Starting and ending early but featuring a full set with two encores and 22 songs, Wilco played to a packed Barrymore Theatre on Wednesday evening for a Thanksgiving Eve show. Announced late and selling out quickly, the concert was something of an anomaly.
It was the final tour stop before a two night stand in their hometown of Chicago starting tonight, and in the midst of development for their upcoming album, currently expected sometime in 2007. While they played six new songs at the Madison concert, Wilco also played numerous old favorites, including their classic "Jesus, Etc." from the 2002 album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
A very brief concert clip of this performance follows below.
There are two more short clips of the concert available:
- The first video features twenty seconds of 'Sunken Treasure.'
- Though it's oriented sideways, the second video features a brief section of "I'm the Man Who Loves You."
One concert attendee described it as "quite good" but "a little weird," nonetheless, probably having to do with the venue. She wrote:
Wilco played a lot of new songs -- six of them -- including "Shake it Off" for the very first time. The whole show had a pretty informal feel, which was nice. The Barrymore crowd is usually pretty mellow, and this was (mostly) no exception. John and his wife are brand new parents of a baby girl, which was mentioned throughout the night (including a really sweet dedication by Jeff of "What Light"). Jeff chalked some rustiness up to the fact that they were up all night boiling water and getting towels. People were throwing flowers onstage, too -- one bouquet clearly meant for John, and then later a lone rose skidded to a stop near Nels before the encore began.Another fan described the show as "warm and Midwestern rather than drunk and profane." There's more discussion about the concert on TDPF.