Afghan Whigs singer Greg Dulli was released from an Austin hospital on Monday and is expected to spend time at home in Seattle recuperating before heading back out on the road. Dulli was hospitalized following altercation at a nightclub in Austin Friday night. (see: Afghan Whigs Greg Dulli Recovering From Head Injury).
The band's official website says all dates through to the end of the year have been cancelled including three shows in New York this week and a New Years Eve appearance at Bogart's in the band's original home base of Cincinnati. However, a spokesperson at Bogart's says that performance has not been cancelled, as they're still hoping Dulli will be recovered sufficiently to perform.
A police spokesman in Austin says they expect to spend several more days interviewing witnesses before they know whether any charges will be filed in the case. A source at the law office representing the stagehand involved in the fight with Dulli confirms that the police have been talking to their client. The firm is taking the position that they're not expecting charges to be laid because their client was acting in self-defense. They contend Dulli had been armed with a two-by-four prior to being knocked to the ground. Dulli reportedly hit his head on the floor and suffered a fracture to the base of his skull.
The Liberty Lunch nightclub, the scene of the altercation, told an Austin newspaper that they were backing the self-defense story, but in any case, the stagehand, a contract worker, had already signed out for the night, thus the club was not responsible for his actions.