Rejoice! Sing! Run to the streets and draw blood! Everyone’s favorite Chicago act is back on the road, even if they never really left in the first place. In what will be their 83,019,238,1203th tour to date, Wilco is ready to take over the world again. This should come as no surprise, given Jeff Tweedy’s fair warning that they’d be busy, ballsy, and busting down venue’s doors all summer long. The only difference is that this time they’ll need more than a van, as they’ll be heading overseas for some larger than life dates.
It’s kind of hard to imagine Tweedy crooning “Via Chicago” in exotic locales like Barcelona, Madrid, or Seville, but apparently the Spaniards love them some Wilco (who doesn’t?). Hopefully, it all doesn’t get lost in translation as they have some major priorities to attend to shortly after their European stint. While only Bonnaroo and 10,000 Lakes are confirmed at this point, the band’s bound to show up at just about every major US festival, and with a Chicago date oddly missing, one wonders what this means for Lollapalooza. Could they be a headliner…again? That would mark their third appearance at the fest, but given their hometown status, there shouldn’t be anyone complaining.
What’s more, this tour should probably lend to some killer bootlegs, especially since the sets are bound to be fleshed out with new material off their upcoming seventh record. That should be a relief. Not that we’re getting tired of the old material, but you can only rely on “Impossible Germany” for just so long. If what the band’s been saying is any indication (which, um, it should be), the new record will be absolutely fantabulous.
Anyone have a plane, boat or hot air balloon? If so, we’re going to Lisbon!
Wilco Spring 2009 Tour Dates
03/26 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
03/27 – Northhampton, MA @ Calvin Theater
03/28 – Beacon, NY @ Beacon High Auditorium
04/14 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre
04/15 - Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre
04/16 – Bloomington, IN @ IU Auditorium
04/17 - Athens, OH @ Templeton – Blackburn Auditorium
04/18 – Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre
04/20 – Athens, GA @ Classic Center
04/21 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
04/22 – Birmingham, AL @ Sloss Furnaces
04/23 – Oxford, MS @ Lyric Oxford
04/25 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz Fest
05/23 – Tenerife, ES @ Tenerife Auditorium
05/25 – Melaga, ES @ Teatro Cervantes
05/26 – Madrid, ES @ Teatro Calderon
05/29 – Seville, ES @ Territorios Festival
05/30 – Oporto-Braga, PR @ Por Teatro Circo
05/31 – Lisbon, PR @ Por Lisbon Coliseu
06/01 – Santiago De Compostela-Galicia, ES @ Palacio de Congresos
06/03 – Donostia, San Sebastian, ES @ Kursaal
06/04 – Barcelona,ES @ Auditori Barcelona
06/13 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
07/22 – Detroit Lakes, MN @ 10,000 Lakes Festival
08/21 – Erfurt-Hohenfelden, DE @ Highfield Festival