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Published: 2013/06/27

Bob Weir Joins Wilco During AmericanaramA Tour Opener

Bob Weir with Wilco. Photo by Jim Runge via Wilco’s Facebook page

The first AmericanaramA tour kicked off at West Palm, Beach, FL’s Cruzan Amphitheatre last night. In addition to tour staples Bob Dylan, Wilco and My Morning Jacket, last night’s show featured a special opening set from Bob Weir (who will appear at select AmericanaramA shows before heading on the road with Furthur.) Like his first comeback gig after Furthur cancelled their appearance at Bottle Rocket following an incident at Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre in April, Weir opened his set with “Easy to Slip.” He then offered solo versions of “Peggy-O,” “KC Moan,” “Loose Lucy,” “Dear Prudence” and “Not Fade Away.”

My Morning Jacket played next, and they ran through a mixture of material recorded throughout their career. Opening with the newer song “Circuital,” they charged through the likes of “Outta My System,” “I’m Amazed,” “Golden,” “Evelyn Is Not Real,” “The Way That He Sings,” “War Begun,” “Gideon” and a show-closing “One Big Holiday,” among other tunes.

Then, Wilco took the stage for a unique set that also nodded to their various eras. The band surprised fans by opening their set with “At My Window Sad and Lonely.” Wilco first recorded their arrangement of the unreleased Woody Guthrie song for Mermaid Avenue in the late ’90s and busted out the tune for the first time since 2011 at North Adams, MA’s Solid Sound festival this past weekend. The number took on added meaning given Bob Dylan’s deep history with Guthrie. (According to legend, Dylan was supposed to receive some lost Guthrie lyrics around the time of the folk icon’s death but had the door shut on him when he went to Woody’s house to receive them.) Later on, they also brought out Bob Weir to perform on both the Grateful Dead’s “Ripple” and the reworked Guthrie bit “California Stars.” Dead bassist Phil Lesh sang with Wilco on “Ripple” at the Mountain Air Festival in 1999, and Wilco busted out the American Beauty classic during their all-request Solid Sound set on Friday night. Last night’s sit in was Weir’s first appearance with Wilco, though the Dead guitarist has performed with Nels Cline in the past.

Bob Dylan headlined the evening with his band. Though the icon has hinted at future collaborations with his tour companions, last night’s set remained guest-free. He opened his show with “Things Have Changed,” and stuck to his his rearrangements of “Love Sick,” “High Water (For Charley Patton),” “Soon after Midnight,” “Early Roman Kings,” “Tangled Up in Blue,”
“Duquesne Whistle,” “She Belongs to Me,” “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat,” “Simple Twist of Fate” and “All Along the Watchtower.” His encore consisted of “Thunder on the Mountain” and “Ballad of a Thin Man.”

The traveling AmericanaramA tour continues in Tampa, FL this evening.

Here’s a look at last night’s Bob Weir setlist via

Wednesday, June 26, Cruzan Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL

Easy To Slip
KC Moan
Loose Lucy
Dear Prudence
Not Fade Away

Here’s a look at My Morning Jacket, Wilco and Bob Dylan’s setlists via

My Morning Jacket, June 26, Cruzan Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL
Outta My System
I’m Amazed
Evelyn Is Not Real
Way He Sings
War Begun
Smokin From Shootin
Wordless Chorus
Victory Dance
One Big Holiday

Wilco, June 26, Cruzan Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL

At My Window Sad and Lonely
Forget the Flowers
Company in My Back
Poor Places
Art of Almost
I Might
Spiders (Kidsmoke)
Impossible Germany
Born Alone
(Grateful Dead cover) (with Bob Weir)
California Stars
(with Bob Weir)
Via Chicago
Whole Love
Dawned on Me
I’m the Man Who Loves You

Bob Dylan, June 26, Cruzan Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL

Things Have Changed
Love Sick
High Water (For Charley Patton)
Soon after Midnight
Early Roman Kings
Tangled Up in Blue
Duquesne Whistle
She Belongs to Me
Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
Simple Twist of Fate
All Along the Watchtower

Thunder on the Mountain
Ballad of a Thin Man

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