Three Hours With Wilco
Wilco's Jeff Tweedy promised fans he would "feed them with tunes" during last weekend's show at New Jersey's Wellmont Theater, and feed them he did, serving the hungry crowd with three hours of music spanning the credible indie band's seven albums. They even dipped into side-projects and performed an exquisite cover of Big Star's "Thank You Friends" in memory of Alex Chilton, who died last month of a heart attack. Concert-goers who paid $45 a ticket essentially paid $1.20 a song for their evening with Wilco. Not too shabby, eh?
On a stage primarily lit with fancy candelabras and a light-soaked back-drop, Wilco played a three-dozen song menu that included everything from art rock and folk rock to country rock and near hard-rock. Having released their last album more than a year ago, Wilco's current cross-country tour is not an advertisement of their current work, but rather a showcase of the veterans' two-decades of experience. Tweedy's vocals were subdued, yet powerful in the stunning "Poor Places," while the percussion in "Via Chicago" was thunderous. The show also featured the band—additional drum set, keyboards, and all—parked at the edge of the stage for an acoustic set lit only by floor lamps featuring rare gems like "Someday, Some Morning, Sometime" and "Laminated Cat." Kudos to the stage crew for executing such a complicated shift mid-show.