by Daniel Hill
Jeff Tweedy and Co. have announced additional dates for their twentieth anniversary tour, including a stop at the Pageant on May 4. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, February 6 ,at 10 a.m. and will be available at the Pageant box office, Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
The last time Wilco came to St. Louis was for LouFest in 2013, where the band closed out the festivities on night one. RFT Music writer Allison Babka had this to say about the performance:
"We've got a little time left. Not enough, but a little," Tweedy said. "This is for everyone who got into Wilco early." The crowd roared as the band started "Box Full of Letters" from Wilco's A.M., prompting Tweedy to laugh and say, "That's way too many of you." Tweedy continued his sudden chattiness after the song, cajoling the audience into singing "Happy Birthday" to his father, who was celebrating his 80th year by taking in his son's show.
Wilco wound down the night with crowd favorites and a few nods to their St. Louis roots. "Heavy Metal Drummer" prompted a legion of men to lift their ladies onto their shoulders, to the consternation of those around them. Afterward, Tweedy bowed and said, "This went by way too fast. Thanks again." The horn players from the National then returned for a playful, sing-songy "I'm the Man Who Loves You."
To the crowd's delight, Tweedy threw out stupid encore tradition. "All right, let's just pretend that we walked off and you guys cheered until we came back. We don't have time for that bullshit," Tweedy said. "But we do have time for this bullshit." And thus began "Casino Queen," Wilco's ode to the gambling mecca on the Mississippi.
Wilco released released two compilation albums of B-sides, rarities and hits to celebrate its twentieth -- Alpha Mike Foxtrot, a four-CD set of of B-sides and rarities, as well as What's Your 20?, a double CD containing hits from previous studio recordings. Check out an alternate version of 2004's "Hummingbird" below:
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