bböp Posted January 21, 2020 Share Posted January 21, 2020 Well, my dream of seeing Jeff perform while floating in an ocean lagoon was dashed when Sky Blue Sky organizers made the decision to move the Tweedy band's afternoon set from the Heaven Beach stage to the Stairway To Heaven stage because of concerns about the weather. Maybe it wasn't really a dream, but when the SBS schedule got announced, I have to admit I was kind of looking forward to the ridiculousness of it all. Calexico in the lagoon playing its dusty Southwestern, horn-accented tunes...yes. The Tweedy band in the lagoon with songs about dead parents and drug addiction...uhh. Anyway, it basically turned out to be a moot point with the set taking place in more traditional environs. Nevertheless, it's always a joy to get a chance to see Jeff perform with both of his sons (and equally joyous to get to watch them while standing next to his wife and their mother, Susie, who came down to the front for the last song). This slightly streamlined version of Tweedy, with Liam Kazar on bass in addition to Spencer Tweedy on drums and James Elkington on lead guitar, has only really played together twice — at the last Solid Sound Festival and in Evanston this past August — and this wasn't an especially sharp performance IMHO. But everyone seemed to be having a great time, no one more so than Jeff, who embraced his flubs, interacted with audience members and even told a few jokes. "I messed up," Jeff said to Spencer after Summer Noon had to be stopped and restarted. "It's not your fault, son. Dad's trying to remember 400 songs this week." Jeff subsequently did a sort of exaggerated bent-over pose, jokingly making a point about his age. Then after the song, he asked the crowd, "Is anyone in a band? Beginnings and endings, man. The worst part of being in a band." A guy standing front and center then reminded Jeff of how he had messed up the second verse of Kingpin during Wilco's set the previous evening, which caused him to jokingly retort, "I can have you kicked out of here. Be careful." One highlight for me was getting to hear some of the Warmer songs played with a full band; it hasn't happened all that often. I'm glad I finally got to see Empty Head live, which I believe was debuted in Evanston — a show I sadly had to miss. I found myself thinking that a number of the Warmer tunes, such as Family Ghost, Ten Sentences and especially ...And You Cut It In Half sound more vibrant and twangy with this incarnation of the band. Later in the set, introducing World Away, Jeff said it was the closest the band would get to playing a Rush song because it's in 7/4 time and dedicated it to the late Neil Peart ("or as some of you say, Pee-rt," Jeff said). Then before Let's Go Rain, Jeff recalled that the last time he and the band had played that song, at Solid Sound 2019, they conjured a rainbow. When no such rainbow materialized this time, Jeff joked that they were going to have fire their lighting designer, who had engineered that Solid Sound rainbow to appear on cue. (As it turned out, it never rained during the Tweedy set as the forecast had threatened.) Two covers brought Tweedy's 85-minute show to a close, both fittingly twangy. Once again, I was personally glad to get to see their rendition of the Sir Douglas Quintet's I Wanna Be Your Mama Again that also made its debut in Evanston last summer. And when the audience shouted for one more song, Jeff acceded to the pleas and led the band through an — I think — unplanned performance of Neil Young's The Losing End (When You're On). I think Jeff was hoping Sammy might take a verse by himself, as he had on a couple of other songs earlier in the set, but he didn't know it well enough. Nevertheless, the Tweedy family hour (and a half) was a success and I hope it's not too long before we see Jeff and his sons together on stage again. Here was the complete setlist, as played (didn't get a look at the printed list, but I assume there were no changes other than maybe the addition of The Losing End): Family GhostSome Birds (w/Sammy Tweedy on backing vocals)New MoonDon't ForgetHaving Been Is No Way To BeOrphanSummer NoonTen SentencesGuaranteedEmpty HeadFloweringI Know What It's Like (w/Sammy Tweedy on backing vocals)...And Then You Cut It In HalfWorld AwayEvergreen (w/Sammy Tweedy on backing vocals)Love Like A Wire [Diane Izzo] (w/Sammy Tweedy on backing vocals)Low KeyLet's Go RainI Wanna Be Your Mama Again [sir Douglas Quintet]The Losing End (When You're On) [Neil Young] (w/Sammy Tweedy on backing vocals) Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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