Words & Images by: Brad Hodge
Wilco :: 01.19.12 :: Fillmore Auditorium :: Denver, CO
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Underneath the ambient glow of the Fillmore Auditorium’s iconic purple chandeliers, a buzz began to grow. As the sold out crowd ushered in early for Wilco’s tour opener White Denim began to burrow into the ear holes of those paying attention. What often times is considered to be a rather heartless box of a venue with overpriced cocktails actually had a wonderful mix of sound. Heavy guitar riffs permeated throughout the venue, and many first timers were christened by the unique, harmonious indie pop sound of White Denim.
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Despite the phenomenal opening set, the evening really was about Wilco. They had not been to Denver in a while, and I’m pretty sure they’ve never opened a tour here. The band seemed to really enjoy the scene as they got right down to business opening the show with an old delightful Yankee Hotel Foxtrot tune “Poor Places.” This was followed by the pairing of “Art of Almost” and “I Might,” early favorites from the band’s recent successful release, The Whole Love. In perfect harmony with the wants and needs of the audience, the band offered up a tasteful balance of old and new material with a song from almost every album in the band’s catalog.
Jeff Tweedy, being the well-rounded showman he is, flaunted his sense of humor with between song banter including a rant about the aroma of the venue. “ Is pot legal here? It smells really legal in here.” This band reinvents themselves with every new album, and their live show almost always flawlessly offers up the seemingly impossible recreation of impeccable songs. Their ability to harmoniously assault the airwaves with a bevy of sounds while Tweedy’s voice slices through all the madness is really like no other.
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As what seemed to be a perfect night started to fade with the set closing “Shot in the Arm,” satisfaction fell across the crowd. However, when Tweedy and crew stepped back out for the encore apparently they had no plans of going home, launching into an eight-song encore including “Whole Love” and finishing a good solid 45 minutes later with “I’m a Wheel.” The band seemed to really like Denver, and will hopefully make it back sooner than later, but for the rest of the country they are headed your way, and are not to be missed.
Poor Places, Art of Almost, I Might, Misunderstood, Side With The Seeds, I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, One Wing, She's A Jar, Impossible Germany, Via Chicago, Kamera, Born Alone, Capitol City, War On War, Box Full Of Letters, Pot Kettle Black, Dawned On Me, A Shot In The Arm
Encore: Whole Love, Heavy Metal Drummer, Walken, I'm The Man Who Loves You, Red-Eyed And Blue, I Got You (At The End Of The Century), Outtasite (Outta Mind), I'm A Wheel
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