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Interview:
Afghan Whigs keeping reunon plans open-ended
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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The Afghan Whigs, according to Greg Dulli, "drove (the band) 'til the wheels fell off" -- the reason the modern rock group broke up in 2001 after 15 years and six albums.

But Dulli says he never felt the band was actually over and done with.

"As soon as you break up or as soon as you stop doing something, everybody wants to know when you're going to do it again," he explains. "So the easiest way to handle that was to completely set it down, (and say it's) never going to happen -- maybe I believed that for a time, but here we are."

The Whigs regrouped earlier this year to perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties festivals in London and New Jersey. More shows in both Europe and the U.S. followed. "I'm not going to put a band together for two gigs, especially five months apart," Dulli, 47, says. The Whigs have done some recording, too -- covers of Mary "Queenie" Lyons' "See and Don't See" and Frank Ocean's "Lovecrime" distributed free via the Internet -- and is playing a brand new songs, "Into The Floor," during its shows, but Dulli isn't sure quite what the future holds yet.

"The group is a going concern as it's going," Dulli says. "I am being utterly honest when I tell you we haven't really talked about anything other than what we're doing right now.

"It's kind of cool that it's happened that way because it's very much in the moment, and appreciating the moment is something that sometimes gets lost in everyday life. Everything that's happening now is happening in its own inimitable, organic way. So right now I'm surfing this wave. If the wave continues on I'll know it, and if it's time to hop off the wave, I'll know that, too. But I don't know the answer yet."

The Afghan Whigs perform Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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