Guided By Voices have canceled dates but are apparently not breaking up despite rumor.
The mighty Afghan Whigs will be getting back together in 2012 for a headlining performance at the All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival this May. The band will be taking the stage for the Sunday night show while the weekend will also feature performances from Slayer, who will be playing the entirety of their 1986 classic, “Reign in Blood” in its entirety, along with Mogwai, the Melvins, Dirty Three, and the also recently united Archers of Loaf.
The Afghan Whigs broke up back in 2001, reuniting briefly in ’06 to record two new songs for the best-of package, “Unbreakable: A Retrospective 1990-2006.” This performance will effectively be their first live performance together in over ten years. While the band was initially stooped in a very unique strand of dramatic alternative rock perfected on their 1993 landmark, “Gentlemen,” they were also particularly well known for their incorporation of 1960′s soul into their heavy sound, most evident on their final album, “1965.” Since the band’s split, singer Greg Dulli has kept busy as a member of The Twilight Singers and The Gutter Twins alongside Mark Lanegan, but his best work has always been as the howling frontman of the Afghan Whigs
There’s been some confusion over the status of Guided By Voices given their cancellation of the dates they had slated for this show. While an ATP press report states, “We’re very sad to announce the disappointing news that Guided By Voices will no longer play on the Sunday of the event. The band are breaking up and have cancelled all 2012 live appearances,” Pitchfork reports that the band’s manager has said that despite cancelling their ATP shows, the band is working on a new album entitled “Class Clown Spots a UFO” which is due out in May.
Check out the excellent video for “Debonair” below.