Would you believe this was my first time seeing Weezer live? Considering how long they’ve been around, I really shouldn’t have stayed away this long.
“The last time we played here was in 1994; we opened for Material Issue,” Rivers Cuomo said at one point during the unique show. “We were unsure of the future. Now, 20 years later, we’re finally headlining.”
Weezer could be headlining a much larger venue, but this tour, available only to fan club members, was different. The show consisted of two sets. The first was a nine-song acoustic set through a few hits and deeper cuts that was performed with the lights on. It was a simple affair with all four band members at the front of the stage. Then, Weezer performed its new album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End, in order, and that came with all the bombast, lights and confetti that’s so extremely unusual for the small concert hall.
They even invited Thao Nguyen, from San Francisco favorites Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, to sing on one of the songs.The new album performance was a bit uneven (some songs are clearly better than others), and I would have loved to hear a couple more of the hits in an electric setting. But otherwise, it was a fun performance for the fans that preferred to see something out of the ordinary.
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