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 Corey Goodman on September 26, 2010 at 11:03am
The show was incredible!

I was really nervous about the whole seating situation on the floor and thought it'd be real awkward, but you guys transformed the awkardness into pure awesome rocking fun. It was such a blast. I also got to high five Rivers, which pretty much made me the happiest dude ever.
Comment by Cris shipman on September 26, 2010 at 10:59am
i was there and it was the best concert i have seen in years.
Comment by Matt Mitchell on September 26, 2010 at 10:48am
Having Rivers let me sing: Gimme gimme, gimme gimme into the microphone is the highlight of my life so far. And now I'm turning 21 in less than 12 hours. Thank you Rivers, Pat, Brian and Scott. I am going to try my hardest now to get you guys to come to Illinois State U
Comment by Tanner Pape on September 26, 2010 at 10:02am
thanks for the great show, saw you twice so far!
Comment by Kyle Carter on September 26, 2010 at 8:48am
what was the set list?
Comment by Steven C on September 26, 2010 at 12:24am
That was a great show!!! I have been a fan for awhile now but this was the first time I saw you live. Amazing show!!! Does anyone have a set list?
Comment by Timothy Yates on September 25, 2010 at 10:56pm
Hey Weezer, that was awesome and tottaly made my year. Question though, why didn't pat play the drums more?
Comment by Ethan Hoerr on September 25, 2010 at 10:25pm
I have never had more fun in my life. =W=
Comment by Nick Harlan on September 25, 2010 at 10:20pm
Tell Rivers sorry if I got in his face during Beverly Hills, haha. I was snapping a bunch of pics when he was running around at the back.
Comment by Omletteburning on September 25, 2010 at 9:30pm
You guys kicked ass, pretty much tore down the walls of the new stadium.

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