acl in review: wilco
Sunday afternoon as the sun went down over the ACL Festival, the Ex-Roommate and I (who are realizing that we have been friends for (gulp!) twelve years) pushed our way up to the front of the AMD stage, sat down with everyone else who was trying to sit for an hour, and got ready to enjoy Wilco's set.
I've almost lost count of how many times I've seen Wilco and frontman Jeff Tweedy (it's somewhere in the range of 9-10 times), but it never gets boring. Although we apparently missed the best ACL taping ever on Saturday, the band was still in high gear for the festival, and they took off with a great setlist that showcased some of their new music while hitting lots of old highlights:
Here's the setlist:
You Are My Face
Side With the Seeds
A Shot in the Arm
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
Too Far Apart
Hate it Here
I'm the Man Who Loves You
Red Eyed & Blue
I Got You (At the End of the Century)
Outtasite (Outta Mind)
Personal highlights included getting to hear "Casino Queen" off of Wilco's first disc, A.M., live for the first time, a beautiful version of "Impossible Germany," and the high-energy closing number "Outtasite (Outta Mind)."
One of the best things about every Wilco show is the camaraderie among the fans. When you're up front, you're almost guaranteed to be standing beside perfect strangers who, like you, know every word to every song. Last night we were next to a girl who'd worked her way up to the front, all alone, and who couldn't stop smiling and gasping. At one point, she apologized and said, "I'm a nerd." "Is this your first time to see Wilco?" I asked. "No," she replied, "but I've only seen them once, and never up close like this." Her excitement and that of everyone around us was a great reminder that it doesn't matter whether you're seeing Wilco for the first time or the twentieth. It's almost always going to be good.