Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Show Review: Wilco - Centennial Hall, London Ontario, February 24, 2010

I'd love to write a full fledged show review for the Wilco concert I saw tonight, but after seeing the band for the fourth time supporting Wilco (The Album) I really wasn't expecting much more than a solid rock show. The band was tight, but unsurprisingly the song selection was taken mostly from Wilco (The Album), Sky Blue Sky, the occasional Yankee Hotel Foxtrot tune and a few older "go to" songs. I was happy to hear "Misunderstood" a favourite of mine, and "Shot In The Arm" is always a great tune to get the crowd involved as we all sang "Maybe all I need is a shot in the arm" over and over. That being said, I knew the band would leave the stage "surprisingly early" only to come back and play a six song encore. The group popped into "Wilco (The Song)", a track they've generally been opening with over the past year and a bit. Opening band Califone came out on stage to sing-a-long to "California Stars" and four songs later they ended with the classic "Hoodoo Vodoo". All in all it was an awesome show at ironically enough, the smallest venue I've ever seen Wilco play. The band was even nice enough to announce the score in the Canada vs. Russia Olympic hockey game and ignore the slaughter-fest that was the Canada vs. U.S.A. game. Thanks guys, that must have been tough!

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