Afghan Whigs Guitarist Dave Rosser Dies of Cancer
Rick G. Nelson, a long-time Afghan Whigs collaborator, confirmed his death. Jeff Klein of the Austin indie-rock band My Jerusalem has also shared a lengthy tribute.
"There are no words to express how much I love you David Rosser," Klein said, via My Jersulam's Facebook page. "Having you as a friend is and will be one of the finest accomplishments of my entire life. You are truly a rare treasure. I will carry you with me everywhere I go."
Rosser, who also worked with Mark Lanegan, Marc Broussard and others, announced he had inoperable colon cancer in October 2016. A GoFundMe campaign and a series of Greg Dulli-organized benefit shows followed, as medical expenses mounted.
“Every once in a while a human being comes along that transcends everything: life, art, friendship, wit, music and love,” GoFundMe creator Keith Hagan said. “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."
The Afghan Whigs completed and released their eighth album before the guitarist's death. They previewed two new songs from In Spades, “Toy Automatic” and “Oriole,” during one of the benefits for Rosser.
In May, the Afghan Whigs also dedicated a cover of the Pleasure Club's “You Want Love” to Rosser during an appearance at the Apollo. He joined the band as they regrouped to record 2014's Do To the Beast, the Afghan Whigs' first new album in 16 years.
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