2010/09/25 Peoria, IL: Bradley University: The Unnamed New Arena

***Special Notice: Here's a sneak preview of the footage AXE will be posting of Weezer & friends at the 9/21 AXE One Night Only show.***



We rolled into Peoria around 6:30 AM after driving overnight from Columbus, and those who were sleeping on the bus either continued to, or woke up in order to go back to sleep in a hotel room. Then, depending on which sleep option was taken, we either woke up in the bus outside Bradley University's new Arena, or took a van ride to same. Logistics!

Apparently this is the inaugural Grand Opening concert event at Bradley's brand new arena, so we get to break in a brand new building today. Come on down and help us!

(later...)

As Borat likes to say, "great success!" Thanks to all the Bradley U. staff, students and fans, for making what was a dreary rainy day outside into a super fun and cool night inside their brand new arena. The New Bradley U. Arena is a nice mod size dealio, like a 'fun size' Snickers bar at Halloween - still packed with peanuts, still satisfying.

Brian's 102 year old Grandma Lilah was on hand, coming up from Iowa City with other Brian relatives. Lilah is a pretty amazing woman, and Brian sang her praises during the epic "Brian's Song" metallic piano shredfest tonight. Lilah kept her hearing aids out for the show, which with the deafening arena sound system rocking out for the first time, ended up being about just the right volume level for her. I would appear form the rest of the audience reaction that it was just about the right volume for their college-age ears too.

Thanks One World staffers for the nice autographed pizza box! (and the delicious pizza within). And thanks Coop Records for a breif fun vinyl shopping foray right before the show got started.

Heres's a local Peoria paper's review of the show.

Comment here if you went, or start a thread on our message boards! Tell your tale!

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Comment by Becky Skehan-Passie on September 30, 2010 at 11:57am
Thanks, Dave. That's awesome!
Comment by Dave Lennie on September 30, 2010 at 11:50am
For anyone interested, there are lots of photos from the concert on the Journal-Star's website, including the ones that Rivers took when he grabbed the photographer's camera and snapped some pics facing the crowd: http://blogs.pjstar.com/eye/2010/09/26/hey-that-guy-rivers-cuomo-to...
Comment by Jacquelin on September 29, 2010 at 10:53pm
Great show.
Comment by foodongo on September 27, 2010 at 7:14am
aaaawwww look at PATRIQUE!! (Patrick) at the last picture... he loox isolated in his drum world... they should be swapping back n forth with the DRUMS MAN! :O JAWEEEZ!!! :p
Comment by Tanner Pape on September 27, 2010 at 5:37am
Here is an awesome thing that happend to me, I got out of me seat, went to the right of the stage all of a sudden RC stood right on a chair above me, how cool is that, to be in talking distance with RC!
Comment by Justin Skender on September 27, 2010 at 5:29am
Got to Peoria kind of early, so we walked in the rain down to Starbucks. My friend recognized Scott standing outside and he was kind enough to let us get a couple of pics with him. You're a hell of a nice guy Scott. It really made our experience ten times better getting to meet you and being treated just like we were a couple of old friends! Great show!
Comment by Daniel [bleed0range] on September 26, 2010 at 11:16pm
Wow, the video was actually very well done. Looks professionally shot, like a concert DVD or something. Wish I could have gone to that show. I need to get over to LA where all the cool stuff happens!!
Comment by Carrie Pie on September 26, 2010 at 11:09pm
The show was AMAZING! You guys are obviously the coolest nerds in the world! I recently began listening to your music to prepare for your concert at Bradley, and I fell absolutely in love with your music! Keep up the great work guys!!!!
Comment by Becky Skehan-Passie on September 26, 2010 at 1:42pm
P.S. Is there anywhere where we can buy the live recording?
Comment by Becky Skehan-Passie on September 26, 2010 at 1:32pm
Thank you!! Up there with my favorite concerts of all time!! So much energy I can't believe you could even stand up at the end. Being pregnant it got a little dicey when people were pushing and shoving around stairwells running hysterical trying to get to Rivers, but I guess that's to be expected in a college arena when something like that happens. It was totally worth the experience. Dope!! I'll come back again and again Weezer. It's rare that a band sounds BETTER live than on CD, as if I thought that was possible! Woohoo! <3 U. The baby thought it rocked as well ;)

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