Afghan Whigs reunite

My favorite band of the 1990s (one of my favorite bands ever, in fact), the Afghan Whigs, will perform for the first time in more than a decade next year at the All Tomorrow's Parties festivals in London (5/25-5/27) and Asbury Park, New Jersey (9/21-9/23). Whigs frontman Greg Dulli is curating the Asbury Park lineup. The Afghan Whigs mean a great deal to me as I "grew up" with them in Cincinnati, Ohio, when I was covering the local music science for the alt.weekly paper there. Also, the first article I ever wrote for a national magazine was a profile of the Whigs for Alternative Press back in 1992. I most recently hung out with bass player John Curley over the summer at his Ultrasuede Studio. He and my son played a rousing rendition of the Whigs' classic "Somethin' Hot." My son sang. He is 5 years old. A recording of that session is locked in the vaults for some future box set, but in the meantime, above is the tune as the Whigs played it back in 1998. And below they perform "Debonair" in 1993. "The Afghan Whigs to Reunite for ATP"



  1. Dude, how about some Ass Ponys coverage.  

    And I pray they tour next year.  I never got to see the Afghan Whigs…at least not that I can recall.  

    Dear Whigs, 
    Please play in DC this summer, preferably at the Black Cat.
    Former Detroiter

    1. I will ask John but I’d imagine it’s just for the two reunion shows, at least for now. They all have various other projects that keep them busy and happy.

  2. I feel like such an idiot for not having heard of this band before. Adding them to Graeter’s Ice Cream makes two amazingly awesome things I know to have come from Cincinnati.

    1. Always loved a scoop of double chocolate chip with a scoop of mint chocolate chip on top, great dessert for walkin’ down Ludlow Ave after Skyline.

  3. And this month, I’ll have the chance to see a reunited Scratch Acid and reunited Dinosaur Jr.  Everyone’s doing it, so why not the Whigs?

    1. Scratch Acid should be fun! I never caught them live the first time around but I’d imagine they are intense live.

      1. I grew up in Texas and one of my big regrets in life was a friend inviting me to go see Scratch Acid and the Butthole Surfers play live at some park and I chose to go to the movies with a girl….

  4. I used to be skeptical of these reunion shows until I caught a reunited Slint a few years back.  It was one of the best shows I’ve seen in the past decade.

    1. Also, I just saw Twilight Singers (Greg Dulli’s current band) play a couple months ago and he’s at the top of his game. Looks great and sounds great. And John’s new band Fists of Love is terrific. I believe Rick still plays gigs in Minneapolis although I haven’t talked to him in years. In any case, these guys haven’t been sitting around, drinking Hudepohl and eating cheese coneys. They’ll be on point for sure.

  5. @boingboing-eccbc87e4b5ce2fe28308fd9f2a7baf3:disqus You ever catch Scream Bloody Murder, Sex Device or AMF? They were my favorite Cincy (ok Dayton too) bands back then.

  6. I loved Afghan Whigs in college.  Then a boyfriend broke up with me and gave me a mixed tape with “What Jail is Like” as the first song on it.  Prick!  Tape immediately went in the trash and Afghan Whigs have never been the same for me.

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