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Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli live online, 5 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Greg Dulli was supposed to be doing a full tour this year. Now it's down to one (actually two) shows.

The Afghan Whigs and Twilight Singers leader released a new solo album, "Random Desire," in February. His spring concerts, however, were scratched by the Covid-19 pandemic. So now he'll be playing a pair of shows on Saturday, Aug. 1 -- one for the U.S., another for the U.K. -- from Gold-Diggers in Los Angeles that will feature songs from the album as well as material from throughout his career.

It's not quite what was planned, but Dull is making the best of it....

Dulli didn't consider a virtual concert right away but "was presented with something that was attractive to me" by a friend, who owns Gold-Diggers. "Y'know, we're in unprecedented times, and I've absorbed enough fo the experience that I want to do something. I want to do a project and pull it off. And I want to get up and see what singing a whole show into the void feels like -- you know what I mean?"

As for what the show will be like, Dulli reveals that, "I'm gonna do most of the show completely solo, but Doc Patt is gonna play with me for part of the show; He plays bass and pedal steel and was on half the album. I'm going to be doing a very stripped-down version of the (solo) record -- luckily a lot of the songs are already stripped down, so it should be cool -- and a nice mix of all my groups and a couple of surprises, too. I'm going to amp up the surreality, I promise you that when the lights come up, I'm gonna keep it weird."

Dulli says life in quarantine has not been especially trying for him. "I'm a longer by nature, so it hasn't really been the shock that it's been to some other people. So I'm fine. I see people. I take walks. I play golf. I play basketball -- all from a distance, all masked up and protective and respectful."

He's only started being creative with the enforced time off, however. "I had just made an album and promoted it and was rehearsing fro a tour. When the world paused I was, 'Eh, I'm gonna pause, too. I'm just gonna read and relax and cook things I've never cooked before.' But I did start to play some music, and I have enough now to go out and explore it."

In addition to that, Dull is "actively putting together" a Twilight Singers box set. And, he adds, "I'm going to make a Whigs record. Everybody's game. So I'm gonna go out and start making some demos and getting ready. We have some stuff that we did back at the end of 2018, and I'm going to mess around with that, too. I'll do another solo record for sure, but I never want to drift too far away from the boat. It's my favorite band I've played in. I love the guys. I love the hang. It's phenomenal."

Greg Dulli performs a solo concert at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, from Gold-Diggers in Los Angeles. Tickets are $12 and available via Dice.fm. Dulli will perform an earlier show for Europe at 8 p.m. GMT/3 p.m. EST.

Web Site: www.dice.fm

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