Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Wilco at Harvey's/Harrah's in South Lake Tahoe: 6.28.2009

The main reason Future Mrs. B. and I went to South Lake Tahoe this past weekend was to see the Wilco concert. Jeff Tweedy and Company did not disappoint! I do not have a setlist, but I think I can cover it in out of order fashion. The easiest way for me to do it is in order by album:

Wilco (The Album): Wilco (The Song)(opened with this), Bull Black Nova, One Wing

Sky Blue Sky: Side With The Seeds, Hate It Here, You Are My Face, Leave Me Where You Found Me, Impossible Germany, Walken

A Ghost Is Born: Company In My Back, Hummingbird, Spiders (Kidsmoke), Handshake Drugs, I'm A Wheel (closed with this song)

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot: I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, Pot Kettle Black, Jesus Etc., War On War, Reservations, Heavy Metal Drummer, I'm The Man Who Loves You

Summerteeth: Nothing'severgonnastandinmyway (again), A Shot In The Arm

Being There: Outtasite (Outtamind)

AM: Casino Queen

Mermaid Ave: California Stars, Hoodoo Voodoo

This is fairly accurate. It is all from memory, so I can't give out the 100% guarantee, but it is damn close. The one thing I thought was odd, is that they didn't play their new single "You Never Know." They played it on the Tonight Show a few nights earlier, but not in Tahoe. The other thing that stood out was that the show was pretty under sold. I would bet they sold out the show the night before in Berkeley (8500 seats), but I heard a Craps dealer say they only sold 2000 out of 7000 seats. While this may not be the most accurate way of getting info, the concert looked a bit sparse. It's disappointing that they didn't sell more, but to be honest, it provided for a more intimate show. It was quite comfortable.

Hey, Sunday in Tahoe may not be the most popular night to go to a show, but this didn't affect Wilco one bit. They rocked as hard as ever.

Jeff Tweedy was hilarious on the mic. He was joking about a few audience members sing-a-long skills. He gave the audience a lesson in how to clap "like you're at a Queen concert." He was also doing aerobics around the stage. It was a great show all the way around. What a way to celebrate a birthday! I'll say it one more time- go check out Wilco if you haven't already! It's an investment in time that you won't regret!


GMoney said...

The whole "half-filled" at best arena is probably why Wilco is popular with the knowledgeable fan but is relatively unknown to Joe Idiot Radio Listener. But isn't that what you want? Do you want bandwagon fans?

Tony B. said...

I wouldn't say because they undersold a venue in Tahoe (no one lives there so it's more of a drive) on a Sunday night (bad night for a concert) is actually why Wilco is less popular with the general public. They aren't on pop radio because they play/write/tour on their own terms (check out the movie "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart.")

And no, I don't want bandwagon fans. True, the vibe in the venue was actually enhanced by the smaller crowd. Keep in mind that they did sell out the night before in Berkeley though (8500 folks), so they are quite popular, even if radio-only music listeners aren't into them. Similar to what my old basketball coach used to say, "Our program isn't for everyone, but those that stay will be champions." Wilco isn't easy listening, it takes effort, but it's all worth it!

GMoney said...

Don't leave me hanging...WERE YOU CHAMPIONS???

Tony B. said...

Lost to Tayshaun Prince's stacked team in the State Championship, but NorCal Champions that year. We won league the following year, then our coach left for a cross town rival and continued his winning ways. Our program was still pretty damn good though!