Night 1 of Solid Sound was nearly a wash out. Pouring rain had guitar techs and roadies giving each other worried looks on stage - and for a while I wasn't sure Wilco would be able to take the stage.
They did take the stage, albeit a little late, and proceeded to put on one of the most intense shows I've seen from them. The band mirrored the storm overhead, putting together a setlist that featured some of their noisiest, most experimental and visceral work. Nels Cline was the star of the night, and as usual he was in top form - his solo on Hotel Arizona absolutely smoked. Another highlight was Poor Places > Reservations, mirroring the perfect juxtaposition of the songs on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. The set featured tracks from every studio album, a handful of brand new songs from the upcoming The Whole Love and closed with a cover of Split Enz "I Got You" with Neil Finn.
Full recording is below for stream or download (right-click / save as). Sound is generally excellent - though the pitter-patter of rain in the first few songs is audible, along with a bit of wind noise towards the end of the set. Well worth the download if only for the full-band premier of 3 new songs. Check back soon for my recording from night 2 which sounds even better!
Solid Sound Festival - North Adams MA
June 24, 2011
I Might (new song)
Bull Black Nova
Muzzle Of Bees
I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
Whole Love (new song)
Shouldn't Be Ashamed
Born Alone (new song)
I'm The Man Who Loves You
Red-Eyed and Blue
I Got You (At The End Of The Century)
I Got You (Split Enz cover, with Neil Finn)
Full set download: mp3 zip