In late October, ’90s AltRock heroes The Afghan Whigs played their first show in Cincinnati — the city in which the band formed — in 13 years at Bogart’s in Corryville.
The concert was in the midst of a successful global “reunion” tour, universally hailed as a triumphant return to form. The Whigs’ “homecoming” show was equally powerful, showing that the group had not just returned to peak form — as a live act (and they’ve always been one of the best), the Whigs never sounded better. The core of the group (singer/guitarist/songwriter Greg Dulli, guitarist Rick McCollum and the only still-Cincinnatian, John Curley) were leaner (literally — Dulli and Curley looked downright “buff”), tighter and more effective in concert than ever.
Not many left that show disappointed, but a few fans were surprised with the brevity of the Bogart’s show.
When comparing set lists from the Whigs’ other shows on the tour, it appeared that the band played a slightly truncated set.
Perhaps that was because the band (and its fans) knew that it wasn’t the last waltz. The Whigs had already been booked for a concert on New Year’s Eve at Bogart’s.
It’s anyone’s guess what the Whigs will play Monday night, but the opening acts on the bill give the show a “family reunion” feel and provide a hint that at least one song not played in October would make it into the NYE set.
comments powered by Disqus