2004 was a crucial, transitional year for Wilco.
Jeff Tweedy was rushed to rehab in April after suffering from painkiller addiction and the band's fifth album, A Ghost Is Born, was hastily put on hold. Produced by Sonic Youth's Jim O'Rourke and finally given a release in June, the album provided the excuse for Tweedy to get back on the road. More recently, an expanded version of A Ghost Is Born, featuring live and unreleased tracks, was released in March 2005.
Uncut spoke to Wilco's John Stirratt and Glenn Kotche during that same month, while they were on tour in London. On the agenda: Tweedy's troubles, the notorious Wilco documentary I Am Trying To Break Your Heart (see below), music downloads, festival plans and what the future holds for Wilco, both as a band and in their individual careers.
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7. Your live show is often quite a lavish affair with various pieces of equipment on stage. Summer festivals require people to cut back to the bare essentials, are you planning to play any this summer?