Over three nights at St. Paul, Minn.’s Palace Theater – Nov. 22 to 24 – Wilco closed a leg of their Ode to Joy tour by offering fans a batch of tunes off the new LP as well as older favorites and special sit-ins.
All three nights opened with “Bright Leaves,” however there were slight differences evening to evening, especially when it came to the encores.
Nov. 22’s encore showcased a version of “California Stars,” followed by the band’s A Ghost Is Born cut “The Late Greats” and a final take on Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl.”
That last tune also included Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker of the Minnesota-based band Low.
Sparhawk and Parker appeared for the same cover during Wilco’s Nov. 23 encore. However, the band preceded it with two different tunes, “Red-Eyed and Blue” and “I Got You (At the End of the Century).”
For the band’s closing night at the Palace Theater, Wilco switched up their special guest slot to include violinist Gaelynn Lea, who added strings to Wilco’s Ode to Joy track “An Empty Corner” and the aforementioned “California Stars.”
To close their three night run Wilco took the reins for “I’m Always in Love” off Summerteeth and “I’m A Wheel” off A Ghost Is Born.
Watch clips of each sit-in (via YouTuber Jeff Gilbertson) below: