Wilco Creates Thunder at LouFest, Dedicates Song to Bob Reuter: Review, Photos and Setlist
Steve Truesdell Wilco Performing at LouFest. Check out the full slideshow here.
To introduce "Born Alone," Tweedy addressed some holes in the local community. "There's been a lot of loss around here lately. Our community lost Bob Reuter," he said quietly before pausing. "I'd like to dedicate this song to him, and I'd also like to dedicate it to my brother." Tweedy's brother Greg Tweedy passed away September 1.
See Also: Remembering Bob Reuter: St. Louis Speaks
For "California Stars," the Woody Guthrie cover Wilco had recorded for Mermaid Avenue with Billy Bragg, the band invited members of the National (Read about their LouFest set here!) to the stage. Despite Matt Berninger opting out, the remaining band members bolstered the folk tune, with the trumpet and trombone adding a bit of soft mourning.
"We've got a little time left. Not enough, but a little," Tweedy said. "This is for everyone who got into Wilco early." The crowd roared as the band started "Box Full of Letters" from Wilco A.M., prompting Tweedy to laugh and say, "That's way too many of you." Tweedy continued his sudden chattiness after the song, cajoling the audience into singing "Happy Birthday" to his father, who was celebrating his 80th year by taking in his son's show.
Wilco wound down the night with crowd favorites and a few nods to their St. Louis roots. "Heavy Metal Drummer" prompted a legion of men to lift their ladies onto their shoulders, to the consternation of those around them. Afterward, Tweedy bowed and said, "This went by way too fast. Thanks again." The horn players from the National then returned for a playful, sing-songy "I'm the Man Who Loves You."
To the crowd's delight, Tweedy threw out stupid encore tradition. "All right, let's just pretend that we walked off and you guys cheered until we came back. We don't have time for that bullshit," Tweedy said. "But we do have time for this bullshit." And thus began "Casino Queen," Wilco's ode to the gambling mecca on the Mississippi.
The 90-minute set ended with an especially jangly "Hoodoo Voodoo," another Guthrie selection from Mermaid Avenue. With an exceptionally enthusiastic, half-naked cow-bell artist dancing suggestively around the stage, it was clear that Tweedy and the gang knew how to bring the thunder to a drizzly night.
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