I went in search of Chuck Berry and found a Beatles tribute band. After a few Fab Four covers by a band not fronted by a rock and roll legend, I headed to the North stage for Wilco's set. There, I ran into some nice folks from Chicago, who were amazed they could get so close to the stage. Apparently, seeing Wilco at Lollapalooza with 75,000 of your fellow Chicagoans is an entirely different experience—sort of like watching the concert from the next county. So they're were very psyched about the show, and had lots of nice things to say about the Virgin Fest overall. It is, indeed, a well run event.
Wilco opened with "War On War" and a spirited version of "Shot In the Arm," which found guitarist Nels Cline sculpting melodies from shards of feedback. As the sun went down over the grandstand, the band coasted through another hour of material. Singer Jeff Tweedy seemed bemused when an audience clap-a-log fell apart during "Spiders (Kidsmoke)," but the band soldiered on to a rousing conclusion. Then, Tweedy introduced a horn section that provided some additional punch to the last few songs. The folks from Chicago looked pleased.