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What's this about magnets? Were they for sale or were they giving them out as you came in (because we didn't get anything when we entered....)

 

 

They were handed out as you come in, but they were not at every entrance gate... I initally did not get one, but found somebody passing them out in my searches for a poster.

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Golden Oldies tonight

 

They played Box Full of Letters, Casino Queen, Too Far Apart, Red Eyed and Blue, I Got You, Misunderstood, Outta Mind, A Shot in the Arm, War on War, I'm the Man Who Loves You, I am Trying to Break Your Heart, Cars Can't Escape, Jesus Etc, Pot Kettle Black, Heavy Metal Drummer, Spiders, Hummingbird, Handshake Drugs, You Are My Face, Hate it Here, Walken, On & On & On, Impossible Germany, Side with The Seeds, California Stars

 

A great night for Wilco and a great night for Chicago.

They nailed it.

 

Perfect!

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We REALLY needed Casino Queen! It was blasting on all cylinders.

 

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Here is the magnet. The poster was supposed to be pretty much the same, only without the CHC and benefit info. BTW, check out their website. They do good things: chicagohomeless.org. They had sold out of the poster by the time we got our sorry asses out of the pizza joint (which was really good, as was the company, then and after the show, so good to see you all again!!!), so I still haven't seen the printed poster, but hope to get a few soon.

 

That show was so much fun! Does anyone ever seem to be having more fun than Glenn? And I thought Nels was gonna fling himself off the front of the stage accidentally. The man was going at it both barrels. The whole band was, and they were tight, a solid band in yet another prime. I hope someone got a photo of Jeff doing a three-quarter Townshend jump during Spiders.

 

And now I have to drag my hungover ass to the drawing table and WORK (sorry, Jeff).

 

Okay alright! :cheers

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You could maybe email the CHC to see if they have any more.

 

Also, On and On and On was a surprise. I hadn't heard it in a while, and Jeff was giving it such an emotional punch, hitting some great notes he couldn't have when he smoked, and John's backup vocals were right up there in the mix, and strong, almost a duet at times.

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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...

I saw him standing, but didn't think that's what he meant by it. I also caught Jeff blowing a kiss at Glenn a few times. :shifty

 

 

Did Jeff read some of the messages of the requests?

They did not read any of the messages or say who requested the songs.

 

Someone please post a pic of the "Nels monster" shadow.

Sorry, don't have one.

 

 

What's this about magnets? Were they for sale or were they giving them out as you came in (because we didn't get anything when we entered....)

XRT also had a small stack at their booth in the rear.

 

 

I wonder what the odds are of winning one of the ten (or eleven) lyric sheets of "What Light" signed by Jeff. And did anyone else think this venue looked like a new aged Sydney opera house on steroids?

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Great Show!! I got hear my request "Cars Cant Escape" twice. Once during reherasal, then again during live show. I arrived early so I was in the area when they were practicing and heard them play Cars and Box Full of Letters and thought, Hey I got my song already. I did think in the beginning it was gonna be the Steely Dan cover, Any Major Dude will Tell you, like someone ealier mentioned. that wouldve been cool too. I liked On and On and On.

 

Nice venue on a perfect day. I still thought the sound at Bonnaroo was the best. Bonnaroo music is the best sounding concerts in the universe. It pumps into your heart.

 

The magnets were being handed out before and after the show, there was tons. I saw stacks as I was leaving.

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Great Show!! I got hear my request "Cars Cant Escape" twice. Once during reherasal, then again during live show. I arrived early so I was in the area when they were practicing and heard them play Cars and Box Full of Letters and thought, Hey I got my song already.

 

 

Did they play anything in soundcheck that was NOT played at the show?

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I am sorry I didn't get to meet any VCers :ohwell, but the show rocked.

 

I've seen wilco so many times and this was the first time they played my song, Pot Kettle Black.

 

The second encore was just too good!

 

Awesome, awesome poster, Johnny!

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Golden Oldies tonight

 

They played Box Full of Letters, Casino Queen, Too Far Apart, Red Eyed and Blue, I Got You, Misunderstood, Outta Mind, A Shot in the Arm, War on War, I'm the Man Who Loves You, I am Trying to Break Your Heart, Cars Can't Escape, Jesus Etc, Pot Kettle Black, Heavy Metal Drummer, Spiders, Hummingbird, Handshake Drugs, You Are My Face, Hate it Here, Walken, On & On & On, Impossible Germany, Side with The Seeds, California Stars

 

A great night for Wilco and a great night for Chicago.

They nailed it.

 

That is an awesome setlist.

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Did they play anything in soundcheck that was NOT played at the show?

 

I only heard those two songs during sound check. I did go down to the Park n Grill bar after Cars Cant Escape so I couldve missed some soundcheck songs, but I imagine they practiced on songs they havent played in awhile. I felt like having a few beers on that beautiful day.

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Wilco just perfect at Millenium Park concert

By Ted Cox | Daily Herald Staff

 

 

 

Wilco long ago proved it could rock, but on more recent albums Jeff Tweedy has tended toward precision over abandon and subtle shadings over pounding power chords.

 

The band put both sides of its personality on display in a crowd-pleasing, sold-out homecoming concert at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park Wednesday night. The early going featured songs from the band's new "Sky Blue Blue" and acknowledged masterpiece "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot," but it ended with an extended encore drawing on the hard-rocking likes of "Casino Queen."

 

"This is perfect," Tweedy said between songs early in the show, and while he was referring to the setting and the weather, many Wilco fans extended that sentiment to the music as well.

 

Tweedy was suitably scruffy, lead guitarist Nels Cline affected nerdy chic in red floody pants, Pat Sansone looked like a refugee from the Faces in his vest and shag hairdo, and bassist John Stirrat rocked his bass to the microphone to sing backup. As ever, drummer Glenn Kotche was the antithesis of Charlie Watts' effortless ease, pushing the calmest songs along in a feverish sweat.

 

Keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen made it a sextet. The band fleshes out the more obtuse reaches of Tweedy's songwriting, and the performance brought some warmth to the sometimes chilly feel of "Sky Blue Sky." On "Handshake Drugs," Cline soloed off Sansone's power chords, and on the new "Impossible Germany" the two were joined by Tweedy to form an interlacing guitar figure, Tweedy and Sansone face to face as Cline jammed off to the side.

 

If there was a flaw, it was that the band is perhaps too devoted to the apparent perfection it achieves in the studio. Yet if the 26-song, two-hour-plus set never took off, it didn't disappoint either. Wilco's fans seemed to like hearing the songs as they are, and the picturesque setting, under the latticework above the lawn, and the early fall weather were indeed perfect, even if the concession stands and other facilities weren't quite equipped to handle the crowd.

 

Dr. Dog opened with a well-received half-hour set. A Tweedy fave, it was a perfectly chosen opening act in that it was similar to Wilco in its wealth of influences, if not quite there in the passion of the vocals. Profits benefited the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, one more attempt at achieving perfection.

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Okay alright! :cheers

Sweet! Amazing work as per, Johnny.

 

The only thing allowing me to read these glowing words without being green with envy is knowing I get to share the fun next week.

 

Cheers!

 

 

Also, I wanted to add this because it looks so freaking COOL!

 

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