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:
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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