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Dagnammit Jase, you beat me to it. Good review though… the prawn analogy was nice!

Well, let me start by saying if you want the unbiased review, then Jase’s is the way to go. But for what it’s worth, here is the Tweedy-worshiping version.

I LOVE Wilco. It must seem that I either love everything or hate everything to you readers. But I guess I only try to write about things that I have a strong opinion about. Anyway, for me I think Jeff Tweedy (probably along with Jack White) is the best music artist in the world today. I say this because I want my review to at least wear its biases on its sleeve.

Last nights gig was MAGIC. Last year Wilco returned after what seemed like forever, having skipped touring A Ghost Is Born here. Because of that I went to both Melbourne shows as well as a road trip to Sydney with my friends Shayne and CC. Those shows were great, with the second Melbourne night being my pick. But all 3 of those just got blown out of the water.

The 5 night residency Chicago Wilco have done recently was amazing luck for us. What it meant is that the set last night was an amazing mix from all albums. And that led to the magic. I do sympathise with Jase about not recognising songs. Me, I knew and could sing every lyric to every song last night. It was like Wilco had bumped into me before the show and asked “Matt? What songs do you want tonight?”. Sure there were are a handful I would have liked that didn’t surface, but when a band draws from so much material and comes up with an almost perfect set, you have to love it. But then in reality they could play a set of Bon Jovi covers and I would probably still get off.

Highlights? Firstly MY song. Well, not for me specifically, but on their website I requested Summer Teeth (the song) and last night I got it. Woo! So maybe it was for me. Let’s assume it was. And I am sure that they really must have actually read the requests as Jeff made specific mention about my comment, and also my mates CC and Shayne got ALL their requests too, including some slightly more obscure ones from Summerteeth (the album).

Other highlights were the opening salvo of Misunderstood then Reservations, all the Summerteeth action, and especially the absolutely rockin’ encore with Casino Queen, Red Eyed and Blue, I Got You, and Outtamind (Outtasite). But the second encore finish of The Lonely 1 was the icing… just gorgeous. The sound was actually spot on all night (being in front of the sound desk is certainly the place to be).

So I didn’t want to gush on, but alas I have. Sorry. You were warned at the start of the review.

… muttler

P.S Oh, The Drones were cool too. I have seen them so many times now. They are definitely the best Oz band around these days. A new track which was nice, as well as my fave Cockeyed Lowlife of the Highlands. It just makes me want to see them in a sweaty pub again sometime soon.

(Photo from wilcoworld.net)
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