Surveying the view from a portable stage at the Riverport Amphitheatre (now the UMB Bank Pavilion), AFI's Hunter Burgan wondered, "How did I get here?" The year was 1997, and Burgan, who officially joined AFI earlier that year, was playing something other than a punk club for the first time in a career that included nearly a dozen previous stints in other Bay Area bands. This St. Louis appearance, which seemed so intimidating at the time, foreshadowed a future that even the most optimistic AFI enthusiasts — and there weren't many, given that this has always been a gloomy group — never envisioned. These days, AFI would command the main stage, on the other side of the... More >>>