Wilco’s 20th Anniversary Tour at The Pageant – May 4th, 2015

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Last night was a great show, Mr. Jeff Tweedy and his crew treated the sold out crowd at The Pageant to a 2 1/2 hour set to celebrate their 20th Anniversary!  By the 3rd song in the set you knew the crowd was in for a special night.  If you don’t already know Jeff Tweedy got his start in music with Jay Farrar in the band Uncle Tupelo, which formed in Belleville, Illinois.  The band quickly gained a strong following in the early 90’s as they regularly played gigs at clubs on Delmar and around the St. Louis area, like the infamous Mississippi Nights.  Around 1994 Uncle Tupelo broke up and Jeff went on to form Wilco, while Jay went on to form Son Volt.  Both bands have been a cornerstone in the mid-to late 90’s growing indie rock scene and continue to make records today.  Last night was a celebration of the music that Wilco has produced over the years and the fans were treated to an excellent set list.  If you were there you know what I’m talking about.  I was happy to have the opportunity to photograph it and be a part of what I consider to be an homage to a time in music that we have yet to see since.  The 90’s can really only be described as lightning in a bottle, I am happy I was  about 12 or 13 when many of these acts broke into the scene.  I also think Mr. Tweedy should be proud that it would be hard to tell that story without the mention of Uncle Tupelo or Wilco.  Kudos to a band who actually deserves more respect than what they get at times.

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