Sunday, Sep 22, 2019
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 37 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
 
 
 

 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
Back to Section One | Back to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, February 10, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 06
Wilco wows packed Paramount
Arts & Entertainment
ALL STORIES
  next story
Wilco wows packed Paramount

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Wilco
February 7
Paramount Theatre


Wilco is a band people love - not just a little, but a lot. This explains why every ticket for the Grammy-nominated group's concert on Tuesday night here in Seattle (and pretty much everywhere they play) was snatched up. There were folks standing outside the Paramount Theatre doors hoping someone would sell them an extra ticket, though few got their wish - even the scalpers across the street were finding it difficult to score extras.

Those fortunate to be inside the theater got what they came for, as Wilco gave one hell of a performance. This is a band that's earned much of their respect by doing things their way and making the kind of music they want to make, regardless of how it sells or how it's critiqued. They proved it by daringly opening with a soft number, 'One Sunday Morning,' a track that on disc is over 13 minutes long - it seemed almost the same length on Tuesday. Most performers start their show with a whopper, to get the audience going, but not Wilco. They don't have to.

Things did pick up gradually from there. 'Poor Places,' from the essential Yankee Hotel Foxtrot album, was somewhat fiery, followed by 'Art of Almost' that was near psychedelic, with bright lights covering the stage in trippy patterns at slow speed. 'I Might,' the leadoff single from Wilco's newest release, The Whole Love, got many concertgoers on the floor moving around, although the best part of that song - the vintage organ that peeks through in each verse - was overwhelmed by the other instruments.

Lead singer Jeff Tweedy, fully bearded with matted hair underneath a brim hat, has a set of strong pipes. His vocals are husky and bluesy, perfect for swaying from a rockabilly track to a ballad, like the wonderful 'I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.'

'You look very familiar,' said Tweedy to the crowd. He was referring to Wilco playing at the Paramount almost two years ago to the day, and perhaps he literally saw some people who were at that show as well. Later in the performance, Tweedy politely asked the audience to settle down a bit, requesting the band be complimented with a simple, 'That was a nice job, guys' instead of yelling wildly in appreciation. He was speaking particularly to a cluster of obnoxious fans who screamed after each song.

'Impossible Germany' was every bit as good as I can recall, this being my third visit to a Wilco concert. Even better was a rousing version of 'Misunderstood.' Also on the set list were 'Heavy Metal Drummer,' 'I'm the Man Who Loves You,' and 'Dawned on Me.' The stage, by the way, had no props, except for an awkward overhanging rack of lights covered with torn rags. At times, it looked like diapers hanging out to dry, other times it eerily took the shape of dead chickens dangling by their feet. I'm sure, however, it was supposed to be an artistic display.

Wilco concluded its main set with 'A Shot in the Arm,' climaxing with an all-out jam of shrieking guitars and fluttering lights. A five-song encore included the waltzy 'Walken' and another jam session on 'Outtasite.'

In 2004, Wilco won a Grammy for A Ghost is Born in the Best Alternative Music Album category. They compete for Best Rock Album honors at this weekend's Grammy Awards.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

The Atomic Bombshells are our Valentines at Triple Door
------------------------------
SGN Exclusive Interview: Dance diva Deborah Cox
------------------------------
PNB stages elaborate Don Quixote
------------------------------
Wilco wows packed Paramount
------------------------------
Solid acting and story in The Bells
------------------------------
Genders switch for excellent Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
------------------------------
Seattle, Northwest artists competing for Grammys
------------------------------
Adele will be rolling in the gold at Grammys
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
Jimmy James, diva of a thousand voices
------------------------------
Woman in Black a classic Gothic thriller
------------------------------
Madonna's W.E. revels in superficial artifice
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
Q-Scopes by Jack Fertig
------------------------------

------------------------------
Lana Del Rey already a bright new star
------------------------------
Northwest News
------------------------------
Letters
------------------------------
A Dyke About Town: Shen Wei a true genius
------------------------------
Madonna includes Seattle on 2012 world tour
------------------------------
A lesson in structured improvisation
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 

gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml

Seattle Gay News - SGN
1605 12 Ave., Ste. 31
Seattle, WA 98122

Phone 206-324-4297
Fax 206-322-7188

email: sgn2@sgn.org
website suggestions: web@sgn.org

copyright Seattle Gay News - DigitalTeamWorks 2011

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News