Meridian Star

Meridian 360

March 22, 2006

Previously Unreleased

Wowed by Wilco

People are still talking about last week’s Wilco concert.

It was an incredible performance, a great night for the Temple Theatre and Meridian.

Wilco member and Meridian native Pat Sansone read a heartfelt “love letter” to the Temple before the band’s first encore.

He told the crowd about literally running into Ray Charles backstage when he was a kid and he pointed out where he met Tony Bennett, Roberta Flack and other artists while growing up essentially in the Temple, a shadow who followed his dad, Tony Sansone, through the majestic theatre.

Pat also paid tribute to his father for his many years of work bringing quality entertainment to Meridian through the former Lively Arts Festival and other projects. Pat brought Tony on stage for a big hug and a big round of applause.

Pat was nice enough to share the sentiments he expressed last week during his interview for the Backstage Pass article, “Wilco added to long list of legendary performers to grace Temple stage” that appeared in the March 9 edition of The Meridian Star.

I had one person question my choice of words as far as applying the “legendary” label on Wilco, but I stand by it. Wilco is one of the most powerful, original and substantive groups to have emerged in the last 10 years and I’m sure it’s members can look forward to a long and successful future. In the early 1970s when little Pat Sansone was bumping into the likes of Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin at the Temple most people hadn’t recognized them as legends either. Just you wait.

Wilco’s set list from the Temple show included new music as well as a lot of the songs delivered on the group’s outstanding live album released in November, “Kicking Television: Live in Chicago” including: “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart”; “Spiders (Kidsmoke)”; “Hell Is Chrome”; “Handshake Drugs”; Hummingbird”; “Jesus, Etc.”; “Muzzle of Bees”; “Heavy Metal Drummer”; “Ashes of American Flags”; “I’m The Man Who Loves You”; and “A Shot in The Arm.”

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