Being one of the Geezer Weezer fans (34yrs old) my memories go back a ways. My older brother whom I looked up to for alot of my musical direction listened to bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Kiss and ACDC. Aside from being very frightened of his Ozzy posters it laid ground work for what I saw as my music of choice. I had been brought up on all kinds of music, from my parents listening to 50's artists such as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Fats Domino and Motown to the 60's of The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Janis Joplin and Jimmy Hendrix to the 70's of The Bee Gees, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Now obviously being from Nashville I got my fill of all things Country music had to offer as well. My sister listened to all the New Wave of the 80's so I loved stuff from Cyndi Lauper, The Cars, Men at work and all things Mtv but my brothers music seemed to interest me the most. My brother and I would stay up late and watch Mtv shows like Alternative Nation, The Buzz and The Headbangers Ball and listen to the bands that where shaping the music sceen at the time. I remember falling for college rock or grunge music and really gravitating towards bands like REM, Pear Jam, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Pixies, Green Day and of course Nirvana. Nirvana's raw power and lyrics where mind blowing to a fifteen year old at that time. I had just started playing guitar and learning chords and hearing Kurt play and scream his emotions on each song was simply put - WOW! On day my brother mentioned to me that he had heard a band on Mtv that he thought I would love. All he said was that they were dorky looking guys who played a song about a sweater to some heavy guitar riffs. A few night later he woke me up in the middle of the night so I could see the band that changed my life. Weezer was me, different. I went out the next day and bought the Blue Album and listened to every song. It was loud and powerful, catchy and driven and I couldn't get enough of it. I started listening and reading everything I could about the band. I quickly turned all my friends on to Weezer and it soon became the tape/CD we would listen to when we hung out in our hometown. When Weezer came to Nashville and performed at 328 Performance Hall to promot the Blue Album my friends and I were center stage. That Dog played before Weezer and needless to say it was a great show. During their set they had some problems with the guitarists amp so there was a little down time. To fill this time the lead singer did a little strip tease to the crowds delight and the bands bassist who was very short as I remember started playing the bass line to Only In Dreams and the crowd went bananas. So it was time for Weezer to take the stage. The room of less that five hundred stood in the dark as the anticipation grew. Matt, Pat, and Brian took the stage and of to the side I saw Rivers with what looked like a crutch. Now I knew of his leg problems but the crowd saw it as an ala Willy Wonka style move and it kind of felt that way. Rivers left his crutch and grabbed his stickered up guitar and it was time to rock. Being so close to the stage when that iconic =w= lite up was blinding as they opened with My Name Is Jonas. Hearing the Blue Album live was awesome as they played Say It Ain't So, Buddy Holly, and Undone. At one point the room went dark again with what was either a disco ball or a stargazer that twinkled the entire room as the played Only In Dreams. It quickly became my favorite track and remains my favorite song of all time. I associate it with my brother who turned me on to my favorite band. Weezer closed with Surf Wax America and it was a night I wish I could relive just once. Pinkerton was pure heart for me. After reading interviews with Rivers in Alternative Press it was easy for me to see the connection between the experiences he was having and the songs on the album. I took my soon to be wife to see Weezer during this time as they were touring with No Doubt. The show was on Rivers birthday and Gwen brought out a cake as the crowd sang happy birthday to him. Then the off years hit where Weezer took a break and we didn't know if they were done or not. It was not a good time for Weezer fans. Most music forums had writen them off as finished but sites like Rebel Weezer Alliance and weerez.com kept us going until early 2000 when word started to leak that the band was back and working on a new album. Fans rejoice as our band was back and in full force. they released The Green Album with hits Hash Pipe and Island In The Sun was everywhere. Even Mary Kate and Ashley got in on the act using it in their movie Holiday in the sun. Every year my parents threw a block party for friends and family with live music. In 2000 my brother and I played some of our favorite songs including Hang from Matchbox Twenty and an acoustic version of Only In Dreams. My brother had been drinking and while no one was looking he snuck away and got a spare set of keys that we didn't know he had. My mother has been with our towns police dept. for almost twenty years so when the chief of police called my parents house at two in the morning it didn't take my mom long to realize what was wrong. My brother had driven off the road and flipped his truck several times before landing upside down in a storage facility. He died instantly. Just a few hours before I was singing with him and he was holding my daughter who was only a few months old and now he was gone. I didn't know how to feel or act. It was like a bad dream I couldn't wake up from. My daughter would never know him and how much he loved her. They only comfort I could find was in music. Weezer returned to Nashville during the touring for the Green Album in 2001 I think and it was somewhat of a healing show for me. The only part of that show I remember is that they played Only In Dreams. I hadn't heard them play it live since that first show back '94. The crowd was bursting with energy but at that moment I thought of my brother who turned me on to Weezer. Without him I don't think I would have found them and became such a huge fan. With them I don't think I could have dealt with my feeling for the lose of my brother. Pinkerton was there when I had girl problems and there always seemed to be a song I could point to during some event in my life. Now with two daughters ages 10 and 7 and a son who's about to be 4 I make sure to let them listen to Weezer and hope they find someone who can have that kind of impact in their lives as Weezer has had on mine. I hope to take them to a Weezer concert and if the B*********/Memories tour comes to Nashville then they might very well be attending with us. I think my life with Weezer will have came full circle if I can take my kids to see a band that I loved when I was only a few years older than my oldest daughter now. I hope to meet Rivers some day to thank him for what he's meant to me. I'm sure there are others out there that have great memories of Weezer and i'd like to hear them and maybe the guys will get on here and read some of our stories. Thank You and sorry for any spelling mistakes lol!

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wow, that's an amazing story Keith. thanks for sharing it with us. I'm so sorry about your brother. And I'm glad that Weezer could help you deal with your loss.
Umm...I guess I'll have to change my user name to T-Rex then.
Windows 95 disc. Buddy Holly video. I thought it was both the best song and best video I had ever heard in my entire life. haha.

Also, paragraphs. They're a good thing.
I think it is awesome that your kids are also Weezer fans (I'm guessing from the pix). I just took my 7 year old son to his first Weezer show last night and it was the best night of his life! I'm also a Geezer - I think I fit into the just plain OLD category - my first Weezer show was when I was in college in 1995!!!
edit: Sorry this is so long. But I figure I've made a sort of bad impression on a lot of posters, so I thought maybe this would make me seem like less of a total Weezer hater or something.

"In The Garage" in 94. I was into Classical and a lot of 60's and 70's stuff from my Dad and gangsta rap, which I wasn't allowed to listen to. I didn't get Weezer at first. I thought "In The Garage" sucked and it kind of reminded me of 80's metal that I despised as a little kid (which mostly came from my Dad, who was always complaining about dumb kids coming to him for guitar lessons and wanting to learn Iron Maiden and stuff).

This friend of mine had loaned me a cassette of the blue album, but with OID missing (because he didn't like it). Anyway after a few more listens (I found that even though I didn't like "In The Garage" the song was stuck in my head) the whole album just suddenly made sense and I loved it.

Then I bought the album and heard OID for the first time and was totally blown away. I completely fell in love with that album and one of my fondest memories is listening to it with my younger brother and my dad, who was a professional songwriter and guitar teacher. My dad loved it and pointed out the Beach Boys' influence on the band and also where Rivers was getting his lead guitar influence from.

So I went back and berated my dumb friend for leaving OID off the cassette and with that all worked out, we decided to start a band. We were 13. He wanted to play bass. I wanted to sing and play lead guitar like my Dad (and like Rivers) but no one wanted to play drums. We drew sticks and I got stuck with the drumset and I agreed, but only until we could find a drummer. The other members were my little brother, who drew guitar and another mutual friend who also drew guitar. None of us knew how to play anything, so we went our separate ways for a bit and figured out how to basically play our instruments and then reconvened a couple months later. The first song we learned was Surf Wax America. In a very short time, I had learned all the drum parts for the whole album and I learned a lot about drumming for the song and not getting in the way from that record. I used to just play that record front to back on drums all the time.

It's funny that I initially saw myself as getting "stuck" with drums, because I wound up loving them so much and now that's what I do for a living (although the direction I went with drums is more jazz/latin/funk/fusion).

I decided to work on guitar and singing/songwriting on my own time. I didn't hear Pinkerton until about a year after it came out, because I lived in bumble-f*** Idaho and the album had no successful singles and I didn't even know it existed until I came upon it in a record store in Seattle during a church youth group outing. The friend who had introduced me to Blue had heard it and said it sucked, but his taste was always suspect to me, so I borrowed it from this other kid who said "it's a little funky...not at all like their first, but good". I took it home and it blew my little 15 year old mind.

I showed that record to my Dad and he thought it was a big improvement on the first record and once again pointed out things to me that I heard but couldn't really understand because I hadn't really started formally studying music yet- the modulations in the bridges, the counterpoint in the guitar solos, etc.

Then there was nothing going on with them for a long time and I used to check the RWA looking for news- I remember when they announced Mikey as the new bassist and I heard Velouria and thought it was totally f****** awesome. I was so excited for the third album and then there was still a long period of nothing and finally, in the summer before my senior year of high school, the band did the warped tour stint and started playing the ss2k material. I loved "Slob", "O Girl", "Your Sister", "Preacher's Son", "Modern Dukes"...I was excited. It was at that point that I formally joined the boards under the username "BuddyHolliday".

I bought Green the day it came out---I was disappointed by the changes to "Island in The Sun", but I still liked the record and thought the melodies were great (although the production did nothing for me). I defended it on the boards as necessary and wrote this ridiculous super-thread called "The Truth About Rivers Cuomo" which had a million replies and for some reason convinced some people that I was Rivers. I was constantly getting pm's from people saying how my songs had changed their life. I didn't play along and eventually Rivers started posting on the boards under the user-names "Ace" and "Zarathustra".

Green wore out fast though, and then the whole RCB thing happened and Maladroit came out...and I couldn't stand most of those songs when they were demos. Rivers was such a major d*** on the boards in those days, totally trashing Blue and Pinkerton and intentionally insulting fans. Still, I campaigned hard on the RCB to get Rivers to put "Slob" on the album...but I hated the album version and I hated Maladroit. I still do...although now it brings back some fond memories of the poster "Lethe", who came up with the name for the album and is the subject of many of the Album 5 demos (Private Message, She Who Is Militant, Everybody Wants A Chance To Feel All Alone, etc.). She had a relationship with Rivers at the time and we used to talk about that a lot. I'd show her the music I was writing and she gave me a lot of encouragement. She also introduced me to a lot of good literature and philosophy that I had totally missed. She is very much missed.

It's crazy...I'm sure I come across as a total Weezer hater because I don't like their new output...but the band had a profound impact on my life and introduced me to a lot of people that also had profound impacts on my life. I'll never forget any of that and it's pretty much why I'm here today.
Yep, both my kids love Weezer. They have seen them twice. My son got scooped up by Rivers during SWA when we saw them this summer. You can go to my profile if you want to see the pic. A night we'll never forget! Great that you're getting your son out there. Hopefully you two can see the Weez again on the "Memories Tour." :)
Wait...what's the age limit for Geezer Weezer? If Keith is 34 and considers himself one, then I'm downright ancient!
My sister used to listen to them constantly when I was growing up.
Keith I'm so sorry about the loss of your brother, thanks so much for telling your story it's really moving. I love your idea to share "Memories" of Weezer.

I was only 6 when Blue came out so needless to say not really caught up in any kind of music at all. But when I was 9 my uncle who was in his early 20's moved to Toronto and left tons of his stuff at our place including a box of a bunch of mix tapes. A year later, 1998, I dug into that box and discovered his taped copy of Blue that he must have recorded off of a friend's original. Fell in love and have been listening, following, and adoring ever since.
I stole the Blue album from my brother when I was a kid and have enjoyed every album every since then!
Sorry for your brother.. and cool story.

The first time I heard Weezer was on a on a Modern Warfare 2 montage with Only in Dreams in the background..
then I went out and downloaded every single Weezer album just based on how good that one song was.
I can't remember

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