Wilco Performs 1st Concert Since 2017
Wilco ended a hiatus that began in 2017 by performing a concert Wednesday night at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee. The band’s 21-song main set and four-song encore was constructed of selections from each of their albums released throughout their career.
“Hell Is Chrome” from A Ghost Is Born was the first song chosen by frontman Jeff Tweedy and the band to play live since November 17, 2017, in St. Paul, Minnesota. A couple of songs later, “If I Ever Was A Child,” became the first of four tracks from the band’s most recent album, 2016’s Schmilco, to be played during the set. Wilco offered a take on the Mermaid Avenue rarity “Remember The Mountain Bed” and went back to their debut album, 1995’s A.M., for “Shouldn’t Be Ashamed.”
Setlist staple and guitarist Nels Cline‘s showcase “Impossible Germany” from Sky Blue Sky also returned from hiatus, as did “You And I” from Wilco (The Album), “Random Name Generator” from Star Wars, “I’m Always in Love” from Summerteeth and “Born Alone” from The Whole Love. The encore started with the Being There rocker “Outta Mind (Outta Sight),” which was followed by a trifecta of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot favorites, “Jesus, Etc.,” “Heavy Metal Drummer” and “I’m The Man Who Loves You.”
Wilco returns to the Bijou in Knoxville for a second show tonight. The band then heads to Europe for a tour ahead of a return stateside for tour dates this fall. View video clips from Wednesday’s show posted by simplyjohnben below:
Heavy Metal Drummer
Tour Dates for
- Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
- 2 days • Jun 21 - 22, 2019
Wilco at Azkena Rock FestivalWilcoStray CatsThe Cult
- Riviera Maya, Mexico
- 4 days • Jan 18 - 21, 2020
Wilco at Wilco’s Sky Blue SkyWilcoCourtney BarnettSharon Van Etten
Exact performance date not yet confirmed.