On account of the mixed reception of Sky Blue Sky, Wilco had a much better ’08 than ’07. With a five-night, catalog-comprehensive homestay at Chicago’s Rivera Theatre, a summer tour across uncharted U.S. territories (Alaska, Wyoming, um, Delaware) and a fall run with Neil Young that culminated with two nights at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, Wilco proved that there’s still a vibrant band behind Jeff Tweedy‘s hit-or-miss self-indulgent musings. Need more proof? Check out Ashes Of American Flags, the band’s first concert film/DVD, due in February. Produced by Trixie Films (which also did Tweedy’s solo concert film Sunken Treasure) and named after the noteworthy Yankee Hotel Foxtrot deep cut, Ashes Of American Flags includes material from Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, The Ryman in Nashville, among other cities and venues oozing with Americana. Wilco is back to work in its Chicago loft finishing a new studio album expected late spring. No track listing yet, but it’s safe to assume that some of the cuts escaped in summer set lists, most notably “One Wing” from Sunday evening at Lollapalooza. Tour dates after the jump.
“One Wing” live from Lollapalooza:
Wilco Tour Dates
1/29/09 — Kalamazoo, MI — The State Theatre (Jeff Tweedy solo)
1/30/09 — Ann Arbor, MI — Hill Auditorium (Jeff Tweedy solo)
1/31/09 — Champaign, IL — Foellinger Auditorium (Jeff Tweedy solo)
4/25/09 — New Orleans, LA — New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival