From 1997 – 2001 HBO produced a show called Reverb which featured live concert footage from a variety of bands ranging from Beck to the Mighty Mighty Bosstones to Oysterhead. One of the first episodes focused on Wilco, who at that point had been together less than three years.
The Reverb cameras were in the house at Irving Plaza on February 15, 1997 where they captured an infamous show in Wilco history. On this night, Wilco – which at that point was made up of Jeff Tweedy, Jay Bennett, John Stirratt, Ken Coomer and Bob Egan – was feeling it as they tore through the best tracks from 1995’s A.M. and 1996’s Being There. Towards the end of the performance, Tweedy brought out a deli tray from the band’s dressing room and the members of Wilco proceeded to throw the cold cuts into the crowd. Of course the audience recipricated and threw the meat back at the band (around the 50 minute mark).
Video of the entire Wilco Reverb episode, including the Deli Tray incident, has surfaced on YouTube. This clip offers a fantastic look at Bennett-Era Wilco…
Intro, Misunderstood, Far Far Away, Interview, Box Full of Letters, Hotel Arizona, New Madrid, Interview, Kingpin, Outtasite (Outtamind), Interview, Casino Queen, Next Week’s Preview, The Deli Tray, We’ve Been Had, Interview