Afghan Whigs conquer Tel Aviv

With Bruce Springsteen no closer to performing in Israel, the rock star charisma of Greg Dulli and the E-Street power of the Afghan Whigs pick up the slack very well, thank you.

The venerable 1990s muscular rockers may travel down a funkier, more ominous road than Springsteen, but the reconstituted band’s stop-on-a-dime precision and versatility, combined with Dulli’s white soul strutting showmanship wowed the capacity crowd Tuesday night at the Barby Club in Tel Aviv. The first of two shows (the second took place Wednesday) marking the end of a 10-month tour was highlighted by good spirits from both band and crowd and a generous 90-minute overview of the Whig’s deep catalogue that meshes classic riff rock, grungy soul  and sing-along anthems.


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