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Jeff Tweedy @ Lollapalooza

Where were the kiddies? Here we are, standing in the hot sun at the kid's stage, Kidzapalooza, and about five kiddies can be spotted--in a sea of at least a thousand. So why are hipsters and d-bags taking up all the space? It's pretty simple: Today's [August 1, 2008] intimate set may be the closest many get to Wilco demigod Jeff Tweedy.

Adjusting to his surroundings, Tweedy played the role of cool babysitter, doling out kid-friendly advice before delivering knowing, adult winks on the side. "I apologize for setting up down here," Tweedy explained of his decision to set up on the ground below the stage, making him much more difficult to see for anyone more than ten feet away. "I wanted to get closer to the kids," he says. "But in a respectful way." Do any kids want to hear Wilco songs? A request comes in for "On and On." Tweedy: "That's too serious of a song for you to want to hear." Later, he warns his listeners about the "adult themes" in Wilco's "Impossible Germany." Chuckles ensue. "Heavy Metal Drummer" and an Appalachian folk treatment of "I'm The Man Who Loves You" (dedicated to wife Sue) get their predicted crowd-pleasing treatment, as does "What Light."

While the more predictable Wilco retreads satiated most, a reunion with former Uncle Tupelo member Bill Belzer on Tupelo's vintage "New Madrid" provided\ my personal highlight. Belzer also plays in the Terrible Twos, the atrocious kiddie band version of The New Amsterdams, and with Belzer and the Twos preceding Tweedy, I suppose a reunion was, well, invevitable. [Time Out Chicago]

Don't forget that Lollapalooza is streaming. Pictures of Tweedy and Belzer below....

Jeff Tweedy @ Lollapalooza

Jeff Tweedy @ Lollapalooza

Jeff Tweedy @ Lollapalooza

Jeff Tweedy @ Lollapalooza

Jeff Tweedy @ Lollapalooza

Jeff Tweedy @ Lollapalooza

Jeff Tweedy @ Lollapalooza

Since its 2005 inception at Grant Park, Lollapalooza has gotten off to a slow start. Not so Friday, with lines of ticket-holders snaking down Columbus Drive waiting for the gates to open in the morning, and then hundreds of fans racing inside to gain prime positions for Radiohead's headlining performance at the main stage.

Friday's sold-out show was a Lollapalooza first. Promoter Charlie Jones said Saturday tickets had also sold out, and only a few thousand remained for Sunday's finale. After failing to crack the 170,000 barrier its first three years, Jones expected to sell 225,000 tickets this year, no doubt aided by a stellar lineup of headliners.

In addition to Radiohead on Friday, the Saturday closers will be Rage Against the Machine and Wilco, and Sunday's prime spots belong to Kanye West and Nine Inch Nails.

In what has generally been a down year for rock festivals, with attendance falling off at many major gatherings such as Coachella in California, Lollapalooza is a notable exception. [Chicago Tribune]



Comments (10)

Jeff Tweedy has always been one of my favorite alt-country rockers. I saw my first faves from that genre play last night. The Old 97's put on a great show. Unfortunately they played the biggest CLUSTER FUCK in the city. WEBSTER HALL IS A DEATH TRAP. Their night club entrance/ show exit is so incredibly dangerous, I was afraid to think what might happen if everyone needed to get out of that maze of nonsense. Don't see shows there if at all possible. The changes they have made, both in decor (what's with the shitty booths on the 2nd level?) and rearranging the facilities make it 10x worse as a venue than it already was.

Posted by TitoP | August 2, 2008 2:11 PM

people really love complaining

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2008 2:45 PM


01. 15 Step
02. Airbag
03. There There
04. All I Need
05. Nude
06. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
07. The Gloaming
08. The National Anthem
09. Faust Arp
10. No Surprises
11. Jigsaw Falling Into Place
12. Reckoner
13. Lucky
14. The Bends
15. Everything In Its Right Place (Fireworks going off)
16. Fake Plastic Trees
17. Bodysnatchers

Encore 1
18. Videotape
19. Paranoid Android
20. Dollars and Cents
21. House of Cards
22. Optimistic (Thom, “You are quiet Chicago.”)

Encore 2
23. 2+2=5
24. Idioteque

Posted by Anonymoose | August 2, 2008 2:55 PM

radiohead, yeasayer and grizzly bear killed it

3 best of the day

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2008 3:20 PM

Yeasayer is the new awesome

Posted by Anonymoose | August 2, 2008 4:23 PM

Jeff Tweedy will be throwing out the first pitch at Wrigley Field on Sunday and the band will lead the crowd in "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the 7th inning stretch. First pitch 2:20p(eastern)WGN

On Monday (Aug. 3), WAMC (Northeast Public Radio) will be featuring an hour of Wilco to preview the Tanglewood show on August 12. They'll include an interview with Jeff and a bunch of music and discussion beginning at 11am Eastern. You can check it out here:

Posted by Wilco HQ | August 2, 2008 4:23 PM

Is anyone watching The Go Team at AT&T blue room? Is it me or is the sound really bad...

Posted by anon | August 2, 2008 4:51 PM

I watched it too and it wasn't the sound. It was the train wreck on the stage. Wow.

Posted by Stuck at Home | August 2, 2008 6:41 PM

"Jeff Tweedy will be throwing out the first pitch at Wrigley Field on Sunday and the band will lead the crowd in "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the 7th inning stretch. First pitch 2:20p(eastern)WGN"

i for one won't be there... Wrigley Field is a fire trap! too dangerous...

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 6:41 PM

fyi....wilco at tanglewood August 12th...killer!!

Posted by gotadeadlysyndrome | August 11, 2008 3:31 PM

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