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Old 02-24-2008, 01:52 PM   #166
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I figured LemonMelon would beat me to posting about the show, but I guess not.

It was absolutely incredible. Not quite the setlist I was hoping for (no Ashes Of American Flags, Misunderstood, or Too Far Apart [or anything from A.M., for that matter]), but it was still hands down the best show I've ever been to. They opened with Sunken Treasure, which was gorgeous, then followed it with a trio of Woody Guthrie songs--Remember the Mountain Bed, Airline to Heaven, and Hesitating Beauty. I have a hard time coming up with highlights because the whole show was so good. What I loved most was being close enough to see how the guys interact and feed off of one another's energy. Nels's and Pat's dueling guitar riffs at the end of Hoodoo Voodoo was such a great way to close the show.

I was a little disappointed with how short the show was, mainly because Jeff said they had "a long program" in store for us last night but were still done in about two hours. Something about curfew, but really I think it was because there was some sort of meet and greet thing they had to go to afterwards. Jeff wasn't particularly chatty during the show, but he, along with all of them, was in high spirits. I was also surprised that they didn't play I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, Heavy Metal Drummer, Spiders, or anything off of A.M. It was a great, eclectic mix of songs, though, and every member got his chance to shine, from Glenn's monster rock drummer moment at the start of I'm the Man Who Loves You to Nels's near-combustion at the end of Handshake Drugs.

One of the biggest things I came away from last night's show with is a new admiration for Jeff as a guitarist. A few amazing solos I'd always attributed to Nels (mainly the ones in ITMWLY) are actually his.

My pictures from the show all came out really crappy. I think I may have had some problems with my shutter speed or something, because they were all blurry and freaky looking
Glad that you loved the show despite the length and the omissions. That's the thing with bands you love, you know, they could play all night long as far as you're concerned.

I neglected to say that I, too, was impressed with Tweedy's guitar playing, glad you mentioned it.

Thanks for posting the review!
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Old 02-24-2008, 02:00 PM   #167
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Well, at least there were two pictures that turned out well...






I froze my ass off last night, but it was so worth it. Jeff came out around midnight maybe and greeted a pretty large group of us. He was really tired and relatively quick, but he was very friendly. I got my copy of his poetry book signed.

Then about an hour later, Glenn came out, and there were only I think six of us left by then. I was just about to pull out my copy of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot to get signed, and I turned and saw Nels coming up the alley from the theatre and snagged him before anyone else even noticed he was there. We had a really funny conversation about pants (he was wearing his screaming red ones last night, and I was in my purple corduroys). He was incredibly friendly and sweet. It seemed like he was just going to stop for a quick hello, but when I mentioned how much I loved his work with the N.C. Singers, his face brightened, and he sprang back to life and stuck around for 10 minutes or so.

I said hi to Mikael and Pat while I was talking with Nels. I don't know if John came out and I just missed him, or if he was still inside when I left. By that point, I'd been in the 20 degree night for two hours, so I just couldn't wait any longer. Getting to meet the guys was worth every freezing minute of it, though!

What an unforgettable night! I was so excited that I ended up driving all the way home. I pulled in my driveway at quarter after five, and it was getting light when I went to sleep
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Old 02-24-2008, 02:14 PM   #168
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Great photos, nice!
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Yay, pictures! Glad you loved the show.

Wilco is on Saturday Night Live next week. Whoot.

This blog has a download of the 2/20/08 Chicago show, if anyone is interested or hasn't found it elsewhere already.

http://fuelfriends.blogspot.com/
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I had no clue that they'd be on SNL. Nice, I'll Tivo it, watch them and skip everything else.
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Old 02-24-2008, 02:26 PM   #171
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NPR is also webcasting one of their shows in Washington D.C. this week, I think the Wednesday one. They'll have the brass section from Chicago with them, so it should be yet another great show.

I'm so glad to hear about SNL. It's about time they start getting the attention they deserve. Jeff said last night that they're probably going to play Hate It Here, and I'd guess they'll play either Walken or On and On and On for their second song.
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Old 02-24-2008, 03:06 PM   #172
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I'm jealous about people seeing their recent performances of Mountain Bed. In all the times I've seen Wilco, they've never played it. Fortunately, one of the times I saw Jeff solo, he did.

I lurve that song.
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Old 02-24-2008, 05:56 PM   #173
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AMAZING.

Setlist:

1. Sunken Treasure
2. Remember The Mountain Bed
3. Airline To Heaven
4. Hesitating Beauty
5. Muzzle Of Bees
6. You Are My Face
7. Side With The Seeds
8. A Shot In The Arm
9. She's A Jar
10. Kamera
11. Handshake Drugs
12. At Least That's What You Said
13. Pot Kettle Black
14. Nothing'severgonnastandinmyway(again)
15. Via Chicago
16. Impossible Germany
17. Jesus, Etc.
18. Walken
19. I'm The Man Who Loves You
20. Hummingbird
21. On And On And On

ENCORE
22. Hate It Here
23. Red-Eyed And Blue
24. I Got You (At The End Of The Century)
25. Hoodoo Voodoo

A few quick points I need to make before I dig into all of this:

1. Nels Cline is easily one of the very best rock guitarists making music today. He is what I aspire to be. What an absolute genius. And I didn't have a clue he was so great at pedal steel too.

2. Tweedy has a great sense of humor. "All of tonight's songs are requests...otherwise, we requested them."

3. This was one of the best gigs I've ever been to.

This is the third concert of been to at the Tower (Beck and Arcade Fire were the others), but I've just now begun to appreciate the acoustics the place has. Outside of the noise solos, the sound was crisp and clear; it was easily the best-sounding concert I've been to there. It worked out especially well for the Mermaid Avenue tunes and opener John Doe's entire set.

I wasn't expecting much from him, but Doe did an admirable job warming up the crowd with his catchy, occasionally raucous pop. Highlight of his set was a superb cover of the Beatles' Revolution, where he really got a chance to show off his vocal prowess. I'll be checking out his albums with some measure of excitement.

Now...Wilco. Of course, as I already knew they would be, they were wonderful. The set was a fantastic mixture of the old and the new, and the fans ate it up. I must say, the material that went over best with the crowd were the Summerteeth and YHF tunes, but Impossible Germany was also a big hit.

I have no idea how many "Oh my..."s and " FUCK!"s I muttered to myself, but it was several. Top 5 performances of the night, for me:

5. I'm The Man Who Loves You - with an extended (and incredibly funky/badass) intro, this was a tough, muscular version of an already great song.

4. I Got You (At The End Of The Century) - The energy absolutely poured out of this performance. They went on a bit of a jam towards the end, and it was much appreciated. Great song, incredible performance. This is what rock concerts are all about.

3. Impossible Germany - What can I say? This song is always a live highlight. The solo sends fucking chills down my spine, and most likely the spines of all those around me.

2. A Shot In The Arm - The crowd absolutely came to life during this song. I already adore it, and it's the track that got me into Wilco, but it was absolutely note-perfect and intense.

1. Muzzle Of Bees - I already thought this was a very pretty song, and was extremely excited when I heard the opening notes of it. But what I ended up getting was far beyond anything I could have expected. The verses (which are normally very fragile) had a toughness about them that was much appreciated, and the instrumental breaks? Sheer electricity. I cried. I really did.

Tweedy was in fine vocal form, better than on the records even, and the band was tight as a tourniquet. There were no disappointing performances; it was all superlative. I had the pleasure of standing next to a Wilco veteran; he said he's seen the band a good dozen times or so, so between songs, we nerded it up and discussed the glorious quality of the performances we were witnessing, followed by discussions of the atmospheric qualities of the band's music. Dude couldn't sing very well, but hey, the band probably appreciated the extra volume. Outside of the fact that I didn't know any of the Mermaid Avenue material (which was a total party, BTW), I thought the setlist was absolutely superb.

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I became an obsessed Flaming Lips fan after I saw them live, and I expect the same thing to happen here; a new favorite band to obsess over.
And, for the record, this did indeed happen. I went from thinking Wilco was a very good band on record, to now believing that they are among the very best American bands live, and they provide an insane amount of bang for your buck. I LOVE WILCO.

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Old 02-25-2008, 11:14 AM   #174
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I'm still reeling two days later (though, this could be from lack of sleep). I still can't get over how incredibly nice they all were, so unpretentious and genuinely thankful. Getting to talk to Nels for 10 minutes was one of the coolest things I've ever done. It amazed me that he could go from being so explosive onstage to so mellow and sweet in casual conversation. He was so excited to talk about his jazz trio. He acted like I'm the only person who's ever liked them and bought their albums. I hope I someday get the chance to have a few beers with him. I had a few question I wanted to ask, but it was just so late and we were all freezing our asses off, so they'll have to wait for next time.

If things work out with my job for next school year, I think I might go out to Chicago to see his trio in June
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All Chicago shows here:

http://www.glidemagazine.com/hiddent...ggin-on-wilco/
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Don't forget the stream of tonight's show on NPR. John Doe's opening set is on now
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All Chicago shows here:

http://www.glidemagazine.com/hiddent...ggin-on-wilco/

I'm a little confused here. Supposedly all of their songs were played during this homestand, but I'm not seeing At Least That's What You Said on any of those setlists.

Am I blind, or misinformed?
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Oh man, tonight's setlist was unreal. The show will be archived over at NPR for awhile...it's definitely worth the 2 1/2 hours to listen.
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I'm a little confused here. Supposedly all of their songs were played during this homestand, but I'm not seeing At Least That's What You Said on any of those setlists.

Am I blind, or misinformed?
Not misinformed, but not there either.
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I'm a little confused here. Supposedly all of their songs were played during this homestand, but I'm not seeing At Least That's What You Said on any of those setlists.

Am I blind, or misinformed?
It's a mistake on the site's part. They played it on the first night.
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