Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy kicked off his fall solo tour Friday in Madison, Wis., treating the crowd to songs recent (“Spiders (Kidsmoke)”), vintage (“Sunken Treasure,” the Uncle Tupelo-recorded traditional “Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down”) and rare (“Bob Dylan’s 49th Beard”). His young son Spencer also joined him on drums for “I’m the Man Who Loves You,” the first song of the encore.
In addition to an as-yet-unnamed song from Tweedy’s upcoming album with his side band Loose Fur, the show also featured four songs with Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche to close the evening, including “The Late Greats” and a cover of Bob Dylan’s “John Wesley Harding.”
“By the nature of playing by yourself, my repertoire gets a lot bigger than what it is with the band, that’s for sure,” Tweedy tells Billboard.com of the shows. “The band is capable of playing everything in the catalog, but at any given point you can’t just pull something out and expect everybody to know it. With this band, we have to take time to revisit things.”
“Going out by myself, I really only have myself to worry about, and I know most of the songs,” he adds with a laugh.
Prior to Tweedy’s sets, Kotche is performing material from his upcoming Nonesuch solo album. Wilco guitarist Nels Cline will fill the opening slot for a lone gig on Nov. 16 in New York. “Glenn will probably come out and do a few songs with me, but I kind of like to keep it a surprise if it is going to happen,” Tweedy says.
The solo tour runs through Nov. 22 in London, after which Wilco will continue work on their next studio album, which Tweedy is hoping to release sometime next year. As previously reported, the group has been working on 13 songs at its Chicago rehearsal space, including “I’m Talking to Myself About You” and the tentatively titled “On and On and On and On.”