The Paramount Theater
November 10, 2004
something magical and surreal about Jeff Tweedy.
There's also a normality and shyness within him that
makes his presence strangely ordinary. But then
there's the lyrics. These lyrics that seem to come out
of the center of a divine inspiration so powerful,
even Jeff seems only the translator.
Wilco is a
band that is comfortable in the authenticity of their
self-absorbed musical expression. They make no
apologies for it and inside of that realm, it becomes
like a gift you're fortunate enough to be a part of.
Therein, lies the beauty and the honesty of each
moment. Nothing feels contrived and nothing feels
planned. It's overwhelmingly refreshing.
guys bummed out about the election?" Jeff Tweedy asked
the crowd. "Don't worry, he'll be impeached in about a
year." At this point, the crowd started cheering.
"That's right, exercise your freedom of speech. I've
found it's much easier to exercise your freedom of
speech when you have a microphone. I tried to use it
this year to no avail. This song's about the
election." Then, completely appropriately, Wilco
launched into "Theologians."
about political evolution. This is about spiritual
evolution," Jeff said before leading the band into
"I'm the Man Who Loves You," a "sadly sweet" song from
the highly acclaimed record Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
One of the
most fun points of the evening came when Wilco
launched into a cover version of Blue Oyster Cult's
"(Don't Fear) The Reaper." Possibly in response to the
election results that were held just a week earlier?
Wilco perform is a lot like how you might imagine it
was for audiences to have seen Jimi Hendrix or Elvis
Presley before the rest of the world caught on to the
extent of their talent. I couldn't help but have
the thought revisit me throughout the show; I am
witnessing musical history. The world has caught a
hint of this band... but it has yet to recognize the
band's true contribution to music. But undoubtedly,
one day it will.
At Least That's What
I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
Far, Far Away
Muzzle of Bees
Hell is Chrome
A Shot in the Arm
War on War
I'm the Man Who Loves You
Pot Kettle Black
The Late Greats
I'm a Wheel
Another Man's Done Gone
(Don't Fear) The Reaper