It was a lovely evening in early Rocktober, the Fall Classic had just begun, and Indie Network of Sound was amongst their like minded friends at The Mohawk in Austin, getting ready to take in the Rock n' Soul Revue of The Afghan Whigs. As INoS stood front and center, we reminisced about a night long ago where we rocked our brains out at the long lamented, but never replaced Liberty Lunch. So many great ones graced that stage, including The Afghan Whigs.
That night was a wild one for all, especially for lead singer Greg Dulli. As the show was coming to an end, we recalled Greg leaping ferociously into the crowd, briefly disappearing, and then reemerging with a bloodied forehead. At the time Greg was known to have had a bit of a temper, and word was he went after some asshole in the crowd. We didn’t care. We loved every minute of it. We knew this night would be remembered by all in attendance.
Sadly, Liberty Lunch is gone, but The Afghan Whigs are not. They were back all these years later for #INoS to get another dose, and for this we were grateful. As we awaited their grand entrance, we made friends with some righteous fans. We all spoke of our past Afghan Whigs experiences, The Twilight Singers, Greg, and how much we have all matured throughout the years. This was one of those special moments where you realize you’re not just seeing a show, but celebrating a milestone in your life. This was was for the brothers and sisters who have hung in there. The music of The Afghan Whigs has grown with us, helped us through tough times, and years later still plays a huge role in our lives. “It’s in our blood, it’s in our bed.” Thus, we didn’t take this show lightly. We felt that something special was about to happen. A moment of silence hit, and then the roar of the crowd alerted INoS that shit was about to go down.
That the band knocked out some of our favorites from Gentleman, Black Love, and 1965, was not lost on us. The Afghan Whigs had grown with us and were now after all of these years - finally on top of their game. The pure sound was real, their power genuine. Just like we remembered. True Rock n' Roll Stars!
It’s been a tough year for The Afghan Whigs. The tragic passing of longtime friend and guitarist, Dave Rosser, hit hard. We could only imagine the toll it took on Greg and the band. INoS felt the pain when Greg honored Dave, and spoke sincere words of his friendship and admiration.
The bluntness and confidence is what INoS has always loved about Greg. The man will tell you how it is. At one point, he encouraged the crowd to take photos, but was clear, “No flash.” Greg pulled us into his world during the career spanning set. The connection was made. The set list stellar. 90 minutes of perfectly curated jams. The night ended in perfect rock star fashion. Greg said his goodbyes, “Let the boys take you home.” Then the band grooved us with the fuel that took us to another dimension. This is what music is all about, organic energy. We watched Greg drop the mic and exit stage left, never to be seen again. The Afghan Whigs are a class act and we have the utmost respect for them. So we ask, do you want to go for a ride? And the answer all night was - yes.