When a band hasn’t come to your town for a while, it’s easy to forget how good they are. But last night at Copley Symphony Hall, Wilco reminded San Diegans that their live show remains something to behold.
Performing for a sold-out crowd in support of its O&B Best of ’11 album The Whole Love, the Chicago band opened with the sweet but slow-burning Whole Love closer “One Sunday Morning (Song for Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend).” Next came the emotive and loud “Poor Places,” from Wilco’s breakout album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, followed by the experimental Whole Love opener, “Art of Almost.” Photographers in the pit — granted only the first three songs to shoot the band — were grateful that Wilco chose three nice, long numbers to start the show. (After that, unfortunately, photographers who did not have tickets — including yours truly — were escorted out of the venue.)
During the show, Wilco mastermind Jeff Tweedy reminisced about the Casbah, asking “Is it still alive?” and raucous cheering ensued. For a band that seems unable to stop growing, it’s safe to say that Wilco won’t be playing there again anytime soon.
Photos – Wilco at Copley Symphony Hall – January 23, 2012
Photos – White Denim at Copley Symphony Hall – January 23, 2012