Wilco finished off their sold out two-night stand at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston last night (1.30.16).
A band performing an album in its entirety is a risky move, and even riskier when said album is the band’s newest work. Wilco is taking this risk night after night on this tour; thankfully, Star Wars (the album in question) is one fantastic album.
Still, though, by the end of their playing all 10 tracks off of Star Wars, a lot of the crowd seemed to be losing some interest. Wilco decided to remedy this issue by diving right into the rest of their set with effortless ferocity. The Spiders (Kidsmoke)/I Am Trying to Break Your Heart/Art of Almost portion of the show that immediately followed Star Wars would go on to be the greatest highlight of the night.
The show’s other highlight (not to take away from any other part of the show) would have to be the band’s unplugged encore, which saw them belting out beautiful renditions of Misunderstood, It’s Just That Simple, California Stars and more.
Walking out of the venue, many fans could be overheard talking about how this was the better of the two Boston shows. Surely, that’s much more a comment of how continuously impressive Wilco is as a live act than it is a put down of their set the night before.
William Tyler opened the show with an interesting if not always captivating display.
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