AFI’s Davey Havok Blasts Animal Experiments In New PETA Ad For “World Rat Day”

AFI frontman Davey Havok and a rat named Wee Man have teamed up for a new PETA ad that was released for “World Rat Day” (April 4). The video was created to speak out against the “forced swim test,” which is conducted by dropping small animals in water and watching them struggle to swim. Havok had the following to say about the “behavioral despair test,” which pharmaceutical companies use to screen antidepressant drugs:

“Is that depression that you’re measuring? No. It’s fear. It’s trauma. It’s fight or flight. … Nothing is gained from that except their suffering. And no animals deserve that. No animals deserve to be treated like that.”

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AFI Postpone Upcoming U.S. Tour

AFI have postponed their upcoming U.S. tour. The trek is now scheduled for this fall. Notably, the band’s March shows in Los Angeles, CA will continue as planned.

Tour Dates:

03/25 Los Angeles, CA – Palladium
03/26 Los Angeles, CA – Palladium
10/21 San Diego, CA – Soma
10/22 Las Vegas, NV – When We Were Young Fest
10/23 Las Vegas, NV – When We Were Young Fest
10/25 Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
10/28 Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theatre
10/29 Las Vegas, NV – When We Were Young Fest
11/04 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
11/05 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
11/07 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
11/08 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
11/09 New York, NY – Terminal 5
11/11 Boston, MA – Royale
11/12 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
11/14 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theater
11/15 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
11/16 Minneapolis, MN – Fillmore
11/18 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
11/19 Salt Lake City, UT – Union Event Center
11/21 Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
11/22 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
11/23 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
11/25 Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater
11/26 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
11/28 Austin, TX – Emo’s
11/29 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
11/30 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
12/02 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
12/03 Orlando, FL – House Of Blues

The group commented:

“Given the current challenges that we are still facing at this stage of the pandemic, we have come to the very difficult decision to postpone The Bodies Tour to the fall of 2022. With Covid cases still on the rise, we fear that we will not be able to complete the tour the way it is currently scheduled, and moving it will hopefully give us a better chance to see it through to its entirety.

Because our Los Angeles shows do not require us to travel, these 2 dates will still be taking place in March. We will also be adding a new show in Anaheim, CA on 10/25 and Ventura, CA on 11/25 to the itinerary. We thank you for your understanding, and we hope you hold onto your tickets for the fall. Please contact your point of purchase if you have any questions.”

AFI Premiere New Song “Caught”

AFI have premiered a new song titled “Caught.” You can check that out below:

Vocalist Davey Havok commented:

“We were really happy with ‘Caught‘ and planned for it to be on the ‘Bodies‘ album. We ended up cutting it at the last minute to allow for a better album flow, but still really loved the song. When we started collaborating with Kes on ‘Where We Used To Meet‘’ we thought it would be a great context to present the song in.”

Drummer Adam Carson added:

“I really like ‘Caught‘ and I fought for it. Even though I didn’t play on it at all, I felt that it was a really good song and would be important on the record. I was crushed when it didn’t make the cut, so I’m happy we are releasing it now.”

AFI’s Music To Be Featured In New Short Film “Where We Used To Meet”

AFI’s music will be featured in a new short film called “Where We Used To Meet.” The band commented:

“‘Where We Used To Meet’: A film by Kes Glozier with music by AFI. We will be hosting an intimate short film premiere experience at Brain Dead Studios in Los Angeles on Tuesday Sept 28th. Tickets are limited for this event. For our fans in other cities and countries, we are premiering the film globally on Sept 30th with a special streaming event + Q&A with us via Moment House. Tickets for both of these events are on sale now.”

AFI Announce 2022 Tour With Cold Cave

AFI have announced a 2022 headlining tour. Cold Cave will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

02/11 San Diego, CA – SOMA
02/12 Las Vegas, NV – The Theater At Virgin Hotel
02/14 Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theatre
02/15 Tucson, AZ – The Rialto Theatre
02/18 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
02/19 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
02/20 Austin, TX – Emo’s
02/22 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
02/23 Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
02/25 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
03/01 Boston, MA – Royale
03/03 New York, NY – Terminal 5
03/05 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
03/08 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
03/09 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
03/11 Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Theatre
03/12 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
03/13 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
03/15 Minneapolis, MN – Fillmore
03/17 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
03/18 Salt Lake City, UT – Union Event Center
03/19 Boise, ID – Revolution Center
03/21 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
03/22 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
03/24 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
03/25 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium

AFI’s Davey Havok Announces NFT Photo Collaboration With Nedda Afsari

AFI’s Davey Havok has teamed up with photographer Nedda Afsari for a new NFT called “A Strange Year: Day 293.” Fans can bid on that via Ephimera.com. You can also read more about the collaboration HERE.

Afsari commented:

“When quarantine hit, we had to come up with different ways to express ourselves in isolation. Dave approached me with the idea of documenting him in his personal space, untethered. Meaning, Dave in his unkempt environment.”

Havok added:

“After having first shot with Nedda, I longed to get back in front of her lens. Before I could, the pandemic hit, and without safe beautification options, I fell into disarray. My hair went uncut for months. My mustache grew serpentine and obscene. Needless to say, I needed documentation. Thankfully, Nedda was ready for the sordid task. Amidst the quiescence of my home, she captured me at, what traditionally would be construed as, my most masculine. What I call my ”70s porn coke dealer moment’ felt too sensational for the archives. The photos were just too alluring. Thus, another excuse to work with Nedda was born. I asked if she’d consider doing a third shoot to document the post-porn look, suggesting we combine three starkly different shoots, capturing varied versions of myself, into a single show: A Strange Year.”

[via Blabbermouth]

AFI Premiere New Songs “Dulcería” And “Far Too Near”

AFI have premiered two new songs, “Dulcería” and “Far Too Near.” You can find a video for “Dulcería” and a visualizer for “Far Too Near” below. Both tracks will appear on the band’s new album “Bodies,” which is set to be released on June 11. “Dulcería” was co-written by Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan and Davey Havok says it “suggests, if you spend too much time in the candy store you may end up stuck to the floor.” Jade Puget added:

“Billy and I have a great creative connection when we’re writing together. It was inspiring to work with such a talented and legendary songwriter and ‘Dulcería‘ is a testament to that.”