in Uncategorized


Last saturday I witnessed something very special for any Weezer fan with a true blast from the past. Honestly I think it would of been a treat for any Weezer fan, even those who may have grown cynical after Weezer started recording songs like ugh… “Beverly Hills”. How could one show satisfy all walks of Weezer fan? By playing The Blue Album and Pinkerton back to back in their entirety.

Earlier I mentioned Weezer fans that had grown cynical and even I must admit to being one of those few from time to time. I feel like it used to be cool to like Weezer but now I often feel embarrassed to admit to liking them. Maybe it’s because they’ve gone somewhat cheesy or mainstream (collaborations with ‘Lil Wayne and All American Rejects don’t help), or maybe they’ve just been around too long. Anyway you look at it I don’t think there’s any denying that Weezer’s first two albums contain their best work and some of the best alternative rock of the 90s and that’s what made this night so special. In a way it was like cheap travel and probably somewhat nostalgic for some, I was kind of young back then so I can’t really speak of any nostalgia. I don’t have too much to say about the show but I’ll leave a few comments about what I liked and didn’t and everything in between

Opening Act: The Thermals

After waiting in line for a little over a half an hour the doors opened at about 7:10 and at 8:00 the show began. Going in I didn’t even know there was an opening act, at least I couldn’t find any info about it before the show. Despite being around for almost ten years I’d never heard of the The Thermals, suppose that’s why they were still an opening band. This Pop/Punk trio hailing from Portland gave an energetic performance that was fortunately quick to the point. They kind of reminded me of like an indie rock Green Day which was fun, though I will admit to spacing out in the middle of their set. Though they didn’t drag anything out and seemed fairly grateful to be there so I’ll give em a big sweaty thumbs up, good job.

Weezer: The Blue Album

FInally at around nine, Weezer took the stage to a crowd of anxious fans doing the Weezer hand logo and tore right into “My Name is Jonas”. Right away I was glad to see Patrick Wilson playing drums as I know he’s mostly switched to guitar these days and guess what? He played drums for every single song in both sets, awesome? The arrangements of the songs kept fairly close to the album but with a little less keyboard and no acoustic guitar (until “Butterfly” in the second set.) Rivers Cuomo kept to singing the numbers fairly straightforward, only occasionally pointing to the audience of making Brian Bell sing a part just cause. Though what was really strange was Rivers lack of communication with the audience. Usually he seems to be a pretty interactive and energetic performer but this night it was all business. Maybe he just didn’t feel like it, or maybe he did it for the older Weezer fans who hate what Weezer has become and just came to hear the music? Either way it wasn’t a big deal and highlights from the first half of the show were definitely “In the Garage” and “Holiday.”


After finishing a solid rendition of The Blue Album, Weezer left the stage to let long time Weezer archivist/roadie/unofficial fifth member of the band Karl Koch do a slideshow about the early years of Weezer. Karl really made up for the lack of intimacy Rivers had shown towards the audience and gave everyone a few good chuckles. Some of the best parts of the slideshow were early reviews talking about how bad Weezer was, they’re good sports, I enjoyed this segment verily.

Weezer: Pinkerton

Ah, this is what I was really psyched for and I think Pinkerton may have actually overshadowed The Blue Album. Though it definitely doesn’t have the hits that Blue has, on stage it just rocked so hard. The riffs were crunchy the melodies and backup vocals tight and I felt very fortunate to see these songs that don’t see the light of day to often anymore. Really it was all great but my favorite moments were probably; “The Good Life” (My favorite Weezer song), “El Scorcho” and “Why Bother”. The only downer to this whole show was the lack of an encore. I guess twenty songs is a lot but for Weezer to leave the stage after “Butterfly only to come back and play “Blast Off” was very strange. For those who don’t know “Blast Off” was a Weezer rarity that was eventually included on River’s demo solo album and was actually played live for the first time at this show. I felt honored to be a part of that group but it does seem weird to go to a Weezer show without seeing “Island in the Sun” or “Hash Pipe”. This show really was the closest thing to actually traveling back in time.


  1. All I can point out is, I’m not sure what to express! Except obviously, for the excellent tips that are shared with this blog. I can think of a trillion fun strategies to read the articles or blog posts on this site. I think I will eventually take a step using your tips on those things I could not have been able to address alone. You are so considerate to permit me to be one of those to profit from your useful information. Please see how considerably I am thankful.

  2. It was something of great pleasure locating your site a short while ago. I came here now hoping to find out new things. I was not upset. Your ideas upon new tactics on this topic were informative and a good help to myself. Thank you for making time to create these things as well as sharing your thinking.

  3. It is really rare to encounter a professional in whom you may have some faith. In the world these days, nobody actually cares about showing others the solution in this subjecttopic. How fortuitous I am to have actually found a real wonderful web page as this. It truly is people like you that make a real difference currently through the strategies they share.

  4. I merely wanted to inform you how much I actually appreciate anything you’ve contributed to help improve the lives of folks in this subject material. Through your own articles, we’ve gone from just a beginner to a professional in the area. It’s truly a tribute to your efforts. Thanks

  5. I won’t be able to thank you enough for the posts on your web page. I know you put a lot of time and effort into all of them and truly hope you know how deeply I appreciate it. I hope I’ll do a similar thing for another man or woman at some time.

  6. The recommendations you discussed here are incredibly valuable. It had been such an entertaining surprise to have that awaiting me after i woke up this very day. They are constantly to the point plus easy to learn. Thanks a lot for the thoughtful ideas you’ve got shared above.

  7. It was a real pleasure discovering your site recently. I got here right now hoping to find out interesting things. I was not upset. Your ideas in new strategies on this subject matter were useful and an excellent help to me and my spouse. Thank you for having time to write out these things along with sharing your notions.

  8. I couldn’t have asked for a better blog. You’re always at hand to give excellent guidance, going on to the point for quick understanding of your visitors. You’re really a terrific expert in this subject. Thank you for currently being there for humans like me.

  9. The recommendations you shared here are incredibly useful. It had been such an exciting surprise to see that waiting for me when I woke up today. They are generally to the point as well as simple to grasp. Warm regards for the clever ideas you’ve shared above.

  10. I can not thank you more than enough for the content on your web site. I know you placed a lot of time and effort into all of them and truly hope you know how deeply I enjoy it. I hope I’m able to do exactly the same for another individual at some point.

  11. It’s rare to discover a professional in whom you may have some faith. In the world of today, nobody genuinely cares about showing others the way out in this subjecttopic. How lucky I am to have actually found a wonderful site as this. It is really people like you that make a true difference currently through the suggestions they reveal.

Comments are closed.