photo by Lee Butterworth
On Wednesday evening, Wilco took the stage at Knoxville, TN’s Bijou Theatre for the first of two performances at the venue, marking their triumphant return after taking an extended live-show hiatus since their last outing in the fall of 2017.
The two nights, which wrapped up in Knoxville yesterday evening, were filled with Wilco classics, newer tunes and covers, comprising a career-spanning double-dose that saw the band repeat just one song, “Outtasite (Outta Mind),” from their 1996 sophomore album, Being There. Included in the two setlists were favorites like “Jesus, Etc.,” “Heavy Metal Drummer,” “Impossible Germany,” “Reservations,” “Ashes of American Flags,” “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart,” “I’m the Man Who Loves You,” “Handshake Drugs,” “California Stars” from Wilco’s Woody Guthrie tribute album with Billy Bragg and more, wrapping up with a second encore of the Summerteeth cut “A Shot in the Arm” last night.
Check out the full setlists and some fan-shot footage of “California Stars” below. Next up for Wilco is a trip across the pond for a run of European dates. The band recently announced a batch of North American dates for the fall. See their full schedule here.
In other Wilco news, the band’s Solid Sound festival, which will include sets from the host band, Jeff Tweedy + Friends, Courtney Barnett, CUP (featuring Wilco guitarist Nels Cline and Yuka C Honda), The Feelies, Tortoise, Cate Le Bon and more, plus a live karaoke performance featuring Wilco and their fans. The festival will also provide fans with the first opportunity to purchase a new 2LP/2CD release of Jeff Tweedy’s recent solo albums, WARM and WARMER. All Solid Sound information can be found here.
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Bijou Theatre – Knoxville, TN
Wednesday, June 5:
Hell is Chrome, Whole Love, War On War, If I Ever Was a Child, Cry All Day, One Wing, Shouldn’t Be Ashamed, Either Way, Company in My Back, You and I, Impossible Germany, Born Alone, I’m Always in Love, Forget the Flowers, Someone to Lose, Remember the Mountain Bed, The Late Greats, Locator, Dawned on Me, Random Name Generator, Hate It Here
Enc: Outtasite (Outta Mind), Jesus Etc., Heavy Metal Drummer, I’m the Man Who Loves You
Thursday, June 6:
You Are My Face, Muzzle of Bees, I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, Kamera, I’ll Fight, Handshake Drugs, Hummingbird, She’s a Jar, Red-Eyed and Blue, I Got You (At the End of the Century), California Stars, Hesitating Beauty, Bull Black Nova, Laminated Cat, Box Full of Letters, Reservations, Side with the Seeds, At Least That’s What You Said, Theologians, Misunderstood
Enc: Ashes of American Flags, What Light, Outtasite (Outta Mind), I’m a Wheel
Enc II: A Shot in the Arm