WILCO + VETIVER @ THE GREEK THEATRE
Photos and words by Debi Del Grande
“That’s our new album Star Wars. If you want it, you can have it. If you don’t want it, what are you doing here?” Jeff Tweedy of Wilco was joking around, but he was correct. If you want it, it’s right there on the website to download for free for a limited time. Diehard fans of Wilco knew this, of course, and were well prepared for the first portion of the sumptuous set under the stars on a warm evening at the Greek Theatre. Wilco played Star Wars in its entirety and fans devoured it. Tweedy has new stories to tell.
Each member of Wilco is vital to making each song come to a point where it pierces your soul. Bassist John Stirratt shining on lead vocals on one of the intimate encore songs “It’s Just That Simple,” Stirratt’s other half of the band Autumn Defense, Pat Sansone on guitar and dazzling us with his banjo solo during the encore, Nels Cline over in his corner making his guitars sing and breaking strings, the man who keeps it all together, drummer Glenn Kotche who likes to stir things up on “Via Chicago,” and keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen who came out on guitar for the encore. What a team.
For the second portion, we were treated to many favorites, to where everyone up in Section B was singing loud and proud.
‘Remember to remember me
Standing still in your past
Floating fast like a hummingbird’
“I’d like to thank my wife for marrying me 19 years ago, 364 days. I got the best of that deal for sure. I feel sorry for her. Anyway, this song doesn’t have anything to do with our anniversary. I don’t know. It’s somewhat romantic.” Then Wilco dove into “Heavy Metal Drummer.”
At one point during the show, Tweedy’s mic was acting up. “Had this mic stand for 20 years.” The crowd loudly applauded. “Really? My wife is gonna be upset that that got the same amount of applause.”
For the encore, the band gathered closer together and went acoustic. “Misunderstood” is always an emotional one and ending with “California Stars” was a pretty perfect way to end the evening underneath a few outdoors with Wilco.
Vetiver was back after headlining the Troubadour back in June.
EKG (Played as the band took the stage.)
Random Name Generator
The Joke Explained
Taste the Ceiling
Where Do I Begin
King of You
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
Art of Almost
Heavy Metal Drummer
I’m the Man Who Loves You
Dawned on Me
It’s Just That Simple
War on War
We’ve Been Had (Uncle Tupelo cover)
California Stars (Billy Bragg & Wilco cover)