I had been feeling somewhat strange about this gig, my last chance to see Wilco Johnson while also wrestling with my guilt at why I hadn’t seen him live for more than 20 plus years ,a bit like an old friend you had lost touch with but sadly this really was a farewell tour.
I needn’t have worried, arriving somewhat late to the KoKo the place was packed, all waiting in anticipation of the great man, and how would he be? Would he talk about it? No, as this is a man of dignity and for once an artist who really gave the crowd what they wanted.
Each move was greeted by a roar and within seconds you soon forgot that the man who shaped your musical tastes won’t be around much longer, tonight was a night to forget and celebrate someone who influenced so many past and I’m sure future generations. I truly believe him when I think of his quote “I have never felt more alive”.
Ripping through the set of R n B and Dr. Feelgood classics, darting round the stage like a man 40 years his younger, the faithful were enthralled with all his trademarks, machine gun guitar, zig zagging across the stage, wonderful stuff.
Thanks Wilco for the memories you will live on forever, our evening was cut short of the full encore for the pending chaos at Waterloo station, home to deepest Hampshire eventually at 01:30 but so pleased we could say thanks, god bless you sir.