Weezer Live At Madison Square Garden 9-24-08

Below is a review of last night’s Weezer concert at MSG from Nza, a friend to the Gears of Rock:

I HAVE SEEN WEEZER ON EVERY TOUR SINCE THEIR BIRTH AND DO I HAVE TO SAY THAT THIS TIME THEY HAD THE MOST ENERGY EVER UP THERE. I CAN HONESTLY SAY THEY ACTUALLY LOOKED LIKE THEY WERE HAVING FUN, RIVERS CUOMO INCLUDED. OPENING WITH “MY NAME IS JONAS,” WEEZER NEVER LOOKED BACK.

THEY RIPPED THROUGH SELECTIONS FROM EACH ALBUM AND GAVE EVERY WEEZER FAN A FAIR SHARE OF WHAT THEY WANTED TO HEAR. I HAVE NEVER SEEN RIVERS JUMP UP AND DOWN LIKE HE DID ON THIS NIGHT AND BELIEVE ME, IT WAS A TREAT!!! HEARING “SUSANNE” FROM THE MALLRATS SOUNDTRACK DEFINITELY TOOK THE CAKE FOR ME AND IT WAS ONLY THE FOURTH SONG IN. THE CROWD WAS REALLY INTO IT AND IT WASN’T EVEN A TYPICAL SOLD OUT MSG PACKED HOUSE.

WEEZER THEN INVITED TOM DELONGE FROM ANGELS AND AIRWAVES (THE OPENER) AND BLINK-182 TO GUEST VOCAL ON WEEZER’S FIRST SINGLE “UNDONE (THE SWEATER SONG),” AND I MUST SAY HE NAILED IT. SHOWING THAT HE IS MULTILINGUAL, RIVERS THANKED THE CROWD IN SEVERAL LANGUAGES AFTER EACH TUNE. THAT HARVARD SHOW-OFF!

THEY FINSHED THE SET WITH AN OASIS COVER OF “MORNING GLORY” FOLLOWED BY THE EIGHT MINUTE EPIC “THE GREATEST MAN THAT EVER LIVED,” WHICH SHOWED THAT MOST WEEZER FANS ARE STILL PAYING ATTENTION AND LEARNING THE NEW LYRICS AS WELL. NEXT, WEEZER ACTUALLY GAVE THE FANS A SHOT AND WELCOMED UP A LUCKY 40 OR SO FANS TO JAM WITH THEM ON “ISLAND IN THE SUN” AND “BEVERLY HILLS.” WHILE IT WAS ENJOYABLE, I COULD NOT WAIT FOR IT TO END SO I CAN SEE THE WEEZ SHRED SOME MORE TUNES.

WELL, I GOT MY WISH BECAUSE ONCE IT WAS OVER, A STAGE HAND PLACED A RECORD PLAYER ON STAGE, AND PUMPED THE RED ALBUM’S“HEART SONGS” THROUGH THE AMPS. SUDDENLY, RIVERS CAME BY AND KICKED THE STEREO OVER AND WEEZER BLAZED INTO NIRVANA’S “SLIVER” — THE CROWD WENT BANANAS.
FINALLY, ENDING WITH THE RADIO HIT “BUDDY HOLLY,” WEEZER ROCKED AND ROLLED THE GARDEN AND EVERYONE WAS APPRECIATIVE OR AT LEAST SEEMED TO BE, 20 BEERS LATER [editors note: this explains the CAPS].

SEE YA IN THE PIT,

-NZA

PS ALTHOUGH I DO NOT PRAY , TRAVIS BARKER AND DJ AM ARE IN MY THOUGHTS AND MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE VICTIMS FAMILIES.

MSG Setlist:
My Name Is Jonas
Pink Triangle
Perfect Situation
Say It Ain’t So
Susanne
Keep Fishin’
King
Undone (featuring Tom Delonge)
Pork & Beans
Dreamin’
Dope Nose
Troublemaker
Automatic
Hash Pipe
El Scorcho
What’s the Story, Morning Glory? (Oasis cover)
The Greatest Man That Ever Lived

Encore one (with 30 fans as ‘hootenanny’ backing band):
Island in the Sun
Beverly Hills

Encore two:
Sliver (Nirvana cover)
Buddy Holly

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