Memoir Mixtapes Vol.2, Track 3

On Wilco and Being There by Mike Lindgren

February 16, 1997 was a cold, gray day in Boston, and Fenway Park was shrouded and dark. Across the street from the famous left-field wall was a dank, shabby nightclub called the Avalon Ballroom, which despite its rundown interior was the Boston stop of choice for mid-level bands touring the East Coast. The Chicago alt-country band Wilco would have arrived sometime in the afternoon, loaded in their gear, done a perfunctory soundcheck, gotten something to eat. Their show that night would be the seventeenth they had played in the last nineteen days; they were halfway through a bruising tour that had taken them as far south as Atlanta and as far west as Kansas. Their singer and guitarist Jeff Tweedy, guitarist and keyboardist Jay Bennett, bassist John Stirratt, and drummer Ken Coomer were touring in support of their album Being There, an ambitious double record that had been out since October.

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