Afghan Whigs Kick Off Reunion Tour With ‘Fallon’ Performance
After a 13-year layoff, the Afghan Whigs returned to action last night on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,' kicking off their hotly anticipated reunion tour with a live performance of their just-released cover of the soul chestnut 'See or Don't See.'
The band also treated the audience to a rendition of 'I'm Her Slave' featuring Questlove of the show's house band, the Roots, sitting in on drums. The show has released footage from the performance as a web exclusive, which is embedded below. The tour begins in earnest tonight with a New York City gig featuring opening act Joseph Arthur, who covered the band's 'Step Into the Light' on the 2009 Afghan Whigs tribute album 'Summer's Kiss.'
The Whigs have been more or less on hiatus since 2001, and although they managed a temporary reunion to record a pair of new tracks for a compilation album in 2006, this year's tour is a dream come true for longtime fans like author and rock critic Caryn Rose, who was lucky enough to attend the band's 'Fallon' taping -- and watch them rehearse for their performance. As she put it, "Being able to step through doors and into a studio and see the recombined Afghan Whigs standing there was like walking through the doors of the Emerald City."
Watch the Afghan Whigs Perform 'I'm Her Slave' on Fallon