Saturday night, September the 7th, Wilco’s first show since the Americanarama summer tour ended in early August was a well chosen mixture of old and new favorites. Their performance, which will be their sole gig this month, also included a special dedication to a couple of recent passings.
Before playing “Born Alone,” midway through their set, front man Jeff Tweedy said “There's been a lot of loss around here lately. Our community lost Bob Reuter *, I'd like to dedicate this song to him, and I'd also like to dedicate it to my brother.” (Tweedy's brother Greg Tweedy passed away on Sept. 1st).
* Bob Reuter was a St. Louis photographer and performing songwriter, who tragically fell to his death down an elevator shaft on August 3rd. Read Jaime Lees’ obituary of Reuter for the Riverfront Times.
A few songs later, “California Stars,” was made into even more of a crowd-pleaser than normal by the addition of what Tweedy called “90% of The National,” the Cincinnati, Ohio indie band who were also performing at LouFest.
Here’s Wilco’s complete LouFest 2013 setlist:
“Forget the Flowers”
“Give Back the Key to My Heart”
“I Am Trying to Break Your Heart”
“Art of Almost”
“Box Full of Letters”
“Happy Birthday” (sung for Jeff’s father, who was there celebrating his 80th Birthday)
“Heavy Metal Drummer”
“I’m the Man Who Loves You” (w/ The National's horn players)
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