Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Wilco = Incredible Live

If you ever get a chance to see a rock concert in the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, don't ask questions, just go. The venue, which is the home of the Baltmore Symphony Orchestra, is an acoustical masterpiece, complete with shifting panels over head, and nary a 90 degree angle on any of its walls. The sounds bounce off the walls and carry to the back with ease, only needing the speakers up front to transmit sound all over the immense concert hall.
Now, if you ever get a chance to see Wilco at this exquisite venue, you've experienced musical near-perfection. Combining Wilco, one of the most technically perfect bands in the world, with a venue that makes music sound even more flawless than it is, was incredible. Every one of Wilco's songs utilizes all six touring members, and at all times, I could hear each individual instrument if I chose to do so. Guitarist Haydn Johnston and frontman Jeff Tweedy shared lead guitar duties, and had incredible sounds blasting out of the amps all night, from the feedback solo at the end of "Less Than You Think" to the effects all throughout "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart." Here's the setlist (maybe not in the right order, but it's at least most of the songs they played):

Hell is Chrome
Handshake Drugs
Muzzle of Bees
Company in My Back
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
A Shot in the Arm
Hummingbird
Ashes of American Flags
War on War
Jesus Etc.
Theologians
I'm the Man Who Loves You
Less Than You Think
Via Chicago
At Least That's What You Said

Encore 1:
Wishful Thinking
Spiders (Kidsmoke)

Encore 2:
I'm a Wheel
The Late Greats
Kingpin
Passenger Side
California Stars
Be Not So Fearful

(I think that's it, Wilco is awesome, go listen to all of their albums right now, every time I do, I remember how amazing they are, all their albums rule, LONG LIVE WILCO)












2 Comments:

At 7:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

arggh, i love wilco's version of "california stars"! so jealous, starr. couldn't get boston or NY tix... so living vicariously it is...

 
At 7:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh yeah, this is kristen vining. stupid anonymity.

 

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