Last Night: Weezer At Free Press Summer Fest

Ed. Note: Much more on Summer Fest to come throughout the day.

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Jim Bricker
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Weezer
Free Press Summer Fest
Eleanor Tinsley Park
June 5, 2011

For almost two hours on Sunday night, Weezer led a sea of thousands through some of the saddest and happiest times of their lives an their 18-song set of hits from their 19 years of activity. It's hard to do justice to a band that means so much to so many, especially one that acted like a Band-Aid to those of us with fragile yet huge hearts.

If the Flaming Lips at last year's Summer Fest turned Houston into a loving glowing orb in the hands of Wayne Coyne, Weezer's set shoved us all into the pop-brain of lead singer Rivers Cuomo, back into your old teen bedroom for some real talk surrounded by your closest friends.

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Marc Brubaker
Weezer first came around at a time most of today's late twentysomethings were just forming their emotional temperatures. 1994's "Blue Album" hit us with ten straight songs, all of which could have made singles in their own right, even operatic closer "Only In Dreams," which - with a few edits - could have been the jilted romantic modern-rock radio equivalent of "Stairway To Heaven" for kids in hoodies that seem to guard them from the vicious world.

The follow-up, 1996's Pinkerton, was the Sgt. Pepper of Gen-Y heartache; the album that you loved at first listen, but as your life got weirder and the ones that you wanted to love and to love you back grew distant, or become more ever more nonexistent, turned into a hulking, tear-stained beast. It didn't matter that the album was about a damned half-Japanese girl, or Madame Butterfly. For fans, it was about them personally. It soundtracked your confusion.

After a hiatus and 2000's comeback, Weezer went to work on solidifying how great those two albums were with a collection of albums that kept making us long for them. It's almost scientific. Older fans scoff that they peaked at Pinkerton, and that what they sing in the 21st century means nothing to them. Everyone else doesn't care as long it has a good beat you can tap on your steering wheel to.

So in a sense Weezer turns into that unattainable boy or girl that you can't pin down, that made you love the band in the first place. You were married in your mind to Weezer, but married in your mind is no good. You've spent years remembering that one lost night, weekend or year, and that's all you have is memories.

It takes balls to open a set with the unassuming "Undone (The Sweater Song)" like Weezer did Sunday night. The set list that followed was seemingly tailor-made for every hater that accumulated over social media the past few months since Weezer was announced as headliners.

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Eleanor Tinsley Park

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Marcus_myself
Marcus_myself

this is the GAYEST review of any sort i have ever read

Dr.Demento
Dr.Demento

Not ghey, just the typical Houston music fan: they'll never grow out what what was cool back in their High School days...

Marcus_myself
Marcus_myself

everyone at my place is laughing at this article. excuse me while i go check my emotional temperature.

Christopher Conaton
Christopher Conaton

I wasn't expecting all that much from Weezer. The only other time I saw them, back in '01 or so, it was fun. But back then it seemed like Rivers was still pretending to be a rock star more than he actually believed it. A decade later, regardless of the quality of the band's recent output, he believes it. The Blue Album hit at the tail end of my senior year of high school, so it was a hell of a kick to hear so many of those great songs in the set, and I was surprised and delighted to get the absolutely great "Suzanne" in there, too. The fact that they didn't play "Beverly Hills", my least-favorite Weezer single of all-time, was a welcome bonus, too. I was slightly disappointed that we got so little from Pinkerton, but the songs from Blue are really a better fit for a big festival audience, I suppose.

Caitlin Kaluza
Caitlin Kaluza

I had been looking at set lists for the last few weeks and was HOPING we got El Scorcho and Susanne. As someone else said, "pretty much my dream set list." Brought me right back to high school, driving around with a giant =w= on the back of my '96 Pontiac Grand Am. Great write up Craig, it was an awesome show. True facts.

Security Guards Suck
Security Guards Suck

 I think the security guards at the front of the stage launching full bottles of water at people in the audience was about one of the dumbest things I have ever seen at a concert.  Did that not realize that it was dark, and not everyone could see water bottles being thrown through the air from 40 feet away.  Houston Press is very fortunate that somebody didn't get smacked in the face and lost their teeth.  I can't believe nobody put a stop to that.

Noodle
Noodle

They played pretty close to my dream setlist as an 28 year old Weezer fan. Never thought I'd get to hear Across the Sea, World has Turned, Only in Dreams, etc...When I saw them the first time 9 years ago, it wasn't near as good of a setlist and Rivers didn't have half as much energy as last night. Great show.

LittlePedro
LittlePedro

At this rate, we can hope to have Lady Gaga as the headliner for Summerfest 2020...

Mugen
Mugen

I last saw Weezer open for Lush at the Vatican back in 1992.  People were booing them off the stage even though Miki was having a great time hanging out in the crowd.  What a difference 19 years make.

Jorgedubya
Jorgedubya

Not really, I booed for 5 minutes and then left...

H_e_x
H_e_x

We are all better people for knowing that all important fact. Have any other knowledge you'd like to drop on us?

dizmo
dizmo

great review. i was one of the haters on the social networking sites talking shit about the decision to have weezer. i walked away eating my words.

CameronByars
CameronByars

Like he said "High school nostalgia is a helluva drug".. so true!

POOPOOPLATTER
POOPOOPLATTER

Cut Copy was the real headliner. Weezer was the equivalent of having Journey headline 1993 Lollapalooza. Good band, but way past their time.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Yes, meandering electro pop sure does seem to have a long shelf life.

Blake
Blake

Cut Copy? You mean Erasure?

autumn
autumn

that's a ridiculous statement. nobody will remember cut copy in a year.

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