The Afghan Whigs have announced a pair of special December gigs that will find them performing 1996’s Black Love in its entirety. The context for the announcement, however, is a sad one: guitarist Dave Rosser is facing a battle with inoperable colon cancer.
The band’s official announcement also included a statement from band leader Greg Dulli:
“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.”
Some more details about Rosser and his career, via his new GoFundMe page:
Every once in a while a human being comes along that transcends everything: life, art, friendship, wit, music and love. They are among the true “one of a kinds”. Dave Rosser belongs to that category. A New Orleanian for nearly 25 years, he is widely considered to be a true virtuoso guitar player by some of the most influential artists in the industry.
He has toured the globe extensively with The Afghan Whigs, Twilight Singers, Mark Lanegan and Marc Broussard. He’s worked on projects with Ani Difranco, Joseph Arthur and a list of who’s who in music. He’s played with local bands too numerous to mention. A working man’s musician. If that wasn’t impressive on its own, he is also one of sweetest human beings on the planet. His sense of humor and generosity rival his musical prowess.
The first show is scheduled for December 10 at the Civic Theatre in New Orleans, La. and will feature Mark Lanegan, Ani DiFranco, Morning 40 Federation, King James & the Special Men, CC Adcock and the Lafayette Marquis and more.
Four days later, the Los Angeles show at the Teragram Ballroom will take place. Special guests that night will include Moby, Mark Lanegan and Carina Round.
Fans interested in making a donation to Rosser’s medical fund can do so at his GoFundMe page by clicking this link.
Best wishes, Mr. Rosser.