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Weezer at Firefly Music Festival 2014

By Will Oliver, July 7th 2014 — with 1 comment

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Weezer, who have a new album titled Everything Will Be Alright In The End on the way, played a midday set at Firefly that was oddly non-headlining and only an hour long. This was a questionable move on the festival’s part in my opinion, especially considering the amazing reception that the band got through their set.

The group didn’t screw around at all, delivering a greatest hits set that was everything a Weezer fan could have wanted. No new songs were played, but it was almost preferable when you get to hear songs like “My Name Is Jonas””, “Island In The Sun”, and “Say It Ain’t So.” The crowd went old school with Weezer, holding up the trademark W sign with their hands and producing a mass production of crowd-surfers. I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed so many crowd-surfers at once. The peak came during “Pork and Beans”, where I simply lost count.

After “Photograph” they worked in a cover of Blur’s “Song 2″ with Rivers on drums and drummer Pat Wilson handling vocal and guitar duties. This shift was reversed for the two song encore that featured what else but “Undone (The Sweater Song)” and “Buddy Holly.”

Weezer put on the best (and most fun) set of the entire weekend, something of an achievement, considering that they were penciled in mid-day. They deserved a late night slot where they could have played a few more songs, but hey, I can’t complain. Say what you want about their latest recorded output, but man, do they still got it live.
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Weezer Announce New Album ‘Everything Will Be Alright In The End’

By Will Oliver, June 25th 2014 — with 1 comment

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Weezer have announced that their new album is titled Everything Will Be Alright In The End. They made the announcement via a teaser video that they shared on their tumblr.

No release date has been annoucned yet, but it will be released on Republic, the band’s first for the label. Cars frontman Ric Ocasek produced the album.

I just saw the band at Firefly, and although they didn’t play any new songs, they played my favorite set of the festival. They still got it, and part of me is hoping that they finally put out the album that we all know that they have in them. We shall see.

Until then, check out the teaser video below. It’s the 9th in the series. Find all the rest on their youtube channel.
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Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo Made A Japanese Album

By Will Oliver, May 9th 2013

Don’t get me started on Weezer. Who knows what to say about them anymore.

Rivers Cuomo seems to be doing just fine. He has a new side-project with Scott Murphy, formerly of the band Allister. They’re releasing an album called Scott & Rivers that is almost sung entirely in Japanese.

They released a video for first single “Homely Girl”, which is sung in both English and Japanese, and to be honest, it’s easily better than most of what Weezer has put out in the last decade.

Scott & Rivers is out now via Delicious Deli and Universal Music Japan.

Weezer @ Borgata Event Center (June 1, 2012)

By Will Oliver, June 4th 2012

Sleeper Agent opened and did the opposite of put me to sleep. They were lively and entertaining. They had plenty of big riff and a lovely lead singer in Alex Kandel who kept the crowd into their performance. I had no idea who they were coming in to the show, but I left eager to look them up.

What do I possibly need to say about Weezer? They were amazing when I saw them perform Pinkerton on the Memories tour, but they didn’t play much of the blue album as a result. This show fixed that, as the band literally tour through all of their greatest hits, mostly sticking to their roots with The Blue Album. They hardly even touched their newer material, which says it all. The crowd sang back every single lyric from the opening licks of “Tired Of Sex” & “My Name Is Jonas”, to the powerful encore closer, “Say It Aint So”.

Weezer have still got it live, and they know what the crowd wants to hear, and deliver beyond expectations.

A few more photos can be found below.
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Foster The People – Say It Ain’t So (Weezer Cover)

By Will Oliver, August 12th 2011 — with 1 comment

Last night while opening for Cut Copy at Prospect Park (read my recap here), Foster The People delivered a very solid opening set that made me an even bigger of the hot rising band. If you’ve been paying attention, you saw that Weezer covered Fosters’ smash hit “Pumped Up Kicks” at a Weezer concert a few days ago.

Late in their set last night, Mark Foster, lead singer of Foster The People told the crowd about a time a few years ago when he met Rivers Cuomo from Weezer at a L.A. party and played a song for Rivers on an acoustic guitar. Foster then told us how honored he was that Weezer covered their song. He responded the only way they could. By covering Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So”. It was Mark’s way of returning the favor. The band hit it out of the park. They should be proud of their cover, it’s all kinds of awesome.

Take home an mp3 while you’re at it:

[mp3]: Foster The People – Say It Ain’t So (Weezer Cover)

Weezer Cover The State Farm Theme

By Will Oliver, February 13th 2011 — with 1 comment

Weezer covered the State Farm Theme song for whatever reason. I don’t think this is going to help their case with any of their fans or critics. I don’t know why or how this happened.

Hmm…

Whatever.

Weezer Played Pinkerton @ Roseland Ballroom (12/18/2010)

By Will Oliver, December 19th 2010 — with 2 comments

Asking a Weezer fan to choose the Blue Album or Pinkerton as their favorite album is like asking a mother to choose a favorite child. It’s just unfair. It’s always been a tough call for me, but Pinkerton has grown an incredible amount since I was a little boy. After seeing the band perform the album from top to bottom, I can assure you, it’s Pinkerton. It’s probably always been Pinkerton, but tonight sealed the deal.

Free Energy opened the show. It’s gotta be tough opening for an established act like Weezer. This show had to be tough, considering that everyone was waiting to hear a classic like Pinkerton. That’s a tough crowd. Free Energy have a sound that is built for big stages, and they delivered. It was my 5th time seeing them this year, and it was just as refreshing as the first time.

Weezer were one of the first bands I truly fell in love with. They have been that one band I still had to see (along with The Strokes), and I felt like the day would never come. Once I saw the big bright W light up the stage, I knew that it was a reality. They kicked things off with “Memories” and slowly worked their way backwards in time, playing a cut from each album. “Pork & Beans” and “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived” really came to life live, energizing a crowd that hardly needed a boost. They dipped into (the underrated) “Perfect Situation” before hitting on “Dope Noise” and the always classic “Hash Pipe”.

The band rewarded the die hard fans with three b-sides: “You Gave Your Love to Me Softly”, “Susanne”, and “Jamie”. The only Blue Album cut was “Only In Dreams”. It was an absolute delight to hear it live, but I couldn’t wonder why they couldn’t throw in other Blue Album cuts like, “The World Has Turned And Left Me Here” or “Say It Ain’t So”. I don’t think I’m alone on that.

When it came time for Pinkerton to be played in full, the crowd was antsy with anticipation. All of that waiting paid off when the all too familiar sounds of “Tired Of Sex” kicked the crowd into a frenzy. “Getchoo” grooved with ease. “Why Bother?” got some fans to mosh and crowd surf, ultimately recreating the 90′s scene that the song once thrived in. I almost lost my voice during “Across The Sea”, but wisely saved it for the big punch. The big three combo of “The Good Life”, “El Scorcho”, and “Pink Triangle” is just unfair. It’s an assault of just pure greatness. All three songs were immensely fun to hear live, something I will never forget. Things came to a close with a stripped down version of “Butterfly” that was a perfect way to calm the pink storm.

It’s mind boggling to think that Rolling Stone once called this one of the worst albums of 1996. It really doesn’t get much better than Pinkerton. The band was on point, effortlessly recreating the emotions that were invested in these songs. I feel lucky to have heard Pinkerton in it’s entirety live. Say what you want about Weezer’s recent output, but they absolutely bring it live. This was a show for the ages, and a memory that I will pass on to my children, and theirs.

=W=

Setlist & Some Videos, after the jump:
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