Tweedy: The first time we played the Sasquatch festival [in 2005]. We went on after Arcade Fire, who were just becoming huge at the time. And they are so anthemic. And they're climbing on the scaffolding and they're out in the audience beating drums. It was berserk. It was like having your ass handed to you by, like, Cirque du Soleil. Then we went out and all our microphone lines had been patched in backwards. So there was high-hat coming through my vocal monitor and nothing else. Or keyboard blaring out of the drum monitor. You couldn't make things worse for a band onstage than that. What do you do? Do you stop? It was terrible. But I have met people who say, "I saw you at Sasquatch and it was great." OK, you must be deaf, I'm assuming.
This was one of the rare Sasquatch! fests I missed. Anyone remember it? It was a bummer that Wilco went on last this year, and was sparsely attended. I know I'm not alone in wishing they'd swapped slots with Modest Mouse, who closed out the previous night.