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Dr. Dog did alright, but I couldn't wait for Wilco to come on and aparently the security guard didn't like Dr. Dog because he fell asleep during their songs.

 

 

Show was great all around. I was sitting near the sleeping security guard and we figured he was really into the show. Got some great laughs out of that. Pretty odd crowd as there were some great fans and then you had scattered people who sat or left early. I figure the city and sponsors gave out some free tickets. How was the sound and sights from the lawn?

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The clapping thing kinda gave that set of encores an uneven ending, but really the spontaneity of it made the show more special in my opinion. I also think another such moment occured when Jeff couldn't really get a good whistle in Red Eyed and Blue/I got you. I'm still processing what a great show I saw last night. I also took Jeff's suggestion, no work for me today! Yay!

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Fave Jeff quote of the night - after he prefaced the encore saying this next batch of songs is going to be early wilco, from about 95-96; he added "This is not late model Wilco!" HAHAHA!!!

 

Actually I think he said he wanted to get us "into a late model Wilco" like it was a car from the mid 90s he was trying to sell. Hilarious.

 

On a side note, we had some awesome seats, they told us they were 'obstructed view' pavillion so they were only $25 instead of 50, turns out they were dead center right behind that metal square thing in the middle of the pavillion, not obstructed at all. What a great show.

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A review by Greg Kot~ [

 

Wilco turns into a loose, soulful guitar army in Millennium Park homecoming

 

There were moments in recent years when Wilco appeared to be aging gracefully, its concerts proceeding with the refined precision of a middle-aged art-rock band. Pretty, graceful, but somewhat predictable. On one tour, there were even sepia-toned abstract-art videos.

 

That Wilco was nowhere to be found Wednesday at jam-packed Millennium Park, where the sextet played only the fourth major rock concert at the city

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Probably my sixth or seventh show over the last several years and one of the best.

 

I have to say, what was up with Jeff moaning about the fans clapping during Spiders? That version of Spiders was really memorable with the cool guitar harmonics Jeff was doing and then he had to go on ruin the moment.

 

Awesome show!

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Probably my sixth or seventh show over the last several years and one of the best.

 

I have to say, what was up with Jeff moaning about the fans clapping during Spiders? That version of Spiders was really memorable with the cool guitar harmonics Jeff was doing and then he had to go on ruin the moment.

 

Awesome show!

 

i think the average concert go-er not familiar with the spiders pause then jam was like why the hell am i clapping if its over???...

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After a unbeliveable brain cramp on my part last evening, I thought the show was terrific.

 

Standing near the el at Thorndale at about 5:15, I look in my purse and realize my wallet -- containing our tickets -- was not there. I immediately knew I had left it at my office in Schaumburg and a quick call to a co-worker confirmed it. So my husband and I get back in the car and drive out to schaumburg to get it, and after we parked and walk over to the park and start to get in our seats, the band starts playing. A tense couple hours; thanks all you pals for talking me down :stunned :lol

 

What a show, though where we were (Row V near the middle), it seemed that while people near and farther away were standing, most weren't moving, singing, dancing -- nothing. I think that's where Jeff's frustration was -- they were really laying it out there and the reaction seemed to be a kind of "meh" from the audience -- not at all like the Vic shows or even the last couple Aud. shows. Oh well -- I sang and danced my ass off and Scott said it was his least unfavorite show of theirs -- high praise indeed from a non-Wilco fan :lol

 

Anyway, a great mix of new and old. What a finish -- Casino Queen and Outtasite in the last encore was really really fun. I never thought I'd hear Box and CQ in the same show!

 

Oh, and Jeff? You still have a chance to play Can't Stand It in Little Rock or Columbia :shifty

 

Great fun at the place afterwards; it is ALWAYS great to see all my friends. Johnny, your poster is sublime -- I hope someday that I will have one that is full size, but the magnet will suffice for now (and thanks Leo for graciously giving me one of yours....). Can you post the artwork now so I can see the detail better?

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sounds nice!

 

how did Box full of letters sound?. was it sung an octave higher like Too far apart and Why would you wanna live?

 

Hey froggie,

 

I'm pretty sure he sang it in the lower octave (like on the album). But I don't always trust my ear, so maybe someone else will chime in.

 

Did anyone get any good photos? I was way too far back for my camera to handle it.

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Glad you got there in time, Edie! :thumbup

 

What a great setlist :worship ...add me to the camp of others who hopes there's a recording. :dancing

 

 

...play Can't Stand It in Little Rock or Columbia :shifty

 

I'd love to hear that one! :wub

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Was anybody else able to score posters?? I was surprised on how quicky they sold-out, they were long gone well before Dr. Dog was even done. Luckily I was able to snag the last one off wall at one of the merch stands in the back after the ones on the side had already sold-out. Very cool poster design though, easily one of my favories I own out of my Wilco collection. Bought a Wilco Millennium Park t-shirt too, also pretty neat, dyed red shirt with a sketched image of the Chicago flag. On the bottom has venue, date and benefit ect.

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it seemed that while people near and farther away were standing, most weren't moving, singing, dancing -- nothing. I think that's where Jeff's frustration was -- they were really laying it out there and the reaction seemed to be a kind of "meh" from the audience -- not at all like the Vic shows or even the last couple Aud. shows. Oh well

 

 

I don't know...maybe it was just in your area, but I heard the roar of the crowd constantly. I sang at the top of my lungs throughout. I even clapped.

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Johnny, your poster is sublime -- I hope someday that I will have one that is full size, but the magnet will suffice for now (and thanks Leo for graciously giving me one of yours....). Can you post the artwork now so I can see the detail better?

Post it! Post it!!!

 

 

Was anybody else able to score posters?? I was surprised on how quicky they sold-out, they were long gone well before Dr. Dog was even done. Luckily I was able to snag the last one off wall at one of the merch stands in the back after the ones on the side had already sold-out. Very cool poster design though, easily one of my favories I own out of my Wilco collection.

That sounds like something that should definitely end up in the on-line store. :yes

 

Oh, and the magnets, too!

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Was anybody else able to score posters?? I was surprised on how quicky they sold-out, they were long gone well before Dr. Dog was even done. Luckily I was able to snag the last one off wall at one of the merch stands in the back after the ones on the side had already sold-out. Very cool poster design though, easily one of my favories I own out of my Wilco collection. Bought a Wilco Millennium Park t-shirt too, also pretty neat, dyed red shirt with a sketched image of the Chicago flag. On the bottom has venue, date and benefit ect.

 

 

We got two magnets of the poster when we got in. Initially I wasn't going to get a poster but eventually did buy one because I knew I would regret it. As with all my Wilco posters, it will be matted/framed and proudly hung in my media room.

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Wow, just wow. It was a great night starting at Giordano's(with the J4's and isadorah) and ending at Elephant and Castle or whatever that place was(with everyone!). I can't think of a better way to start off a week in Chicago. Thanks Wilco and thanks to you VC folks(and friends) who could hang out last night. Phenomenal.

 

Oh and Edie, so glad you made it in time!

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I don't know...maybe it was just in your area, but I heard the roar of the crowd constantly. I sang at the top of my lungs throughout. I even clapped.

 

First, Wow, what a great night of music! Something for every Wilco fan....

 

Yeah, everyone was standing from the start and singing in our area too...section 205...but there was a couple in front of me (even though they stood) who came in late, and left early (thankfully) and talked constantly during the show and didn't clap once...ughhh... it was so annoying, I was so glad when they left, plus it gave me a better view... :thumbup

 

but, enough grumbling.... Such a GREAT show, the mix of old and new sounded perfect! The setting; gorgeous, sound; the same, weather; loved it!....Awesome setlist, awesome band, I LOVE Wilco. My brother got his request (Casino Queen) :cheers

 

I sure hope this was recorded because I would love a copy, and a DVD would be even better! The place was so spread out that I didn't see many familiar faces, saw Aimee when we were leaving and noticed Louie walking down the aisle at one point, but that was it. Hope you all had a fun time!

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I didn't see those t-shirts. Can someone post a picture of one?

 

We let a guy and his girlfriend sit on our blanket because we had a lot of room, and after a few songs we smelt someone smoking pot. It was the guy we let sit on our blanket, I laughed and continued on with the show, but then he tapped me on the shoulder, handed me what was left of his joint and said 'Thanks for letting us sit next to you man.' then shook my hand. I put it out, but just as I was stepping on it the guys began to play 'Handshake Drugs'.

 

It was awesome.

 

OuttamindOuttasitte. Thats all there is in my mind.

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