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 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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Whoa, awesome story dude. I'm really very sorry for the loss of your brother, most especially because he was the one who turned you on to Weezer. I'm a Geezer myself, 35 years young and proud of it! :D My first Weez encounter was when I was in college some time in 1994 (dang, sometimes I couldn't believe that was so loonng ago hehehe). Anyway, my friend lent me a mixtape (yeah, don't you just miss those?) with some tracks she recorded when she went on vacation in the U.S. (we're from the Philippines btw). She told me that here's some new stuff from the States and thought I might like it. The first track on that mixtape happened to be "My Name Is Jonas". From the time I heard the briskly plucked intro, I was mesmerized. When the distorted crescendo kicked in, I was totally blown away. Like you, I aslo grew up listening to a whole lot of music. My uncle had an extensive record collection ranging from The Bealtes, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, and even Iron Butterfly hahaha :D I grew up listening to those records, and also went through the whole punk-new wave-grunge thing from the 1980s to the 1990s. So when I heard Weezer way back in 1994, I felt that everything I ever loved in rock music had culminated in that one song I heard on my friend's mixtape. From there, I was hooked and have been a die-hard fan ever since. It's quite unfortunate that I still have to watch Weezer live. I know, judging from all the youtube videos that watching them live is a whole new experience altogether. It has been my constant dream that Weezer visits the Philippines one day, just so my aspirations of watching them live won't remain only in dreams. Peace, Love and RocknRoll!!!! :)
i think lots of people would like to read this. it'd be easier if it had paragrpahs, to break it up a bit.
My first memory of Weezer, was when I saw the "Island In The Sun" video back in 2001.

By the way, The Beatles was a 60's artist, not 50's
I'm a recent weezer fan, so my first memory was seeing the Pork and Beans video on tv. I was 12, so I didn't really have a distinctive music taste, and I was basically just going along with mainstream stuff. Anyways, I saw the video, and I immediately looked them up online and realized I recognized some of their songs (buddy holly and say it aint so, from guitar hero =P ). So that christmas I made a list of all 6 albums and told my mom that's what I wanted. So eventually, I popped pinkerton into my CD player, and I realized that I love this band.
Wow...a lot of youngsters on here.... ;)

I'm a couple of years older than Rivers and know I must have sold him guitar strings, records and CD's while I was in college at UCONN. I worked at University Music which was right across the street from where Rivers went to high school. I'm sure I am probably one of the biggest influences on Weezer's music because of my early interactions with Rivers......that's my story and I'm sticking to it....*cough*

I'm pretty sure my first exposure to Weezer was when the Buddy Holly video was on MTV....that was it....and now my Jeep is named the Weezermobile....

Being born in 1990, I didn't really have a chance to explore Weezer at a deeper level until about 2005, but I've listened to them on some level as long as I can remember. Growing up, I remember my older brothers watching music videos on MTV, but "Buddy Holly" always stood out in my mind. It could have been because I've always had a thing for the 50's era, but I think I just always had a good taste in music.

When I was 10 years old, there was some sort of promotion for the Green Album on or some site like that. They had a game similar to Guitar Hero, only you used the keyboard arrows. I remember there being only like 2 songs to choose from, "Photograph" and "Island in the Sun". The cheeriness and feel-good nature of the songs just pulled me in. The ooohs and claps of "Photograph" and tropical relaxing sound of "Island in the Sun" forced me to beg my mom to buy me their CD. I was addicted to the album, and somewhere down the line I convinced her to buy me the Blue Album, solidifying my devotion to Weezer. My parents would also buy Maladroit for me as well, and I would listen to these 3 albums every day (no exaggeration). By the time Make Believe came out, I discovered Pinkerton and all the unreleased material Weezer had to offer and fell in love all over again. I've considered myself a hardcore Weezer fan ever since.
Buddy Holly video 1994. I'm old too.
age seven, buddy holly video.
hooked ever since
that jeep is BADASS
Mine's pretty lame... Every day, I ask my friends/family there "song of the day" (no need for an explanation of what it is). A few years ago (4,5), I ask my brother, he says his then asks me mine. I go "Buddy Holly by this band I just heard of, Weezer! You ever heard of 'em?" He responds "Dude, they were gigantic when I was in High School...

So lame
Seeing the Undone video when it first hit Mtv. Was totally blown away by it and went to by TBA soon after. I wasn't really that into them until I saw the (now don't laugh) Beverly Hills video. Not that I absolutely loved that song. It just re-sparked my interest in them. Been a big fan ever since.
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