Weezer Show – October 2, 2008

Last night I went to see Weezer play at the All State Arena in Rosemont.

Tokyo Police Club started the night off. I am already a fan of them so hearing them live was great. They put on a really good show and sounded great. They played a lot of songs off of A Lesson in Crime, which is the album of theirs that I have. So that was cool. It made me want to pick up their newest album Elephant Shell, which I probably will do today. Their show was energetic and fun. There was one point in the night where the keyboardist’s thing fell off its stand and he was playing another one next to it and holding that one up with his leg. It was pretty sweet.

After TKP was finished Angels & Airwaves came out. I thought they sounded a lot like Blink 182, and that the lead singer looked like he was a douche. He kept holding his arms out like he was jesus, reaching his hands out to the crowd, and doing all sorts of stupid stuff like walking in slow motion across the stage. I got the “I am a big douchebag” from his stage antics. I would find out later that the singer was indeed Tom DeLonge from Blink 182 and that rumors are he is a douche.

Finally Weezer took the stage. They were decked out in white jumpsuits and Rivers was still sporting his mustache. They started off with My name is Jonas, which Rivers ended in spanish (“Me llamo Jonas”) which was funny. They played Suzanne, and then Say it ain’t So next. Both songs were awesome. They they took off the white jump suits to reveal red track suits with “Weezer” written in white on the back. I dont really remember the order of the songs after this but they also played Dreamin’, El Scorcho, Dope Nose, Hash Pipe, Pink Triangle, King, Automatic, Troublemaker, Greatest Man that Ever Lived, Whats the Story Morning Glory (Oasis cover), and Undone (where the Blink 182 guy came out and sang the first verse).

I’m not sure if I missed any but I’ll update it later if I did. After the main set they went off stage, came back and played Island in the Sun, and Beverly Hills with a big group of weezer fans they had gotten a local radio station to scrounge  up and bring their instruments. It was pretty awesome. They left the stage again and there was a spotlight in the middle of the stage. A roadie brought out a red record player with the weezer W on the inside of the lid and put on a red album vinyl playing Heart Songs. Right where it was getting to the part about Rivers discovering Nirvana and wanting to make music he ran out and kicked it and then they played Sliver (Nirvana cover). After that they closed it up with Buddy Holly and the big LED screen behind them switched to the Weezer W. It was an awesome show.

Weezer (Red Album) Review

Weezer is a band that experienced great success early on in their careers and have been trying to get back to those lofty heights but failing to meet fan expectations with each subsecquent album. With their newest, the Self titled Red Album may be a line in the sand. For me this album is the best thing they’ve put out since 1996’s Pinkerton.

The album bursts out of the gates with everything from “Troublemaker” to “Dreamin'” being pretty good with highlights like “Greatest Man” and “Pig”. The album then takes a turn with “Thought I Knew”. “Automatic” the best of the band sung tracks begins the acent and the album finishes pretty strong.

If they got rid of all the songs fronted by other members of the band I would have given this album a B, but each time one comes up it feels like my ipod is revolting against me and forcing me to listen to some other band before returning to the weezer tunes.

Drawing – Rivers Cuomo

Rivers Cuomo - Sketch

In honor of Weezer’s red album coming out I decided to draw a picture of Rivers on the train the other day. Last night I hooked up my scanner and started inking. Looking at the picture on my work monitor, I am gonna need to recalibrate at home to make it more warm looking. I’ll probably edit this post as I get more and more close to being done with it.

All of the images can be clicked to see full sized ones.

Updated on June 01, 2008

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I like that a song from Weezer’s upcoming album made it onto the Gran Turismo 5 Prologue soundtrack. “Automatic”, in my opinion is a really catchy, awesome, pop song and its cool to hear the band experimenting with other band members singing (though Rivers’ vocals are always my favorite). I don’t even mind that its a remixed version.

The upcoming “Red” album hits shelves on June 17th. Be there. Oh, and there is another song “Pork n’ Beans” on their official website. Also pretty damn good in my opinion.