Review and photos: Wilco go the distance at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater
It's been years since they were last seen around Tampa Bay, but for three hours, 34 songs and exactly zero intermissions Tuesday night, Wilco gave a sold-out crowd of 2,180 at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall a performance to remember.
Singer Jeff Tweedy bended new material with old fan favorites (Passenger Side, Spiders (Kidsmoke)), an acoustic set with two plugged-in sets, and a tribute to the late Alex Chilton, and guitarist Nels Cline and the rest of the band worked their magic alongside him.
As Sean Daly writes in his concert review:
For every loopy, pop shuffle the guys played at Ruth Eckerd — Shot in the Arm, Nothing'severgonnastandinmyway (again), Can't Stand It — they'd counter with something dark, bold, expansive: Bull Black Nova, Impossible Germany, Handshake Drugs, that last a squirmy rumination that, upon Tweedy switching guitars, kicked in suddenly like a fiendish psychotropic.