Last night, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy wished the audience at the Raleigh Amphitheater “Happy Release Day” at the end of their nearly 2 and a half hour show. Tweedy was obviously referring to the release of Wilco’s 8th studio album, “The Whole Love,” from which they played a healthy amount of – 8 out of 12 songs.
Earlier in the evening, British singer-songwriter Nick Lowe kicked off the evening with a sweet solo acoustic set in which every song was a gem, and his wit and charm was well received by, well, those who were seated. The bulk of the audience had yet to pour in.
Here’s Nick Lowe’s set:
“What’s Shakin’ On The Hill”
“All Men Are Liars”
“Lately I’ve Let Things Slide”
“I Live On A Battlefield”
“I Read A Lot”
“Cruel To Be Kind”
“Alison” (Elvis Costello)
“When I Write The Book”
“(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding”
“Art Of Almost”
“Ashes of American Flashes”
“Bull Black Nova”
“I Am Trying To Break Your Heart”
“Dawned On Me”
“Say You Miss Me”
“Pot Kettle Black”
“War On War”
“One Sunday Morning”
“A Shot In The Arm”
“36 Inches High” (Jim Ford) (w/ Nick Lowe)
“I Love My Label” (w/ Nick Lowe)
“Red Eyed And Blue”
“I Got You (At The End Of The Century)”
“I’m The Man Who Loves You”
So the sound mix was less than stellar, some of the guitar shredding jamming might’ve gone on a bit too long on a few songs, and those strobe lights kept blinding me, but Wilco’s intense performance often transcended those irritants.
Lowe joining Wilco on stage for the encore was definitely a highlight. It was the live debut for Wilco’s version of Lowe’s “I Love My Label” and it was such a treat to have Lowe there to sing the second verse which has the lines: “Oh, I’m so proud of them up here, we’re one big happy family. I guess you could say I’m the poor relation of the parent company.”
As Lowe is on Yep Roc, located in Haw River, N.C., and Wilco is being handled by the entertainment merchandising company Kung Fu Nation, located in Raleigh, it felt for a second that Lowe was singing those lines sincerely.
It wasn’t the only time that very memorable Tuesday evening that happened.
Postnote: David Menconi, music columnist for the Raleigh News & Observer, wrote this cool piece about the concert: “Wilco plays Raleigh.”
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