Mark Lanegan rarely leaves Athens out of his touring schedule and personally I've never missed an opportunity to enjoy live one of the greatest rock voices of our generation. His latest visit along with his band was this Thursday at Gagarin 205, the club he has played the most times in Athens, and this return to familiar surroundings, in the presence of a loyal fan base that packed the place, must have played a role in making this show one of his best performances here.
The 90-minute set opened in relatively low tones, with Mark accompanied only by his guitarist for a few songs, opening with "When Your Number Isn't Up", "Judgement Time" and "Low", but as soon as the full band came on and started kicking out jams like "The Gravedigger's Song", "Harvest Home", "Gray Goes Black" or "Hit the City" the electricity soon reached critical point.
The well thought out set list held a good balance between ballads and the heavier material, the new songs from "Phantom Radio" and older favorites mainly from "Blues Funeral" and "Bubblegum", and reached its climax little before midnight with main set closer "Death Trip to Tulsa" and a three-song encore that included an electrifying "Methamphetamine Blues", "I Am the Wolf" and "The Killing Season". Already looking forward to Mark's next visit!
Meanwhile, check out below "The Gravedigger's Song" and the complete set list of the Mark Lanegan Band's performance at Gagarin 205:
Mark Lanegan Band - The Gravedigger's Song (live @ Gagarin 205)
Set list: When Your Number Isn't Up, Judgement Time, Low, No Bells on Sunday, The Gravedigger's Song, Harvest Home, One Way Street, Gray Goes Black, The Deepest Shade, Hit the City, Ode To Sad Disco, Riot in My House, Harborview Hospital, Floor of the Ocean, Torn Red Heart, Black Rose Way, Sleep With Me, Death Trip to Tulsa. Encore: Methamphetamine Blues, I Am the Wolf, The Killing Season.