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- Posted on Sep 15th 2010 9:00AM by Stephen Dowling
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If you needed another reason to like Tweedy, there you have it -- 'Star Wars' fan. A little more than a year after the band began touring their seventh album 'Wilco,' they are playing their third London gig to support it. The irony of this in not lost on Tweedy, given the band's reputation for being less-than-enamoured with the British capital after a ragged Shepherd's Bush Empire 1997 gig. "I don't want to hear anyone saying we hate London," he chastises the crowd. "Unless it's one of us."
But Wilco really do love London, baby, if the night is anything to go by (if you don't believe Spinner, just ask 'Friends' actor Matt LeBlanc, seen taking his seat before the show starts).
The two-hour-plus set sees them rush through some of the finest moments on a 15-year career -- including a classic one-two of 'Being There' tracks 'Red-Eyed and Blue' and 'I Got You,' the coda of the first bleeding into the latter's intro, just like on the record.
No new songs this time around -- though the Loose Fur curio 'Calico Cat' gets a deserved airing -- but a sense that the live celebrations are over, and the hard work on a new record may be about to begin.