In tragic year-end news, the Afghan Whigs announced yesterday via Facebook that their long-time guitarist, Dave Rosser, has been diagnosed with inoperable colon cancer.
In an effort help cover Rosser’s medical bills the band will be putting on two special performances of their classic album Black Love in December. The first show will take place in New Orleans on December 10 and a Los Angeles show will follow on December 14. Whigs frontman Greg Dulli wrote the Facebook post addressing the situation:
The text of the post is below:
“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 from 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 New Orleans concert will include performances by Mark Lanegan and Ani DiFranco, as well as local acts like King James & The Special Men. The Los Angeles set will also include a performance by Lanegan, as well as Moby and Carina Round. Tickets for both events go on sale this Friday, November 4.
There is also a GoFundMe for Rosser for fans who can’t make it to the show but still wish to help the ailing musician. So far, it’s raised $35,000 of its $50,000 goal. To donate go here.