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Review Fri Dec 04 2009

Review: Weezer @ Aragon 12/01/09

Photobucket Photos by Stephanie Griffin

Rivers Cuomo has long been dressing as and writing songs like a 13-year-old boy, but at Tuesday night's Weezer concert at the Aragon, he started acting like one as well. Long gone are the days where Rivers stood in place while meekly singing into the mic. Instead, he's playing air guitar, doing jumpkicks, running out into the crowd, wearing wigs, and playing with beach balls. They even had a trampoline set up in the center of the stage. It felt more like eavesdropping on your kid brother playing rock star in his bedroom than watching a 39-year-old Harvard-educated veteran musician. Aside from the fact that more dancing and air guitar time leads to less time spent, you know, actually playing the guitar, I fully welcome this change.


Let's face it - Weezer is never going to put out another Pinkerton, and it's time to accept that and move on. As long as they also don't release another embarrassment like Make Believe, I'm happy. Their latest, Raditude, may be a bit formulaic but it's poppy and fun, and the band didn't bombard us with the new tunes at all on Tuesday night. They threw in a couple songs from Pinkerton - "Why Bother?" and "Tired of Sex" (but sadly, no "El Scorcho") - and played exactly half of Weezer (Blue Album). Otherwise, the show was a collection of their hits with four new tracks mixed in. They covered Pink Floyd's "Time", which really just left the crowd confused as it didn't fit in well with the rest of their set at all. The exact opposite could be said of their mash-up covers of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" and MGMT's "Kids", wherein Rivers donned a blonde wig and danced up in the stage balcony.

Watch this video to see the all-new Rivers Cuomo with your own eyes:
(Audio is distorted for the first 20 seconds or so)

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