Monday, February 4, 2008

Golden Smog Perform in Front of 20,000 at Obama Rally in Minneapolis

A sold-out crowd of 20,000 (an estimated 5,000 didn’t get in) were on hand Saturday for the "Stand for Change" Presidential Campaign rally for Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois) at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. Those 20,000 people were treated to an unexpected performance by Twin Cities' supergroup, Golden Smog.

Gary Louris and Jeff Tweedy warm up the Obama crowd

Golden Smog is a supergroup, who’s primary members are Gary Louris and Marc Perlman (Jayhawks), Dan Murphy (Soul Asylum), Craig Jarret Johnson (Run Westy Run, Jayhawks, Iffy, etc.), and Jeff Tweedy (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo). Sitting in on drums in place of Jody Stephens (Big Star) was Greg Wieczorek from Joseph Arthur's band.

Due to a busy schedule with Wilco and other side projects, it was Tweedy’s first performance with the band in a few years. However, it wasn’t the first time Tweedy has played an event with the Presidential hopeful. Tweedy and Wilco have performed a number of times at Obama events and the Illinois Senator introduced Wilco at the 2005 Farm Aid Concert.


Looking Forward To Seeing You
Glad and Sorry (The Faces)
To Call My Own

Love & Mercy (Brian Wilson)
Beautiful Mind
Until You Came Along

Not played due to time constraints.

I Can't Keep From Talking

Easy to be Hard
What's So Funny 'bout Peace, Love and Understanding (Elvis Costello)*
Revolution Blues (Neil Young)

*Performed at soundcheck

Here’s a couple photos from the event, courtesy of Baby, You Got a Stew Goin' blog


pmaloney said...

did you attend?

Mark S said...


thought about it, but it sold out (all the tickets were given away) by Thursday.