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Last Reviewed August 20th, 2006
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AFI Rocks The House
Venue/Date: Montbleu Resort Casino & Spa (Lake Tahoe, NV)
Concert Date:  
September 8th, 2006
Reviewer: jacob

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Lovers of punk rock, young and old, pumped their fists in unison and screamed A.F.I.’s song lyrics word for word during Tuesday’s show in Reno.

The signature scent of the evening? Sweat. The dress code? Pretty much anything black, with emo hair to match.

Saosin and Tiger Army got the half-filled Lawlor Events Center crowd’s energy up with a dose of tough, fast-paced punk tunes.

Tiger Army’s frontman, Nick 13, sounded reminiscent to Bad Religion’s vocalist as he sang the band’s new song, “LunaTone,” with conviction and clarity. Jeff Roffredo rocked his dark sunglasses on-stage, thumping the beats on the stand-up bass. Nick 13’s pinstripe ensemble only added to Tiger Army’s take on old school punk music with an updated edge. The kids in the mosh pit loudly chanted, “Never Die!” as the band played the song of the same name.

As the audience awaited headliners A.F.I., some of the tweens in the front row decided to crowd-surf despite the fact that there was no band performing. A boy, who might have been only about eight or nine years old, looked the part of a rock star with a spiky blond mohawk, slip-on Vans, and baggy camouflage cargo shorts. Little puffs of smoke rose above the floor of the venue and lingered about three feet over the crowd’s heads like whispy white clouds.

A.F.I. made its grand entrance with vocalist Davey Havok’s shadow illuminated by white lights as he sang behind a sheer black curtain. Jumping right into an hour-long set of rambunctious running, jumping, and twirling to entertain fans, A.F.I. rarely took more than a few moments between songs.

In the opening chords of “Silver and Cold” from the 2003 album, “Sing the Sorrow,” guitarist Jade Puget shrugged his shoulders and took his hands off of his guitar when it suddenly became out of tune. Havok looked over at Puget and kept on singing as he exchanged instruments.

A.F.I. has a legion of devoted fans, called “The Despair Faction,” and it seemed as if they were out in full-force as the audience sung along with Havok and chanted like rock cheerleaders the entire night. Havok let fans in the front rows hold him up as he screamed into the microphone.

For the show’s finale, white confetti sprinkled down from the ceiling, adding to the wintery ambiance of A.F.I.’s theme on its latest album, “Decemberunderground.” It created an ethereal rock kind of mood.

The band closed the night with its hit “Miss Murder,” causing one last frenzy in the mosh pit. The group took a bow and stuck around on stage for awhile to acknowledge the droves of people who made it out to see them. Not many bands do that anymore, and it was refreshing to see a band stay humble.

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