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Wow. The Afghan Whigs. Wow.

The Afghan Whigs didn’t ease their way into their MBE set. They came out of the gate roaring. Reunited after around 10 years, they are clearly in top form and not holding anything back. We were all pretty dumbfounded in the best kind of way. Jason even told Greg Dulli: “I feel like I’ve grown up with you and you’ve been a fixture in my life as a music fan”. Dulli said he’s been humbled by the response they’ve been getting.

Dulli not only noticed I was rocking out in Master Control, but told me the band feeds off that kind of stuff. They really respond to the crowd. Even when it’s some chick boogieing behind the glass.

And as if it wasn’t already awesome enough, they invited tourmate Van Hunt in the studio for a rendition of his song “Mean Sleep”.

I was lucky enough to attend one of their two sold out shows over the weekend and it was one of the most adoring crowds I’ve ever seen in LA — mouthing every word, fists in the air, some air guitar and LOTS of couples making out. Guess it’s hard to ignore the seductiveness of this soul-tinged music led by one of rock’s great frontmen.

It was among the last of their scheduled reunion tour shows (they have one on New Year’s Eve) but I hope the adoration might convince them to do more.

This was an incredible Morning Becomes Eclectic live session and one worth revisiting in the archives.

RR

The Afghan Whigs Live on KCRW – Set List

Heaven On Their Minds
Somethin’ Hot
Turn on the Water
See and Don’t See
Magazine
Fountain and Fairfax
Mean Sleep (w/ Van Hunt)
I Keep Coming Back

by Larry Hirshowitz

by Larry Hirshowitz

Greg Dulli and Van Hunt by Larry Hirshowitz

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  • Vivian-KCRW member

    My son and I, 1st and 2nd gen Whigs Fans saw the Saturday LA show…Awesome and amazing!! We rocked out together with the rest of the balcony fans…I was lucky to be driving to work-don't even know what made Greg's name pop into my head…when I got to work I googled the Whigs and Greg's name just to see what he was up to these days…I was thrilled to see they were back together and touring- due in LA in a few weeks time. I jumped on it and got the tix…an early birthday gift for my son…We've been fans since the 90's and followed Greg through Twilight Singers. I would have been deeply disappointed had we missed this show. The Whigs are back and in top form. Greg ever the charismatic entertainer, played to the audience with his bad boy charm. The band exceeded all my expectations and at the end they left us begging for more. A grown up Greg, yet with all the passion and intensity of his younger wilder years. Thanks KCRW for sponsoring the Whigs at Henry Fonda Theater-a night my son and I will always remember…

  • Yes, I’m That Leah

    I love you Van Hunt! Keep rockin brother.