The Gutter Twins / Doug Garwood
24.01.09 Babylon, BerlinAfter extensive touring with a full line-up throughout 2008 The Gutter Twins returned to Europe for some special evenings announced as "An evening with Greg Dulli & Mark Lanegan":
"Sub Pop veterans Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan will return to Europe beginning January 15th 2009 for sixteen special intimate performances. Dulli and Lanegan along with guitarist Dave Rosser will perform a 'Stripped Down In The Gutter' set. By sheer virtue of the intimacy of the show, it will be unique, as neither Dulli nor Lanegan have toured in this capacity before.
"Since our instrumentation for this tour is going to be radically different, the shows will include many songs neither of us have performed in quite sometime or ever," Dulli commented."
They chose the old Babylon cinema in Berlin as the only German stop on this tour. Signs at the entrance said that the band wished no photos to be taken and the staff reminded everyone going in to stick to that rule. We got seats in the 8th row and when Duke Garwood opened the evening with his depressive swamp blues you could already notice the tremendous sound of the venue.
As predicted The Gutter Twins played a completely different set compared to last year's shows. After starting with four songs from Saturnalia and Adorata they left their own material aside and went on with tracks from The Twilight Singers, Afghan Whigs and also Mark's solo stuff. The three guys were seated on stage throughout the set with only Greg sometimes changing from guitar to piano. They were in excellent mood, especially Greg was quite talkative.
They returned for an encore closing the set with a bunch of unusual cover versions including Tennessee Waltz which featured guitarist Dace Rosser on vocals. Dulli has described The Gutter Twins as "the satanic Everly Brothers" and tonight proved his statement as they played All I Have To Do Is Dream.
After 90 minutes the show was over and I'm pretty sure that my first concert of 2009 will end up in this year's top ten list.
01 The Body (The Gutter Twins – Saturnalia)
02 God’s Children (The Gutter Twins – Saturnalia)
03 The Stations (The Gutter Twins – Saturnalia)
04 We Have Met Before (The Gutter Twins – Adorata)
05 Creeping Coastline of Lights (Mark Lanegan – I’ll Take Care Of You)
06 Resurrection Song (Mark Lanegan – Field Songs)
07 The Twilite Kid (The Twilight Singers – Twilight As Played By…)
08 The Lure Would Prove Too Much (The Twilight Singers – A Stitch In Time)
09 Kimiko’s Dream House (Mark Lanegan – Field Songs)
10 Summer’s Kiss (The Afghan Whigs – Black Love)
11 King Only (The Twilight Singers – Twilight As Played By…)
12 Sunrise (Mark Lanegan – Whiskey For The Holy Ghost)
13 The River Rise (Mark Lanegan – Whiskey For The Holy Ghost)
14 Sunset Machine (unreleased track)
15 I Am In The Heavenly Way (Bukka White)
16 Candy Cane Crawl (The Twilight Singers – Powder Burns)
17 One Hundred Days (Mark Lanegan – Bubblegum)
18 Tennessee Waltz (Redd Stewart/Pee Wee King)
19 All I Have To Do Is Dream (Everly Brothers)
20 I Get A Kick Out Of You (Cole Porter)