Saturday, August 18, 2007

Dear Wilco: you've still got it

I take back any and all reservations I may have had about you playing at the Jubilee Auditorium last night. You did not let a sea of comfy seats hold you back from tearing the roof off. If anything, last night's concert was the best I have ever seen you play, and from our slightly elevated super-duper awesome seats, we were able to see all six of you at all times, something we've never been able to achieve at Mac Hall. My god, you guys are amazing musicians! You were a joy to watch.

Thanks for playing all my favourite songs. I was a little concerned that you were going to totally mellow out the evening with mainly songs from Sky Blue Sky, but I needn't have worried. I have to admit it's still not my favourite album, but you did do a great job on Impossibly Germany, and I loved the way you guys took it into a real jazz groove for a while. But of course the standouts for me were mostly from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

Another great point in the evening was the spectacular juxtaposition between sweet country slide guitar with soft vocals and crashing feedback with strobe lights on Via Chicago. That was truly a spectacle and I mean that in a good way.

And thanks for the two great encores. I loved the way we all clapped out the rhythm together on Spiders (Woodsmoke) and kept it going even after the instrumentation had stopped, and then of course you guys burst back into a musical onslaught again. That felt pretty special. I feel like we connected, didn't you?

Dear Jeff Tweedy: thank you for losing the cheesy facial furniture you were sporting last time you played here. You don't need to look 15 years older, trust me.

And thanks for taking the bull by the horns after you guys finished playing Via Chicago and addressing the fact that some people wanted to stand, whilst others wanted to sit in the comfy chairs, and encouraging us to make a group decision. I'm really glad we chose standing.

Dear Vest Guy (aka Pat Sansone): You were our favourite (but don't tell the others). The general consensus amongst our group was that you have the stage presence to be a front man, but you also looked like you were having way too much fun doing the big dramatic moves on keyboards and guitar and maracas and tambourine. Did you see us playing keyboards along with you? We loved your guitar god poses too.
Dear Nels Cline: I'm really glad you're feeling better. Chicken pox is nothing to be messing around with, and I'm sorry you had to cancel shows in Duluth and Winnipeg this week, but am awfully glad you were well enough to play Calgary last night. Appreciate the effort, man.

Thanks again, Wilco! Come back any time, any venue.

your best friend,
- the Bad Tempered Zombie


Beth said...

I'm beginning to think Wilco is one of the best live acts out there today. So glad you had the time you deserved!

Excellent review (of course), Barbara.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thanks Beth! I think you are 100% right about Wilco. I am just more and more impressed with their live show. They floor me.

Deb said...

I loved this.

And I swear I'll learn about Wilco, I will.

Joe said...

I've never seen Wilco, and I'm starting to feel really bad about that.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You owe it to yourself, Deb. Honest and for true.

I never go to the Rockies either, Bubs, because, you know, they're right there. But you really won't regret one day wandering down the street to see this great local band of yours. I'd had to see you get kicked out of town or something.

justacoolcat said...

Wilco really is one of the greatest live acts ever.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

No arguments from me, Just A. And they just keep getting better.