Wilson: THANK YOU, GOOD NIGHT. LIVE
This is the perfect time of year for reflecting back on good times and at the end of 2019 Wilson provided a hot, sweat filled night of Detroit hard edged rock. Although I missed much of the set at The Crofoot as I had been working the Trans-Siberian Orchestra show, I did catch the end of that show and the slightly more private event upstairs in the Pike Room.
Listening back to this live album I was filled with memories of all the things that made Wilson specifically and concerts in general so much fun. Passion, smiles, friends, bouncing up and down, yelling so the person 6 inches away knows how much you love a song or a moment. And when the night was through that knowing warm feeling of “yep, that was so worth it” that sits in your mind for days.
THANK YOU, GOOD NIGHT. LIVE captures the show in all its glory and gives a taste to all those fans who could not attend. The energy, the attitude, the fu#$%ry, and even the heartbreak are all visceral in this collection of 10 songs from the band’s last ever performance.
Highlights include “Like a Baller”, “Windows Down”, “Give ‘Em Hell” and “The Flood”.
THANK YOU, GOOD NIGHT. LIVE will be available on January 29, 2021, with pre-orders beginning January 15. The song “Dumptruck” is now available as the first release from the album. - Steve Black
Photo by: Mirak Habbiyyieh
Official Press Release:
Knowing it was ambiguous if the band would continue after 2019, WILSON decided to play one last very special show in their hometown of Detroit, Michigan as a thank you to all of their longtime fans and supporters. Having all of the rooms at The Crofoot Ballroom in nearby Pontiac, MI at their disposal, the band held a pre-party for a limited number of fans in the Pike Room as well as a silent auction of WILSON lifeline items like backdrops, music video props and costumes, stage props, and even Chad’s beard which he had shaved off in 2016. All proceeds went to the charities Lighthouse Of Oakland County and MusiCares.
The sold-out 1,200 capacity venue saw people attending from all over the US, as well as hosting fans from Sweden, Germany and the UK who dared not miss this once-in-a-lifetime event. For the band, the show was extremely emotional with the energy and anxiety going through the roof. With family, friends and fans new and old in attendance, the band roared through 19 songs from 2015’s RIGHT TO RISE and 2018’s TASTY NASTY albums, of which the band have curated their 10 favorites for this collection.
The room was loud with WILSON’s manic performance and approving roars from the audience. It had that ripe, but sweet smell that only a hall full of sweaty humans and a floor soaked with years of stale beer can create. “The emotion dripped from all of our eyes,” says lead singer Chad Nicefield. (Though that could’ve also come from the smell.) They’ve captured all of that with this release, defining their legacy and cementing their place in the annals of Detroit Rock City history.
“I had the show recorded at the time for the purpose of us to listen back to it and hold that moment in our hands and minds forever,” says Nicefield. “I don’t think any of us had even thought about releasing a live record at that time. It wasn’t until our friend Josh Sobeck (one of our favorite live Sound Engineers) randomly sent me a mix of ‘Dumptruck’ he had put together that we imagined showing this moment to anyone else. Thankfully he did, though! One listen to that track and it was clear as could be...the fans deserve to own this moment with us. So, cheers to you all, the REAL Masters Of Ceremony! This one goes out to the house that Fu$%*ry built! See you all again one day, maybe?”