Wilco (everyone’s favourite alt-country turned rock band) played an incredible show last night at Massey Hall. Lead singer Jeff Tweedy [pictured] looked particularly frazzled: long, shaggy hair, Bob Dylan’s beard, and a cast on his right leg. He sung his heart out, and was quite the charmer, dancing by dragging his hurt leg along the stage floor, and apologizing to the audience twice: one for not speaking until a half-dozen songs into the set, and one for calling the crowd “motherf*ckers” when they didn’t cheer loud enough. The audience loved it, and Wilco must’ve felt the admiration: the band played two encores, ending with “Spiders (Kidsmoke)”. The only downside of the show was the weak performance by openers The M’s. Luckily, twenty seconds of “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart” was all it took to forget about any bad band on the planet. Come back soon, Wilco.
If you missed the show and have a fast car, you might be able to catch up with Tweedy & Co. as they continue their North American tour over the next week, passing through London, Montreal, Dartmouth, Fredericton, Quebec City, and Ottawa before going south. WilcoBase has the setlist of last night’s show, and there are a few more photos on Flickr.