May 8th, 2012 By Mike Breen | Music | Posted In: Local Music, Live Music, Music Video

Afghan Whigs' First Show in 13 Years Announced

Local heroes' reunion tour kicks off May 23, after Jimmy Fallon appearance

whigs-bowery-site(Photo: www.theafghanwhigs.com)

The Afghan Whigs' upcoming live reunion shows have generally been in Europe, largely at festivals, save a couple of U.S. shows (in New York City and at Lollapalooza in Chicago and All Tomorrow's Parties in Jersey). Today it was announced that the group's official first show back after 13 years will take place later this month, May 23, at the Bowery Ballroom in New York. Tickets go on sale this Friday in noon, if you're up for a roadtrip. Joseph Arthur opens the show.

It will be the first Afghan Whigs show since Sept.

29, 1999, when the Whigs played a private show at an NYC club called Hush.

If you can't make it to New York in 15 days, two weeks from tonight The Afghan Whigs will make their first public appearance together as a reunited group on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The band will be the musical guest on the program's May 22 episode.

Still no word on a Cincinnati date (Chicago's the closest so far). Keep your fingers crossed, local Whigs fans. Keep an eye on the band's official site for the latest Whigs updates. (I've been loving the "On This Date" in Whigs' history; today in 1990, FYI, the band played at Foufones Electroniques in Montreal.)

Fallon wasn't on yet when the Whigs were around previously, but here's a playlist of many of The Afghan Whigs' TV appearances over the years.

05.08.2012 at 01:47 Reply

I might be speaking way too early, but what a huge f*ck you to the city and especially something like the debut of this supposedly-awesome new Bunbury Festival. They couldn't land a Whigs reunion, the National, Heartless Bastards, Bootsy, the Greenhornes or Walk the Moon? I'm sure I'm not the only one, but in my mind, when the debut of a big ass outdoor summer festival in Cincinnati doesn't have any of these bands (who are undoubtedly the biggest and best to ever come from our city), something's up. Could be due to tour routing I suppose, or maybe these bands weren't asked or maybe they were...I'm just curious to know why none of them are playing Bunbury.