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Weezer / Free Energy: live in New Yorklive in New York (2010)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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This tour was for me. I'm one of *those* Weezer fans. While 2001's The Green Album and the following year's Maladroit were nothing compared to the greatness of the band's first pair of full-lengths that blew them up back in the mid-'90s (which I had only discovered a year or two prior, anyhow), they.
This tour was for me. I'm one of *those* Weezer fans. While 2001's The Green Album and the following year's Maladroit were nothing compared to the greatness of the band's first pair of full-lengths that blew them up back in the mid-'90s (which I had only discovered a year or two prior, anyhow), they were solid albums in their own right. But when "Beverly Hills" was released in 2005, Weezer lost me. I'll admit they've redeemed themselves somewhat with enjoyable, less embarrassing singles in recent years (I'm lookin' at you, "Pork and Beans" and "Troublemaker"), but I haven't listened to any of their last four albums in full. I remain reveling in their glory days I was too young to experience.
That first set was surprisingly enjoyable, but it wasn't even what I was here for necessarily. After a time-killing but relatively fun slideshow of older pictures and flyers from long-time guitar tech/roadie/"unofficial fifth member" Karl Koch, the band came back out and did a fair job conveying the Weezer-circa-1996 feel. A slumping, bedheaded Cuomo, either playing a role or sincere in feeling, looked awkward and nervous, white Oxford shirt tucked into dress khakis sitting well above his waist. He had no words (and few the entire set) as Pat Wilson began slamming the opening drumfill while Cuomo and Brian Bell drew out the off-putting guitar squalls of "Tired of Sex." It was on.
Mid-'90s Warped Tour push-pits broke out toward the front of the audience--and one circle pit for the double-time part in "El Scorcho"--as the band blasted through a near-seamless and tightly played, spot-on set of Pinkerton classics. Granted, this wasn't all Pinkerton nerds here: Reaction waned occasionally, and some people seemed to think there'd be an encore after "Butterfly."
However, everyone was loud and receptive to sing-alongs (and more recognizable tracks) like "Why Bother?" and "The Good Life." But during the entire 37 minutes, including a curt, mournful solo rendition of "Butterfly" by Cuomo with Koch accompanying softly on drums, a core few fans seemed consistently elated to hear a classic album finally get its proper due from the band.
Pinkerton set list (10:09-10:46):
Between the smaller venue size and fantastic set list, this was redemption hour(s). I might have a very different version of what Weezer was implying with their Memories Tour, but it brought back a pleasant feeling of nostalgia all the same.
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