Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wilco Plays Dallas

The Friday before last I went to see Wilco in concert. I have to admit that although I was aware of Wilco & Jeff Tweedy, I really had never been exposed to their music before. I'd heard good things about them for years, but somehow never got around to checking them out. In August a friend of mine told me about this show and asked me if I wanted to go, and I immediately said yes.

I wanted to try and get as close to the stage as possible, so we showed up about an hour and a half before the doors were scheduled to open. The wait went by quickly, and we were able to get a spot up front on the right side of the stage.

The opening act was Liam Finn. I didn't know this until the next day, but Liam is the son of Neil Finn of Crowded House fame. Liam's "band" consisted of him and a woman named EJ. Liam mostly played guitar and sang, although he also switched over to a drum set at a couple of points (even in the same song in which he started on guitar). He would often record a guitar or even bass part and then loop it so he could switch to another instrument. He is a high energy performer, and he had a couple of "spaz outs" for lack of a better term. I rather enjoyed his set. During one of his spaz outs he flung his guitar pick and it landed right in front of me, so I now have it as a memento.

After the break in between sets, Wilco came out to the strains of the "Price Is Right" theme song and launched into "Wilco (The Song)". They played about 7 songs before any type of between song banter materialized. After that Jeff Tweedy addressed the crowd quite a bit, and seemed to be having a pretty good time. At one point an audience member wearing a gold lamé shirt traded shirts with Jeff. The audience member actually wanted the drummer's shirt (which had all these patches on it), but the drummer wouldn't part with it.

I really enjoyed this show. The band was top-notch and the sound was good. And I think we definitely got our money's worth because they played 27 songs over 2 and a half hours. I think I would've liked it even more if I had been more familiar with the songs (I couldn't participate much on the sing-alongs). The crowd was really into it, and I can tell that Wilco has developed a very devoted audience. Seeing this show definitely sparked my interest in tracking down some Wilco CDs. If they roll through here again I plan to be there.

1.Wilco (the Song)
2. A Shot in the Arm
3. One Wing
4. I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
5. Bull Black Nova
6. You Are My Face
7. Company in My Back
8. Kamera
9. Handshake Drugs
10. I'll Fight
11. Cars Can't Escape
12. Impossible Germany
13. Sonny Feeling
14. Hate It Here
16. I'm the Man Who Loves You
17. Hummingbird

Encore 1:
18. Theologians
19. Jesus, Etc.
20. Can't Stand It
21. You Never Know (with Liam Finn)

Encore 2:
22. The Late Greats
23. Heavy Metal Drummer
24. Kingpin
25. Casino Queen
26. Hoodoo Voodoo
27. I'm A Wheel

Liam Finn

Eliza Jane, AKA "EJ"

Spazzing out

After trading shirts

Wearing Liam Finn's sweater

Here are some videos I found on YouTube:

Wilco (The Song):

Trading shirts:

Jesus, Etc.:



Blogger m. heart said...

I hope they come around here again!

10/23/2009 8:47 AM  
Blogger weddingproject-us said...

Yay-Wilco!. I love his gold jacket. Something about Wilco makes me teary.

11/03/2009 7:11 PM  

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