WILCO'S SKY BLUE SKY EARNS GRAMMY NOMINATION FOR BEST ROCK ALBUM
BAND ANNOUNCES WINTER U.S. TOUR DATES INCLUDING
FIVE–SHOW RESIDENCY AT CHICAGO'S RIVIERA THEATRE
Sky Blue Sky, the latest Nonesuch Records release by Chicago rock band Wilco, has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Rock Album. This marks the band's fourth nomination and also the fourth category in which the band has received a nomination. 2004's A Ghost is Born won Grammy Awards for Best Alternative Rock Album and Best Recording Package and Mermaid Avenue (1998) was nominated for Best Contemporary Folk Recording. The 50th Annual Grammy Awards will be held in Los Angeles on February 10, 2008.
Also upcoming in February, Wilco will return to the road with a string of U.S. concert performances. The on-the-road portion of the tour will begin on February 22 in Cleveland, OH and culminate on March 9 in Des Moines, IA. Other concert dates include a two-night stand at the famed New Orleans nightclub Tipitina's. But before boarding the bus, Wilco will warm up in their hometown of Chicago with a five-show residency at the Rivera Theatre on February 15, 16, 18, 19, and 20.
The Chicago concerts, billed as "five shows exploring the band's complete recorded works," promise a distinct, one-of-a-kind set list each night.
"Over the five nights," says Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, "we will attempt the 'complete Wilco' and try to clear out the dusty corners of the catalog that we haven't attended to in a while."
When it was released earlier this year, Sky Blue Sky earned the band their highest debuting U.S. chart position at #4 on the Billboard album chart and held the #1 spot on college radio for six straight weeks. Spin magazine called it "...the most beguiling guitar rock record of the 21st century... a near perfect album."
02.15 Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL
02.16 Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL
02.18 Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL
02.19 Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL
02.20 Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL
02.22 Lakewood Civic Auditorium Cleveland, OH
02.23 Tower Theatre Philadelphia, PA
02.24 Schubert Theater New Haven, CT
03.02 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
03.03 Mobile Civic Center Mobile, AL
03.04 Tipitina's New Orleans, LA
03.05 Tipitina's New Orleans, LA
03.07 Verizon Theater Houston, TX
03.08 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa, OK
03.09 Val Air Ballroom Des Moines, IA
Check out JamBase's exclusive interview with Jeff Tweedy here...