The first time I had an opportunity was at Bonnaroo in '05 when The Dead played. Unfortunately, it was hovering around 175 degrees that afternoon and I was having trouble getting into their music. At the time, I sure was not taken back by Wilco.
Now that I have become more familiar with their music, and since this show was going to be in my old neighborhood, I couldn't wait to see them.
Remember the Mountain Bed
Company In My Back
Pot Kettle Black
A Shot in the Arm
You Are My Face
Side With The Seeds
Pick Up The Change (IMG:style_emoticons/default/wub.gif)
I'm Always in Love
Airline To Heaven
I'm The Man Who Loves You
On and On and On
Hate It Here
Heavy Metal Drummer
Red-Eyed and Blue>
I Got You (At The End of the Century)
Outtasite (Outta Mind)
The band played very well. What impressed me most may have been the numerous guitars that made their way onto the stage, one after the next. With each new instrument, the band also took a slightly different sound, showing an extensive catalogue and diversity in their tunes.
Okay, so they only played one lengthy set, but it was solid. I had the notion that Wilco would jam more, but unfortunately they didn't... the > was missing. They didn't explore. It felt as though, "this is the song and this is where it goes, no need to step outside of the box." Are some bands afraid of disappointing their fans?
Despite being in the balcony and looking at the tops of their heads, the show sounded very good. It was actually a pretty nice vantage point to watch the keys and drums.
Would I go see them again? certainly. Would I miss a Phil show on the other side of the country for an opportunity to see Wilco close to home? Not a chance in hell!
>>I had the notion that Wilco would jam more, but unfortunately they didn't... the > was missing. They didn't explore.
they are not a jam band.
>>this is the song and this is where it goes
pretty much. and where it goes is good on its own. you have to allow yourself to let go of the jam band hypnosis and enjoy wilco for what they are, a great rock and roll band.
glad you enjoy them now
nels cline "impossible Germany" solo at tipitina's 3/4. was upstairs standing above this beast. the floor was shakin!!! woo.