In their recent email announcing the tour, Amanda says, "We've obviously fallen prey to the seven-year itch," and Brian says, "Simply put, this is going to be the last jaunt around the ol' tour track for us for quite some time." Could this be more or less a farewell tour for the Dresden Dolls?
If so, I'm saddened but not totally surprised. Ms. Palmer from time to time has referred to Mr. Viglione as "my drummer" and now refers to her current musical collaborators as "my new back-up band." There's nothing wrong with being the lead dog, creatively, and she's never hidden her desire to be the alpha of the band, but I sometimes wonder if her collaborators see themselves in the same way.
Personally, I prefer the spare, theatrical sound of piano and drums that the Dresden Dolls have devised and continue to develop. It's well-suited to the cabaret format, punk cabaret in particular, and serves to highlight and punctuate Amanda's brilliant lyrics. At its best, it is simply the most raw nerve and pulse that two paired musicians can create live. I love the whole concept, the whole presentation.
Better enjoy it while it lasts...