Madison, Wisconsin City Council Considering Giving Wilco Honorary Citizenship

    As Prefix’s pre-eminent* Madison contributor/resident, it is my great duty to bring you the biggest story of the news cycle of the last 15 minutes that is related to Madison: The city council of my adopted city has announced plans to extend honorary citizenship to the rock band Wilco. The resolution stems from comments made by Jeff Tweedy onstage at this weekend’s sold-out show at the Overture Center, that the night previous, he and his bandmates had been made symbolic residents of Duluth, Minn., by the mayor himself. Since our mayor is more worried about bus drivers making more money than him, he didn’t make it out to the show, to which Tweedy said, “Last night, the mayor of Duluth made us an honorary Duluth band. And we’ve only played there twice. How many times have we played Madison? A lot. No key to the city, no certificate, nothing.”


    Apparently alderman Satya Rhodes-Conway (who, coincidentally enough, is not my alderman) took umbrage with this, and decided to craft a lengthy resolution that names Wilco honorary Madison residents. It’s actually a pretty funny resolution (the first time ever!) so here it is:



    “Title: Declaring the band Wilco and its members Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, Glenn Kotche, Mikael Jorgensen, Nels Cline, and Pat Sansone, honorary citizens of the great City of Madison, Wisconsin.

    Body: WHEREAS, Wilco has visited Madison and played concerts here at least thirteen times since 1995 (including a show at Club DeWash in February of 1995); and,

    WHEREAS, Jeff Tweedy says of Madison: ‘We really like it here’; and,

    WHEREAS, Wisconsinites generally have a love/hate relationship with all things from Illinois but the sold-out show at the Overture Center on February 21, 2010 (sic) had only love for this band from Chicago; and,

    WHEREAS, at least one member of the Common Council attended the show and can attest to its excellence; and,

    WHEREAS, The Isthmus called Wilco ‘America’s shiniest rock object’; and,

    WHEREAS, Duluth, MN may be cool, but we would not want it said that either that fine city or its mayor are cooler than Madison and our mayor (even if Mayor Dave is not sure who Jeff Tweedy is); and,

    WHEREAS, the City of Madison looks forward to many future visits by Wilco; and,

    WHEREAS, It is generally true that late is better than never,

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Common Council and Mayor declare the band Wilco and its members, Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, Glenn Kotche, Mikael Jorgensen, Nels Cline, and Pat Sansone, honorary citizens of the great City of Madison, Wisconsin.”


    The common council plans to vote on this on March 2, and I can’t imagine it not passing. Unless the 300,000 Phish fans that live on the campus of UW have a problem with that. 


    I think the bigger question is how hard Wilco will hit Madison to celebrate. Wilco, here’s a suggestion: Breakfast at Smut & Eggs, followed by a “massage” at the Rising Sun. Or you could get a slice of macaroni pizza at Ian’s, followed by a skate on Tenney Park. You know, depending on how crazy you want to get. [via P4K


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