In late October, ’90s AltRock heroes The Afghan Whigs played their first show in Cincinnati — the city in which the band formed — in 13 years at Bogart’s in Corryville.
The concert was in the midst of a successful global “reunion” tour, universally hailed as a triumphant return to form. The Whigs’ “homecoming” show was equally powerful, showing that the group had not just returned to peak form — as a live act (and they’ve always been one of the best), the Whigs never sounded better. The core of the group (singer/guitarist/songwriter Greg Dulli, guitarist Rick McCollum and the only still-Cincinnatian, John Curley) were leaner (literally — Dulli and Curley looked downright “buff”), tighter and more effective in concert than ever.
Not many left that show disappointed, but a few fans were surprised with the brevity of the Bogart’s show. When comparing set lists from the Whigs’ other shows on the tour, it appeared that the band played a slightly truncated set.
Perhaps that was because the band (and its fans) knew that it wasn’t the last waltz. The Whigs had already been booked for a concert on New Year’s Eve at Bogart’s.
It’s anyone’s guess what the Whigs will play Monday night, but the opening acts on the bill give the show a “family reunion” feel and provide a hint that at least one song not played in October would make it into the NYE set.
THE AFGHAN WHIGS perform Monday, Dec. 31 at Bogart's in Corryville with guests Goose and Scrawl. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here .