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Philly 06 Review

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November 13, 2006 – Twilight Singers
Theatre of Living Arts
Philadelphia, PA, USA

In art and music, getting the ideal mood and ambiance is incredibly important. Once the equipment had been set up and sound checked, the cigarettes, drinks and towels brought out, set lists taped down, the incense and candelabra lit, things were almost ready. And as fans raised their half empty plastic cups and cheered loudly, it was clear the mood was just right for the Twilight Singers.

Former Afghan Whig Greg Dulli and his band of merry musicians seemed refreshed and genuinely thrilled to be playing, even after being a month into this, the second leg of their tour supporting �Powder Burns.� Setting things in motion with the twinkling piano led �Teenage Wristband� and strong driving rhythm of �I�m Ready,� the Twilight Singers captivated fans with their music.

Taking a moment to flirt with a woman in the front row, Dulli was in full control of the show and the audience. Bassist Scott Ford remained turned half away from the audience all night while drummer Bobby MacIntyre continually whacked away at his kit and guitar player Dave Rosser took center stage with several solos. Mixing things up once last time, Dulli and keyboardist Jeff Klein � who also opened the show with his one man band setup � swapped instruments towards the end of the set adding to the already intimate feeling of the show.

The ever elusive Mark Lanegan took to the stage twice with the band. Eyes shut tightly throughout his performance, Lanegan flowed cleanly from Massive Attack�s �Live With Me� into �Where Did You Sleep Last Night?� before singing �I�ll Take Care Of You� and then turning things up a notch with the rocking �Sideways In Reverse.� During the encore, he ventured out once more for �Boogie Boogie� and �Flashback.�

Live and in person, the Twilight Singers bring a special excitement and energy that has so many dimensions and depth that a recording simply can not capture it. The band�s experience and passion are the driving forces behind their music and that is what makes it all worthwhile. The Twilight Singers pull no punches and offer no cheap gimmicks. After all, this is rock �n� roll.


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