Wilco Australia/New Zealand 2013

WILCO Australia New Zealand Tour 2013

The transformation of Chicago six-piece WILCO from their humble mid-‘90s alt-country origins to one of the planet’s most powerful and intuitive rock’n’roll bands has been something to behold as it’s slowly unveiled over the last decade.

Not many bands manage to manifestly get better with age, but that’s what’s happened in the case of WILCO. At the outset this change was mainly due to personnel issues – the current line-up coalesced around founding member and ringleader Jeff Tweedy back in 2004 with the addition of legendary guitar virtuoso Nels Cline and multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone, joining bassist John Stirratt, percussionist Glenn Kotche and keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen in what has become the band’s definitive roster – and as this incarnation of the band has played together over time they’ve just gone from strength to strength as a unit.

This version of the band fittingly kickstarted their tenure with a double live album (2005’s Kicking Television: Live In Chicago) and have since then added four acclaimed studio albums to WILCO’s tally – bringing the overall total to eight full-lengths – but more importantly they’ve become a behemoth in the live realm, taking these songs that shine on record and transforming them into something else entirely, far beyond the scope of what’s possible in the studio. Each member of the band is an accomplished player in their own right, but when you bring them together they become something greater than the sum of their combined parts, seeming to communicate by telepathy and shared instinct as they bring this amazing music to life.

And they’re no strangers to these shores, having been increasingly regular visitors to Australia since their inaugural visit in 2003 for the Big Day Out tour. Still on the road pushing their stellar 2011 album The Whole Love, Wilco have been invited back to perform at the 2013 instalment of Byron Bay’s historic Bluesfest – where they last tore up the stage in 2008 – and while they’re in the country they’re going to play a headline show of their own to placate (well.. at least some of ..) their ever-expanding Aussie fanbase.

So if you want to experience the full gamut of the musical experience in one very special night – ranging from quiet introspection and gentle nuance right through to massive sound tsunamis, often within the framework of the same song – then don’t miss the one and only Wilco when they hit Australia next March and April, proudly brought to you by Love Police Touring.

The sensational WILCO have announced shows at Byron Bay’s Bluesfest & Melbourne’s Hamer Hall. It is fair to assume they may be playing another show around that time. Stick with us, and we will let you know real soon what is rollin’.

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Date City Venue
24/03/13 Perth, WA West Coast Blues & Roots Festival
Tickets from westcoastbluesnroots.com.au
27/03/13 Melbourne, VIC Hamer Hall
Time: 8:00pm. Box office: 1300 182 183. Admission: Premium Tickets $107.20, A Reserve Tickets $83.70
With special guests Boomgates. Tickets from Arts Centre Melbourne
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!
28/03/13 Melbourne, VIC Hamer Hall
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: Premium Tickets $107.20, A Reserve Tickets $83.70
With special guests Boomgates. Tickets from Arts Centre Melbourne
TICKETS ON SALE NOW.
30/03/13 - 01/04/13 Byron Bay, NSW East Coast Blues and Roots Festival
Tickets through Bluesfest
02/04/13 Sydney, NSW Opera House
Time: 9:30pm. Tickets on sale now from Sydney Operahouse.com
03/04/13 Sydney, NSW Opera House
Time: 9:30pm. Tickets on sale now from Sydney Operahouse.com
05/04/13 Wellington, NZ Town Hall
Tickets on sale now from ticketek.co.nz.
With very special guest MAVIS STAPLES
06/04/13 Auckland, NZ Town Hall
Tickets on sale now from the-edge.co.nz
With very special guest MAVIS STAPLES

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