Afghan Whigs Guitarist Dave Rosser Diagnosed With Inoperable Colon Cancer

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Dave Rosser of The Afghan Whigs performs on stage at Open'er Festival at Gdynia Kosakowo Airport on July 3, 2014 in Gdynia, Poland.  

The band has announced special performances of their 'Black Love' album with all profits going to help Rosser's medical bills.

The Afghan Whigs guitarist Dave Rosser has been diagnosed with inoperable colon cancer, according to a Facebook post from the band on Tuesday (Nov. 1). 

With the revelation, the beloved rock band announced two special live performances of their Black Love album, which turned 20 this year, to be held in New Orleans and Los Angeles next month. All of the profits from these shows will go to help Rosser's medical bills. 

"Dave Rosser has been my close friend and bandmate for over a decade now," Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli said in the post. "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."

Rosser has also played with Dulli in The Gutter Twins and The Twilight Singers

In New Orleans, where Rosser has lived for the past 25 years, the concert will be held Dec. 10 at The Civic Theatre with guests Mark Lanegan, Ani DiFranco and others.

The Los Angeles show follows on Dec. 14th at The Teragram Ballroom with sets from Lanegan, Moby and Carina Round.

Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday. 

UPDATE: A third benefit show has been added on Dec. 13 at the Teragram Ballroom that will feature Eagles of Death Metal, Josh Homme, the Gutter Twins and Duff McKagan, plus special guests.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for Rosser as well, also helping fund his medical treatment. At time of publishing, it had raised more than $32,000 of its $50,000 goal. 


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