The Afghan Whigs guitarist Dave Rosser diagnosed with colon cancer

Band announce two US benefit shows to help combat his illness

The Afghan Whigs guitarist Dave Rosser has been diagnosed with colon cancer.

Dave Rosser, who also playes with The Gutter Twins and Twilight Singers, was revealed to have the condition by the band in a statement.

The band have announced two shows in support of his illness in the US which will see them perform their album ‘Black Love’ in full. A 20th anniversary reissue of the album is due out on November 25.


Frontman Greg Dulli said in a statement: “Dave Rosser has been my close friend and bandmate for over a decade now. By doing these shows for him we hope to ease any financial stress he may face as he pursues treatment to combat his illness. 100% of the proceeds for these shows will go to his medical care. I’m hopeful that folks will come out and show their support for Dave who will be performing with us.”

The band’s benefit shows will be held at New Orleans’ Civic Theatre on December 10, and Los Angeles’ Teragram Ballroom on December 14.

The New Orleans show will features performances from Mark Lanegan, Ani DiFranco, and more.

Lanegan, Moby, and Carina Round will join Afghan Whigs for the Los Angeles show.

Tickets for both shows will go on sale this Friday (November 4).


Fans can donate to Rosser’s medical fund at

The Afghan Whigs formed in 1986 before splitting in the early 2000s. They announced their reformation in 2011. They released their seventh album – ‘Do To The Beast’ – in 2014, their first in 16 years.

Two years, the band performed with Usher in New York.

The R&B singer appeared onstage during the encore of the rock band’s set at the Williamsburg Hall Of Music in Brooklyn to sing his 2012 single ‘Climax’. The unlikely pairing previously performed the song together at SXSW in Austin, Texas, three years ago.

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