Not one to let Cridersville, Ohio one-up them by borrowing Dee Snider’s name for a day, St. Louis, Missouri declared August 29th to be Jeff Tweedy Day, in honor of the Wilco frontman. According to Spinner, Mayor Francis G. Slay made the proclamation in conjunction with Tweedy’s solo performance at the city’s Loufest that afternoon.
Tweedy’s chuckled response to the crowd that gathered to see the announcement of Jeff Tweedy Day? “The stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.”
According to Spinner:
“Although the mayor didn’t make the gig, Tweedy told the audience that he was thankful for the honor before performing Wilco classics like ‘Sunken Treasure,’ ‘Via Chicago,’ ‘Casino Queen’ and ‘Misunderstood.’
“When the Wilco frontman told the audience, “I guess none of you have to go to work tomorrow, ’cause traditionally ‘Jeff Tweedy Day’ is a three-day weekend,” he was met with rapturous applause.
“In addition to standards from his songbook, Tweedy delighted hardcore loyalists by performing obscurities like the ‘Chelsea Walls’ rarity ‘When the Roses Bloom Again’ and the Golden Smog track ‘Lost Love.’ He even broke into Uncle Tupelo’s ‘New Madrid,’ a song from the band’s 1993 swan-song album ‘Anodyne.’”
Hey, since we’re playing the tribute/ name-game thing all over the U.S., would it be too much to ask for Everett, Washington to become Peverett, Washington for day, in honor of Dave Peverett? C’mon, he sung for Foghat!
What do you think of Jeff Tweedy day?