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Chicago - Millennium Park 9/12/2007


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Amazing, amazing night. Probably the best concert I've been to (I gotta take some time to think about that). I want to know when the last time Wilco played 3 songs off of AM in the same show. And I got to sit next to this awesome lady and we talked about music and Chicago and how she lives within "crawling distance" of the Empty Bottle; not during the music, mind you. As always, it was a pleasure seeing you Bri (lookin good btw :thumbup ). More on this incredible night tomorrow.

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I even noticed a camera man with audio man on the side of the stage where Wilco entered and exited. When they went off stage, the camera man followed them. And since I didn't see any large screens, I bet and hope it's for something good.

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Great night.

 

Not sure about the cameras; at least one was Channel 2. Caught the feature right at the end of the 10 p.m. news. Pretty unexciting -- they showed the crowd not reacting to anything and a 3-second clip of a song.

 

I was way in the back of the reserved seating, and it was good and bad to be back there. Bad because I find I enjoy shows much more when I'm squished in with the crowd up front, but good because I could watch all six band members at once. I never realized how rarely I watch Pat or John, and it was fun to watch the band as a whole instead of one or two at at time. Plus the sound was great.

 

Strangely, the whole area around me cleared out right around Spiders and then as the second encore began. Seriously, there were 10 seats empty to the left of me, 15 seats empty behind me, and about 8 empty in front by the time I Got You started. Kind of sad to see. I'll just tell myself they all went up front for the end of the show.

 

I loved that second encore -- Jeff promised surprises, and they definitely delivered. After I Got You, I thought, "Wow, some Casino Queen would be perfect right now." And then there it was. Wish I had said it out loud to my husband.

 

The band has really reinvented some of the older songs. Pot Kettle Black and Red-Eyed and Blue were especially cool and different. Box Full of Letters was actually the first Wilco song I ever heard -- of course, I thought it was too country at the time, but have since been reformed.

 

So glad I was able to see this show, hope the band comes back soon!

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I also noticed a lot of people leaving early too. At one point Jeff mentioned people having to work the next day, but to not show up. Like you said k8tee, some people did come down to the front towards the end, but security was pretty good about keeping them out. There were also way too many people moving around (going to the restroom, etc) during the show. Why can't people just stay at their seat and enjoy the show?

 

Oh yeah, "Via Chicago" was dedicated to Glenn from Jeff and the band requested a song too, but I can't remember what that was. Maybe "Too Far Apart".

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As always, it was a pleasure seeing you Bri

 

:wave Glad you got home okay too. I wish I could take Jeff's advice about not working tomorrow, but alas...

 

This was a really fun show, and my first time in Millennium Park. I loved hearing all the old stuff, especially "Box Full of Letters" and "Casino Queen." I was also thrilled that Chicago sucked much worse at clapping during "Spiders" than Madison did on Tuesday night.

 

Jeff did say that the band requested "Too Far Apart." They've been playing it at every show lately, which is as it should be as far as I'm concerned. So much fun.

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My first rock show at Millennium Park -- they need to do more!

 

Great time... was midway back in the pavillion, and could hear pretty damn well. Sound was tight for outdoors and that far back from the stage (at least 75 feet). Box Full of Letters, Red Eyed, I Got You, etc were all great!!!

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pot kettle black, on and on and on, too far apart, via chicago=best songs of the night. i was really fucking impressed. i went with my family, and my dad said after PKB that he'd just seen the best three opening songs of his life. the Being There tracks during the last encore were so fucking exciting. i couldn't believe how much the band was rocking out and moving around, esp. stirrat. i don't think i've ever seen them have that much fun in my 5 times of seeing this lineup. my sole hangup would be that the crowd wasn't executing the hand-claps well during Spiders. that got annoying. usually Jeff doesn't have to beg so much for participation. but seriously, this show was amazing. this lineup gets better every time i see it. can't wait for the 13th in Iowa City.

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... i went with my family, and my dad said after PKB that he'd just seen the best three opening songs of his life. ...

 

now, that's my kind of "dad rock" comment! ;)

 

 

 

Glad to hear you all loved the show so much!

 

I missed it but for a good reason - Stevie Wonder outdoors at Meadowbrook in Detroit!

 

:worship B) :worship

 

 

 

 

Onward with more Wilco stories!

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:omg

 

that is amazing!!

"Casino Queen"...wow.

 

Also, the Glenn standing thing... did anybody else thing that he did that at the beginning of ITMWLY because he was saying he's the man who loves Jeff? :heehee before we found out it a tribute, I thought that's why he did it...

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WOW!! i am still trying to process it all and think that might take a while, it was so amazing. the sound was incredible. probably the best sounding venue i've ever been to and it was outdoors. i had doubts about Frank Gehry, but i'm starting to be a believer. but wow! they played my request!!! (which was on and on and on, i had requested it for my mom, who went to the show with me, her 3rd wilco show. it is her favorite song and if it wasn't for her, i wouldn't have been able to make the trip to chicago/go to the show. Mom Rock!!!) it was great meeting everybody and really fun to get to put faces to the avatars and screen names! that made the whole night even more great!

 

i saw a microphone stand/taper in the row i was in, so yeah, i'm pretty sure a recording of this will show up.

 

again, wow!

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Jeff did say that the band requested "Too Far Apart." They've been playing it at every show lately, which is as it should be as far as I'm concerned. So much fun.

 

yeah, before they went into Too Far Apart, Jeff said "we requested this one"

 

He was in a fantastic mood and there was some priceless banter, but I loved at the end of Red Eyed and Blue (after the whistling) and I think it may have been at the end of Too Far Apart when he just sarcastically said "Nailed It".

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Box Full of Letters and Casino Queen, and Too Far Apart? Wilco should let their fans make suggestions more often. I've got to hear what this lineup does with those songs. I am thoroughly shocked.

 

they are planning on keeping the format. this was in a wilco email i received last week:

 

Beginning with the Chicago show next week, we're testing a way we'd like to utilize the site (and you) in a new way.... you can now vote for songs that the band will play that night by using this form. (i think you can get to it on wilcoworld.) We'll tabulate the results and the band will definitely utilize them when drafting the set list. So cast your vote today.

 

:cheers

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yea... this was a GREAT show. The band was really into the songs and I've not heard a better version of Pot Kettle Black than the one they played last night. How about Jeff doing laps around the stage during the close of Hummingbird?

Who's gonna stop him from having fun? The Chicago Skyline?

 

ps... what's up with NO ONE getting the clapping right during Spiders. That was pretty annoying. But whatever, a minor, inconsequential blemish on an otherwise amazing night of music.

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