knotgreen Posted October 11, 2019 Share Posted October 11, 2019 And so begins the Ode to Joy USA tour! What a treat to have the band back in town and at one of our nicest theaters. The last time Wilco took the stage at The Wang was in 2011 in support of The Whole Love (and featured one of my very favorite show posters to date - Ode to Citgo). The band took the stage at 8:30 and as they had done across Europe launched into two new ones: Bright Leaves and Before Us. I will say that one of my favorite parts of seeing this band on a tour in which they're supporting new material is to experience how the new songs integrate with older material. That was what I was thinking about anyway as they followed up Before Us with IATTBYH, a transition that felt... harmonious? In that context, I'm always so taken by how these songs feel so compatible and yet there's a tremendous range song-to-song, stylistically, tonally, etc. I'm thinking specifically about the four-song run: How to Fight Loneliness, Bull Black Nova, Random Name Generator, and Reservations, but you could easily say that about several different segments of the evening's set. There was very little in the way of banter, and even less when you account for the fact that one of the few times Jeff took to the mic to chat the majority of us couldn't hear what he was saying. Something about Glenn visiting a cymbals factory? And a reply to a heckle about "USA!" There were a couple of technical difficulties which started (I believe) during Box Full of Letters. I was standing pretty far to Nels' side and was two rows back from the pit. The speaker in front of me cut out during part of the song and then came back. I assumed that the band noticed, but they made no comment and soon launched into Everyone Hides. This is when the sound really dropped out and the song stopped. A quick scramble and Jeff requested a larger acoustic guitar and opted to play New Madrid without amplification while the crew worked to make things right. To start, he was joined only by Glenn who played his kit softly with brushes behind him. Not long into New Madrid did things fall back into place and with the full band in tow they finished the song and returned to Everyone Hides. Per Jeff: “When life gives you lemons... play New Madrid.” Presumably due to "lost time" Wilco never left the stage after the main set's finale, I'm the Man Who Loves You. “Let’s pretend we went off stage, you guys cheered, and we came back.” I thought for sure that Misunderstood would be the last song of the night, but the boys treated to a second and final encore thereafter with proper exiting and returning to the stage. Start time: 8:30"Encore" break 1: 10:15Encore break 2: 10:25End: 10:40 Bright LeavesBefore UsI am Trying to Break Your HeartKameraIf I Ever Was a ChildHandshake DrugsOne and a Half StarsHummingbirdWhite Wooden CrossVia ChicagoHow to Fight LonelinessBull Black NovaRandom Name GeneratorReservationsWe Were LuckyLove is Everywhere (Beware)Impossible GermanyBox Full of Letters (sound cut left speaker)Everyone Hides (aborted due to sound failure)New Madrid (Jeff w/o mic, then full band once sound returned)Everyone HidesHeavy Metal DrummerI’m the Man Who Loves You-------------------------Hold Me AnywayMisunderstood-------------------------Red-Eyed and Blue >I Got You (At The End of the Century)I’m Always In LoveI’m a Wheel Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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