He’s been in the public eye since leading the Afghan Whigs out of Ohio. But even as he’s worked with other bands and projects — including the ongoing Twilight Singers and Gutter Twins — Greg Dulli has never done a solo tour.
Dulli, 45, is on the road with a trio, surveying his entire career in a stripped-down, intimate fashion. “I’m doing songs from way back, as far as 20 years ago, and as recently as a song I wrote a month ago,” he says. “So I figured it was fair to call it by my own name.
“I’m playing a lot of songs I never played before; just for whatever reasons I didn’t play them live ... including four brand new ones that no one’s ever heard.” Those, he adds, would be songs targeted for the new Twilight Singers album, which is due out in early 2011.
“I felt it was fair to play those because they’re rock band songs, but on the road they’re being played by an acoustic trio, so the YouTube videos won’t spoil what’s coming on the album. I’m sure the inevitable chicken-or-the-egg situation will happen, too; I’m sure people will be like, ‘I liked it better when you played it acoustic,’ even though it was a rock song first.
“So I’m probably opening a can of worms, but I’ve been opening cans of worms since I was a child, so fine.”
And, true to form, Dulli predicts a polarized general reaction for the Twilight Singers’ fifth album when it surfaces.
“If you’ve ever liked me before, musically, you’re going to love half of this, and the other half of this you’re gonna go, ‘What the ... ?!’ ” Dulli acknowledges. “But you may love that, too. That’s the part I love the most, the ‘What the ... ?!’ part. So I can’t wait.”
Greg Dulli performs Friday, Oct. 15, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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