I just got back from seeing Wilco in Nashville and hot damn, Wilco is a fucking good band. Logan said something about them seeming kind of bad or boring live on that I Am Trying to Break Your Heart documentary, and that's true. But that's almost a completely different band. It's still the core three guys (Jeff Tweedy, Glen Kotch, John Bass Player) but they've also added a new keyboard player, another guy who plays keyboard and guitar, and Nels Cline. Nels Cline is the coolest guitar player I have ever seen in my life ever and holy shit he was so awesome omg. Jeff Tweedy's actually really good at the guitar too! There were about three new songs played and I'm really excited about this new album, because all three songs were great. Especially Walken. It's not like, a big step forward or anything, but it's a really fun, groovin' rock song.
- Jeff Tweedy's guitar solo on Hell is Chrome.
- At Least That's What You Said and Sunken Treasure puttin' tears in this old bear's eyes!
- Spiders was so fucking perfect. I love that it's such an unruly sounding song and there's just weird, crazy stuff going on all over the place, but the changes were all done perfectly and were really rockin'.
- During the little call and response breakdown of Kingpin, Jeff stopped to explain to us what to do and exactly why we were doing it. When he would say, "How can I?" we were to respond by screaming. He explained that we were screaming to cleanse our bodies of bile or something or other. It was a ridiculous reason but I sure did have a good time hollerin'.
- For the last encore (of three), Jeff Tweedy came to the front of the stage and sang Acuff Rose (an Uncle Tupelo song) acoustic and without the mic, so of course everyone was as quiet as possible and it was perfect and I love The Tweed.
It's tough for me to say that this show was better than the Devendra Banhart show I saw a few months back, but I think it was. The Devendra show was incredibly intimate, but god damn. Fuckin' Wilco. So as of right now my top three shows ever are:
1. Wilco, Ryman Auditorium in Nashvile, 3-17-06
2. Devendra Banhart, Exit-In in Nashville, October of 2005.
3. Ryan Adams, Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, November of 2004.
Here's a setlist I nabbed from viachicago.org that looks about right:
Airline To Heaven
At My Window Sad and Lonely
Forget The Flowers
When the Roses Bloom Again
Muzzle of Bees
Hell is Chrome
I am Trying to Break Your Heart
Shot in the Arm
At Least That's What You Said
Either Way (new song)
I'm the Man Who Loves You
War on War
Acuff Rose - Jeff acoustic unplugged