Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Welcomes Wilco’s Glenn Kotche In Chicago

By Scott Bernstein Jul 12, 2019 7:28 am PDT

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead brought their 2019 Tour to Huntington Bank Pavilion At Northerly Island in Chicago on Thursday, where they were joined by a member of Chicago’s own Wilco. Drummer Glenn Kotche jammed with the band at the end of a set that included a Wilco cover.

The quintet opened with a jam that had hints of “Hard To Handle” but wound up landing on “Brown-Eyed Women.” Scott Metzger then had a turn in the spotlight for an extended “Let It Grow” that gave way to “St. Stephen.” Keyboardist Marco Benevento shined in the jam that came out of “St. Stephen.” Next, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead paid tribute to Wilco by performing “Hoodoo Voodoo” for the first time since May 5, 2017. Wilco and Billy Bragg recorded “Hoodoo Voodoo” for their Mermaid Avenue collaboration featuring lyrics by Woody Guthrie.

After an expansive “Playing In The Band,” Tom Hamilton brought the house down with “Althea.” Glenn Kotche emerged during the meltdown that ended “Althea” and along with Joe Russo pounded out tribal beats. The “Drums” segment paved the way for an intense “The Other One” that featured Russo and Kotche sharing Joe’s kit, which had been augmented to give both musicians room to groove. “Ladies and gentlemen from Wilco, my drumming hero, Chicago’s own Glenn Kotche,” Russo said following an embrace with Glenn.

A gorgeous jam on The Beatles’ “Dear Prudence” got the second set underway. JRAD used the “Dear Prudence” jam as a launching pad for “Here Comes Sunshine,” which bled into “Good Lovin.'” Another improvisational highlight followed in the pairing of “New Speedway Boogie,” “Crazy Fingers” and “Jack Straw.” There were adventurous jams connecting each song, including a bit of “The Other One” between “Crazy Fingers” and “Jack Straw.” Hamilton led the group through “Stella Blue” to end the second set and Almost Dead then said farewell with a “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo” encore.

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