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