5:04 PM, Mar 23, 2006
The Night of the Concert
Jeff picked me up downtown for the Wilco show, as we estimated that the buses wouldn't be running when the show was over, and we drove to Midtown, like a couple of suckers. We grabbed a cheap pitcher of Flying Monkey
at Fitz's, and wandered over to the Uptown, in the cold. After being pretty much blown off by the people we hoped to meet when we arrived, we grabbed some ten dollar beer, and hoped the concert would make up for the rest of what had happened since we entered the building.
The band, a six-piece affair that enthusiastically jumped around stage, put on, I was delighted to find, the best show I have ever seen at the Uptown. Jeff was only slightly familiar with Wilco, but reportedly had a great time, and cheered just as loud as everybody around at each transition.
They played Hummingbird, I am Trying to Break Your Heart, Forget the Flowers, Airline to Heaven, Handshake Drugs, Muzzle of Bees, At Least That's What You Said, a b-side I didn't know, Hell is Chrome, Spiders(kidsmoke), Jesus etc, Theologians, another b-side I didn't know, a new song, I'm the Man Who Loves You, A Shot in the Arm, A Magazine Called Sunset, I'm Always In Love, War on War, Kingpin, The Late Greats, Misunderstood, and closed with another, very upbeat, new song that I didn't know.
That's twenty three songs. The previous concert I attended at the Uptown was Cake, and they played perhaps half that many songs, and stayed on stage for less than half the time. Also, we were so interested in the music that we never got away for long enough to spend more than $20 apiece on beer(ie: two beers apiece), so in my opinion, it was a very good concert. We went to Chubby's and got some health food, before calling it a night.