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AFI: live in Sheffield, Englandlive in Sheffield, England (2003)
Universal Music Group

Reviewer Rating: 4.5


Contributed by: Matt Andrews
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AFI - Sheffield Hallam, NMB The evening began with my dad taking us to the show by car. One hour of awkwardness awaited us as we got in. He, as I predicted, made some lame attempts at humour, maily concerning "punk rock". Needless to say, he wasn't amusing. When we ar.



AFI - Sheffield Hallam, NMB

The evening began with my dad taking us to the show by car. One hour of awkwardness awaited us as we got in. He, as I predicted, made some lame attempts at humour, maily concerning "punk rock". Needless to say, he wasn't amusing.

When we arrived in Sheffield, after some messing around trying to find the NMB, we got out and joined the queue. After waiting in the freezing cold (and I cleverly forgot to bring a coat, damn) for around an hour, we were inside. We took a look around, it reminded me of my local club at home, pretty small and squashed. I took a look at the merch area, was amazed at how full it was. After walking around a little more and watching a bit of the opening band, I decided to get some merch. I must've waited around 30 minutes to be served, but I got 2 shirts, so I was happy.

After that, we headed back into the concert area and made our way to the front of the crowd, sensing the second band were almost finished. Once they went, on came AFI's roadies to set up, which seemed to go on forever. I was wearing the 2 shirts I had just bought, on top of the 2 shirts I already had on (one short sleeve top over a long sleeved one) so I was already pretty hot. After a while, it was time for AFI to come on. The crowd were chanting their name, until the stage lights went out.

Suddenly, Jade and Hunter bounded onstage, followed by Adam. The crowd went insane. The band (minus Davey) started off with Adam playing a fast drumbeat while Jade and Hunter bounded around omstage like crazy. The crowd went wild again, and then Davey came on, then havoc (haha) broke out. Davey started off the chanting (to the uninitiated, it goes 'through our bleeding, we are one') which got everyone into a frenzy. After Strength Through Wounding, the band shot into The Prayer Position, which caused shouts of delight upon the opening riff. Everyone sang along, I barely heard Davey above the crowd, which was cool, but annoying. After that, Sacrifice Theory was played, which was when it got really heated.

Davey did some crowdsurfing. Right as the song was playing, the girl next to me (who, incidentally, had been jabbing my eyes with her 7 inch mohawk all evening) was beginning to pass out. I helped her, along with some other people. As we were trying to move her backwards, I felt the whole crowd surge forward and some hair and in my mouth (...). I looked up to find Davey Havok around 3 centimetres from me, with everyone around us going seven shades of mental. I ripped some of Davey's mesh shirt by mistake (I was pretty taken aback to have my favourite singer appear above me). In the confusion that followed, Davey landed on around 3 or 4 people, including me. As everyone was pushing to reach him, they forced the people next to me onto the floor. I could feel my knees digging into someone's side on the floor, and them shouting for help. Note that Davey was even closer to me at this point, and was actually below me, on top of these people. The next few moments were a little hazy, all I know is that Davey got out of there and had to haul myself up on someone else's shoulders, having to drag my body out from under two people's legs.. not fun, I couldn't stand up on my own. It was getting quite frantic by then, so Davey went a little easier for a while.

The band then played Over Exposure, which was cool, everyone sang along again. Then we got Girl's Not Grey, which sounded great live. I was proud to be one of few people in the crowd to join in with the verse and chorus. Then Ever And A Day was played, one of my favourites, so that was great.
A Winters Tale passed quite quickly, I'm not the biggest fan of the song. A Single Second created the most frenzied moshing of the evening, it was great, and the whole place was singing. This Secret Ninja was a cool surprise, and Morningstar was great. During the song, as tacky as this sounds, Davey looked towards me while I (like everyone else) was singing along. He stared at me, and I stared back, still singing the song, which was cool, it felt like we shared something in the song, which was cool.

Somewhere in the setlist (I cant remember exactly when), Lower Your Head And Take It In The Body cropped up, which was great, we were speculating in the car as to whether AFI would play any of the older stuff. The Despair Factor was good, everyone joined in one the 'one..big..dark...room' part. The Hanging Garden was cool too, one of the highlights of the show. Then we got Midnight Sun, which started pretty weird (I wasn't sure if it was or it wasn't Midnight Sun until the vocals came in) but it went down well, especially the Baudelaire part, which sounded cool, seeing Davey kneel at the drumkit to sing.

Then a rousing Days Of The Phoenix was played, which really had us singing again. Then the band left the stage, and some roadies came on for a minute. Then, of course, the band came back on to finish off with God Called In Sick Today, one of the best tracks, and of course, Totalimmortal (which messed up somehow, Hunter's bass went wrong and when Davey sang the start of the second verse, there was only him and Adam playing, but it was okay because Davey laughed and they continued on anyway). They left the stage, I got out of there and had the best Coke I have ever had in my life.

Setlist:
Strength Through Wounding
The Prayer Position
Sacrifice Theory
Over Exposure
Girl's Not Grey
Ever and a Day
A Winter's Tale
A Single Second
This Secret Ninja
Morningstar
Lower Your Head And Take It In The Body
The Despair Factor
The Hanging Garden
Midnight Sun
Days of the Phoenix
ENCORE:
God Called in Sick Today
Totalimmortal

 


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ThreeChordsAndTheTruth (February 27, 2003)

Who?

sickboi (February 14, 2003)

This guy rules. Your comments match your name. Me likes.

insinceredave (February 14, 2003)

Thats great philosophy!

insincere dave

sickboi (February 11, 2003)

But I have always believed that people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones...

sickboi (February 11, 2003)

I actually started talking shit before the post went up.

BostonMusicGuy (February 11, 2003)

Hey, I have no problem giving me shit. I just didnt want to be known as "pat41" because ever since sum41 got popular people just started putting me together with them. Id rather not be known as the guy that likes sum41 but I guess I am. Oh well what are you going to do. I dont know what the fuck your problem is. I ussually agree with you. or is it because I made fun of your little ann berreta post and your a little bitter.-BostonMusicGuy

Anonymous (February 11, 2003)

Yeah you've been here a while, but you couldn't handle people giving you shit about your name pat41, way to stick to your guns.

-sickboi

BostonMusicGuy (February 11, 2003)

That comment made absolutely no sense.-BostonMusicGuy

sickboi (February 11, 2003)

Long ass time, huh? Yeah, I just got here so I have no clue what I'm talking about.

BostonMusicGuy (February 11, 2003)

By boob I do not mean anything but "he is not funny"... i have been coming here for a long ass time and have never found many of the things he has to say funny. They are always just really long and really boring to read.-BostonMusicGuy

ThreeChordsAndTheTruth (February 11, 2003)

Simple Plan? Look, Pop-Punk is the new pop. Avril Lavigne. Sum 41. Blink 182. Good Charlotte. New Found Glory. And the rest. It's for those chicks who think they're 'punk rawkers' to listen to, and the kids who follow the trends to suddenly think they're 'rockers' cos they like those bands. And of course, the labels (Drive Thru, etc) and the bands are milking the current trend for all it's worth.

Anonymous (February 11, 2003)

Simple Plan.

Discuss.

punky (February 11, 2003)

My comment will be short...

insinceredave (February 11, 2003)

can't think of anything more punk than giving grief to a 16 year old kid. Are you all friends with mr jackson?

-insincere dave

waste_elite (February 11, 2003)

wyzo is on

amphetemines are your friends

sickboi (February 11, 2003)

By boob, I assume you mean witty and hilarious? Him and twat keep me in stitches....

BostonMusicGuy (February 10, 2003)

Wyzo is a long winded boob.-BostonMusicGuy

Vien (February 10, 2003)

I don't know about you guys, but Wyzo kinda scares me.

ThreeChordsAndTheTruth (February 10, 2003)

I respect you now, Wyzo. the other Anonymous guy however, is insane.

sickboi (February 10, 2003)

Wyzo is my idol.

Anonymous (February 10, 2003)

im gonna come to your house and kick your ass you little brittish faggot

and your dad's ass too

Anonymous (February 10, 2003)

[This sentence didn't even make sense "People need to stop thinking peoples parents are inherentally lame just cause theres touched them in there genitalia.
-Matt]

It means people assume if you have your parents at a show, you are not a "cool dude". This must be because parents are not k-rad cool people, and I disagree. I like my parents and am glad you and your dad have a good relationship. If my dad wanted to give me a ride to AFI, I'd be like FUCKING SWEET MY MOM AND DAD ARE GOING TO ROCK AND MY DADS GOING TO SNORT COKE OFF MY MOMS TITS! BEST SHOW EVER!

And most clubs are 110 degrees in the dead of winter, so if your not sweating in a club even if your standing in the back in a tank top under a ceiling fan, its not a rock and roll club. Its a "venue". We (the monarchial punk rock we) do not approve of said clubs, but occasionally wallow amongst the musical plebes if necessary. Clubs have big motorcycles behind the bar, and flames, and book bands based on name alone, and the walls are painted black which make it ten times as hot but it has to be black cause black is rock and roll.

I cant remember if im talking about punk rock or stoner rock anymore so, yeah, AFI's no bongzilla, but uh, yeah, you didn't pick the venue. But make sure to tell davey to quit booking shows at places where you can spot goth chicks drinking zima. Zima is never goth. Quote me on that. Zima is never goth.

wyzo

ThreeChordsAndTheTruth (February 10, 2003)

Listen, jackhole. If you bothered to read the thread, you'd see that [b]my dad gave me a lift to the venue[/b].

Anonymous (February 9, 2003)

What the? This kid went with his dad?! I mean, I'm 22 and if my dad was into punk rock then I'd bring him.....since that's not the case I don't need to worry though (lol),....but shit, this kid must be 13 or 14 years old. It's cool to be into a band at any age, but chances young kids won't take bands seriously and look at it as more of a fashion show than real music.

Anonymous (February 9, 2003)

haha, this'll teach people not to post reviews here.

Anonymous (February 9, 2003)

How horrible and sad at the same time.

That pretty much put the nail in the coffin that punk is dead.

sickboi (February 9, 2003)

That is fucking golden.

ThreeChordsAndTheTruth (February 9, 2003)

Hey, I've heard about you. There's a cool website I thought you might like right here:
cool people click here

Anonymous (February 9, 2003)

matt you're a fucking brittish cocksucking cokehead piece of shit, why dont you LOWER YOUR HEAD AND TAKE IT IN THE ASS

probably by your daddy

ThreeChordsAndTheTruth (February 9, 2003)

I already said it was Coca Cola, not the drug..

And next review I do, I'll comment on the support.

Anonymous (February 8, 2003)

It just kinda pisses me off that he didn't even bother to say anything about the opening bands. It's a slap in the face, basically. No matter who they are.

That's great if he was just there to see AFI but he could've atleast said something about the opening bands.

Anonymous (February 8, 2003)

you were at the show.
you supported all the bands by being there, whether you could have seen them or not, you bought thier shirts (more support) you wore the shirts with pride, you had fun. the artists saw you enjoying thier stuff. and you rocked.

then all these fuckheads decide on wheather or not your good enough to talk about your own experience.

you saw the show, you rock.

-stick

Anonymous (February 8, 2003)

you were at the show.
you supported all the bands by being there, whether you could have seen them or not, you bought thier shirts (more support) you wore the shirts with pride, you had fun. the artists saw you enjoying thier stuff. and you rocked.

then all these fuckheads decide on wheather or not your good enough to talk about your own experience.

you saw the show, you rock.

joeg (February 8, 2003)

good review man. i don't know why everyone's complaining. much better than a lot of other show reviews on this site.

Anonymous (February 8, 2003)

you seem a little young for sniffing coke dude you need to chill seriosuly didn't you know the singer guy is straight edge

Anonymous (February 8, 2003)

the guy two posts below me clearly doesn't speak english as his first language.

Anonymous (February 8, 2003)

No but they did play Die Hard the Hunter.

Anonymous (February 8, 2003)

Who the fuck buys this shit? Seriously this is the worst shit I have EVER heard. Rap punk? What the fuck is that? Yeah, yeah, we get it, they're hard as fuck. They'll beat our ass. Why do we need this? That is what rap is for. And another thing, what is up with Tim Armstrong? Did he just have a stroke? Is that why he sounds as if his left side of his face is paralyzed? Or is he always drunk, cuz that would be cool. Straight up, this is retarded. If I wanted someone telling me how nice their "whips" are or how they and their "crew" can fuck us up, I'd go pick up the new 50 cent cd. So why do we need skinny tattooed white boys rapping? That's my point you can't answer that. Because we don't. Now please people go fuck yourselves. Twat

P.s. WHY DO WE NEED THIS??

You're asking the right question. Why do we need stupid peices of shit like you around here?

Go suck a cock and go back listening to your NFG.

ThreeChordsAndTheTruth (February 8, 2003)

I'm sorry Anonymous. They were not.

Anonymous (February 8, 2003)

No really Matt, answer the question:

WAS DEF LEPPARD THERE? DID THEY PLAY "PHOTOGRAPH?"

ThreeChordsAndTheTruth (February 8, 2003)

That was random.
(This is Matt by the way, I figured I should register)

evildeadalive (February 8, 2003)

Hey matt, I think wizo was defending you on the dad thing...

Anonymous (February 8, 2003)

haha i find it so rediculous that you people are putting so much effort into him for wearing a band shirt that he just bought. who cares the kid went to the show and had a lot of fun. thats what its all about having fun. who cares what you look like or who he went to the show with. its a shame he didnt like sworn in b/c they are an awsome band in y opinion but to each his own. you guys need to get over these "rules" for shows and what to wear and what not to wear. its about the music and having fun.

Anonymous (February 8, 2003)

Thanks Cawsin. And sickboi, he doesn't look craft to me, more like he's just searching for something to be critical about, just for the sake of being critical, like caswin said.

cawsin (February 8, 2003)

what the fuck is with bagging on this guy? so he didn't save his shirts to change into after the show, WHO FUCKING CARES? i can't believe he got shit for that. so he wants to wear them over his other shirts, wow, big deal. it seems quite a few people here are just looking for something to criticize whenever they can. yah, real punks. sorry he and his review didn't live up to your grand expectations.

nice review of the show matt, sounds like you had a good time.

sickboi (February 8, 2003)

I wouldn't argue with Wyzo, he's a crafty bastard.

Anonymous (February 8, 2003)

"Oh, you mean your the asshole with the cell phone in a movie theatre times ten. Either the opening band's friends see them and leave before the headliner or we get dicks like you who think if there not headlining, they're obviously doing something wrong. Maybe they were better than AFI? you'll never know will you.

Were you going to stand around for 4 hours ignoring the opening bands until AFI went on, your going to be there anyway why not give them the time of day. Its a show review, not a headliners review."

hey listen, jackhole. It isn't up to you whether I watch the support or not. If you acually care, Sworn In sucked, their sound was poor, and Face Tomorrow were quite good, melodic and had some nice tunes. If it wasn't for the fact that I wanted merch (which took 30-45 minutes to get) I would have watched their set.

As for this bullshit: "Now you have nothing to change into after the show, and you look like you just rode a log flume ride. Great." Well, thanks for the advice. I just don't remember asking for it. I already explained why I didn't want to just hold the shirts, and, once I left the show, I wasn't particularly sweaty. If you sweat so much that you look like you rode a log flume, maybe you should see a doctor or something.

"Your dad, im fine with.". Oh, good, you're dine with it. Guess what? I didn't go see AFI, come home, then write a review just to please you.I couldnt give a fuck what you think of how I got there and what my dad did. And this sentence didn't even make sense. "People need to stop thinking peoples parents are inherentally lame just cause theres touched them in there genitalia.

-Matt

Anonymous (February 8, 2003)

"I didnt go to see the support"

Oh, you mean your the asshole with the cell phone in a movie theatre times ten. Either the opening band's friends see them and leave before the headliner or we get dicks like you who think if there not headlining, they're obviously doing something wrong. Maybe they were better than AFI? you'll never know will you.

Were you going to stand around for 4 hours ignoring the opening bands until AFI went on, your going to be there anyway why not give them the time of day. Its a show review, not a headliners review.

As for the not wearing a band shirt at the show of said band rule, your not only lame but impractical. The shirt you have on during a show gets soaked in sweat and cigarette smoke, slam dancing or not, thus why you save the new shirt so you can change into a fresh one after the show when you need one. Everyone knows this, its common sense. Of course, none of you were there to dance were you? And i dont mean mosh, i mean dance, have fun, get close enough that if you dont dance, other peoples sweat cling to your shirt.

Now you have nothing to change into after the show, and you look like you just rode a log flume ride. Great.

Your dad, im fine with. People need to stop thinking peoples parents are inherentally lame just cause theres touched them in there genitalia. I'm worried why your dad didn't want to see a good show, does he not like to rock?

wyzo

draftisbetterthanbottled (February 8, 2003)

goober patrol and bad brains are playing here soon, our scene rocks!

Anonymous (February 8, 2003)

i didn't think it was that a bad a review. sure he could have at least mentioned who else was on the bill as that is customary when reviewing any show. but overall, he did a good job of describing the atmosphere, the setlist, what happened during the show, much better than a lot of other show reviews on this site.

Anonymous (February 8, 2003)

did you suck on davey's gothic man-meat afterwards?

Anonymous (February 8, 2003)

Okay, this was my review.

"1) He actually dragged his dad to the show. We all know his dad hated every second being there."

I didn't actually take him inside. He waited in the city. The venue was two hours away from my home, and I can't drive, I'm 16, hence me needing a lift. I couldnt afford the train.

I don't idolize Davey like that, it was just a cool moment. Some of the people here take things too seriously, hell, if a band you like has more than 7 fans then you'll accuse them of selling out anyway, so what the fuck? I'm allowed to enjoy myself.

yeah, I know about the whole 'not wearing the shirt of the band you're seeing' "rule", but seriously, around 75% of the people there had AFI shirts/hoodies on. I would have held them, but I didnt want my arms down by my sides the entire night, and I didnt want to risk dropping them, I'm not particularly tall (5"11) so it was heavy going.

The coke, I meant Coca Cola, of course..

The opening bands; First were Sworn In who I missed because I was getting my shirts - the main reason for getting them was because shops round here don't sell AFI shirts, the punk scene sucks here, so I got them while I could - and the next band were Face Tomorrow, which I didn't bother mentioning because:
A)I havent heard of them before so I have no idea if they played their songs well or not
B)I only heard half their set and wasn't really paying attention to them anyway.

"Great review of AFI
Horribal review of the show"

What? Surely you're contradicting youself? Unless you mean cos I didnt mention the other bands. Listen, it was an AFI show. I didnt go to see the support. If you want fucking Sworn In reviews or Face Tomorrow, go find them, and dude, they'll be under 'Face Tomorrow', not AFI, there's a hint.

"That guy sounds like he wanted to rip off davey's shirt" Nope. I did rip it though, by accident. "it left out alot of other things.....' such as what?

"Didn't the singer from "A" sing to you at the other show you reviewed? You must be popular with the bands." No. A sucked.

Come on. Post some more shit about me.

Anonymous (February 8, 2003)

Dan of the ataris msg board is a cocksuckig homo

Edgie (February 8, 2003)

One can also add..

http://www.nothingnice.com/old/03/02-03-03.shtml

Anonymous (February 8, 2003)

the new afi is wierd. I wont say its horrible, because its growing on me, but it is basically the same song 12 times, its just a mature rock song instead of a hardcore song 12 times. It has its moments, but theres alot of filler. Basically theres no one kickass song, theres no standout tracks, so they tend to blur into AFI group vocals, davey, clean strummed guitar break, davey going "oh" back into the chorus 8 songs in a row.

wyzo

BostonMusicGuy (February 8, 2003)

I dont understand what is so great about AFI. I dont find them to be overly incredible. I dont find them to be above average. But I do find the lead singer to be girly looking... and what the hell is with what he is wearing in this picture.-BostonMusicGuy

Anonymous (February 8, 2003)

the new afi is soooooo fucking good.most that come to this website will hate it though, cuz theyre 17 and think its uncool to like anyband tha tmore than 10 people like.

Anonymous (February 7, 2003)

damn those afi sellouts! having the gall to steal "total immortal" from the offspring!!!! ;)

The_Killings (February 7, 2003)

Didn't the singer from "A" sing to you at the other show you reviewed? You must be popular with the bands.

Are you a groupie?

Anonymous (February 7, 2003)

I'm assuming this kid has got to be 14 or 15 because of the following facts:

1) He actually dragged his dad to the show. We all know his dad hated every second being there.

2) He stared at me, and I stared back, still singing the song, which was cool, it felt like we shared something in the song, which was cool. 'Nuff said.

3) He wore 4 shirts, two on top of the other two he was wearing. There's nothing wrong just holding your shirts while up front...unless you're too scared to lose it. hahahaha. *ahem*

4) No mentioning of the opening bands which makes this whole review even worse.

This score gets a 1 not only for the review but for the band as well.

Anonymous (February 7, 2003)

Ahh, okay, thank you Scott.

- Dan@theundergroundscene.net

maverick (February 7, 2003)

Yessir, that's exactly why. I don't run reviews of new releases until they're released.

-Scott

Anonymous (February 7, 2003)

Hey, where's my review of Sing The Sorrow?

Is it because it's too early to review the album?

- Dan@theundergroundscene.net

Anonymous (February 7, 2003)

That guy sounds like he wanted to rip off davey's shirt, interesting review. Actually pretty crappy review seeing as it left out alot of other things.....it kind of scares me to see what AFI shows are going to be like. I haven't seen them play in a small venue for a few years...that time was good but each time i have seen them latelly they have sucked

preacher (February 7, 2003)

haha waste_elite, I was just about to post that link.

Anonymous (February 7, 2003)

"davey, looked me right in the eyes and we shared a moment" I am a big fan of AFI and it sucks that losers like this write reviews like its a fuckin nysnc concert with 14 year old girls staring at Justin...what a homo..i need a beer.

Anonymous (February 7, 2003)

God bless Mitch, too bad he's always so depressed. I think I'm gonna buy him a hooker, that'll cheer anyone up.

-sickboi

Anonymous (February 7, 2003)

Great review of AFI
Horribal review of the show
what about the other bands?
and you better not say you missed them

waste_elite (February 7, 2003)

sorry, but this cracked me up:

"I was wearing the 2 shirts I had just bought, on top of the 2 shirts I already had on"

http://www.nothingnice.com/old/06-07-02.shtml

Anonymous (February 7, 2003)

Dude, My dad takes me to EVERY SHOW!!!

Anonymous (February 7, 2003)

Sheffield? Was Def Leppard there???

TheOneTrueBill (February 7, 2003)

Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaatt!! i was gonna suggest submitting it here, but i guess i don't need to anymore

Anonymous (February 7, 2003)

So who were the opening bands?

irish_joo (February 7, 2003)

how many afi reviews do we need? seriously, i think one is more than enough

Anonymous (February 7, 2003)

What type of coke?

-sickboi

Anonymous (February 7, 2003)

How old is this reviewer, 15? If so, it's rad that's he's into writing and reviewing and all that stuff. If not, it's pathetic that he got his Dad to take him to the show.

AFI is good.

Anonymous (February 7, 2003)

Pretty good review. It is weird however hearing someone idolize someone like you do Davey Havok.

Anonymous (February 7, 2003)

i had the best coke i ever had of my life. oh i know that feeling.

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