Posted in music | pictures on December 20, 2010

photos by Chris La Putt, words by Andrew Sacher

Free Energy

Weezer's opening set on Saturday night, the second of two shows at Roseland Ballroom with Free Energy, was somewhat of a time machine. They played one song from each album (excluding Raditude) in descending order from Memories to Blue Album. It was performed as a typical post-Red Album Weezer set, with Patrick Wilson abandoning his drums for a guitar, bassist Scott Shriner singing lead vocals on "Dope Nose" and Rivers Cuomo frequently choosing to put down his guitar and only sing. There isn't much to say about post-Pinkerton Weezer songs that hasn't been said at this point (although the band was admittedly impressive during "Hash Pipe") but the latter half of Weezer's "time machine" set rewarded the nostalgic Weezer fan with some real gems. This half of the set consisted of Blue/Pinkerton era b-sides including my personal favorite non-album Weezer track, "You Gave Your Love to Me Softly," from the Angus Soundtrack. This was also the first time Weezer performed the beloved "Jamie" since 1996.

After a short intermission, Weezer returned to the stage with Patrick Wilson back on drums, and a timid looking Rivers without his recent trademark tie and glasses hunched over his guitar. Seeing Weezer perform Pinkerton in its entirety was undeniably an incredible experience, but as soon as the band launched into "Tired of Sex" Rivers gave off the vibe that he was actually "tired of Pinkerton." The crowd's participation in every song proved that Pinkerton is still a collection of awe-inspiring tracks with a devoted fanbase, but Weezer seemed to lack the energy they had while performing their more-recent hits. They might just not be that same band anymore. Pinkerton is the album that upon its release was considered career suicide on Weezer's road to rock-stardom, and Weezer are rock stars now. Maybe Pinkerton is just meant be a buried treasure of the past.

One night earlier they performed the "Blue Album." The setlist and pictures from that show are HERE. The setlist and pictures, and a video of the band playing "Jamie", continue below...

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Weezer at Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY, USA
Setlist on December 18, 2010

"Hits" Set
Memories
Pork and Beans
The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn)
Perfect Situation
Dope Nose
Hash Pipe
You Gave Your Love to Me Softly
Susanne
Jamie
Only in Dreams

Pinkerton
Tired of Sex
Getchoo
No Other One
Why Bother?
Across the Sea
The Good Life
El Scorcho
Pink Triangle
Falling for You
Butterfly

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Comments (38)

good writeup andrew... i don't think they're that band anymore either... idiots.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 4:26 PM

Why bother leaving comments on this, can't we just copy and the thread from the earlier Blue review? Everyone's just gonna say the same shit anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 4:29 PM

I didn't know Dave Grohl drummed for Free Energy...

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 4:29 PM

Comments (65)

stop giving these nerds money

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 12:54 PM

Pinkerton night was better in my opinion. Got to hear Jamie and other Blue Album b-sides.

It's funny how Rivers changed his clothes and took off his glasses during "Blue" and "Pinkerton" sets.......he meant all business but he looked like he was enjoying it from where I was standing:)

Posted by Jonny Greenwood is the man | December 20, 2010 12:56 PM

cashgrab much?

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 12:58 PM

Like a good neighbor, state farm is there!

Hopefully, they'll produce Weezer's next record and have the genius idea of putting another fat fuck's face on the front cover.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 12:58 PM

free mehnergy?? weezer is crap

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 12:59 PM

i said lord if i fart within the next 30 seconds i will go. and i did. it was great!

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 1:03 PM

I requested chickpeas (on a small plastic sword) in my martini instead of olives.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 1:04 PM

This show was amazing. I did 2 lines of hummus during Free Mehnergie's set, though.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 1:10 PM

i can't wait till they announce the make believe/raditude shows. man, gonna be so awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 1:10 PM

wow. such insightful comments.

pinkerton's first set was definitely better (Susanne, Jamie, and Greatest Man were all awesome). Both of the album sets were pretty magical. I think the Blue Album had a little bit of a better crowd. People seemed angry at the Pinkerton show. It's Weezer kids. Have fun!

Overall, and I'm sure I'll get comment-hated for this, but these were in my top 10 shows of the year. It was exactly what Weezer live should be. And sooooo much better than that disappointing MSG show a couple years ago.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 1:15 PM

two shit bands in a shit venue. big fun.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 1:16 PM

they played suzanne at MSG two years ago, big effin' deal

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 1:17 PM

If you went to these shows, please understand you are a complete nerd loser and not in the cool nerd outcast loser way you think.
You are just simply a fucking loser with no life.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 1:17 PM

Blech! If people are gonna hate on Citizen's Arrest then I can't wait to see the shitstorm that fucking Weezer will generate. Come on people! On with the hummus comments!

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 1:18 PM

i would just like to say that i was there on saturday and some big man stepped on my foot and it hurt and i didn't want to say anything but it really hurt real bad and i had a hard time enjoying the show because of it, because he stepped on my foot and it hurt.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 1:21 PM

whozer?

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 1:22 PM

Meehzer

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 1:23 PM

Hurley ate everyone on the island because Locke told him to.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 1:35 PM

This is the only way I would see Weezer these days is if I KNEW they were playing Blue.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 1:35 PM

please - play BLUE in Austin - thank you

Posted by TXn | December 20, 2010 1:36 PM

1:35 well you blue it!

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 1:38 PM

cash grab? how is this different than Pavement or GBV? But, no one cares if you're not mainstream enough.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 1:38 PM

yea, ate everyone on the island because Locke told him to

Posted by relaxar | December 20, 2010 1:39 PM

Hurley didn't eat everyone on the island, he became the island's leader.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 1:40 PM

why doesnt rivers play guitar anymore?

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 1:42 PM

why doesnt rivers play guitar anymore?

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 1:42 PM

I distinctly remember the last frame of Lost where they zoom out on Jack...very fast, you can see Hurley about to chomp on his foot...this is assuming he already ate the dog, which he probably did.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 1:45 PM

whost?

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 1:47 PM

Locke said to Hurley, If You're Wondering If I Want You To, I Want You To...then Hurley proceeded to eat. I mean, come on! Where do you think the statue went!

And the bomb...and Juliette. it's all an allusion to Hurley's mouth.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 1:48 PM

$75 a person AND its underwritten by State Farm Insurance. Cashgrab indeed.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 1:48 PM

the greatest mehn that ever lived

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 1:51 PM

wish i was nostalgic for a fake band. but it was only a cashgrab in a posthumous michael jackson release sense

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 1:55 PM

Rivers doesn't play guitar because that clown drummer now plays guitar. Sometimes the other dudes sing too. It seems that even the band is just getting bored with itself.

And this isn't really a true memories tour, where was Matt Sharp???

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 1:58 PM

yesterday's cockroach...

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 2:00 PM

free energy rules

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 2:02 PM

I loved the episode where Hurley made out with Ben, then he ate him (non-sexually, but of course pretentiously).

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 2:03 PM

Ignoring all the normal sand-in-vagina comments......

Both nights were pretty great, but Pinkerton was the better of the two IMO.

The first night Roseland couldn't be bothered to turn the AC on and it was hot as balls. Seemed a lot more crowded as well. It was definitely the douche-bag night. Night 2 was blissfully air-conditioned and had a little more breathing room. The mix was off on the first few songs on both nights, but they seemed to fix it.

The setlist from Pinkerton was a little bit better than night 1 probably. They sounded tight, were into the nostalgia of it (okay and maybe the shitload of $$$ involved) and the slide shows were a nice little touch.

Fuck all the haters, Only In Dreams on night 2 might have been the highlight of the year for me.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 2:03 PM

@ 158, ugh, really? I mean I wouldn't expect matt sharp to show up but atleast play your fucking guitar like you used to.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 2:05 PM

"If you went to these shows, please understand you are a complete nerd loser and not in the cool nerd outcast loser way you think.
You are just simply a fucking loser with no life."

Could it be that anyone went to the show not because they think that they "are" somebody in someone else's estimation, but maybe just to enjoy the music? I guess that wouldn't really be NYC, huh?

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 2:07 PM

If you post insulting comments on message boards, please understand you are a complete nerd loser and not in the cool nerd outcast loser way you think.

You are just simply a fucking loser with no life.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 2:09 PM

Hey Rivers,
Go fuck yourself. I would have considered this if you played 'Blue' & 'Pinkerton' in the same night. Please stop making new records for gods sake.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 2:12 PM

i distinctly remember a time when this was a music blog, i wish they would just block commenting already

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 2:13 PM

lauryn hill tix on sale. she's sold almost as much as weezer so she must be good

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 2:13 PM

can we all talk about the Giants game instead?

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 2:14 PM

Careful people, seems we are hurting the little nerd losers feelings.

"Waaaaaaahhhhhh fuck all the haters. You are the losers for making comments on here. Not Us. These shows were the best of the year. Weezer rocks!"


Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 2:30 PM

@230 sandy vagina?

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 2:39 PM

@2:30 - Weezer stopped rocking after 1996

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 2:42 PM

So people actually payed $150 to go to both nights? Weezer shouldn't be allowed to demand those kind of prices. Outrageous.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 2:50 PM

Careful people, seems we are hurting the big macho music experts feelings.
"Waaaah fuck all the NERDS! They like music I don't, and I read pitchfork everyday! Can you believe they're such NERDS? Jerking off and dying angry and alone rocks!

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 2:51 PM

I thought a sandy vagina was a afro-deezie-yack?

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 2:51 PM

I like turtles.

Posted by jonathan | December 20, 2010 2:55 PM

who was the guy carried out on a strecher night 1?

Posted by RICKY | December 20, 2010 3:03 PM

that would be me...

Posted by pass-out mcgee | December 20, 2010 3:17 PM

Unfortunately it wasn't Rivers...

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 3:18 PM

You know I ALMOST bought myself a ticket on Friday out of nostaligia sake...I was so close, but I faced a moral dilemma in handing Weezer $75. And apparently I made the right choice...Mother Fucker does not even play his guitar anymore...apparently I haven't been following the Weezer train the past few years.

Posted by Sean | December 20, 2010 3:22 PM

He played guitar for the albums

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 3:26 PM

but I like jerking off?

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 3:26 PM

2:51 is outraged and shaking. Him/Her's band is being attacked.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 3:27 PM

George W. Bush on Hannity this week...get ready, folks! Support our troops and our heartland!

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 3:28 PM

The best part is all these comments are by the same guy.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 3:38 PM

must be the lack of hummus in the burg.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 3:44 PM

i liked rivers a lot better when he was a quiet little nerd who was afraid of fame. post-'95, dude is just a twerp

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 3:50 PM

fat jokes? really? grow up. and yeah, weezer sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 4:08 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drdGGc_8Smc

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 4:23 PM

If you want to destroy my sweater
Hold this MEH as I walk away

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 4:30 PM

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 4:34 PM

Well done.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 4:36 PM

Jigga wha..?

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 4:38 PM

Also, hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 4:42 PM

this band blows worse than hootie

Posted by hummers | December 20, 2010 4:45 PM

BLOWAGE!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 4:46 PM

i was gonna write the dumbest thing I could think of, but then I couldn't think of anything...

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 4:47 PM

We're so cool when we were young we played Weezer cover songs in this band and totally bro'd out with our friends

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 4:54 PM

My name is Penny Flame. I don't know what I'm doing most of the time, but somehow I seem to have the best time while doing it. I've been making porn for almost 7 years, and every day is more exciting than the last. If you like sex, you'll love me. If you smoke pot, you'll adore me. If your a chronic (yes chronic) masturbator, we'll get along just fine. If your insecure, melodramatic, or a bitch, then you should just bounce right now. I don't have time for assholes, unless your butthole is really clean. In that case, a few clockwise licks and looks like you and me are officially friends.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 4:57 PM

Who?

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 5:02 PM

what's up ma nerds??

Posted by Todd Packer | December 20, 2010 5:17 PM

hey Penny, I'm gonna put a penny on your asshole and light it on fire.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 5:33 PM

If you can successfully light a penny on fire, consider me impressed, with or without an asshole involved.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 5:47 PM

rick moranis

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 7:03 PM

Only one Jealous J-Hole person could be behind all these Anti-Weezer (nerd this, and this band blows this worse than hootie this and that crap ).

We Now "Officially" Know who it is. it's that Loser NYHC which Really stands For New York Heroin Cocaine- Drug Front Act. the one and only loser cokehead closet nazi fool "jimmy gestapo" of the Pathetic junky rock queens band - "murphys law" Talking all that shit about Weezer.

People have witnessed him Trashing Talking this same crap on The little stages he plays about Weezer And L.A. bands before!.

What's wrong Jimmy gestapo? "mad" cause your "Loser" Coke drug dealing Heroin addict band murphys law Can't Play and Will Never will again Play the Same Big Stages as Weezer again?!. "LOL!" Get alife Loser! - and Leave Weezer alone!

Posted by Weezer #1 | December 20, 2010 7:24 PM

Who?

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 7:37 PM

No mention of Matt Pinfield's awful and unnecessary duet with April Smith?

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 7:41 PM

Jimmy gastapo!?! yep! it figures it was him., that junkie loud mouth. no wonder murphys law is so ignored in ny and for a good reason. and yes! jealousy will get him nowhere.

Posted by people are envy | December 20, 2010 8:18 PM

Great, they played Pinkerton. Can they please go away quietly now?

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 9:02 PM

They should have retired in 2001. The green album was there last decent one. Retire Weezer.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 9:16 PM

When did Rick Moranis join this band?

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 9:24 PM

I had the best time I've had at a show in a long time. Anyone who can't respect that should seek help.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 10:48 PM

Free Energy is actually one of the worst bands around

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 11:13 PM

why don't you drinking fucking beer, what's the matter are you queer???

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2010 11:47 PM

Free Energy is actually one of the worst bands around. LIKE.

Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2010 11:51 PM

Kathleen Hanna sings backup in the Weezer studio too??

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2010 2:13 AM

yea, I've had at a show in a long time. Anyone who can't respect that should seek help.

Posted by Relaxante | December 21, 2010 7:10 AM

The green album was there last decent one. Retire Weezer.

Posted by Lâmpadas Projetor | December 21, 2010 11:10 AM

weezer is good.

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2010 2:37 PM

Weezer @ Silent Barn

$3 show..... well, $2.50.

No?! Okay, $1.25.

Arrrgghh! Okay, fuck it! Free show!

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2010 5:42 PM

Shitzer?

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2010 3:23 PM

I didn't know Larry King had a band...he shoulda stuck with the talk show. Fuck looks like an owl.

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2010 2:17 AM

"When did Rick Moranis join this band?"

hahah OMG LOLZZZ

Posted by Anonymous | December 23, 2010 11:11 AM

I am not in this band

Posted by Rick Moranis | December 23, 2010 11:45 AM

Why does free energy look exactly like passion pit? Like, seriously.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2010 1:13 PM

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