2011/01/21 Las Vegas, NV: Hard Rock Hotel: The Joint: Memories Combo Show

Today is the day people. The Hard Rock lobby is pumping the Aerosmith, the Carlos Santana and Ramones displays are polished up, the one armed bandits are parting the gamblers from their gold nuggets, and into this dusty western town rolls Weezer. The stage coach doors open and the antique weapons of rock n roll are drawn at high noon. Well, not high noon actually, more like 9:15 pm, after the opening set by Imagine Dragons.

Tonight's Memories show is unique in that its a combination Blue + Pinkerton dual album show. Its never been done before (by weezer) so there's bound to be some surprises...


And in fact the main suprise was saved for the encore, with Rachel Haden joining the band onstage to sing the Pinkerton B-Side "I Just Threw Out The Love Of My Dreams". Rachel, one of the triplet daughters of jazz great Charlie Haden and original member of weezer buddies that dog., is the featured vocalist on that recording, and as such the song hasnt been performed since the mid 90's, as Rivers wrote the song from a girls point of view. It was so great to see Rachel again, and everyone had a chance to catch up with her after years of separation.

The rest of the show was understandably epic, with the entire Blue and Pinkerton albums performed in order (separated by my old time weezer memories slideshow). It had a slightly different feel from the previous two-night Memories shows, which had the wild first set of hits and b-sides. That created an immediate celebratory atmosphere, that for this show had to be slowly (but surely) built up to as the classic albums were laid out and the collective freak out gathered strength like a storm.

Big ups to Rachel Haden, Brian's sister Leia Bell and family, Michael McCarthy (=w= Flag Guy!); and Luis S., die-hard front and center man going big with the ILAA package!

Did you go? Comment here and/or in our message boards, tell your tale! Post your show pix on our photo page!

To see these pix individually and larger, click here.

Also, remember to check weezer's Twitter/Yfrog photo/video page for photos taken on the fly as things happen!





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Comment by Juan Calderon on January 23, 2011 at 10:17pm
This show was amazing!!!!! Big ups to Karl for !!! Karl is the fifth member of weezer and Weezer could not be who they are without Karl!!!
Comment by plaid on January 23, 2011 at 6:57pm

Wonderful show that exceeded my expectations.  And those expectations were high, probably because of the anticipation. We flew in and despite delays and setbacks managed to arrive during the opening act.  Great crowd, great venue. 

Comment by Cladeedah on January 23, 2011 at 1:38pm
It was so great hanging out with so many Weezer fans from all over -- Karen and Cherrie from L.A., Crystal from Milwaukee, the Canadians, Ken, Steven -- the list goes on and on.  Seeing Weezer 7x in the last 5 months has been a complete thrill-ride.  I had higher hopes for the last show in my hometown, but I'm not going to dwell on the negative.  (Vegas does tend to kill art.  I shouldn't be surprised.)  The last 5 months have been filled with travel, adventure, romance, pain, excitement, adrenaline, kindness, disappointment, luck, camaraderie, art, surprises, beauty, and, most of all, UNPARALLELED JOY.  Thanks for the many, many happy memories, Weezer.
Comment by Lulu Flores on January 22, 2011 at 7:01pm
I was blown away!!! I have no words other than THANK YOU!
Comment by Mollie Buechel on January 22, 2011 at 6:47pm

The show was phenomenal. I have been waiting to see a show like that since 1994. I couldn't have asked for a better performance and what a GREAT crowd of fans!

Comment by Todd Gerber on January 22, 2011 at 2:27pm
It was a great show.....sweet venue and awesome tunes.
Comment by Steven K. on January 22, 2011 at 12:47pm
I can't wait for Karl's pics! I hope all of everybody's "Center Bar Pic" turned out well...mine sure did...let me know if you need a copy!
Comment by Angel Burke on January 22, 2011 at 11:14am

Another amazing show...they rocked my face off again!!!  IJTOTLOMD...EPIC!  Thanks for the backstage tour and for being completely awesome!  I heart Weezer always!!!

Comment by Jared Autrey on January 22, 2011 at 9:08am
Hands down the best, most fun concert I have ever been too.  True, I still can't heat very well, but it was oh so worth it!
Comment by Ken Y. on January 22, 2011 at 2:39am
Guys 'twas indeed, truly an epic show. I met a bunch of great people and saw what will be my favorite concert ever. Thank you weezer and Karl and crew. Also thank you to Steven from Las Vegas for rounding up the .com message board group for pre show drinks! Was a night I'll never forget!

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