Photos: Jay Bennett In-Store, May 2002

Jay Bennett - May 11, 2002

Seven years ago, on the afternoon of May 11, 2002, Jay Bennett and Edward Burch were doing an in-store performance at Laurie’s Planet of Sound in Chicago to promote their newly released album, The Palace at 4am. GLONO was there and we managed to capture a bunch of crappy, grainy photos. Without a trace of bitterness, Bennett joked about how the guitar he was playing at the moment was the very one pictured on the cover of a famous double album by a different band.

Afterwards, we asked him and Burch to sign a copy of their new CD for a giveaway we were hosting on the site. He graciously stuck a Glorious Noise sticker on one of his roadcases. We chatted for a while and eventually arranged the interview that led to our track-by-track listing of all of his contributions to Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, which Wilco and its management were downplaying at the time. We didn’t think Bennett was getting a fair shake in the press and we wanted to let him share his side of the story.

Here are some of the photos we took that day.


Jay Bennett - May 11, 2002

Jay Bennett - May 11, 2002

Jay Bennett - May 11, 2002

Jay Bennett - May 11, 2002

Jay Bennett - May 11, 2002

Jay Bennett - May 11, 2002

Jay Bennett - May 11, 2002

Jay Bennett - May 11, 2002

We’re going to miss that crazy old mad professor. The world is a lousier place without him.

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MP3: Jay Bennett – “Replace You” from The Magnificent Defeat (Rykodisc, 2006).

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4 thoughts on “Photos: Jay Bennett In-Store, May 2002”

  1. I give Bennett and Burch credit for my current job at Laurie’s Planet of Sound. I went to buy Palace 1919 there. It was the only store in the city selling it, and they had just put a help wanted sign up.

    I was also at the in-store.

  2. I beg to differ on Jay’s comment that the guitar he is using at the Laurie’s in-store is the guitar from the Being There cover. I know the Being There guitar well, as it is now my guitar. In these photos, Jay has some sort of mid-1960s Gibson (I can’t quite tell the model). The Being There guitar is a 1963 Epiphone Texan. His momentary lapse is excusable, as the 1960s Epiphones were manufactured by Gibson, and the Texan resembles the guitar in his hands.

    I miss that 1968 J-200 of his that I was playing that day. But way more than that, I miss Jay.

  3. I was there that day! I may even have a dusty cassette recording of the show laying around in a box somewhere. Kay brought great joy into many of our lives.

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