"Are you ready for a long fucking night?" Dave Grohl sneered, just four songs into what would unspool into a massive two-and-a-half hour set in St. Paul, MN, Wednesday night as Foo Fighters kicked off their 27-date North American tour. Grohl has plenty of material to choose from at this point in his career, so rather than trading in any of his band's greatest hits to feature material off their latest studio album, Wasting Light, he did what any self-respecting, spotlight-loving rock star would do: He simply made his band play longer. Much, much longer.
Before AFI took the stage Friday night, the crowd at the sold-out Epic nightclub in Minneapolis began an impromptu, fist-pumping chant: "Through our bleeding, we are one!" Taken from AFI's 1999 album Black Sails in the Sunset, the chant demonstrated the close relationship the band's followers have with the music; there was a profound sense that seeing AFI live is a communal experience for the fans, who pressed toward the stage to dance, fight, sweat, and sing together as the band took the stage and began their set. Though AFI's new album Crash Lovehad only been available for a few days, many in the audience were already familiar with the songs and had no trouble singing along, including the opener "Torch Song." Lead singer Davey Havok was the glammed-out savior for a congregation of pop-punk disciples, although these days he seems like an unlikely icon for the sea of black t-shirts th