Greg Dulli LA Review – Spinner.com
Greg Dulli’s current solo tour, the first for the former lead singer of the Afghan Whigs, finds him covering all aspects of his more than 20-year run as an indie icon. On Tuesday, fans who packed L.A.’s sold-out Troubadour got to witness a sort of musical “This Is Your Life,” with collaborator’s from all of the major eras of Dulli’s career showing up.
The cavalcade of guests began early when Dulli’s former Whigs mate John Curley came out for a stripped-down set that included ‘What Jail Is Like,’ ‘Debonair,’ ’66,’ ‘Summer’s Kiss’ and ‘Step Into the Light.’ They ran all the way back to ‘Congregation’ for ‘Let Me Lie to You,’ which ended with a snippet of Pink Floyd’s ‘Comfortably Numb,’ prompting Dulli to make a confession: “Hi, my name’s Greg and I’m a Pink Floyd song stealer.”
One of rock’s consummate showmen, Dulli embraced the looseness of the acoustic troubadour setting and even engaged a crowd member in conversation at one point. The audience got another treat when Dulli’s Gutter Twins collaborator Mark Lanegan came onstage for ‘The Station’ and ‘God’s Children.’
As strong as the Whigs material was, the concert reminded fans just how strong Dulli’s post-Whigs catalog is. There were multiple chestnuts from the Twilight Singers, who were represented by Scott Ford and Petra Haden, with whom Dulli played a superb new song from their forthcoming album, ‘Dynamite Steps.’ Other high points from the Twilight Singers were a gorgeous ‘Bonnie Brae,’ the anthemic ‘Teenage Wristband’ – which was merged with a snippet of the Who’s ‘Baba O’Riley’ — and ‘A Love Supreme.’
In the end, Dulli proved one thing: he puts on a hell of a show, no matter what era of his career is your favorite.