Wilco Adds 3rd New York Date After 20th Anniversary Shows Sell Out

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Chicago Indie-rock vets Wilco will now be playing for three days straight at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York after the first two installments of their special 20th Anniversary Tour sold out.

Wilco is perhaps most known for their seminal album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot - which was recently rated as one of the top 500 albums of all time by Rolling Stone - and the controversy surrounding its release.

Back in 2001, Wilco's parent label at the time, Warner Music Group, had just undergone a merger with America Online and was forced to reign in costs.

After the restructuring, Warner actually assigned an agent to monitor Wilco's commercial viability and to offer suggestions in the studio.

The band rejected these suggestions and was asked to leave the label, who allowed them to take Yankee Hotel Foxtrot's master recordings as a condition of the contract's termination.

Without a label but still holding the rights to the album, Wilco streamed Yankee Hotel Foxtrot in its entirety online (in 2001!) and it became massively successful (by alt-country/indie standards). In a lot of ways, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot became this iconic insurrection against the commercial preoccupation of major labels; a precursor to how out-of-touch the really were that would be proved later on by iTunes and a staggering drop-off in album sales around the world.

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips told Greg Kot, author of Wilco: Learning How to Die, "We are benefitting from the label's regret over Wilco. We are living in the golden age of that being such a public mistake."

Wilco's latest album The Whole Love was self-released on September 27, 2011. The band has announced plans to release a best-of and rarities compilation to coincide with their 20th anniversary. Full details are yet to come. ?

Tour Dates:

09-03 Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion
09-04 Akron, OH - Akron Civic Theatre
09-06 Arrington, VA - Lockn' Festival
09-07 Arrington, VA - Lockn' Festival
10-21 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
10-22 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
10-23 Knoxville, TN - Tennessee Theatre
10-25 Raleigh, NC - North Carolina Museum of Art
10-28 Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theatre
10-29 Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theatre
10-30 Port Chester, NY - Capital Theatre