RIP Dave Rosser

Afghan Whigs guitarist dead at age 50

By Gary Graff
June 29, 2017

The Afghan Whigs has lost a key member. Guitarist Dave Rosser died Tuesday (June 27) from colon cancer at the age of 50, according to a message on the group’s Facebook page.

The group posted that: “It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our friend, brother and inspiration. Dave Rosser passed away peacefully last evening surrounded by love. Thank you to all who kept him in their hearts. He is forever in ours.”

Rosser, who resided in New Orleans, joined Afghan Whigs in 2014, when the group reformed after a 16-year break. He had previously worked with frontman Greg Dulli in the singer’s bands the Twilight Singers and the Gutter Twins.

The group revealed in October that Rosser had inoperable colon cancer and staged three concerts to raise money to help cover his medical costs, including full-album shows featuring the Whigs’ 1996 Black Love album.

Rosser’s credits also include work with Ani DiFranco, James McMurtry, the Internet and others. He played on the Whigs’ latest album, In Spades, though he had been off the road since last fall.