Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI
Opener William Tyler playing his trademark solo guitar with effects pedals, dials, knobs, feedback loops. Not a great show to watch but close your eyes and the atmosphere works well. Wilco stated with the new album – straight through, no introductions. The songs working even better live than on the album. Then its off to the greatest hits – picking mainly for the last 4 albums – this is the Wilco of sonicscapes – ballads turning into crunching guitar solos – and back to the ballad. The final encore is “acoustic” – a mini drum kit, banjos, steel guitars. Misundertood working really well – and finishing with Shot in the Arm – and the whole audience chanting “something in my veins – bloodier than blood”
A majority of male , middle aged that you would expect but a good sprinkling of young student types – this is a college town.
It made me think..
Damn they are good musicians- i was expecting the guitar of Nels Kline to impress but the drumming – wow – never seen such “expressive” drumming. A band at the very top of their game