Fantastic show from Greg Dulli at the Double Door last night. If you follow my Twitter feed, you probably n noticed that I spent much of the day wondering out loud if I might skip the show because I was so tired. Honestly, I came pretty close. But then, sometime yesterday afternoon, the folks at Time Out Chicago tweeted that John Curley – Greg’s old bandmate with The Afghan Whigs – would be joining the band on stage last night, and my decision was made. Sleep would have to wait.
I am incredibly happy that I went. Greg and band were in excellent form, playing songs primarily from The Twilight Singers’ last couple of albums, as well as a few new songs from the band’s recently-completed new disc (to be released in early 2011, apparently). If you haven’t done so already, you can download the first track from the album, “Blackbird and the Fox”, here.
And then, about 30 minutes into the show, it happened… John Curley came out, and the band played a six song Afghan Whigs miniset, including “If I Were Going”, “What Jail Is Like”, “Crazy”, “Step Into The Light”, “Summer’s Kiss” and “Let Me Lie To You”. Greg even did a short “Miles Iz Ded”/”Rebirth of the Cool” tease toward the end of the show.
For a kid who grew up in Cincinnati loving The Afghan Whigs as much as or more than just about any other band I’ve ever loved, this was pretty spectacular. Yeah, Greg’s been known to play most (or all) of these songs with The Twilight Singers over the years, but seeing him share a stage with John again was awesome. I’m not a huge fan of indie rock reunions (unless it’s GBV), but I could totally get behind a short Afghan Whigs reunion tour. Let’s make it happen, people.