|AGAINST ME! singer Tommy Gabel makes live debut as Laura Jane Grace|
|Sunday, 27 May 2012 11:57|
Against Me! started their support slot on the month long US tour from The Cult in San Diego on Friday, the show marking the live debut of Laura Jane Grace, the name adopted by the band's singer Tommy Gabel since coming out as transgender earlier this month.
Rolling Stone reports that the quartet played six new songs, including the rollicking anthem 'Transgender Dysphoria Blues', the title track of an album they're working on.
Decked out in a loose-fitting black tank top, tight black jeans and black eye shadow, Grace was in high spirits as she delivered her trademark, throat-shredding screams.
"I was worried that some people expected me to come out looking like Little Bo Peep or something," Grace said after the show while hanging out at the merch table with her wife, Heather. (They're doing the tour as a family; their toddler daughter, Evelyn, was sleeping with a nanny in the tour bus.)
Though Grace says she's open to having a dialogue about her transition with fans, she kept stage banter to a minimum and never brought up her coming out or new name in between songs. Since many of the concertgoers were Cult fans who weren't familiar with Against Me!, the show wasn't exactly ideal for a punk-rock heart-to-heart.