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Red Hot Chili Peppers / Weezer

Red Hot Chili Peppers / Weezer: live in Las Vegaslive in Las Vegas (2005)
Warner Music Group

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: SteveJonesTheRealBonesSteveJonesTheRealBones
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# 4.2 Why do you cover Weezer? Yes, the staff likes Weezer, that's why we have a topic devoted to them. Weezer is one of the bands that got the three of us into music and both the Blue Album and Pinkerton were very important to us in our younger years. Punk-related bands like The Pixies and .


# 4.2 Why do you cover Weezer?

Yes, the staff likes Weezer, that's why we have a topic devoted to them. Weezer is one of the bands that got the three of us into music and both the Blue Album and Pinkerton were very important to us in our younger years. Punk-related bands like The Pixies and Elvis Costello among others heavily influenced Weezer. They also tour with a lot of great punk bands. So no, we don't think they're too far outside our scope.
Okay, now that we have that out of the way, I will continue with the review. On this past July 4th weekend, Las Vegas celebrated their 100th birthday by putting on this free show. All you had to do was be lucky enough to get tickets through Ticketmaster before they were all accounted for. Also, hookers were two-for-one the whole weekend; what a great city.

The show was outside on a field with 50,000 people. It was hot, beer was too expensive, and I was very far away from the stage.

This was my first time seeing Weezer, and I have generally enjoyed all of their albums (although I only really liked half of Make Believe). So I thought I would enjoy watching them perform their songs live. I was horribly wrong. They played their songs, did not interact with the crowd at all, and walked off the stage. There was no emotion of any kind. The band just went through the motions for about 40 minutes, then set down their instruments and walked off. It also didn't help that I was about 100 yards from the stage. Weezer's set consisted of a mix of their hits from all the albums except for Pinkerton. If they played anything from Pinkerton, it was within the first couple of songs that I missed. I would have had a better time listening to Weezer in my hotel room with my friends.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers came on stage and rocked. I am not too familiar with their songs, so I can't tell you really what kind of set they played, but I recognized many of the songs from the radio, and they played "Can't Stop," which is a favorite of mine. The band was full of energy and the sound was great; girls all around were creaming in their pants over the singer and how "ridiculous" Flea is on bass. I swear the hippie girl standing behind me used the word "ridiculous" whenever the camera focused on his bass; so, about 20 times. They also debuted a couple of songs that basically sounded like average Chili Pepper songs; you know the kind, songs with "ridiculous" bass lines and a sexy singer. My only real complaint is that I basically had to watch this on the jumbo screens, and I wish one of the three at least were reserved for just showing the band. No psychedelic shots, no closeups, no shaky camera angles, no crotch shots...just a plain shot of all the members of the band. I didn't come to watch an MTV video; I came to see a concert.

The night ended with perhaps the best fireworks show I have ever seen.

I found out afterwards that the Adolescents opened the show. That means it was a punk show, right? Anyway, if you only get three things from reading this review, take any of these:
  1. Don't ever go to a show of 50,000 people unless it's free.
  2. Weezer sucks in concert.
  3. Red Hot Chili Peppers don't suck in concert.
  4. I like short reviews.
  5. Fireworks are beautiful.
  6. Las Vegas is hot in the summer.

 

 
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Anonymous (July 28, 2005)

Hey, you suck, weezer rocks live in concert, you just must have caught a bad show... should give 'em another chance

Dubar (July 28, 2005)

this was a free show so it doesnt really apply but I never understood why people go to concerts where they have to watch the band on a screen. I guess some people like being around a dense crowd of assholes just for the company

Karasu (July 25, 2005)

I must say jones, that link to the World Fireworks is boss.,

SomeoneLostHerFall (July 25, 2005)

Old Friends always end up having Sex

SomeoneLostHerFall (July 24, 2005)

Have you heared Weezer's Beverly Hills?
Shit that song sucks

Anonymous (July 24, 2005)

Jones the Bones is a fucking faggot but the review actually isn't too bad. Still, he sucks dick.

Anonymous (July 24, 2005)

Las Vegas is hot in the summer.

Duhhh

Anonymous (July 24, 2005)

You should write more reviews, Bones. Excellent job; short and sweet, to the point. People need to realize that this isn't Pitchfork. I'm sick to death of long, self-important reviews with unreadably turgid prose and cringe-inducingly misused "big" words. Aubin, I'm looking at you.

Anonymous (July 24, 2005)

"If you don't think the Beastie Boys are worth your time then forget about having an opinion, you just voided yours."

Not since "Check your Head"...go Buddhism!

Anonymous (July 24, 2005)

god the beastie boys are awful

threechordsandthetruth (July 24, 2005)

""Red Hot Chili Peppers started as a punk band, fuckwad."

Yeah, so did the Goo Goo Dolls, Bangles, Go-Gos, Beastie Boys, Zach De la Rocha, Corrosion of Conformity and about a million other shitty bands. Does that make them worth my time? Doubtful."

If you don't think the Beastie Boys are worth your time then forget about having an opinion, you just voided yours.

Anonymous (July 24, 2005)

I believe they are in refrence to the chili peppers pre-enlightened days (just like the beastie boys), when Flea got in some trouble for getting a bit too touchy with a girl on the set of an MTV thing and saying he wanted to put it in her bum. I think she pressed charges.

If it was about weezer, It's probably in refrence to the song "butterfly" which alot of people think alludes to rivers raping someone on tour and feeling bad about it. He denies that one though.

stevejonestherealbones (July 24, 2005)

someone want to fully explain the rape comments that have been thrown around a couple times in these comments?

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (July 24, 2005)

You see alot of people hate RHCP due to their history of shady(rape) antics that include weird domonation issues.

Anonymous (July 23, 2005)

"Red Hot Chili Peppers started as a punk band, fuckwad."

Yeah, so did the Goo Goo Dolls, Bangles, Go-Gos, Beastie Boys, Zach De la Rocha, Corrosion of Conformity and about a million other shitty bands. Does that make them worth my time? Doubtful.

Anonymous (July 23, 2005)

shitty review don't you honestly think?

napoleoninrags (July 22, 2005)

I really don't understand the opposition to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The way I see it, since 1995 their music has only improved. The same can't be said about weezer...

Crookedsuperhero (July 22, 2005)

"I was referring to this comment, you testicle inspector:

"Come on, the site IS called PUNKNEWS.ORG. When you come here you should really only be expecting one thing. IT's not really narrow mindedness as much as it is some one looking for specifics and not getting it.""

Still, his Ted Leo review did blow this one away.

sickboi (July 22, 2005)

I was referring to this comment, you testicle inspector:

"Come on, the site IS called PUNKNEWS.ORG. When you come here you should really only be expecting one thing. IT's not really narrow mindedness as much as it is some one looking for specifics and not getting it."

Crookedsuperhero (July 22, 2005)

That Ted Leo review you did blew this away.

Russe11 (July 22, 2005)

I actually didn't know jones could write such a damn good review. props to jones.

Anonymous (July 22, 2005)

I don't even like Weezer, but what are they doing playing with the Godfathers of Date Rape Rock, The Red Hot Chili Peppers? I mean Weezer's a little better than that.

I wish someone would get Anthony hooked on drugs again so they'd go away for good. Matter of fact, I think I'm going to send them some smack and crystal meth right now.

PS Well written review!

Anonymous (July 22, 2005)

"Red Hot Chili Peppers started as a punk band, fuckwad."

Yeah, thanks for that Corpral Dick Cheese. That comment had nothing to do with your precious Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Anonymous (July 22, 2005)

"By The Way" is an amazing album.

-Not-To-Regret

sickboi (July 22, 2005)

Red Hot Chili Peppers started as a punk band, fuckwad.

Anonymous (July 22, 2005)

"But make sure you only review "punk" bands so the narrow minded assholes will have a little less to bitch about."

Come on, the site IS called PUNKNEWS.ORG. When you come here you should really only be expecting one thing. IT's not really narrow mindedness as much as it is some one looking for specifics and not getting it.

stevejonestherealbones (July 22, 2005)

"Are two live Weezer reviews really all that nessisary in one week. One more review of something interesting would have been better. Although it would probably be a review of some shitty hardcore band or mall punk garbage instead of something worth reviewing. The review section of this site is going doooown hiiiiilll."

dude, this was an adolescents review

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anchors (July 22, 2005)

Damn good review Jones.

stevejonestherealbones (July 22, 2005)

haha. swingline always cracks me up.

to the guy talking about comfort zones and stuff...even if that were true, does it really matter? i mean, good luck finding weezer playing a show within their "comfort zone."

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (July 22, 2005)

Are two live Weezer reviews really all that nessisary in one week. One more review of something interesting would have been better. Although it would probably be a review of some shitty hardcore band or mall punk garbage instead of something worth reviewing. The review section of this site is going doooown hiiiiilll.

Anonymous (July 22, 2005)

This was a great review. Hit all the highlights. Very well written and zero bullshit. Please write some more reviews. But make sure you only review "punk" bands so the narrow minded assholes will have a little less to bitch about.
Anonymous Out.

sickboi (July 22, 2005)

Old Red Hot Chili Peppers is better than most of the shit that passes as "hip" music these days.

Anonymous (July 22, 2005)

This was actually a really good review.

Yeah, really. I'm scared.

Karasu (July 22, 2005)

1. Donā??t ever go to a show of 50,000 people unless it's free.
I saw the Allman Brothers for free, it was worth it, being free and all. But eff 60$ tickets.

2. Weezer sucks in concert.
Ill take your word for it.

3. Red Hot Chili Peppers donā??t suck in concert.
Hard to belive.

4. I like short reviews.
Yes.

5. Fireworks are beautiful.
Yes.

6. Las Vegas is hot in the summer.
hmmmm....

inagreendase (July 22, 2005)

Yeah, this was a good review from the Bones.

Anonymous (July 22, 2005)

awesome review. i am a bones fan.
-TOBB

ps- i am not, i repeat NOT, a fan of the jamison parker banner that keeps flashing at the top of the screen.

Dante3000 (July 22, 2005)

To the guy who said Weezer don't suck in concert:
WHAT THE FUCK IS THEIR COMFORT ZONE?!! They've been around for well over 10 years and have sold millions of albums. Should they only be okay playing in their friends living room? I've seen them numerous times (including nearly everynight for two and a half weeks on warped tour [aye, it be a big tour too]) and never have they impressed me (I go ussually because friends ask me to, and ussually buy the tickets [and once because The D and JEW opened]). But anyhow, if a show is outside of their "comfort zone" they shouldn't play it. I'm sure any band would rather play for 2,000 fans who are amazingly impressed as opposed to 50,000 who all think you suck ass.
-Dante

threechordsandthetruth (July 22, 2005)

All reviews should be like this.

The Chili Peppers deserve more respect. Although their singer isn't that red hot live, they have some amazing musicians.

Anonymous (July 22, 2005)

wrong, weezer does not suck in concert. This was just way out of their comfort zone. Big Festivals are rarely good chances to really get a feel for how a band is live. You're better than this Jones.

sickboi (July 22, 2005)

Jones should be staff. This review kicked ass.

swingline (July 22, 2005)

can't handle it? what are you, some kind of fag?

Anonymous (July 22, 2005)

man, i dont think i can handle that many hookers a once

piratasmuertas (July 22, 2005)

Excellent work Jones.

jheisel (July 22, 2005)

This score is for 2-for-1 hookers.

skankin_in_the_pit (July 22, 2005)

The temperature has gone way up since you left. The high on Tuesday was 117. My fat ass can't take it.

You should of just jumped the fence of the park Social D was playing instead. Then you could of seen a better show, some awesome fireworks, and only about 10,000 assholes would of been there. Plus it still would of been free.

Anonymous (July 22, 2005)

good review. pretty bullshit free.

Russe11 (July 22, 2005)

because Jones took the time to write it and his review ideology is respectable...Short and sweet. Admit it you read everything he posts.

Dante3000 (July 22, 2005)

I didn't actually read this review, but I did read the little bullet points at the end. I feel that pretty much sums up the point. It's true, people hate to admitt it, but Weezer are probably the shittiest live act ever. They might as well make a mix CD and put up cardboard cut outs and charge half the price. As for RHCP, they're cool, and Vegas IS hot,
-Dante

Anonymous (July 22, 2005)

um. why was this review posted?

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