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Wilco’s 20th anniversary to be celebrated with tour, “Best Of” comp, and box set

Wilco plays their first show of 2014 tonight in Columbus, Ohio.
Wilco plays their first show of 2014 tonight in Columbus, Ohio.
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There’s some major activity to report in the world of Wilco this week, but first a little history.

The first appearance of Wilco on record was on Red Hot + Country, a 1994 compilation release benefiting the international charity the Red Hot Organization, who are dedicated to raising funds and promoting AIDS awareness.

The track, a cover of Ernest Tubb’s “The T.B. Is Whipping Me” in which Wilco is joined by American singer/songwriter Syd Straw, celebrates its 20th birthday next week as Red Hot + Country was released on September 13th, 1994.

It is the first of a few notable 20th anniversaries Wilco will be celebrating in the months and year to come – their first concert was on November 17, 1994 at Cicero's Basement Bar in St. Louis, and their debut album A.M. was released on March 28, 1995.

Wilco Headquarters announced today that they will be celebrating their 2 decade history with a string of late-2014 dates (including a stop in my neck of the woods at the NC Art Museum in Raleigh!), a performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on October 27, their first ever Best Of collection and a Rarities box set.

The release date and track listing info for the Best Of and Rarities sets hasn’t leaked yet, so stay tuned to this space for when it does.

This is all follows the release of Sukierae (out on dBpm Records on Sept. 23), the debut album by Wilco front man Jeff Tweedy’s solo side project simply named Tweedy with his son Spencer on drums. Looks like Tweedy (The Man) will bounce back and forth between bands this fall as there are plenty of dates scheduled for both.

Tonight, Wilco will play their first show of 2014 at LC Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio. The next evening, they will perform at Akron Civic Theatre in Akron, then two shows at the Lockn’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia on September 6th and 7th. Check out their official website (wilcoworld.net) for ticketing info.

Tweedy (The Band) will zigzag through Wilco’s September-October dates starting at the Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA on September 19th. Again, check out Wilco’s official website (wilcoworld.net) for the complete schedule and ticketing info.

Some recent good reads about Tweedy:

“A Family Album: Jeff Tweedy, of Wilco, Records With His Son Spencer” By Dave Itzkoff (New York Times, Sept. 2, 2014)

“How to Fight Loneliness: Why Jeff Tweedy set aside his Wilco responsibilities for his first solo project, which features his drumming son, Spencer” By Steven Hyden (Grantland, August 19, 2014)

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