Tweedy / The Minus 5 @ The Fillmore, 03.18.15


Tweedy, the family band of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy’s son Spencer Tweedy, played two sold-out nights at the Fillmore on. After a St. Patrick’s Day opening night with The Fiery Furnaces’ Eleanor Friedberger opening, Wilco buddies The Minus 5 opened night two on March 18th.

Scott McCaughey’s The Minus 5 collective featured yet another lineup, with drummer Linda Pitmon and bassist Michael Giblin joining McCaughey and REM’s Peter Buck, who’s been the most constant member besides McCaughey.


Jeff Tweedy was back in the Fillmore for approximately the bajillionth time, but these were his first shows with Tweedy, who are supporting their debut record Sukierae. Spencer Tweedy still seems a little tentative on stage, which is understandable given that he’s a teenager playing big venues with his dad who’s in one of the most venerated bands in America. (Speaking of “dads,” while Jeff Tweedy has always been an excellent stage banterer, it wasn’t until I saw him standing next to his son on stage while bantering that I realized how many “dad jokes” Tweedy tells. Still amusing.)

While they played the majority of Sukierae among the 30(!) songs during the evening, the setlist included a healthy does of Wilco covers (it’s almost impossible to see Tweedy play “Heavy Metal Drummer” without thinking of this scene from I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, between Jeff and Spencer Tweedy, which, coincidentally, transitions to Wilco playing the song at the Fillmore), and songs by Golden Smog, John Lennon, Neil Young, and Mavis Staples. They ended, of course, with a cover of the Wilco/Billy Bragg/Woody Guthrie tune “California Stars.”

Check out the full set list, as well as a photos of the Minus 5 and Tweedy…

Tweedy setlist:

  1. Down From Above
  2. Fake Fur Coat
  3. Diamond Light Pt.1
  4. Flowering
  5. Summer Noon
  6. World Away
  7. New Moon
  8. Pigeons
  9. Slow Love
  10. Wait For Love
  11. High As Hello
  12. Love Like a Wire (Diane Izzo cover)
  13. Nobody Dies Anymore
  14. Low Key
  15. Spiders (Kidsmoke) (Wilco cover)
  16. I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (Wilco cover)
  17. Hummingbird (Wilco cover)
  18. You and I (Wilco cover)
  19. We’ve Been Had (Uncle Tupelo cover)
  20. Forget the Flowers (Wilco cover)
  21. Radio King (Golden Smog cover)
  22. Kamera (Wilco cover)
  23. A Shot in the Arm (Wilco cover)
  24. I’m the Man Who Loves You (Wilco cover)
  25. Heavy Metal Drummer (Wilco cover)


  26. Please Don’t Let Me Be So Understood
  27. Only the Lord Knows (Mavis Staples cover)

    Encore 2:

  28. God (John Lennon cover)
  29. The Losing End (Neil Young cover)
  30. California Stars

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