The Gutter Twins / Jimmy Gnecco / Duke Garwood
15.07.09 Savoy Theater, DüsseldorfSix months after the brilliant Berlin show The Gutter Twins returned to Germany for another evening with Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan.
First of all, the Savoy Theater is a run-down theatre partly used as a cinema and though it is smaller than the Babylon cinema in Berlin it was far from being sold out which surprised me.
Again Duke Garwood opened the evening and I must admit I still don't like his music. But fortunately his set was shorter than in berlin as there was a second support act named Jimmy Gnecco. I hadn't heard of him before but he's collaborated with Queen's Brian May for a song of the Spider-Man 2 soundtrack. Gnecco has a tremendous voice though reminding me too much of Thom Yorke's but his short set was ok.
Finally The Gutter Twins entered the stage consisting of Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan together with Dave Roesser on guitar. They played a similar set to the Berlin show but it wasn't the same magic as back then in January. The audience seemed somehow subdued and the musicians seemed to be reluctant even bored, too. The music was still beautiful, especially Summer's Kiss and One Hundred Days, but you could sense that they didn't really enjoy the show.
Maybe that's why the cut the set shorter compared to other concerts on that tour and left the stage after only 50 minutes though they did return for an encore. But they didn't play highlights like What Jail Is Like or Dollar Bill which which were included in other sets like the Amsterdam gig three days before.
So it was a disappointing evening but maybe after such outstanding shows by the New Bomb Turks, The Gories and Oblivians some days before my expectations were just too big.