Pixies / Weezer / the Frays

Pixies / Weezer / the Frays: live in Torontolive in Toronto (2005)
The Pixies

Reviewer Rating: 4.5

Contributed by: LevitateMeLevitateMe
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On a rather mild July day in the more-crowded-than-usual city of Toronto, I got a chance to see my favorite band, yet again, for the fourth time in nine months. This is quite cool being that just a year and a half ago I thought I would never get the chance to see them. The show was held at The M.

On a rather mild July day in the more-crowded-than-usual city of Toronto, I got a chance to see my favorite band, yet again, for the fourth time in nine months. This is quite cool being that just a year and a half ago I thought I would never get the chance to see them.

The show was held at The Molson Amphitheatre within Ontario Place. As I mentioned before, the city, and especially that area, was very crowded due to this show and the fact that the Indy car races happened to be going on that same weekend. There were at least two or three times the popular amusement park's usual visitors on this day. Needless to say, getting there and in and out was a bitch, but luckily this venue had assigned seating, so there was no risk of getting stuck at the back. I took my seat in the left section first row of seats above the floor with a great view of the stage and prepared for what I expected to be a great show.

The first band up was called the Frays. They hailed from Colorado and it was their first time in Canada. There were four members, playing guitar, bass, drums, and keyboard respectively. The keyboard player/vocalist was wearing a stupid hat. I know these odd facts are boring, but they're a lot more interesting than this band's music was. My favorite thing about them, though, was that they only played four songs.

Now, some Pixies fans are pretty crazy. Like I said, this was my fourth time seeing them and I've experienced some pretty strange things at those previous shows. This show was no different, as four especially nerdy Pixies fans actually managed to climb up on stage and play a few songs. They called themselves Weezer. They opened with a wonderful number entitled "Say It Ain't So" which ignited most of the younger people in the audience, causing each one to make the 'W' with their index fingers and thumbs. Within the next seven songs they also played "Undone (The Sweater Song)," "Getchoo," and "El Scorcho." This was shaping up to be a great set list, but then things turned ugly. They played mostly crap off the new album and nothing else off the Blue or Pink(erton) albums except for the obligatory "Buddy Holly." They didn't even sound very good. Before playing "El Scorcho," Rivers said "we got a lot of requests to play this last time we were in Toronto, but we hadn't been practicing it so we couldn't do it." Well, it sounded like they still hadn't been practicing, and that goes for almost all of the songs they played. To their credit, the rendition of "Island In The Sun" wasn't half bad and was probably the highlight of their performance, but in keeping with their pre-decided theme of disappointment, they closed with, of all things, "Hash Pipe" and an extended feedback "solo." Weezer may have two pretty good albums, but they suck live.

Set List:

  • Say It Ain't So
  • Photograph
  • Undone
  • Peace
  • Pity
  • Getchoo
  • El Scorcho
  • Hold Me
  • Perfect Situation
  • Death & Destruction
  • Island
  • Drugs
  • Beverly Hills
  • Buddy Holly
  • Haunt You
  • Hash Pipe
This was quite an odd combination of bands, at least as far as the fans were concerned. At every other Pixies show that I had been to, it was all Pixies fanatics, but at least five Weezer fans noticed my Pixies shirt and said something to the effect of "hey, I've never heard of the Pixies. Can you tell me what they sound like?" Oh the blasphemy! That's like a Jesus freak having never heard of God. I spoke slowly, choose my words carefully, and attempted to explain in a way that was correct, but that they could still understand: "Like Nirvana, except they don't suck" / "Like Weezer, but much harder and faster with occasional outbursts of screaming" / "Have you ever seen 'Fight Club?'" Yeah, it was difficult, but I think I convinced each one to stay. Many didn't get the chance to speak with me though, and left before the Pixies even took the stage. That was fine with me, though. I moved down to the floor and took their seats.

After a short wait, Frank Black, Kim Deal, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering took the stage. Kim said a quick "hey" and then they went right into "Velouria." I found the fact that they chose this song to open with particularly hilarious, as it's basically the template for every Weezer song. They also played new addition to the sets of the summer tour "Stormy Weather," which sounded a lot better than the already great album version. There was a great stretch in the early-to-middle part of the set that included especially powerful versions of "Bone Machine," "Tame," "Caribou," and "Crackity Jones." After "Crackity Jones," Kim remarked "sorry my fingers can't move that fast anymore," but it sounded great to me. One thing I noticed was that many of the Weezer fans, while seeming to enjoy the performance, were not moving around very much. I'm sure this made me in all my rocking-out glory easier for the security to spot when they kicked me back to my seat immediately after "Allison." My trek back up to the first level was accompanied by "Debaser." After this, Frank picked up his accoustic for the final stretch. The two biggest highlights of the show were included in this, one being "La La Love You," which was so much fun, and the other being "Wave Of Mutilation (UK Surf)" with alternating vocal lines between Frank and Kim. Frank did cut Kim off a couple times and at the end she said "hey, you were stealing my lines!" Aww, she's so cute. The end of the show was probably the most energetic part and included such greats as "Here Comes Your Man," "Nimrod's Son," "Vamos," and "Where Is My Mind." They came back to play "Gigantic" for the encore and finished with each band member saying goodnight to the others during the usually instrumental ending of that song; "Goodnight Kimmy." "Goodnight Charles." As this was going on, fireworks began going off in another section of the park; this incited cheers from the crowd and I thought it was a very fitting end to an excellent performance. The Pixies are one of the best live bands on the planet. If you haven't seen them, go see them. If you have seen them, go see them again.

Set List:
  • Velouria
  • I Bleed
  • Stormy Weather
  • Subbacultcha
  • Gouge Away
  • Bone Machine
  • Tame
  • Hey
  • Caribou
  • Wave Of Mutilation
  • Crackity Jones
  • Monkey Gone To Heaven
  • River Euphrates
  • Allison
  • Debaser
  • In Heaven
  • Wave Of Mutilation (UK Surf)
  • La La Love You
  • Here Comes Your Man
  • Ed Is Dead
  • Mr. Grieves
  • The Holiday Song
  • Nimrod's Son
  • Vamos
  • Where Is My Mind?
  • Gigantic


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Anonymous (August 29, 2005)

First of all, who allowed the Fray to even be there. What a waste of time that was.

I have to admit I was looking forward to Weezer and the Pixies. However, Weezer had about as much energy on stage as an 80 year old on Prozac. I almost fell asleep watching them. And, by "watching", I mean laying on the ground and staring at the sky which was infinitely more entertaining.

But the Pixies rocked!!! The way each song melted into the next, the energy, it was awesome! I hope I get to see another Pixies concert before Frank Black has a heart attack from being so f**king overweight.

The score is for the Pixies!

Anonymous (August 28, 2005)

If man is 5.....then this concert was worth like 10 stars! yay! Go Fray, Go Weezer, and especially Go Go Go Pixies yaaa.

But they didn't play Broken Face...that broke my heart. O well, still a wickedy awesome show.

Anonymous (July 29, 2005)

AC/DC Pixies

Anonymous (July 28, 2005)

weezer stole the show. this reveiwer sounds a little bummer that the pixies have been playing the same set list for the past 14 months.

LevitateMe (July 25, 2005)

not really

killyouridols (July 25, 2005)

they only play one song out of trompe le monde ? that sucks.

Anonymous (July 24, 2005)

good review bud. that jesus freak who never heard of god comparison to weezers fans was reall funny.

Anonymous (July 24, 2005)

you wore the shirt of the band you were gonna see?
"Don't be that guy" - PCU

Anonymous (July 24, 2005)

This review is god awful. Shoot this person.

Score is for review.

rkl (July 23, 2005)

that's a stunning retort, levitate. kudos.

LevitateMe (July 23, 2005)

you really have terrible opinions about everything

rkl (July 23, 2005)

i wouldnt go see the pixies, not because theyre old farts or anything, but just because they sucked. they sucked in '88. 17 years have done nothing to lessen the magnitude of their suckiness.

im glad frank black can get a bunch of confused kids to suck his teat, though, it gives me great hope for the future.

the breeders ate ass, too.

Anonymous (July 23, 2005)

where is my mind?

ChokingVictim (July 23, 2005)

Awesome, they played Crackity Jones.

Score is for that song.

Anonymous (July 22, 2005)

"Why does everyone say Weezer sucks live? I thought they were awesome when I saw them at Coachella."

I thought they kind of sucked at Coachella. I had fun, but it wasn't anything memorable. Same goes for when I saw them a few years before that...I know I had a decent time, but remember nothing of the show.

Pixies are cool, but I think I've burnt myself out on them. I've been taking a break for awhile.

TheNightProwler (July 22, 2005)

If you're not going to see the Pixies just because "they're a bunch of old farts" or some lame shit like that then that's all your loss.

LevitateMe (July 22, 2005)

they'll probably rise because of our reputations

stevejonestherealbones (July 22, 2005)

hey, we came to the same conclusion about weezer, and it was posted in the same group of reviews...i bet tickets and album sales of weezer drop like a brick this coming week, because of us

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (July 22, 2005)

i dont like the new weezer cd but it shouldnt be surprising that they are playing sets that are composed of songs mostly from make believe.
if you go in truly expecting a set that covers every ground in their catalog, you were probably just setting yourself up for disappointment.

i imagine the pixies would have been neat to see.

LevitateMe (July 22, 2005)

You're missing out then. They're as good as ever.

sickboi (July 22, 2005)

I like the Pixies and all but I have absolutely no interest in see a bunch of oldies do arena shows. Makes me glad Kurt isn't around anymore.

TheNightProwler (July 22, 2005)

Man I'd hate to have to suffer through a set of Weezer just to see the Pixies.

Score is for the Pixies. Weezer gets shit in a bag.

Anonymous (July 22, 2005)

yeah that score was supposed to be 5 yellow stars.

Anonymous (July 22, 2005)

score is for the entertaining review.

Anonymous (July 22, 2005)

there's no probably about it

Anonymous (July 22, 2005)

the new weezer allbum is probably one of the worst albums of the year.

Anonymous (July 22, 2005)

What a setlist the Pixies had!

Anonymous (July 22, 2005)

Saterday, i shall be seeing these bands. I love the Pixies!!

the_other_scott (July 22, 2005)

only 2 songs from pinkerton that's saddens me

Cos (July 22, 2005)

I've seen Weezer twice and the Pixies once (last month) and I think they're essentially the same live-- they faithfully reproduce their music live, with little to no improvisation, stage banter, or even acknowledging the audience exists. That said, I love the Pixies, because I love them, and would see the show again. I'm sure a dedicated Weezer fan would say the same (but I wouldn't...)


Anonymous (July 22, 2005)

I didn't see the show, and although my top favorite bands are (in order) Weezer, Pixies, and the Eels/Modest Mouse...I completely agree with you on that. Weezer does suck live (ever since 2000), and Pixies still are the best show I've ever seen (twice). I was in shock when I heard that Pixies would be "opening" for Weezer at two of the three shows they had together.

Anonymous (July 22, 2005)

Why does everyone say Weezer sucks live? I thought they were awesome when I saw them at Coachella.

Anonymous (July 22, 2005)

oh so you wore a pixies shirt to a pixies show

you must be a cool kid with good ideas

Russe11 (July 22, 2005)

The Pixies...Weezer...The Pixies...Weezer...someone help me out here.

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