Posted in music | pictures on July 18, 2010

words & photos by Kurt Christensen

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With the last few albums possibly alienating longtime Weezer fans, Rivers Cuomo and company certainly set to make things right with their show at Williamsburg Waterfront Friday night. Rivers was firing on all cylinders as they powered through a set with a wide mix from their catalog, and leaned heavily on the Blue Album, which was welcomed by the packed crowd. However, the only song from Pinkerton was El Scorcho.

Openers AWOLnation started the show around 6:30, with much of the crowd not there yet. (There was some confusion to show start time, since the ticketmaster site said 5:30 doors, but the Weezer website said 7:00). They were followed by Rival Schools. Walter Schreifels, sporting aviator glasses, led the band through several new unreleased songs, and several songs from United By Fate. The newer material definitely had more of a power pop edge to it than the older material.

After Rival Schools, the crowd waited impatiently for Weezer, with the front throwing up W's to the photographers in the pit. After an introduction by Matt Pinfield, Weezer hit the stage playing a brief intro into Hash Pipe. Rivers was all over the place, running around in a Thierry Henry, New York Red Bulls Jersey. He climbed out on the speakers during troublemaker, jumping into the crowd and hugging fans while he sang. A little bit later in the set, Rivers ran to the other side of the stage, and into the beer garden. There he sang in the crowd, and returned to the stage with an emergency exit sign on a pole.

During the encore, they played a medley of Kids by MGMT, followed by Poker Face, during which Rivers donned a long blond wig. The show was closed with Buddy Holly.

The overall sound was good, but not nearly as impressive as the sound during Faith No More's shows two weeks earlier. FNM had a noticeably larger speaker array, and it made a huge difference in projecting sound over the large open space. Regardless, the sound was still very good, and the audience was really into it.

More pictures and the setlist below...

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Weezer setlist
Intro
Hash Pipe
Troublemaker
Undone (The Sweater Song)
Surf Wax America
Trippin' Down the Freeway
Perfect Situation
Dope Nose
Say It Ain't So
Island in the Sun
Brian's Theme
Can't Stop Partying
El Scorcho
My Name is Jonas
Beverly Hills

Encore 1:
Hot for Teacher
Pork and Beans
Kids (MGMT cover)
Poker Face (Lady Gaga cover)

Encore 2
(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To
Buddy Holly

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Comments (26)

wa!! It is GREAT AND FANTASTIC. THANKS FOR YOUR PHOTOS.

Posted by velour tracksuit | July 18, 2010 2:14 AM

Nice to see Uncle Fester & his wife intro Weezer...

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 2:28 AM

i miss punk

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 2:32 AM

the setlist isn't terrible, but yeah, I'll be 'that guy' who says it could've used more pinkerton.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 4:21 AM

My middle school self wishes I had been there.

Posted by RK | July 18, 2010 8:51 AM

Good job "that guy". You are correct.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 9:29 AM

My middle school self wishes Weezer had made some good misic since Pinkerton.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 11:21 AM

yeah, it was a fun show and there was plenty of old stuff, but there definitely should have been more pinkerton. they played at least 2 from every album..except pinkerton. come on weezer!

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 11:52 AM

This band really needs to hang it up - Best show ever you ask? Weezer at the Stone Pony, August 2000.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 11:53 AM

Weezer at Roseland in 96 was their best show I saw...Almost all of Pinkerton and Blue album in one show!

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 12:01 PM

Best thing about the show was River's Thierry Henry jersey. Miami can have LeBron, we get TiTi!

Posted by Duke | July 18, 2010 12:24 PM

Nice to see River's schilling for Red Bull...and that other jackass wearing a kilt for whatever reason. Pure Rawk.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 12:49 PM

looks like it was a lot of fun!

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 1:01 PM

The best Weezer show was in my basement, 1995..They covered Zenyatta Mondatta in its entirety!

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 1:34 PM

12:49 you must not get out much. He wasn't shilling for Red Bull so much as he was celebrating French Football superstar Thierry Henry leaving the Barcelona squad and signing w/the New York Red Bulls Soccer team. This is HUGE news in the soccer/football world and as you can see he is wearing Henry's # 14 Jersey. Do your homework before you begin the bashing!

Posted by Anon | July 18, 2010 1:42 PM

Also, 12:49, if you read the fucking article it explains his jersey, dimwit.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 3:01 PM

they were giving out cans of red bull on the way out (seriously).

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 4:00 PM

They give out cans of Red Bull at events all the time. Rivers is a huge soccer fan.
http://www.weezer.com/represent/

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 4:14 PM

great shots kurt

Posted by chris p | July 18, 2010 5:06 PM

ALLEZ ALLEZ ALLEZ ALLEZ! HENRYYYYYYYYYY! HENRYYYYYYYYYYY!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 5:55 PM

Good show but way too short.

This was my first time at the venue, and if anybody was wondering.......

Security was pretty minimum. Probably could have brought a bazooka in my pants and they would have missed it on the "pat down". Chilled in the beer garden all night since there's no drinking in the floor area (weak). Smoked a bat and a few joints during Weezer, didn't have any problem and didn't even see any security once the show started. Beers were $6 and they had an annoying ticket system, but the lines were pretty short. I would bring a flask next time.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2010 10:44 PM

not an awful setlist...pretty similar to last years at PNC with blink

Posted by Slob | July 19, 2010 1:26 AM

Always love some good BV comment comedy, deliberate or not. 1:49 is all like "Hey 12:49, you don't get out much! Now let me school you on soccer!"

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2010 1:37 AM

Their cover of Kids was actually better than MGMT trying to perform their own song!

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2010 7:59 AM

Gotta say, I'm surprised at all the Weezer apologists on here

Posted by Anonymous | July 19, 2010 9:44 AM

I'm shocked by the lack of Henry/French apologists on here. those frogs cheated a world cup spot from the irish and then totally squandered it like the little ninnies they are. Henry=washed up! get a real jersey rivers!

Posted by The Irish Opression! | July 19, 2010 11:34 AM

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