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The only celebration I’m interested in this ridiculous holiday is a celebration of the awesomeness that is the Afghan Whigs reformation.

A week ago today as the conclusion of the wonder that was ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror I got to see the Whigs. This was kind of a big deal for me as I didn’t get to see them when they were together the first time around. I’ve seen Twilight Singers a few times, but never the Whigs, and I have LOVED them since I was 13. Like, I can tell you that the almost unidentifiable sound at the very beginning of the Gentlemen LP is actually a microphone being held out of the window as they drive across the bridge into the city, that kind of love.

So yes, big deal. And they were mind blowing. Unfortunately they attracted a bunch of dicks (really, moshing? really? we’re in our thirties at the youngest guys, give it the fuck up)

They were tighter than I’ve ever heard them, and God they looked good. Being old works for them. I think it’s pretty well documented how good Dulli’s voice has gotten since he quite smoking, but you should see it for yourself. It’s pretty phenomenal.

Oh, and he’s HOT again, gone is fat slightly wasted at all times Dulli, he’s been replaced by a together, skinnier altogether more dapper incarnation. This new Greg is perfectly suited to the songs that he’s singing you, they’re even more effective now than they were when he was in his twenties. Middle age suits the Afghan Whigs, this is who they were always supposed to be.

The set was a heady mix of hits of everything from I’m Her Slave era, right through to a couple of 1965 classics. Alongside the core three were a variety of piano/string/vocal types, which really made everything from Black Love onwards, sound incredible.

I think I actually swooned when I heard the drums for the opening of Gentlemen start…

Anyway, I’m going to stop talking and leave you with the entire show from Primavera that someone very kindly posted a couple of days ago. It’s awesome. Probably the best thing you can do with an hour this Jubilee Sunday. Watch it and rediscover the best band in the world. Ever.

By Kim

Books and bands and movies and TV and booze, mostly.

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