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Afghan Whigs set NYC show

The Afghan Whigs -- Rick McCollum, Greg Dulli,

The Afghan Whigs -- Rick McCollum, Greg Dulli, John Curley -- are reuniting in 2012, playing together for the first time in 13 years. (Credit: Sam Holden)

The long-awaited Afghan Whigs reunion tour continues to grow.
The alt-rock pioneers from Cincinnati, best known for their influential classic “Gentlemen” album, today announced their first non-festival show of the tour on Oct. 5 at Terminal 5.

Tickets are $45 and go on sale at noon Friday through Ticketmaster. (The pre-sale starts tomorrow at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. Check the band's website for the password.)

Led by Greg Dulli, who has formed Twilight Singers and Gutter Twins since leaving the band, the Afghan Whigs are headlining All Tomorrow Parties' I'll Be Your Mirror festivals in London (May 27) and in Asbury Park, N.J. (Sept. 22), as well as Lollapalooza (Aug. 3) in Chicago.

"I'd been asked about a reunion so many times over the years, and I kept saying no," Dulli said in a statement. "I finally had to ask myself, 'Well, why not?'"

Dulli said even after spending 13 years without touring together, there are few worries.
"The pressure is really nonexistent, because we're playing songs that we've already completed -- that we already know," Dulli said. "Those songs still resonate with me; in fact, they have always resonated with me. I imagine there will be people who never saw the band before, too, and that's exciting."

Bassist John Curley joked that it would be nice to experience being the band again “as a grown-up.”

"In my mind, the Whigs were a live band above anything else,” Curley said. “Playing shows always was our favorite part about being in the band, and the times when we felt the most freedom and release. I missed playing at that level; I missed playing the songs that we wrote, that meant so much to people -- and to us."

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