Monday, May 3, 2010

Wilco @ The Electric Factory, Philadelphia - 04/10/2010


I'm finally getting around to posting the Wilco concert review from 4/10/2010 at the Electric Factory. It was a tremendous show and probably my favorite Wilco show since I saw them at the Troc in 1999. They ended up playing for 3:15 and played 39 songs with no breaks for Jeff Tweedy until the encore which came nearly 3 hours into the show. They played a mini 9-song acoustic set in the middle of the show (Set 2 below) which was kind of cool, although the sound quality wasn't great...there was a problem with the mic or something.

And the ended the regular set with a cover of Big Star's "In the Street" with bassist John Stirratt handling the vocals. It took me a minute to figure out what song it was, because it fit so well with their sound on their early records. I guess it shows you how much of an influence Big Star was on them.

It's pretty hard to leave a show of a band who has been around as long as they have with 9 or so albums of material and only come up with 4 or 5 more songs you would have loved to hear. That's how this was. Really other than "Box Full of Letters" and a few others like "Lonely 1" and "ELT", which I've never seen them play live, there was nothing else I was really dying to hear that they didn't play. And I believe they haven't played "Box Full of Letters" at any Philly area shows since 1997. And I was legitimately surprised to see them close with "Outtasite (Outta Mind)" after playing the acoustic version - "Outta Mind (Outta Sight)" - earlier in the show.

Full setlist and album breakdown here.

1. Wilco (The Song)
2. I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
3. Ashes Of American Flags
4. Bull Black Nova
5. You Are My Face
6. One Wing
7. A Shot In The Arm
8. I'll Fight
9. Company In My Back
10. Pot Kettle Black
11. Handshake Drugs
12. California Stars
13. Impossible Germany
14. Poor Places

Set 2:
15. Spiders (Kidsmoke)
16. You And I
17. Sunken Treasure
18. That's Not The Issue
19. Forget The Flowers
20. Laminated Cat
21. War On War
22. Passenger Side
23. Outta Mind (Outta Sight)

Set 3:
24. Airline To Heaven
25. Via Chicago
26. Hate It Here
27. Walken
28. Jesus, Etc.
29. Theologians
30. You Never Know
31. I Must Be High
32. Can't Stand It
33. Heavy Metal Drummer
34. I'm The Man Who Loves You
35. In The Street

Set 4:
36. Dreamer In My Dreams
37. Casino Queen
38. Outtasite (Outta Mind)
39. I'm A Wheel (rave version)

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