Jeff Tweedy is coming to The Missouri Theater Tuesday, June 17, and no, it is not going to be a Wilco/Uncle Tupelo covers show. Tweedy saves that for the encore. No, if concert reviews and set lists from the first few shows of his solo tour can be believed, Tweedy and co. will largely be playing tunes from his upcoming solo album, Sukierae, due Sept. 16.
This may upset a few fans who just wanted to get down to “New Madrid” or sing along to “I’m The Man Who Loves You” but this set full of new songs sounds even more intriguing than a simple covers show. One of the best ways to hear a new song is to hear it played live, at least if a competent musician is playing it. And oh boy, if Jeff Tweedy is anything, it’s competent. Except for when it comes to drumming. Then he just outsources the job to his 18-year-old son, Spencer.
Spencer Tweedy is playing the role of heavy metal drummer (hah! Wilco jokes) on Jeff Tweedy’s solo tour and solo album, making both family affairs. Seriously, how great would father/son stage banter be? Especially banter between a frontman father and a son trapped behind a drum kit. I don’t know what type of father Jeff Tweedy is, but I pray he’s the kind that likes dad jokes and embarrassing his son in front of live audiences.
Fans who want to hear their favorite Wilco tunes won’t be left out to dry, as Tweedy is guaranteed to play a few songs from his past groups. If you’re lucky, you may even get to see Jeff Tweedy play stripped down solo renditions, as he’s kicked the band off-stage for parts of the concert at the first few stops on this tour. If you’re really lucky, you may even hear Tweedy play a song from his collaboration album with Mavis Staples, which would surely please the five people who listened to that album.
This post was written by Zachary Van Epps, contributing writer for The Blue Note blog.