Afghan Whigs 2012 North American Tour Reviews

Collecting the best of The Afghan Whigs’ 2012 North American Tour reviews.

Washington, DC

Washington City Paper 9:30 Club (Setlist)

What made Friday night’s sold-out Afghan Whigs show at the 9:30 Club so memorable? Was it lead singer Greg Dulli wading into the crowd and donning someone’s fedora during “See & Don’t See?” Was it the way they teased “The End” by The Doors before performing a driving version of “Gentleman,” or how the first chorus of “Edge of 17″ by Stevie Nicks led into “Debonair,” complete with audience singalong? Was it the even more feverish singalong during the chorus of “Citi Soleil?”

Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom (Setlist)

Cleveland Scene

At the show’s start, singer Greg Dulli sang a few lines of Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love,” before launching into the opening number, “Fountain and Fairfax.” And from that point forward, it was on.

Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory (Setlist)

WXPN

The Afghan Whigs delivered a solid, broad-reaching, impressively-performed set of popular favorites and deep cuts. There was no fuss, no muss, the band just cut straight to the rock.

Toronto, ON The Phoenix (Setlist)

Exclaim.ca

A solid, passionate performance throughout, the show’s main delight was how integrated the 1965 tracks sounded amongst the older material

New York, NY Terminal 5 (Setlist)

Newsday

… the reunion continues to evolve, with the band’s performance getting both rougher and more soulful.

Brooklyn Vegan (Photos)

The House List (Photos)

Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg (Setlist)

Brooklyn Vegan (Photos)

It was a more stirring affair than any of their three previous shows this year with 1965‘s “The Slide Song,” “Neglekted” and “Omerta,” arguably three of the most soulful songs in their entire catalog, making their way into the set.

Detroit, MI St. Andrew’s Hall (Setlist)

The Daily Tribune

…cranking through a brawny hour and 45-minute set as if the intervening years had never happened.

Detroit News

…the reunited rock group made a strong case for being one of the best bands in the world.

Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s (Setlist)

News Record

Perhaps the most interesting thing about The Afghan Whigs’ reunion is the youthful energy that the band continues to exude.

Cincinnati.com

Dulli’s singing voice sounded great. He convincingly spun back the clock 22 years…

Citybeat

…tight, focused and seemingly thrilled to be playing with each other again

Chicago, IL Metro (Night 1 Setlist | Night 2 Setlist)

Chicago Tribune

But the biggest difference between then and now pertained to the ensemble’s maturation into a more multi-faceted, and more soulful, band.

 

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