Afghan Whigs return to TLV
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Afghan Whigs return to TLV

Alt-rock band with cultish following recently released a new album, are set to perform in February

The Afghan Whigs in Tel Aviv in 2012 (photo credit: Eran Menashri/CC BY-SA 2.0)
The Afghan Whigs in Tel Aviv in 2012 (photo credit: Eran Menashri/CC BY-SA 2.0)

Alternative rock band, The Afghan Whigs, will return to Tel Aviv next February.

The band, which was in Israel in 2012, recently released an album, Do to the Beast, their first in 16 years.

Rolling Stone magazine reported that the new collection is a nod to their earlier classic rock creations, but also experiments with fresh sounds and instruments they haven’t used before.

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, the Whigs, known for their unique blend of classic rock, blues and soul music, as well as lyrics chronicling their own personal angst, captivated a loyal cult following since the release of their first album, Big Top Halloween, in 1988.

Band front man Greg Dulli told Rolling Stone earlier this year that the new album is all about inventing innovative ways to transform their sound, aided by the absence of guitarist and former band member Rick McCollum.

Dulli said that without McCollum, he felt completely uninhibited while creating new music.

“Once [the band] decided to do this album without Rick, I felt set free to do whatever I wanted — revisit sounds I used to like and mix them with sounds I’m exploring now… there are no rules in rock and roll,” Dulli said in Rolling Stone.

McCollum left the band due to personal reasons.

The Afghan Whigs are currently on an extensive North American tour, performing both older hits and newer material, before venturing abroad to continue the promotion of their newest release.

Fans in Tel Aviv can expect a similar mix of their older and newer material.

Tickets for the Tel Aviv show can be bought in advance for NIS 190 on the Barby website.

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