Wilco Takes the Fillmore Miami Beach, Caps the Show With Cow Bells, May 15

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Wilco's Jeff Tweedy at the Fillmore last night.
See the full 26-photo slideshow of Wilco at the Fillmore Miami Beach -- plus "Wilco's John Stirratt on the Music Industry, Piracy, and Southern Manners."

Last night, Chicago-based alternative country rock band Wilco performed at the Fillmore Miami Beach for a packed house.

Founders Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, and company started the set with songs from its latest album, The Whole Love, playing "One Sunday Morning (Song For Jane Smiley's Boyfriend)" before moving right on through "Art of Almost," "Born Alone," "Capitol City," "Dawned On Me," and "I Might."

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They also mixed in plenty of hits from studio album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, including "Poor Places," "Jesus, Etc.," "Radio Cure," "I'm The Man Who Loves You," "War on War," and "Heavy Metal Drummer."

There were even some songs from Sky Blue Sky, like "Side With The Seeds", "Impossible Germany" and "Hate It Here." (We hope Tweedy wasn't talking about Miami.) Another highlight: A rendition of "Shot in the Arm" from Summerteeth.

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The crowd was mostly people in their 30s and 40s. There was a laid-back vibe in the air, and lots of sing-along.

Wilco jammed, the music was loud and the occasional smell of cannabis crept up the nostrils, standard for any live musical performance. Pot and music go together like milk and cereal.

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Drinks at the Fillmore are kinda expensive. Beer being the most popular drink at $8 for a pint of Coors or $12 for a bigger 24-ounce can. At least you could still chug it. It was a beer-drinking kind of show after all. But by 10:45 p.m., the venue was out of brew.

However, Wilco wasn't done. And the band capped the show with "Hoodoo Voodoo" from collaborative album Mermaid Avenue, during which a shirtless, jeans-clad crew member named Josh came out onto the stage banging a cowbell in true Midwestern fashion.

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Once Tweedy, Stirratt, and Wilco completed their second encore, they cleared the stage and the lights came on. Not 10 seconds later, bouncers in blue polo shirts swiftly moved in and shuffled the crowd out of the theater.

The show was over. But for all that is Midwestern, country or alternative about Wilco, they sure as hell rocked the hell out of subtropical Miami Beach on a Tuesday night.

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Wilco's Setlist
-"One Sunday Morning (Song For Jane Smiley's Boyfriend)"
-"Poor Places"
-"Art Of Almost"
-"I Might"
-"A Shot in the Arm"
-"Side With the Streets"
-"Country Disappeared"
-"War On War"
-"Impossible Germany"
-"Born Alone"
-"Radio Cure"
-"Capitol City"
-"Handshake Drugs"
-"Jesus, Etc."
-"Whole Love"
-"I Must Be High"
-"Dawned On Me"
-"Heavy Metal Drummer"

-"Via Chicago"
-"Hate It Here"
-"I'm The Man Who Loves You"

Second Encore
-"Red-Eyed and Blue"
-"I Got You (At The End of the Century)"
-"Outtasite (Outta Mind)"
-"Hoodoo Voodoo"

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Location Info


The Fillmore Miami Beach

1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Music

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This is the worst concert review I've ever read. It's so bad I sent it to all my Wilco-loving friends around the country, just for a good laugh. Great show. Worst. Review. Ever.


This is a review? Ushers, beer, cannabis? Uh, how about the show? This was the best concert I've seen in years. Wilco really respects their fans. The show was about as much as you could ask for. Everything went perfectly. None of that nonsense banter, tuning of guitars, ego-driven crap. They came to play. The sound was excellent. You could hear every word Jeff sang and spoke. It was loud without harshness. The light show was amazing. Not more than half a minute between songs. Everything was well-planned and like clock-work. Nels Cline fits in perfectly with the band and adds so much. He is truly an exciting and masterful guitarist. The second encore with the bare-chested stage hand dancing was a nice touch. Reminded me of Bez. Thank you, Wilco. Come back soon!


you write better now!

First Avenue Rules
First Avenue Rules

 I've never read a concert review that dedicated a paragraph to the price of beer.  The show was every bit a great as this review is crap!  Oh, make sure you mention "Midwestern" a few more times, after you've actually traveled out of the cesspool music scene of South Florida.  Get a clue.  Wilco is possibly the greatest American band.  Period!

Fat Hand
Fat Hand

I figured NewTimes would make John Hood come back and review the second half of the show.


Alt Country....come on they are so beyond that for at least 10 years.  I agree they did rock the place.  Also as far as I know they never had any hits.  Radio Cure for example is maybe the most obscure track on YHF.  The place as not even close to "packed house", maybe 2/3 sold.  They should sell out out but South Florida music scene is not the greatest.

It is nice that at least someone reviewed the show anyway.  AS far as I am concerned they are the best band on the planet today.

ghost that never lies...
ghost that never lies...

I've been reading concert reviews for years and this has to be the crappiest piece of garbage that has ever graced this site.  Seriously, who wrote this nonsense, a 12 year old finger hacking their keyboard?  I honestly wouldn't be shocked if 100 monkeys sitting in front of typewriters produced more intelligible thoughts than this drab review.  

The reviewer did little to capture the mood, provided snippets of useless information (seriously who the hell cares about the security ushering people out), and your figurative language was pedestrian at best.  Next time Crossfade, either find someone who can write, or just don't bother publishing words and share some pictures.  

Your blog seriously missed the boat on an amazing show and truly failed to capture/share even an ounce of it.

First Avenue Rules
First Avenue Rules

 Agreed, it was.  Yes, from MN.  Did you have the Twins hat on?

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