1.31.04 Glasgow Review
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KING TUTíS, GLASGOW
I NEVER caught the Afghan Whigs in their prime. It was the early 1990s, I was young and thought that rock music started and ended with Bon Jovi and Ugly Kid Joe. On closer inspection of the grunge scene a few years later, I found them to be one of the most underrated highlights of that time, but by then they had split and Greg Dulli, their former frontman, turned his side-project, the Twilight Singers, into a full-time proposition.
So this was my first live experience with the man, and after falling in love with the soulful rock of his new bandís second LP, Blackberry Belle, I had high expectations for the show, and I wasnít disappointed.
Dulli was charismatic and captivating. When he wasnít smoking a cigarette he was lighting another, and it soon became clear this was necessary to maintain that gravelly belter of a voice. Woozy guitar solos, swirling pianos, dark grooves and frantic rhythms courtesy of the bandís curly-headed, cravat-donning drummer thrilled an already enraptured crowd, along with some superbly dirtied-up covers of Beatles and Zombies songs.
It was an intoxicating performance that affirmed no-one should go without Dulliís music in their life.