THE CHURCH & THE AFGHAN WHIGS ANNOUNCE SUMMER CO-HEADLINING TOUR
The Church and The Afghan Whigs will co-headline a tour of North America this summer. The two legendary groups will team up for eighteen shows starting on June 18th in Glenside, PA and concluding on July 13th in Los Angeles.
Special Guest Ed Harcourt supports on all dates except Brooklyn where Kristin Hersh will open the show.
Tickets for all shows go on sale this Friday February 9th
VIP Packages will be available from both artists.
A special FAN PRESALE starts Tuesday February 6th at 1:00 pm and runs through Thursday February 8th at 10:00 PM (local time).
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While it’s the first time The Church and The Afghan Whigs are heading out together for a full tour, a lot of history and a lot of love already exists between the two groups.
“I was an 18-year-old college freshman laying in bed listening to WVXU late one night when I heard a song that I described later as sounding like David Bowie fronting The Byrds,” commented Afghan Whigs front man Greg Dulli. “Thankfully they back announced The Unguarded Moment by The Church and I was on my way to buying my first import. Soon after I bought two more after learning of The Blurred Crusade and Seance. It was official. I loved The Church. Three years later, the four kids who were about to become The Afghan Whigs played One Day by The Church in John Curley's living room and we were off and running...”
“The Church and the Afghan Whigs playing some shows together certainly feels like an idea whose time has surely come, “remarked Church lead singer Steve Kilbey. “Get ready for a double blast of the power n glory of rock’n’roll!”
Since their reformation in 2012, The Afghan Whigs have stormed back to life with several world tours, major festival appearances and released three new critically acclaimed albums Do To The Beast (2014), In Spades (2017) and 2022’s How Do You Burn?
"The Afghan Whigs are better now than they’ve ever been. The last decade of the band’s output, 2014’s Do to the Beast and three years later, In Spades, and, now, How Do You Burn?, reflect a streak unmatched by any other period in their storied, 35-year career. Like The Empire Strikes Back, The Afghan Whigs 2.0 is the rare sequel that outshines the original." – SPIN
Few bands enter their fifth decade of making music with all the fierce creative energy of their early years. Even fewer bands are like The Church. With an impressive discography approaching 30 albums, the band’s most recent studio offering The Hypnogogue received some of the most fervent critical acclaim of their storied career.
SPIN Magazine named it one of the year’s best albums, noting that "this 2023 release by The Church might be one of the most underrated and overlooked of the year, a gorgeous neo-psychedelia triumph, taking you on The Church’s signature alt-stargazing journey, though current and uncompromising." While The Arts STL noted that "there aren’t many artists 40 years and 26 albums into their career as creatively vibrant as The Church are. This isn’t just one of The Church’s best latter-day albums, it’s simply one of their best."
Don’t Miss this Summer’s Kiss.
THE CHURCH & THE AFGHAN WHIGS SUMMER TOUR 2024
|Danforth Music Hall
|San Francisco, CA
|San Diego, CA
|Observatory North Park
|House Of Blues
|Los Angeles, CA
|The United Theater On Broadway
TBA Milwaukee, WI
Special Guest Ed Harcourt supports all dates except Brooklyn and Milwaukee.
^ Special Guest Kristin Hersh
HOW DO YOU BURN?
The Afghan Whigs announced their first studio album in five years How Do You Burn?, which is set for release on September 9th via Royal Cream/BMG. How Do You Burn?’, their ninth album overall and following on from the brace of widely-acclaimed records they’ve made previously since re-grouping in 2012, ‘Do to the Beast’ (2014) and ‘In Spades’ (2017). ‘How Do You Burn?’ picks up the baton laid down by each of those records and runs it to the horizon.
I’ll Make You See God
Catch A Colt
Please, Baby, Please
A Line Of Shots
Domino and Jimmy
Take Me There
For his supporting cast, Dulli called upon several serial collaborators including the late Mark Lanegan, who was a regular in Dulli’s Twilight Singers, a partner in The Gutter Twins and a close friend. Lanegan makes his Afghan Whigs debut singing backup vocals on two tracks. “It was Mark who named the album,” Dulli remarked.
Susan Marshall, who sang on the Whigs album 1965, returns to the fray for “Catch A Colt,”one of the album’s standout tracks, loose-limbed like ‘Some Girls’-era Rolling Stones and with the liquid polyrhythms of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Tusk’.
The multi-talented Van Hunt, who toured with the Whigs in 2012 and guested on ‘Do to the Beast’, brings his stacked-up, wall-of-sound vocals to both the plunging, voodoo-blues of ‘Jyja’ and the audacious ‘Take Me There’, transforming the latter, says Dulli, “into this feral gospel song. We sing really well together, but what Van does production-wise… it’s unrelenting.”
Then there’s Marcy Mays, lead vocalist on ‘My Curse’, the torch-song highlight of 1993’s seminal ‘Gentlemen’ album, reprising her role here on the celestial ‘Domino and Jimmy’, playing Stevie Nicks to Dulli’s Lindsey Buckingham. “I wrote that song with Marcy in mind,” says Dulli. “No-one sounds like her; she’s got an incredibly unique, emotional and evocative voice.”
The Afghan Whigs - Dulli, Curley, Nelson, Keeler and with Christopher Thorn now joining the band on guitar - will take ‘How Do You Burn?’ out on the road in 2022. Beyond that, says Dulli, their future is gloriously wide open.
How Do You Burn?
Available now in the following formats:
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