2010/09/02 Burlington VT: Champlain Valley Exposition


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Wow, what a day. Things started out hot sticky and muggy at a bizarre hotel in Essex, known for its culinary institute. Pretty abstract, and no, the food wasnt all that and a bag of chips. In fact, I could have used a nice bag of chips! But I will say this: the free lemonade and fresh baked cookies in the lobby were a terrific unexpected breakfast as we boarded the van to the Expo grounds.

Earlier in the morning, Brian went on a foray into town with none other than Mikey Welsh, Weezer bassist from '98-'01 and currently a terrific visual artist up here in Burlington. Mikey and his family/gang would meet up with us later at the show, as would several others...

I never thought the ferris wheel would begin to be a familiar backdrop for a weezer show, but these days its getting sorta commonplace! The summer fair season is winding down, but we've hit our share this year. And summer stayed in full effect tonight, as the heat wave was still firmly entrenched.

Tonight the band faced the dreaded prospect of the chair. The folding chair. Hundreds of them in fact. These things are a pain. They make people feel like they cant dance, cant move around, cant get loose. It took some doing, but weezer got the Burlington peeps to lose their inhibitions and party down. Rivers gave it his all once again, climbing tents, poles, bleachers, port-a-potties, you name it, all while singing as the boys on stage held things down tight instrumentally.

Before and after the show were some reunions and meetings. The aforementioned Mikey was on hand with some family and friends, and jolly times were had. Then Scott and Pat conspired with Mikey to do a last minute switchheroo, putting Mikey onstage for "Hash Pipe", the first time he'd played with weezer since July 2001. This was done without Rivers knowledge and the double take he did when he saw Mikey for the first time was priceless! Needless to say, everyone was stoked. And as Scott later said "That was fun. Where I come from, thats just what you do. When a former member of a band visits, you offer him the stage." Mikey later said "Fortunately, they picked the one weezer song I still remember how to play!"

Also here tonight was the great Hayley (Weezer_Child), who was thrilled to finally meet herself some weezer. Also Adam O., whose fandom dates back to the early RWA days. And it was a real pleasure to finally meet Alec Longstreth, Great comics artist who does a comic book called "Phase 7". Here's Alec's entertaining rundown of his experience tonight!

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Comment by Benjamin Jon Burr on August 9, 2011 at 1:42pm
There was some reporter taking a video. Does anyone know where to find it?
Comment by Justin Hoenke [honkey doorie] on September 4, 2010 at 6:23am
So great to see Mikey. I have great memories of talking to Mikey about art at a 1999 Special Goodness show. He was selling these collages he did in the van as they traveled. I didn't buy one. Lame choice on my part.

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