Wilco Launches Tour of Japan, New Zealand, and Australia After "Slam-Bang Finish" to US Tour (Post-Gazette)
Wilco begins a two-week tour of Japan, New Zealand, and Australia with a set at the Big Cat in Osaka tonight. There's one more stop in Japan, at Zepp Tokyo tomorrow night, before the band heads south for shows in Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand, and five shows in Australia, including a night in Brisbane, one in Sydney, a sold-out set in nearby Marrickville, and two nights in Melbourne ending in a sold-out tour closer there. All five shows in Australia feature an opening set from Liam Finn.
You can now take home a bit of the live Wilco experience in the new vinyl release of Kicking Television: Live in Chicago. The special four-LP box set, featuring the music from the band's 2005 live album on four discs of audiophile, 180-gram vinyl, was released for last weekend's Record Store Day and is available in the Nonesuch Store. Also included are eight previously unreleased bonus tracks plus and a fold-out commemorative poster.
The latest tour begins less than two weeks after what Spinner called a "marathon set" and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette called the "slam-bang finish" of the band's fully sold-out An Evening with Wilco tour across the United States, at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Music Hall. Front man Jeff Tweedy and the whole band kept the audience engaged for nearly three hours, reports Post-Gazette reviewer Scott Mervis, from newer tunes off the band's latest Nonesuch release, Wilco (the album), back to the "classic" Yankee Hotel Foxtrot tune "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart," the "throbbing power-pop injection" of "A Shot in the Arm," off Summerteeth, and much more. Read the full concert review at post-gazette.com.
In late May, Wilco hits the road again, returning to Europe for shows in Scandinavia, Spain, and Italy. In August, the band takes over at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Massachusetts, for the fully Wilco-curated weekend-long Solid Sound Festival, as recently reported in the Nonesuch Journal.
For more information on these and other upcoming tour dates, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.