Live Review: The Afghan Whigs - The Academy, Dublin Mon 2nd Feb

Live Review: The Afghan Whigs - The Academy, Dublin Mon 2nd Feb

Review by Peter Nagle
Photo Credit: Itzi Telletxea

Finally I can say I've seen 'The Afghan Whigs' live.

I'm a massive fan of Greg Dulli's music. From The Afghan Whig's 'Gentlemen' right up to The Gutter Twins with Mark Lanegan and through The Twilight Singers I've followed the dark charismatic tones of Mr Duli. It's only as The Afghan Whigs that Greg Dulli can bring his best songs to the setlist and with last night's Dublin gig and European Tour opener the band didn't disappoint. 

Naturally last year's album 'Do to The Beast' was heavily featured last night but there was some very early 'Afghan Whigs' songs in the mix including 'Turn on the Water' and 'Son of The South'. From 'Gentlemen' I got to hear the title track, 'Debonair' and a couple of more tunes from that era. My only disappointment was that there was only 'John The Baptist' and 'Somethin' Hot'  from my favourite album '1965'. Was great though to hear this song live:

Greg Dulli was at his charming best bringing life to the cramped packed crowd. Even the encore was a proper four track encore with a number of tracks consisting of snippets of familiar tunes such as 'Across 110th Street' in the intro to the epic closer 'Faded'. Well placed covers of Jeff Buckley's 'Morning Theft' and Fleetwood Mac's 'Tusk' went down very well with the crowd. 

The Afghan Whigs are a great grunge band with a catalogue of amazing albums and fantastic songwriting. It was a real pleasure to be in their company last night.