For a great interview with Nels and Jeff Tweedy and 19 pictures by Justin Borucki shot last September at the Wang Center in Boston, visit Guitarworld.
Here’s an excerpt from Nels: “I feel like my role is to play what the song wants. I came into Wilco to try to fit into an orchestral vision of a band, not to be a hot soloist or anything like that. When I’m asked to solo it’s sometimes a challenge for me to play a 10- or 20-second pop-song thing, because I tend to like to wind things out for a long time; I’m more comfortable with the long form, shall we say. [laughs] But in general I’m just trying to play something that makes the song sound beautiful or recognizable or powerful, or whatever these things might be.
Sometimes that involves adding things like looping and distortion and other elements that are maybe newer aspects of the Wilco sound. But that’s certainly not an attempt on my part to change the sound of the band at all. Those things come naturally to me, and everybody has seemed to embrace them in their own way.”