As mentioned when our favorite Martin offered his festival advice, SPIN’s dedicated this issue to the big summer shows, taking time to speak with fest vets like Jeff Tweedy and Britt Daniel. But Jeff’s quick Q&A is particularly interesting ’cause after years of being a wild card in interview, turns out he gives some great, no bullshit info when he’s fine and sober.
SPIN: Is there a particular festival that you wish you’d attended?
JEFF TWEEDY: I don’t think I would have wanted to be at Woodstock without a helicopter, but that would have been pretty amazing. To be honest with you — and this isn’t going to be a very popular comment for a magazine doing a huge feature on festivals — I generally wouldn’t go to one of these unless someone was paying me. I don’t mean that to sound crass. I’m just spoiled because, for the last 20 years of my life, I’ve been able to watch bands from the side of the stage.
SPIN: You’ll be playing Bonnaroo with the Police — are all these band
reunions tempting you to re-form Uncle Tupelo?
JT: All I can say is, right now it feels like that would be kind of silly and wouldn’t be very productive musically. And as a music fan, I don’t know how many times it’s happened where I said, “Wow, there’s a lot of great artistic ground that just wasn’t mined yet.” But at the same time, I would never rule it out. And contrary to most people my age, I don’t think I ever liked the Police.
SPIN: What is the one drug you don’t want to be on at an all-day festival?
JT: I don’t know — maybe angel dust? It’s what they embalm cadavers with. Don’t do angel dust. That should be easy to remember.
Tweedy doesn’t like the Police?! Or PCP! Still we love Sky Blue Sky.