bböp Posted January 22, 2020 Share Posted January 22, 2020 I was all prepared to write about how there's always a little bit of anti-climax leading into the final night of a multi-night Wilco run, especially one with no repeated songs, because you can usually figure out about half the setlist based on what's already been played at the previous shows. But then an older gentleman in the audience apparently fell and hit his head following the first song of the encore and the ensuing medical response brought the show to a complete halt for approximately 10 minutes as the band left the stage so the man could be attended to. When Jeff and his bandmates did return to finish out the last of three unique sets at the inaugural Sky Blue Sky Festival, they did about as well as they could to pick up where they had awkwardly left off (though it was probably impossible to fully accomplish that). For his part, Jeff half-jokingly instructed anyone documenting the performance to place the last three songs of the show directly after Outtasite (Outta Mind) in the final edit. If only it was that easy in real life, but certainly the band's complete embrace of the "Wilco Sleepover" theme night for this final show helped to make for a memorable evening despite the slightly strange ending. For I'm pretty sure just the second time in their 15-plus years together — the first having been the New Year's Eve show at Madison Square Garden in 2004 — this current six-piece lineup of Wilco played a show in pajamas. Well, the band members at least all came out wearing PJs and then some gradually shed pieces of them as the show went on, but it was still quite a sight to see — especially Jeff in his white flannel two-piece, with fittingly rumpled hair. (The rest of the band wore matching cobalt blue-with-white-trim outfits, with Pat initially sporting a bathrobe over his and John just wearing a pajama top...with, ahem, jeans.) "These are not actually our PJs," Jeff said about five songs in, following One Wing. "We all sleep in the nude. No, that's not allowed." (The sleepover/pajama theme, by the way, was ostensibly meant primarily for the audience, many of whom were also sporting PJs, including a few folks with some fantastic custom bottoms that had Jeff's head included as part of several different patterns.) Themes and outfits aside, this final Wilco set of SBS was a continuation of the first two in which we got several relative rarities not performed by the full band since BTH (Before The Hiatus), including the show-opening When You Wake Up Feeling Old, the John-sung It's Just That Simple and perhaps most satisfyingly — to some, anyway — the intense Cold Slope>King Of You pairing. Since you pretty much knew staples such as Impossible Germany, Via Chicago and California Stars were coming in this set since they hadn't been played yet at SBS, those rarities helped to keep the set feeling fresh and exciting. California Stars also got an extra boost from Dr. Dog drummer Eric Slick, who turned in the only guest appearance of the show when he emerged in a bathrobe to play shaker and maracas next to Glenn. After the song, during which Pat's banjitar solo always draws a huge ovation, Jeff said to Pat with a smile, "We're gonna have to make a banjo record." That once again drew "Pat! Pat! Pat!" chants from the crowd, which of course he played off to full effect. True to the implied promise of the band's setlists for its first two shows, it did not repeat a single song over the course of three sets (resulting in 76 unique songs over the three performances). However, I do wonder if Jeff's struggles with Airline To Heaven at a solo beach set the day before for a small group of fans who had engaged in some service projects for the Positive Legacy non-profit that partners with festival organizers contributed to that song's inclusion in the final Wilco set of the festival. Jeff had said at the beach show that he personally didn't want to repeat a single song in any performance at SBS, so it was at least a mild surprise to hear Wilco play it. But for what it's worth, they nailed the full-band rendition. Of course there were a few very minor letdowns, such as no reprise of the Wilco/Yo La Tengo collaboration that had taken place at the memorable 2013 Solid Sound and no nod to Wilco's only Spanish-language single, Me Avívé (aka Dawned On Me). Remember that one? In spite of the scary moment with the medical incident in back — and subsequent word was that the gentleman will be all right — when the band came back on stage to finish out the show with Candyfloss, I'm A Wheel and a spirited The Thanks I Get, it more than made up for any potential regrets one might have had. From a Banter Corner standpoint, Jeff had less to say overall than the previous two sets. He once again couldn't help poking some fun at playing certain songs in this setting. "That song was made for the beach," he quipped about Reservations. A little later, he introduced An Empty Corner — which originated as a dream — by saying in part that "this whole (SBS) experience has felt dreamlike." And finally, just before the band left the stage for the final time, Jeff once again thanked the audience, saying in part, "You guys are the best...maybe we'll do this again sometime," which, in the end, seemed to be all that anyone who was there wanted to hear. Here was the complete setlist, as played, for the final Wilco set of the inaugural SBS (there were no changes from the printed list): When You Wake Up Feeling OldWhole LoveCompany In My BackWar On WarOne WingI MightAirline To HeavenVia ChicagoCold Slope>King Of YouLaminated Cat (aka Not For The Season)ReservationsImpossible GermanyIt's Just That SimpleCalifornia Stars (w/Eric Slick of Dr. Dog on shaker and maracas)Summer TeethShouldn't Be AshamedAn Empty CornerSay You Miss MeEveryone HidesDawned On MeA Shot in the Arm----------------------------Outtasite (Outta Mind)CandyflossI'm A WheelThe Thanks I Get Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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