Sunday, February 08, 2009

An Evening With Greg Dulli & Mark Lanegan - Live @ Gagarin 205 (February 4, 2009)

Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan have been all over Cool Music Central in the last year thanks to the excellent "Saturnalia", the album that they released last March as The Gutter Twins on Sub Pop - one of our Top 10 albums of 2008. In May we had the opportunity to see The Gutter Twins in all their electric glory at Fuzz Club (review here), but on this evening Dulli and Lanegan had a completely different proposition for us: a "stripped down in the Gutter" set, as the announcement of this tour suggested (their last one together for the foreseeable future, since they're going to start working on separate projects soon).

With just Dave Rosser on guitar for accompaniment (and vocals on "Tennesse Waltz"), Dulli and Lanegan played an intimate 90minute acoustic set, that started with a few selections off "Saturnalia" ("The Stations", "God's Children") and proceeded with rarely performed songs from their extensive and glorious back catalogue. Dulli, apart from sharing vocal duties, was the main driving force behind the music, playing guitar, piano and harmonica, and Lanegan, sitting at the center of the dimly lit Gagarin 205 stage, handled the ultimate Gutter Twins weapon, his Voice, forcing the audience to complete and utter surrender! Highlights included "The River Rise", "Resurrection Song", "Candy Cane Crawl" and their closing cover versions of The Everly Brothers hit "All I Have To Do Is Dream" and the Cole Porter classic "I Get A Kick Out Of You".

Dulli, Lanegan and Rosser at the Gagarin 205 stage

The Gutter Twins - All I have to do is dream (live @ Gagarin 205, Feb. 4, 2009)

P.S. A note to our greek-speaking readers: I have just started a collaboration with mix grill (fellow blogspoters with a website coming soon) and you can check out here my first grilled post, which happens to be a review of this gig. More to come soon... (I'm working on it gbal, scout's honour).

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