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Published: 2013/07/28

Wilco and Beck Cover Chris Bell at AmericanaramA, Jam with Sean Lennon

Beck joined the traveling AmericanaramA tour for one night only at Wantagh, NY’s Jones Beach last night. He filled in for My Morning Jacket, whose frontman Jim James had a previously scheduled appearance at Newport, RI’s Folk Fest. Yesterday’s AmericanaramA date also featured performances by Bob Dylan, Wilco and Ryan Bingham.

Beck’s set included a mix of his alt-rock hits and more left-leaning compositions. He sprinkled material from his new Song Reader project throughout his setlist and offered a cover of the Everly Brothers’ “Sleepless Nights.” He also referenced both “Bang A Gong (Get It On)” and “Billie Jean” during “Sissyneck.” Partway through his set, Beck invited out Texas fiddler and Bingham collaborator Richard Bowden for “Country Time.” The set came to a close with one of his best known songs, “Where It’s At.”

Wilco have offered the most adventurous setlists throughout the AmericanaramA tour and last night’s performance was no different. During their co-headlining show, they brought out Beck and New York songwriter/guitarist Roger Manning for a cover of Big Star founder Chris Bell’s solo tune “I Am The Cosmos” (The song has received some increased exposure recently due to its inclusion in the new Big Star documentary.) Beck remained onstage for “California Stars,” and shocked everyone by leading Wilco through his own “Loser” with the help of Manning and the the members of the Japanese art combo Cibo Matto (which features Wilco guitarist Nels Cline’s wife Yuka Honda.)

Cline and Honda recently collaborated with Yoko Ono, and he brought a bit of that spirit to Wilco’s stage last night, too. Plastic Ono Band guitarist Sean Lennon—the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono—and Beck both sat in with Wilco for covers of The Beatles’ “Yer Blues” and “Tomorrow Never Knows.” Manning and Cibo Matto joined in on the latter number.

Bob Dylan’s set remained guest-free. However, for the second night in a row, Charlie Sexton played lead guitar with his band. Dylan’s lead guitar spot has remained in flux for much of the AmericanaramA tour. The outing continues in Camden, NJ this evening.

Here’s a look at last night’s setlists via the Wilco forum Via Chicago


Lazy Flies
Guess I’m Doing Fine
Now That Your Dollar Bills Have Sprouted Wings [Song Reader]
Just Noise [Song Reader]
Don’t Act Like Your Heart Isn’t Hard [Song Reader]
Sissyneck (w/Bang A Gong (Get It On) and Billie Jean interludes)
The Golden Age
It’s All In Your Mind
Dead Melodies
Country Time (instrumental; w/Richard Bowden on fiddle)
Fourteen Rivers Fourteen Floods
One Foot in the Grave (Beck solo harmonica)
Modern Guilt
Gamma Ray
Lost Cause
Already Dead
Sleepless Nights [Everly Brothers]
Where It’s At


Born Alone
Sunken Treasure (Jeff on acoustic, no harmonica; Pat on keyboard)
Muzzle Of Bees
Hesitating Beauty
Impossible Germany
Art Of Almost
War On War
Dawned On Me
A Shot in the Arm
I Am The Cosmos [Chris Bell] (w/Beck on lead vocals and Roger Manning on backing vocals)
California Stars (w/Beck on acoustic guitar, harmonica and backing vocals)
Loser [Beck] (w/Beck on lead vocals and Cibo Matto and Roger Manning on backing vocals)
Yer Blues [The Beatles] (w/Sean Lennon on electric guitar and lead vocals and Beck on harmonica)
Tomorrow Never Knows [The Beatles] (w/Sean Lennon on acoustic guitar and backing vocals, Beck on tambourine and backing vocals, Cibo Matto on tambourine and Roger Manning on backing vocals)

Bob Dylan

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
Beyond Here Lies Nothin’
A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
Blind Willie McTell
Simple Twist Of Fate
Summer Days
All Along The Watchtower
Ballad of a Thin Man

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