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Wilco Up for ‘Honorary Citizen’ Distinction


Jeff Tweedy wants to be honored by the city of Madison, Wis. Last Saturday, the Wilco frontman made his feelings known during a performance at the locale’s Overture Center.

“Last night, the mayor of Duluth made us an honorary Duluth band,” Tweedy told the audience, after receiving the distinction from that Minnesota community. “And we’ve only played there twice. How many times have we played Madison? A lot. No key to the city, no certificate, nothing.”

Now it looks as if the Wilco frontman just may get his wish. The city has since hustled to try and make it happen. Not to be outdone by Duluth, Madison’s Alder Satya Rhodes-Conway and Mayor Dave Cieslewicz promptly penned the “Wilco honorary-citizen proposition” and introduced it at Tuesday night’s city council meeting.

According to local paper the Cap Times, the proposal, which cites Wilco’s 13 visits to Madison since 1995, will be brought back for a vote on March 2.