Some friends and I went to see Jeff Tweedy last night at our campus's beautiful Foellinger auditorium. He was nothing short of Amazing. I've never seen anyone handle a crowd with such finesse and humor. I guess it is tradition for fans to yell out requests and the banter that starts up could be really uncomfortable and distracting--but Tweedy handles it masterfully by both making fun of his requesters and actually playing many of the requests that are given.
I knew around 60% of the songs he did--the other material either being new or really old (from the legendary Uncle Tupelo days). The Wilco songs he played were perfect deconstructions and I don't know what it is about Radiohead covers, but they make for amazing show closers. Tweedy played their Fake Plastic Trees in his first encore.
It was SUCH a good show. Just what I needed after a miserable, no-sleep, night snow camping with the scouts.
On a semi-related note, I'm seriously considering doing this during the month of February. I'll keep you updated.
Here's one more song (Spiders [Kidsmoke])from last night's show. It actually occurs before Fake Plastic Trees was played and gives you an idea of his interaction with the crowd (we were so in the palm of his hand) as well as shows the moment when FPT was requested.
Oh, I can't resist. Here's one more. Did I mention Tweedy can play that guitar?