Posted in music | pictures on July 24, 2012

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Wilco at Prospect Park - 7/23/12
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Wilco brought their tour, three NYC shows included, to Prospect Park last night (7/23). It was their first of two at the outdoor Celebrate Brooklyn venue and with their first of two Lees (Lee Fields and the Expressions opened last night, Lee Ranaldo Band opens tonight).

It was pouring rain and there were a few moments of big lightning above and behind the stage, but the show went on and Wilco played for over two hours. They opened their show with "Dawned on Me," one of the standouts on their 2011 (comeback?) record, The Whole Love. The band then continued with a solid mix of new ones and old favorites (and a good deal of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot). The set also included, "California Stars," one of the songs from the 1998 Mermaid Avenue album with Billy Bragg, which saw Wilco and Bragg putting unheard Woody Guthrie lyrics to original music. They play that one a lot but nonetheless, it was an appropriate time to honor the folk legend who would have turned 100 earlier this month.

During the show, Jeff Tweedy made a comment that we (Brooklyn) smelled like bacon, calling us the most bacon smelling show that he'd ever experienced. A commenter on a Wilco message board also noted that "at one point between songs he started singing a song called 'Bacon Rain.' He also made sure the rain wasn't causing anybody to chafe, and asked if anybody needed gold bond in the crowd." We're pretty sure he was smelling the fries being cooked stage right at The Farm on Adderley concession stand.

The tour continues in Prospect Park tonight (7/24). Last night, Jeff mentioned that for the people who are coming back for a second night, they'll be mixing up the setlist a bit, only playing repeats of certain songs (though it's hard to know exactly how serious he was being). After that, they'll play Terminal 5 on Wednesday (7/25) with Cibo Matto.

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Wilco - Prospect Park 7/23 Setlist;
Dawned On Me
War On War
I Might
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
Muzzle of Bees
Born Alone
You Are My Face
Impossible Germany
Sunken Treasure
I'm Always In Love
Jesus, Etc.
Handshake Drugs
Whole Love
Box Full Of Letters
Hate It Here
Heavy Metal Drummer
I'm the Man Who Loves You
A Shot in the Arm

Encore:
Poor Places
Art Of Almost
Standing O
California Stars

Encore 2:
The Late Greats
Red-Eyed and Blue
I Got You
Outta Mind (Outta Sight)
I'm A Wheel

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Comments (122)

Set time?

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 12:02 PM

Excited for tonight.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 12:03 PM

Haven't Wilco played California Stars at every Brooklyn show by now?

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 12:07 PM

Timing of last nights show?

Posted by Pamela Spitz | July 24, 2012 12:09 PM

8:15 - 10:30, per the forum linked to in the original post.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 12:10 PM

wow - that's a great setlist

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 12:13 PM

were tickets available at all?

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 12:14 PM

Dad rock

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 12:14 PM

Child Commenter

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 12:16 PM

12:14 yeah how many of you got $10 tickets and what time did you get them.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 12:19 PM

I'm a Wheel. What a dumb song.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 12:19 PM

double guitars.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 12:20 PM

^"Wheelie" is...you "spoke" too soon though. I do "tire" of that song. They should "tread" over some new territory. They must feel "pressure" to keep playing it though.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 12:21 PM

comeback record? It's half crap just like the previous one.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 12:21 PM

^which songs are half crap?

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 12:22 PM

there were SO MANY bros in this crowd. it was really weird to have to stand behind dudes in wife-beaters and backwards baseball hats fist-pumping to Wilco ballads. kind of cheapened things for me a little bit.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 12:32 PM

"wow - that's a great setlist"

Meh. Too much YHF. Play newer stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 12:34 PM

I think people come to concerts and use them like living room to meet frinds, that is why they can't STOP TALKING. Why can't people stop talking in loud voices to their friends at shows non stop and just listen to music?

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 12:36 PM

Not really sure if 12:14 and 12:19 were being serious but here is the answer. There were lots of tickets available outside the venue as you would expect. Seemed to be many more sellers than buyers. People seemed to have a hard time selling their extras. I got 2 for 24 bucks total but I also got there a little early cause we wanted to see Lee Fields. If you don't care about seeing Lee Renaldo tonight you should wait till around close to 8 and you can get some even cheaper.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 12:47 PM

Yes, the constant talking at shows these days is infuriating. Almost as annoying as people holding up their phones.

The show last night wasn't too bad on either count where I was standing. I was in the front area - there may have been more chattering going on in the grass. Small number of cellphones in the air, which may have had to do with the rain.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 12:49 PM

12:27 I can't get there til 8..people still hocking tickets at that time?

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 12:52 PM

The review of this show above is so terrible. The Whole Love is a comeback album? Idiot. Also, why quote from comments from the Via Chicago board. The people who comment on there are a large bag of tools. They think every Wilco show is "amazeballs" Last night's show was a good Wilco show but not anywhere near close to amazing. The shows from this tour at Central Park last year were much much better.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 12:55 PM

^You obviously are not on Viachicago oftent..they dont all think all shows are amazing...tool bag

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 12:57 PM

12:52 yes for sure you will find people still trying to sell tickets at 8. Being so close to the start you should, if you hold your ground, get one for around 5 to 10 dollars.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 12:58 PM

i have an extra ticket, wife can't go... but you won't get it for the mythical 10 bucks... you want it, you pay face or i eat it... have no sympathy for vultures hanging around looking to profit from someone's misfortune...

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 12:59 PM

when you eat it will you put salt or pepper on them? or maybe somehing fancier?

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 1:04 PM

12:59
There is nothing mystical about getting the 10 bucks ticket. It is called being smart and able to feel out the game being played. You are a moron but yes enjoy that mouthful when you eat it tonight. No one is paying face for a ticket at this point. Sorry bub.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 1:12 PM

Sniff sniff @ the 12:57 Via Chicago loser who is feeling butthurt. Yes you are all tools and your reviews of shows are stupid as hell and lacking any quality control.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 1:14 PM

12:22, Dawned On Me (You & I part 2), Sunloathe, Capitol City, Standing O, Whole Love - all Wilco-by-the-numbers filler. This is a fact that you need to know, oh oh oh oh, Wilco...

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 1:14 PM

Phenomenal show! Definitely better than both Central Park shows last September.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 1:16 PM

I thought both shows at summerstage were much greater then last night

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 1:19 PM

^You clearly were not at either of those shows last year to make that stupid statement. Show last night could not hold a candle to last summer's show. Nice try troll

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 1:20 PM

1:14 Wrong about Staning O and Dawned on Me

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 1:24 PM

1:14 your mom lacked quality control by having you.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 1:25 PM

Yeah nice try forming your own opinion troll.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 1:26 PM

Couldn't hold a candle because it was raining...damn thing keeped on going out!

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 1:29 PM

I got to admit 12:21 (1) made me laugh!

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 1:30 PM

I saw a black person at the show and I was surprised.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 1:31 PM

How was the sound in the rain?

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 1:34 PM

What time did Wilco go on?

Posted by Venkman | July 24, 2012 1:40 PM

8:15

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 1:41 PM

1259 is bitter because he bought too many extra tickets to sell haha.

I got a free ticket outside right before 8pm. There were people selling and no one buying. Finally a guy just gave me his ticket!

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 1:43 PM

This show didn't even come close to either of the Central Park concerts last year. If you think so, you weren't at 'em.

Posted by Dewey P. | July 24, 2012 1:46 PM

"How was the sound in the rain?"

rain can drastically affect the sound quality?

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 1:46 PM

Whattabout BACON RAIN!

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 1:47 PM

When did the gates open? Thx

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 1:48 PM

Great pics, great visuals, looks like a great time .... if only Wilco wasn't playing.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 1:55 PM

There were more people trying to sell tickets out front than were in the venue. It was Scalper Armageddon (and I laughed my ass off @ that).

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 1:58 PM

is there a more bloated, useless band than wilco in 2012?

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 2:00 PM

Jeff Tweedy is such a dick

Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2012 2:05 PM

2:00 Polyphonic Spree has 25 members

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 2:06 PM

2:00 - slight edge goes to Radiohead simply because Wilco cannot hold a candle to them in the Self-Important category.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 2:08 PM

Yo poseurs, take note. Wilco is cooler than you, and Jeff T is the only one who can wear that kind of hat - in the summer, or any time of year - and look cool.

Brooklyn Vegan Poseurs

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 2:09 PM

Do you fools even know what Bloated means? And if you know what it means tell me how it applies to Wilco?

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 2:10 PM

First Wilco show. Exceeded my expectations.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 2:14 PM

never been so proud to not live in brooklyn

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 2:16 PM

I think I would love a Wilco show, if any one but Wilco were performing.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 2:17 PM

Newark is the new Brooklyn!

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 2:18 PM

When I feel bloated I take a Midol.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 2:29 PM

I bet Jeff Tweedy's asshole smells like shit.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 2:31 PM

^thats a load of crap! Quit acting like a turd!

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 2:36 PM

2:31 just go away

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 2:37 PM

it's going to be a beautiful night, Wilco is playing and the show is sold out... i will have no problem selling my extra ticket at face, maybe not to you and your UNO Card... but it will sell...

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 2:41 PM

Great show! I have no others to compare it to as it was my first but let me compliment Jeff and the band on a great job and 2:31 and 2:36 for passing 6th grade this year? Or not.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 2:44 PM

1:25 - I love America.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 2:48 PM

2:41
No you won't cause unlike you the people outside looking to buy are not stupid. Enjoy that life filled with delusion you got going.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 2:49 PM

they are a great band i've seen them numerous times and they always play a solid show, one of the top bands playing live today... tweedy is the man...

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 2:50 PM

Sorry to hear that you can't just buy one ticket to a show and plan to go by yourself. Your wife sounds like a drag.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 2:54 PM

i'll let you know when i'm going in and you're still waiting for that 10 dollar ticket...

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 2:57 PM

I got $15 burning a hole in my pocket..if I dont get in I listen for free in the park!

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 3:06 PM

2:00- Arcade Fire.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 3:06 PM

^OK still no one knows what bloated means...explain it in the context of the bands you feel they are bloated.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 3:10 PM

Oh please 2:57, you are a fucking dumb clueless asshole. I posted the comment at 12:47. I bought 2 tickets outside last night right before Lee Fields went on for 12 dollars each. Yes i guess I did not get that "mystical" 10 dollar ticket you speak of. Still not bad 12 dollars for a 45 dollar ticket.

Just shut your mouth and face reality. The show being sold out was all bullshit. Lots of people, and pro scalpers, bought up tickets to try and sell. Unfortunately there are much more sellers than buyers for this one. Same thing happened last summer and it was correctly predicted on here when the shows were first announced.

Actually tonight should be even easier to get a dirt cheap ticket as word is out on blogs and twitter from last night. Good luck to you though trying to sell your extra for face.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 3:13 PM

peace to you, brother... enjoy the evening

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 3:16 PM

Bwahahaha 2:57. Did you see that craigslist ad for the $15 ticket. That is at 3pm hours before the "sold out" show. Guy is desperate to just get something. Since you are too stupid to be able to read the tea leaves, let me break it down for ya. See if you can follow. This means that nobody is looking to buy the tickets hours before the show. Which means that come show time, there will be even less people looking to buy those tickets. How much do you think that extra of yours is gonna be worth then shithead?

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 3:20 PM

0.25Xface

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 3:24 PM

I'd be surprised if tickets were going for anywhere close to $20 a pop tonight before a note is played. And I can report back tomorrow since I have to walk my dog right through the throng.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 3:27 PM

Maybe when they play a decent seated venue, the tix will be more than $15.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 3:32 PM

Anyone want to actually just talk about the show? This is a music website, right?

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 3:42 PM

^Welcome. New around these parts?

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 3:47 PM

Never been to a bad Wilco show, but some are better than others. Prospect is actually a fairly sucky place compared to Summer Stage because GA can't get very close. Still, there's worst things than seeing Wilco on a hot summer night! I don't think anything will beat that Coney show a couple years back...

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 3:50 PM

Wait, serious question - does someone need to actually like Wilco in order to enjoy a Wilco concert? Do they do high wire stunts or give out confetti to create such rabid fanboys?

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 3:53 PM

Lol 3:53


Show was great. They never disappoint.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 4:07 PM

Right on 3:42. The BV 'critics' who comment about everything other than the music really don't have a clue.

Wilco is amazing, and the 'light' show just added to the overall awesomeness of the night.

Whomever is going tonight, consider yourself lucky.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 5:36 PM

^ Amen


Wilco owned last night. And it really did smell like bacon too


Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 6:08 PM

I want to talk about hummus on a vegan website, and I keep hearing all kinds of shit about it. You all are in the wrong place if you ask me.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 6:46 PM

If you smoke a lot of trees, you may think it's Neil Young on stage wrapped in bacon.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 6:55 PM

I don't 6:55 and I didn't

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 6:59 PM

6 bacon references in this article and subsequent comments. Well done, vegans.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 8:25 PM

Yes indeed, 8:25! And we can all thank Tweedy who knew the repercussions of bringing up bacon.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 11:16 PM

Too bad 6:59, you are missing out on that and then some.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 11:23 PM

To the racists who commented in this string, choke on a dick or two. Fucking vegan embarrassment to the great borough of Brooklyn.

Posted by FYC | July 25, 2012 12:26 AM

How was Tuesday night's show? Better than Monday's?

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 12:54 AM

I thought night 2 was beyond fantastic, 100% better than yesterday. Definitely on par with summerstage maybe even better. The sound was pitch perfect, much better than yesterday, and Jeff seemed in better spirits making jokes often, and even said the audience could not be more perfect! I am very happy I got to see night 2, because I it was, in my opinion, a much greater show and one of the all time best shows.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 1:23 AM

Nice! Wilco delivers again!

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 1:43 AM

if you are a fan then recouping a couple dollars is the last thing on your mind heading into the venue--this is with Wilco or anything else. I have gotten plenty of cheap tickets sold to me and I have done the same back. It happens, scalpers be damned. Amateurs who buy multiples for profit are just idiots, no sense in stopping that.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 3:55 AM

12:26 you have to look real hard to find a comment that could be described as racist here. The predominant theme to the comments here is the low resale market price for tickets, So sorry that your pet bitch is exposed. Chill the fuck out and enjoy life a little.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 5:34 AM

I got in for $15 at the end of I might..Wasn't easy though scalpers were holding firm! Very few other sellers at that point when I arrived at 815.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 7:59 AM

Wasn't quite the feeding frenzy it was Monday night. I love that one scalper in the motorized chair. LULZ guess he held firm in order to stockpile the >16 oz grape soda before the ban goes into effect.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 8:27 AM

I see the same scalpers at almost every show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 8:39 AM

aren't Wilco getting tired of playing exactly the same set each time they play the area?

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 8:59 AM

^Yeah I mean Say You Miss Me, I Must Be High and Wishful Thinking are regular staples!

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 9:09 AM

Sometimes, if I'm feeling particularly acrid, I'll stop one of those same scalpers from every show and play along like I'm going to buy from them then start making a scene over something minor just to see how they react. Sometimes they lose their shit, which is pretty funny.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 9:10 AM

T5 scalpers are the worst!

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 9:21 AM

"Worst" meaning most inflexibile?
That may be so, but I wouldn't know since no way I'm shlepping all the way to another time zone without ticket in hand.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 9:40 AM

^most aggressive I mean...also not so flexible...

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 9:54 AM

Ha..Funny scalper story..I was buying a ticket at the door for a Beacon Thater show...approximatley a $50 face ticket...I was looking for one...a guy comes up the street and the scalpers pounce on him..offering him $15 for his ticket...I hear what is going on and offer the guy $20 for his ticket. The Scalpers protest hey MAN you can't do that. I said why not! They act like they own the street! They were PISSED as I took away a sale!

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 9:57 AM

Douchebag @ 5:34, the comments are not too hard to find and frankly are offensive. Who gives a shit about scalpers and how much anyone paid for a fucking ticket. Talk about the show and not what race of people were there. Do you know where you fucking live? You are probably one of the dicks that wrote those comments. Stop sucking on your mommy's tit and get out in the real world and learn something. Oh and go choke on a dick.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 10:15 AM

Besides bacon and scalpers and other pointless bullshit, show was awesome. My first time seeing them. Was great to hear "Standing O".

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 10:25 AM

There were plenty of tickets to be had before the show - I got one for $15 at 7:30, about half way through Lee Ranaldo's set. And it was a really good show by a great band (though I wish Tweedy would improve his songwriting.)

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 10:53 AM

Also note that, at least with these "benefit" concerts at Prospect Park, GA allowed you to stand right up to the stage - they had taken out all of the seats, though there was a section reserved for "VIPs".

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 10:57 AM

If I end up with an extra ticket, I sell for face value or give it away. This nonsense of $15 tickets or whatever is ticket speculators (scalpers, otherwise known as fucking scumbags) justifying their existence by pointing out that though they overcharge at some shows, at others there are discounts.

Eventually everyone will follow Louis CK's lead and you useless parasites will have to do something else to make money.

Also, Wilcos' only great album was YHF. Too much YHF? Try not enough. The other guy was right, all their other albums are maybe 2 decent songs tops, otherwise mediocre light FM crap.

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2012 5:20 PM

Night 1 was much better. Maybe because of the rain, maybe because of the more energetic setlist, but night 1 had an element of FRENZY. Night 2 was more on cruise-control from Jeff and the boys...and the crowd.

Posted by Moocher | August 2, 2012 12:00 PM

Moocher...the setlist night one was as cookie cutter as Wilco Setlist go. You weren't there night 2 I take it? Night 2 setlist crushes 1 no contest

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2012 12:21 PM

I love it when hipsters expose their racism. Lucky for yous your behind a computer screen anonymous. Enjoy your privlieges!

Posted by Clever | September 27, 2012 5:49 AM

Very interesting article, I look forward to more research coming out regarding the remaining two thirds

Posted by Youtube | September 28, 2012 4:28 PM

Very interesting article, I look forward to more research coming out regarding the remaining two thirds

Posted by Youtube | September 28, 2012 4:34 PM

wilco and lee for the win.

Posted by jordon | July 26, 2013 3:05 PM

truly remarkable for fans.

Posted by vue 8 | September 27, 2013 10:39 AM

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