Feist, Yo La Tengo and Grizzly Bears Ed Droste Guest with Wilco on Coney Island
Last night, Wilco headlined a sold out show at Keyspan Park, a minor league baseball stadium located in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, NY. Hoboken-bred indie rockers Yo La Tengo opened the night with a short set that climaxed with the noise-rock jam The Story of Yo La Tengo. Wilco then kicked off its set with the first track of its new album Wilco (the album), Wilco (the song). The experimental bands set balanced new tracks with crowd-favorites like I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, Shot in the Arm, Handshake Drugs, Impossible Germany, Jesus Etc. and I’m Always in Love. The group also led the crowd in a rendition of Take Me Out to the Ballgame.
After ending its set with the A Ghost is Born track Hummingbird, Wilco returned for a six-song encore that kicked off with the sing-a-long Heavy Metal Drummer. Leslie Feist then reprised her role from Wilco (the album) by singing with the group on the ballad You and I. Immediately after, Grizzly Bear singer Ed Droste emerged to play percussion and sing with Feist and Wilco on both California Stars and new Wilco song You Never Know. Feist recently sat in with Wilco in Los Angeles.
After running through a guest-free version of Misunderstood, all three members of Yo La Tengo took the stage for the minimalist guitar-jam Spiders (Kidsmoke).As the crowd started to thin, Wilco returned for a second encore consisting of The Late Greats and a show-closing take on Hoodoo Voodoo that featured Feist and Droste on backup vocals and percussion. The latter song featured lyrics by Woody Guthrie, who wrote the tune just a few blocks away from Keyspan Park on Mermaid Avenue.
Wilco will appear on The Late Show with David Letterman this evening. Feist is scheduled to sing with the group on the late night program.