2011/09/11 Dana Point, CA: Doheny State Beach: Doheny Days Festival

Today is the second day of the 2 day Doheny Days Festival, and Weezer is closing the show tonight, following sets by the likes of Cake, Neon Trees, Ziggy Marley and Black Uhuru! This show is bound to be a good one, set up right on the beautiful Doheny State Beach by the Pacific Ocean.

Yours truly is unable to attend today's show, so its up to you guys to supply the photos today! Post them here on Weezer.com and I'll feature some of them in a featured album for today's show, and list all the photographers here!

Photos later - are you going? Did you go? Comment here and/or in our message boards, tell your tale! Post your show pix on our photo page! Same goes for video clips if you got em!

Ten Years

Ten years ago, I was woken up in a hotel room in San Jose, CA by a phone call from my friend Patrick Finn, who was hysterical and telling me to turn on my TV. Like everyone else that day Weezer's world took a sharp and strange detour as the events of 9/11 changed everything. No one knew what to do or what would happen, and as the enormity of the day's events and what it meant sunk in, the tour we were just about to embark on seemed pretty unimportant. After several cancelled shows and a lot of confusion, eventually the Midget Tour picked up steam and moved ahead, just like everyone had to, despite the shock of the attacks.

 

Later in September weezer played a cold rainy set at Jones Beach in NYC, a show we initially were sure would be cancelled. Theres not a lot a rock band can do to help process acts of terror or natural disasters - but in rocking out for the fans, some sense of normalcy and comfort was achieved, and the fans were very glad the show went on. The day after the show I stayed on in NYC for a few days with the Finns on a trip that was planned well before 9/11. It felt very strange trying to have a "normal" vacation so soon after the attacks, but it also felt wrong to cancel. We saw the spontaneous memorials that had sprung up all over lower Manhattan, and we got as close to the WTC site as we could and stood speechless for a while. Now, every time I return to NYC, I make a special effort to walk down there and have a little visit with the past and the future.




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Comment by Abby on October 25, 2011 at 9:09pm
Dana Point Show was super great!! 
Comment by Melissa Grant on September 12, 2011 at 7:09pm

Weezer killed it... and River's was as entertaining as ever!

Comment by Melissa Grant on September 12, 2011 at 7:08pm
Comment by Danielle on September 11, 2011 at 5:08pm

I agree with the sentiment you share here Lisa. I believe that music has the power to bring people together and to help us when we are most vulnerable.

 

To my friends in America, my thoughts are with you this day, I wish you all much love and peace.

 

Thank you Karl for your thoughtful words.

Comment by Lisa on September 11, 2011 at 3:59pm

Thanks for sharing your memories with us, Karl.  I can't imagine how odd it must have been for anyone in the entertainment industry to carry on "normally" after that when it felt so confusing.  I recall very well Letterman's first show back, and Jon Stewart's first show back, and the acknowledgement of their feelings and the need to move ahead too.  In times of distress and confusion people often rely on music more than ever to feel okay.

 

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