two singles, "I Hope You Suffer" and "17 Crimes."
Guitarist Jade Puget, meanwhile, tells us that the group has done only minimal preparation for the tour:
"We never rehearse. Even when we're going on tour, we'll rehearse a couple of times, and we haven't rehearsed in over two years and the first time we ran through the set it's like we had this weird muscle memory...and it all comes back. Even songs we haven't played in years you just remember them, so we kind of got right back on the horse."
Puget says the same even holds true for the new material from "Burials:"
"We went into the studio (and) we really rehearsed that stuff a lot and worked it out in pre-production, so we're very familiar with the songs live, at least from the (album) rehearsals."
AFI is also promoting "Burials" with a special series of videos it's been posting online.
AFI's North American tour, which includes Riot Fest shows in Denver and Chicago, wraps up November 2, and the group is slated to be part of the Soundwave Festival during late February and early March in Australia.
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