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Last night, The Afghan Whigs began their reunion tour at The Bowery Ballroom, one of my favorite venues in New York. I was fortunate to score a ticket thanks to Stephen Slaybaugh getting them the old fashioned way – lining up at the box office. Who knew this was even still a thing?
I’d seen the band only twice while they were around, once at Irving Plaza and a second time at some weird campground in NJ. I’ve only been casually excited when bands like Pavement, the Pixies, or Guided by Voices announced reunions, but when word came out about the Whigs coming back, I knew it was going to be special. Dulli still has things to say, and even though he’s had solid runs in Twilight Singers and the Gutter Twins, you can’t deny the Whigs’ catalog and history.
The show was great. Playing from all parts of their career, the energy was high and Dulli hasn’t lost a beat. While maybe a little sloppy at times, all was forgiven especially since this was their first show in front of a crowd in 13 years. He continued to give thanks to Sub Pop for giving them their start, and was ready to go toe to toe with an audience member when the guy shouted “just play, assshole.” Classic Dulli. Then, later in the show, when he smelled someone smoking a joint, he had them hand it to him and before he took a puff said something along the lines of, “If this has angel dust, It’s gonna get loud in here.” It certainly was loud, and definitely awesome. Hope you get to see them on the tour.
Set list after the jump. Continue reading
Recorded for Donewaiting/Each Note Secure’s A Very Ohio Christmas compilation, this Bicentennial Bear song was recorded in 2010, much before word of this reunion was ever discussed as a reality. Last night, the band Tweeted a link to the song, and that’s good enough reason for us to repost the song. I’ll be at their first show tomorrow night at The Bowery Ballroom and I am super excited. The Whigs will also be performing on Fallon tonight.
Bicentennial Bear wished for it last Christmas, and one year later dreams do come true. The Afghan Whigs are reuniting!
Celebrate by listening to their song:
On Sunday 27th May 2012 Alexandra Palace will host the first show in 13 years from Cincinnati’s rock legends THE AFGHAN WHIGS. Formed in 1986, the bands career from then until 2001 saw them release six acclaimed albums highlighted by the classic Gentlemen LP in 1993. Fusing classic rock with grunge-era distortion and a heavy soul influence, Afghan Whigs were one of the most renowned live bands of their time and this long awaited reformation will no doubt be a very special event.
ATP are also pleased to confirm their return to Asbury Park, New Jersey USA where they will follow last year’s debut in that city with a 2012 I’ll Be Your Mirror event, the Saturday night of which will be headlined by The Afghan Whigs and curated by the Whigs’ frontman Greg Dulli. Tickets & accommodation for the three day event running September 21st-23rd will go on sale in early January 2012 when the start of the fantastic line-up will also be announced – fans can sign up now to receive info about a pre-sale.