This was the first time seeing one of my all-time favorite bands, and this show did not disappoint. In fact, if you look at the photo of the power to the left, you’ll notice some signatures – after the show, everyone in the band (minus Greg Dulli) hung around and signed posters, cds, etc. Luckily, we had a friend in tow with connections to Columbia Records, and that secured us a spot at the meet ‘n greet, and the poster currently hangs in my upstairs hallway. But what about the show itself?
One of the many highlights was My Curse, a song off the Afghan Whigs fourth full-lenght that features Marcy Mays of Columbus band Scrawl on lead vocals. Well, since we were in Columbus, Marcy climbed on stage and performed a rare rendition of the song, something few Whigs fans have ever had a chance to catch live.
The set was full of great Whigs songs, but any true fan knows some of Greg’s best work is revisiting classics like on the Uptown Avondale EP or various b-sides. This show did not disappoint, as the band expertly grooved through the Rolling Stones classic Beast of Burden, along with a show stopping blast through Prince’s I Could Never Take The Place of Your Man.
Dulli was his usually self – bravado and charm, self-deprication and self-indulgence. On this particular night, he decided to point out a particular rowdy male member of the audience, who was trying to mosh in the middle of the floor, to which, and I’m doing my best to remember the exact wording, Greg responded to with, “Hey Man, you’ll never get any pussy acting like that. Be cool.” Be cool, indeed.Social tagging: 1998 > afghan whigs > Columbus > concert > music > newport music hall > review