The Afghan Whigs made a compelling comeback Friday night at The Barby Club in
Tel Aviv as part of their 2012 reunion tour.
They came on stage to a
surge of cheers and whistles from over 800 screaming fans jam-packed into a
sold-out arena. Greg Dulli, The Afghan Whigs’ frontman and chief songwriter,
greeted the crowd with a hearty “Shabbat Shalom!” The Whig’s opened with “Crime
Scene Part One,” the first song on their 1996 album Black Love
. A blast from the
past, bringing back the Pearl Jam, Silverchair era of teenage angst and grungy
rock of the ‘90s, the set included songs like “Gentlemen” and “When We Two
Parted” from their commercially successful 1993 album Gentlemen
, which had the
entire crowd head bopping and singing along to every word.
“This is a
great opportunity for me to see them since they’ve been off the radar for so
many years!” said Whigs fan and recent immigrant Mia Weinman from New
“I had to come all the way to Israel to see them perform!” Along
with their classic alternative grunge rock songs, the Whigs are also known for
their covers of R&B and funk numbers.
“Let’s make some babies,
ya’ll!” said Dulli, before getting behind his piano to perform his cover of
“Lovecrimes,” a song originally recorded by the young R&B artist Frank Ocean
This year’s tour is The Whigs first in 14 years, and Friday
night’s performance was the first half of their two-part stint in Tel Aviv – a
rare opportunity to experience the classic ’90s underground, indie, alternative
rock scene that one would not expect to find anywhere in the Middle
The Afghan Whigs will be continuing their tour next month in
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