Today we arose in Osaka with a need to get 315 miles to the north, as todays 3rd Punkspring Festival show is up in the Tokyo metro area, at the Makuhari Messe, which is a giant convention center north of Tokyo, where they usually hold the Summersonic Festival. So off we went, once again knowing that the Bullet Train was the relaxing answer.
Yesterday's show in Osaka was a bit of a time warp, with…
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Of the many cool things about Japan, the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) is not only fun and relaxing, its amazingly convienient. We made our way from Nagoya down to Osaka today in less than an hour, riding in serene smooth comfort as the Japanese landscape flew by. Enjoyable travel.... what's not to like about that?
Today is Show #2 of our 3 day Punkspring Festival run, and it takes place at the 8000…
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With all the show announcements and Cruise announcements going on, it might have gotten overlooked that we have arrived in Japan for the Punkspring Festival series! We've got 3 rock shows lined up for the next 3 days here, and all are multi-band extravaganzas. Today we are playing at Zepp Nagoya, a modern midsize venue that we have played at numerous times in past years, most recently in…Continue
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Folks, we got another addition to the summer weez calendar: we will be playing the Rock The Shore Fest, Victoria, BC on Sunday, July 14th!
The festival is happening at the Juan De Fuca Recreation Centre Lower Fields in Victoria, BC on July 13 and 14. All Ages Tickets go on sale Friday March 15. Pre sale information to follow. Festival info:…
People, the Weezer summer o’ ’13 is starting to shape up! On monday we announced the OC Fair and Hampton Beach, NH shows, and now we are happy to announce that we are playing the Ottawa Bluesfest on July 10! Our day of this multi day festival also features Passion Pit and Animal Collective, so one day, we’ll be like Ice Cube and say, “I gotta say it was a good day”. Note that there is no presale for any Bluesfest dates – the tickets go onsale to the public tomorrow (Thursday Feb 28) at 10…Continue
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All good things must come to an end, and this is true today, the final show of the Weezer Australasia Tour 2013. It's only been 3 weeks of travel but its created a lifetime of memories for the band and the fans of 3 countries alike. Everyone agrees that this was a fantastic and fun tour and we all hope we can return to all these cities (and more) soon.
Tonight's gig at the surprisingly cozy and welcoming Perth Arena (arenas are not known for feeling cozy…Continue
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Yesterday we arrived in Sydney, which happened to be the day of an all time record breaking high temperature of 45.8 degrees Celsius (114 F). Despite the heat, we quickly made friends with this beautiful city, and much walking around and exploring was done, albeit with sweaters to keep off the chill. Today we gathered our gear and our wits, then lost our wits again, and assembled down at the giant Sydney Entertainment Centre, home of the deeply beloved…Continue
...Today's show is unique on this tour, its the only Pinkerton Memories night. Its taking place at the historic and beautiful Palais Theatre, which is in the St. Kilda area, and is right next door to the site of one of the original 1996 Melbourne weezer shows at the Palace club, which burned down several years ago. So, we came pretty close to recreating the original experience, but I think we upped the ante, with the set of "lesser known fan fave classics…Continue
...After a day off in the fine metropolis of Melbourne, which included a visit to JJJ Radio from Pat and Scott, and Rivers and Brian attending the David Byrne show, and yours truly battling a nasty cold (joy joy), we have re-assembled at the impressive Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Its a magnificent sunshiney day today, and the sonorous echoes of the various bands' soundchecks are reflecting to and fro thru the concrete canyons of the Bowl, as the final…Continue
At long last the Weezer train has stopped in Australia! 16 years is far too long to wait, but the much appreciated patience of the Australian fans is finally getting rewarded. Tonight we are in Australia's 3rd largest city Brisbane - or we were when we were at the hotel - now we're actually at an arena built way outside the city for the Commonwealth games some years ago. Eh, whatever works!
Opening for the Australia run are Ball Park Music, a…
Today marks only the second time Weezer has ever played in New Zealand, the last time being way back in the 90's on the Pinkerton Tour. It feels great to finally be back here! It's a shame we cant just hang out here and look for Lord Of The Rings locations out in the countryside, but theres only so much time on the ground here, and ancient underground dwarven cities take time to explore. Anyway, there's hardly anything to do in Erebor anymore, plus the…Continue
At long last the first show of the Australasia Tour is here, at a walled in outdoor area at the Lapangan Senayan Stadium in Jakarta. It rained quite a bit today so the grounds are quite wet and muddy (say goodbye to your shoes), but now the skies have cleared for the evening and the people have flooded in, and they are clearly ultra excited and ready to rock. It's about time we did this!
Outside the show area they set up a side stage where local bands have…
Well it took 18 years, but Weezer finally set foot in Indonesia today, after about 20+ hours of flying including a layover in Hong Kong. Jakarta (apparently nicknamed "The Big Durian") is unbelievably massive, one of the largest metro areas in the world, and growing fast still. The traffic is nuts, the weather is wet and warm, and the city is just buzzing at all times. The Indonesian people have been extremely warm and friendly, and the Weezer fans we have met…
...Hi folks- Hope you are having a great holiday season - Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Chanukkah, Happy Kwaanza, or happy whatever works for ya.
Time sure does fly by when you are having fun. 2012 found us skipping to and fro, playing shows on cruise ships, in theaters, at festivals, state fairs, casinos and more. 2013 looks to be another fun year, as we do the Australasia Tour 2013 in Indonesia, New Zealand, and Australia in January, and we…
Happy Birthday to Brian Bell! Brian, keep rocking the guitar, keyboards, vocals, and fine dresswear the way you do. Brian Bell: where rock collides with fashion, and both emerge victorious.
...Hey, folks - You may have seen a year or so ago that '92-'98 weez bassman and Rentals leader Matt put out a new Rentals album called "Songs About Time". However this was only available as a super deluxe limited box set, so not many people had the chance to…Continue
...Night two of the Florida Memories duo was one for all time. 16 years (!) after we teamed up with Ash in Florida back in 12/96 on the Pinkerton Tour, all the pieces of that 90's puzzle were back in play, probably only a few miles from where it had all gone down before. Only this time Ash had more than '1977' to draw off of for their setlist, While weezer specifically played only their '96 album, plus a set of hits and rarities. For the second night I did my best to share some of the old…Continue
...After a not very long post show bus ride, we arrived in Orlando late last night to rest up for a pair of Memories shows here in Orlando, one for the Blue album, one for Pinkerton. The original Memories Tour never made it down to this neck of the woods, so we're very excited to finally deliver the full measure of the classic weez plus the hits and rarities to the Golden Floridian Empire. So far this mini tour with Ash has been great, so these 2 nights in Orlando…Continue
...We travelled by bus overnight to the mellow, stylish burg of St. Petersburg, on Florida's West coast, and got some z's, rising today to a gloious fall day here in Florida. We headed over to the very nice Mahaffey Theater, whose backstage halls are festooned with posters of all the classy productions of musicals and Lord of the Dance and such that have been here over the years. Its nice to know Weezer is in a place where we belong.
Ash is soundchecking…