Photos and words by Debi Del Grande
It’s pretty hard to put Wilco’s music in one category. Some say alternative rock, alternative country, etc. But as one of America’s best bands today, their talent spans many musical genres and their live shows solidify that. With three sold out shows in three different venues, music fans in LA couldn’t wait for Wilco to come to town.
After a stellar first performance at The Hollywood Palladium, the Chicago-based band made its way for the second at The Wiltern. Wilco is known for changing up their set lists and making each show special. What would they play this night? Just another reason why diehards follow them from city to city.
Read the review plus photos from the night and the set list after the jump
Austin rockers White Denim opened the show and were well received although most of the crowd had yet to arrive. If you missed them or like what you heard, you can catch them at their own show at The Satellite on February 11th.
Just as the room finally filled up, the band we had all been waiting for walks out on stage. Sporting a wide-brimmed hat, denim jacket and a Cheshire cat grin, Jeff Tweedy started the evening out with “One Sunday Morning,” a tune from their latest album The Whole Love.
Song writer/vocals/guitarist Tweedy had fun with the crowd. At one point Tweedy spoke to a fan who brought a spider saying that was a very dangerous request. Another so-called “fan” apparently flipped Tweedy off at one point and when Tweedy called him out, the “fan” replied that it was because it was awesome. This brought the houselights up so Tweedy could see the entire crowd flipping him off (showing the love) at his request.
Wilco’s success on stage is due largely to the camaraderie of the band members who are extremely talented on their own. Blend the talent of these six and you get one to hear live music as it should be. Guitarist Nels Cline commanded the stage a few times including a few nice little battles with multi-instrumentallst Pat Sansone. Bassist and original member John Stirratt kept it smooth and low key.
Wilco Set list
One Sunday Morning (for Jane Smiley’s boyfriend)
Art Of Almost
I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
Rising Red Lung
Pot Kettle Black
She’s A Jar
Box Full Of Letters
A Magazine Called Sunset
Dawned On Me
Heavy Metal Drummer
I’m The Man Who Loves You
Hoodoo Voodoo (w/ bass/guitar/keyboard tech Josh on cowbell)