AFI recently called out former bassist Geoff Kresge for selling reissues of the band’s original recordings, and now he has responded to their comments. You can read his statement below.
“Dear AFI fans, friends, and family:
It’s unfortunate that the band has decided to not participate in this part of their history and in turn, make incorrect and untrue remarks about why these records exist.
To set the record straight, we HAVE indeed accounted to AFI for sales of these records, whilst the band is reporting otherwise, is unfortunate and untrue. Additionally, the DORK release is at a pre-order stage and no royalties would be due at this point.
Additionally, Key Lime Pie Records is not a joint venture, partnership or otherwise anything but a business entity solely owned by Geoff Kresge. Geoff paid for these records to be released originally, and is choosing to re-issue them, and he is completely within his rights to do so, contrary to the band’s erroneous statements.
Since the band are choosing to make incorrect and defamatory remarks about Mr. Kresge, the choice to own these records is up to you (the fans). We appreciate all the business that you have given us, and we will continue to offer you quality products in the future.”
Former AFI bassist Geoff Kresge has been selling reissues of the band’s original recordings, and the band have decided to call him out on his actions . You can read their statement below.
“Our former bass player, Geoff Kresge, is selling reissues of original AFI recordings. While we remain proud of every era of our 26 year existence, and certainly do not begrudge Geoff feeling reflective towards the four years he spent with us before he quit, we are confused why he has taken it upon himself to assume control of the shared Key Lime Pie label and release these records without notifying or consulting us.
We had always loved the fact that these releases were special limited edition items, pieces of history that we wanted to keep rare. Geoff has begun accepting pre-orders of the Dork EP and is including on it an unreleased song which he wrote no part of, without getting permission from the co-owners and songwriters. Geoff has never paid anyone in the band, including Mark Stopholese, their share of the proceeds of these sales, despite our repeated requests that he do the right thing and pay our shares.
While we do feel for what we can only assume is Geoff’s financial need, it simply is not fair for one person – a person who left the band willingly in 1996 – to benefit to the exclusion of the other owners of these recordings and writers of the songs. As fans, of course, we support your right to buy as you please, but we wanted you to know that we do not support these sales.”
AFI have announced some Australian dates with Basement and Introvert:
09/09 Sydney, AUS – Big Top
09/10 Melbourne, AUS – Forum Theatre
09/12 Adelaide, AUS – HQ
09/14 Perth, AUS – Metro City
09/16 Brisbane, AUS – Eatons Hill
AFI have premiered a new video for their song “Hidden Knives,” via NME. This song is from the band’s new self-titled album (aka “The Blood Album”), which is availble now.
AFI and Circa Survive have announced a U.S. co-headlining tour. Citizen will serve as support for the trek.
07/14 Columbus, OH – Express Live Indoor Pavilion
07/15 Detroit, MI – Fillmore
07/18 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
07/19 Nashville, TN – War Memorial Auditorium
07/21 St. Louis, MO – Pageant
07/22 Kansas City, MO – The Midland Theatre (no Circa Survive)
07/24 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
07/25 Papillion, NE – Sumtur Amphitheater
07/27 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
07/28 Salt Lake City, UT – Saltair
07/29 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
08/01 San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
08/02 Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robels Amphitheatre
08/03 Troutdale, OR – McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater
08/05 Seattle, WA – The Paramount Theatre
AFI have booked some more U.S. shows for June. Nothing and Souvenirs will serve as support for the trek.
06/02 Richmond, VA – The National (no Nothing)
06/03 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
06/04 Cincinnati, OH – Bunbury Music Festival
06/06 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
06/07 Hartford, CT – The Webster Theater
06/15 Dover, DE – Firefly Music Festival
06/17 Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
06/18 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
06/20 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
06/22 Portland, ME – Aura
06/23 Montebello, QC – Montebello Rockfest
AFI have premiered a new video for their song “Aurelia,” via NME. This song is from the band’s new self-titled album (aka “The Blood Album”), which is availble now.