Concert Review: Jeff Tweedy @ the Southern Theatre, Columbus, OH (11/9/05)

For the most part, my concert going experiences and my dating experiences have not overlapped much. Concerts have tended to be the realm of friends, roommates, that sort of crowd. Also, trying to explain to a date why we needed to go see THIS obscure band always seemed futile. As my college and post-college dating consisted primarily of the following like-clockwork schedule, known at the time as “The 3-Month Rule:” First month – getting to know you, Second month – getting to more familiar, Third month – this isn’t working out, Fourth month – done.

Working with that sort of timeframe usually meant concerts were out of the picture for dating purposes. But, in 2005 one of the few times music tastes and scheduling worked into The 3-Month Rule, and it wasn’t even a concert I had intended on going to anyway. After a first date at a Columbus bar, a get-to-know-you-and-make-sure-you’re-not-a-weirdo-first-date, we went to dinner in Grandview the night of the concert and then headed down to the Southern Theatre for the show.

After an interesting and odd opening set from Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, Jeff Tweedy took the stage for a long acoustic set. I mentioned that I had no intention of going, because although I’m one of the biggest Wilco fans around, I’m not that into when artists go acoustic or solo, as I tend to prefer the louder end of the rock spectrum.

Tweedy’s set covered his entire career, from three of four Uncle Tupelo albums, every Wilco album, the two Wilco & Billy Bragg albums, two Loose Fur albums and two Golden Smog albums. In retrospect, I’m glad I went. Tweedy was in his usual self-depreciating mode, telling stories and conversing with the audience. Of course, when some loud-mouth who kept yelling HUMMINGBIRD! in-between every song was finally dealt with, Tweedy responded with something along the lines of “well, now you’ve convinced me!” And then didn’t play it.

The dates lasted only a few more weeks, but Wilco is still in heavy rotation.

Sunken Treasure
Blue Eyed Soul
(Was I) In Your Dreams
Summer Teeth
Forget The Flowers
I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
Remember The Mountain Bed
Wait Up
The Ruling Class
Please Tell My Brother
Bob Dylan’s 49th Beard
Radio King
Heavy Metal Drummer
A Shot In The Arm
I Can’t Keep From Talking
Black Eye
New Madrid
California Stars
Chinese Apple
Far, Far Away
War On War
Pick Up The Change
I’m The Man Who Loves You
The Late Greats