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Wilco: 4.00 - 5.00pm: soundcheck/5.00 - 6.00pm: local press/6.00 - 6.05pm: cigarette break

Johnny Black, MOJO, July 1999

IT'S DARK IN an alley just off Hamburg's notorious Reeperbahn, a faint neon glow filters in from the street to reveal a gaggle of noisy Americans huddled together amid rubble and masonry that has fallen from a crumbling brick wall. There's a sudden blinding flash.

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