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February 25, 2008



for me, wilco is just one of those bands that grows and grows on you until they have you in a bear-trap grip. i think it's a testament to both the strength of the individual players as well as tweedy's brilliant songwriting.

and, speaking of players, don't forget the props due glenn kotche. what a drummer! just propels the band. plus all the odd little pieces attached to his drum kit really complements the wilco 'sensibility'.

an aside... i was also at the sparsely attended oakdale show in 2003. does anybody know why the show sold so poorly? the shubert was a dream venue. i shudder imagining the day when the only way to see this band will be in a cavernous hockey rink!

Eric replies: There were a couple reasons the Oakdale show didn't do well. One, that was a double-bill with Sonic Youth, which had to cancel because of an illness in a band member's family. Two, the venue was simply too large, and ill-suited to either band's sound. The Oakdale seats 4,500; the Shubert is comparatively intimate with a capacity of 1,800.


John Doe played the Joni Mitchell cover, not Wilco. He said something to the effect of it being one of the greatest love songs ever and if you knew who wrote it originally, to tell the person sitting next to you.

The person sitting next to me didn't know it, and neither did I!

peter, new london

It was John Doe that performed the (very reworked) cover of "Case of You", towards the end of his great set. Nice to meet you last night, Eric.

Russ Blatt

A small nit, but the set list excludes the Joni Mitchell cover, "A Case Of You". Jeff Tweedy intro'd it by saying something to the effect that if you recognize who wrote the original to pass it on to others in the crowd. Unfortunately, I had to look it up on the net afterwards.

Eric replies: What came before and after that tune in the set? I thought I wrote 'em all down, but maybe I missed one.


I concur. These guys are one of the few bands that seem to get better every time you see them. I was surprised by the reaction to the new stuff, too. People were really digging it, as was I.

There was something really funky going on with the vocals in the middle of the set. They were distorting or something. Of course, I was two rows shy of the parking garage, so maybe I imagined it.

Dave G

Damn I love this band...we're very lucky to get them back after the Oakdale fiasco in 2003.

And to get them after that Chi-town run delivered us a band that can't peak much higher musically than they are now.

See them 3-4 times a year, and it's never tiring. Sounded amazing last night, and I liked the Being There weighting to the show, as I haven't seen too much off that record recently.

Agreed on the comments on the venue. I've never been there, and it was the nicest staff, building, etc I've been at in a while, here's hoping they get more acts of this caliber.

Seeing Bruce thursday...going to be hard for him to top this as "show of the week" in CT!


Great Show! Thanks for setlist. This was my 5th Wilco show and almost half of the songs I had never heard performed live. Amazing...


Maybe the best Wilco show I've seen yet! We seem to have benefited from their 5 nite stay at the Riv in Chicago where they played their complete catalog over those days. "Impossible Germany" already ranks as one of the great live Wilco songs in a relatively short period of time. It may in fact be one of the continually best live songs in the modern rock era. Let's hope the Schubert continues to book solid acts like Wilco and Los Lobos. Though they rank behind "The Boss" and Drive-By-Truckers as personal faves, I believe Wilco is the most important band in modern music. They continue to push boundaries both old and new like no other band (I'm sure Radiohead fans will take offense).

Joe F

great show, great band, great venue ... the Shubert was an awesome place to see a live, full-energy band like Wilco perform. Nels definitely stole the show, with his high-energy guitarwork only being outdone by his high-water flood pants.

For me, the highlight of the show was bridge work on Impossible Germany; the band was completely tight for that and the cacophany of sound reverberated off the walls of this beaituful venue.

One last tihng to add, as this was my first time at the Shubert Theater: the staff and attendants were as nice and friendly as any I have ever met at any of the multiple venues/arenas I have been to. It's so nice to o to place and not be made to feel as if you were bothering the employees there. That definitely wasn't the case last night.

Eric replies: That solo break in "Impossible Germany" was tremendous.

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