The first concert of a new year is always something special… It might come from the fact that January for me is generally on the low side as far as going out is concerned or that fighting the cold weather to go and attend shows gives you a different feeling but I have always considered it as the real start of the year.
…and what a better way to start 2015 than seeing the beautiful Afghan Whigs, ranked # 34 in our personal Top 100 list. But a word about the venue first. Koko (formerly known as the Camden Palace) is a magnificent theatre located in Camden Town. When you are inside, you can find a very original layout with different floors and bars. What makes this place great is that one can experience a standard rock’n’roll experience when they are in the lower stalls but as well a very different one when seated in a comfortable leather sofa with a drink in hand.
The Afghan Whigs are for me one of the best and more original bands which came out of the 90’s and with Greg Dulli they have a singer as much influenced by Stooges-oriented rock as by Tamla Motown soul sounds. After a long hiatus in the 00’s, they had reformed in 2012 and I have very strong memories about their last London show held at the Alexandra Palace as part of the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival.
Although the band is slightly different from the original line out (guitarist Rick McCollum did not wish to be part of this reformation), they were on amazing form, melodic, tight and lean as ever. Last year was as well an important one for the band in terms of records as they put out their first new LP in 16 years with the excellent “Do to the Beast”, whereas their 1993 masterpiece has been reissued as part of nice “Gentlemen at 21” deluxe edition. Great setlist as well in particular with an interesting cover of a song from The Police and a band I clearly recommend to see if you have such an opportunity.