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A friend and I were having a long, drunk, late-night conversation on Saturday when the subject of LeRoy Bach came up. I feel a little tabloidy for asking when it really isn't all that important, but does anybody know the real reason why he is no longer in the band? Just want to settle a dispute. Thank a lot!

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he's no longer in the band, because he wanted to quit.

 

until yesterday, he was the musical director for Goldbrick, a theatrical production based on the music of Jon Langford.

 

also, he's been working around Chicago with Baby Alright and Marvin Tate. and he has a new gig coming up @ the Hideout, called Ghost Rest, with Dan Bitney of Tortoise.

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Wikipedia says to join a music theatre production. They cite an article from The Wire, but I can't find a copy of the article online.

I don't think it was the reason, but he did join or at least perform with the Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago after leaving Wilco. I seem to remember this and wikipedia says the same thing. Not sure if he's still there.

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Whatever the reason for his departure, I certainly miss his contributions to the band, their live sound in particular, I loved his playing.

When The Roses Bloom Again 2003 Soundstage

 

--Mike

 

agreed. fortunately for me, I get to see him with a few of the local acts he's involved with and he's still a hell of a player. (sorry to rub it in)

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No shortage of LeRoy this month:

 

 

Monday March 2 (and every Monday in March)

GhostRest w/ Dan Bitney

@ the Hideout

(in the front room!!!! ----two men, two synthesizers, one dream)

10pm $4

 

 

Friday March 6

solo set

@ the Quencher's

(over one hundred kinds of beer brands!!!)

9:30pm $5

 

 

Friday March 13

bABY ALLright

@ Ronny's

(w/ Happy Salmon)

10pm $7

 

 

Tuesday March 31

solo set

@ the Whistler

(opening for the Zoo Wheel)

8:30pm $0

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He played on the last Joan of Arc record as well. He strikes me as an incredibly gracious, amiable and talented multi-instrumentalist that people are happy to have. The kind of guy that adds the perfect ego-less spice to someone's musical stew (kind of a Jorgensen). I wouldn't be surprised to find his name deep in the liner notes of many, many more albums to come.

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The first Wilco show I saw was in the post-Jay period when Mike was just mixing w/ his laptop and not doing much else. Jeff, Leroy, Glenn and John... that show had an intensity that I have not seen since then. I walked away from that show thinking Leroy was the fucking man. Also thinking that Nels Cline fellow playing with Carla was unreal.

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I also caught him playing (piano) with Iron & Wine when they were on Letterman (or Conan, or one of the other late night talk shows). Don't know if he toured or recorded with them or not.

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The first Wilco show I saw was in the post-Jay period when Mike was just mixing w/ his laptop and not doing much else. Jeff, Leroy, Glenn and John... that show had an intensity that I have not seen since then. I walked away from that show thinking Leroy was the fucking man. Also thinking that Nels Cline fellow playing with Carla was unreal.

 

 

My favorite line-up of the band for sure. Intensity is the right word too. Those four (and a half) dudes had it going on in a way that wasn't present in any of the shows before or after that point.

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I saw a show from that era, and the band seemed tiny and hollow to me. Every show I`ve seen since with Nels and Pat has absolutely blown that one into the ground. Jeff seemed happier, more animated and less adrift, for that matter. Diff`rent strokes and all that, I guess...

 

Leroy shows up in a lot of liner notes, I`ve noticed, sometimes in really obscure places. There was a great album in 2007 that I loved by Sonny Smith, called Fruitvale, and Bach was all over that one.

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