Today's link from weezerpedia was this setlist from a show in Chicago in 2009, which made me consider the role of Chicago in my fandom and how awesome weezer fan meetups are.
Chicago is nice for me because as a cornfield-surrounded midwesterner, it's within driving distance. Most weezer shows for me require air travel, so it's great to have a major city relatively nearby (about 4 hours).
Chicago is particularly memorable for me because it was there that I met some weezer friends I'd known online for the first time in real life. It was such a cool experience. I felt like we all already knew each other, and it was great to wait in line with lots of friends and swap weezer stories and learn more about each other. The friends I met that day set the stage for my great experiences with so many awesome fellow fans, and we're all still friends and go to shows together as often as we can.
Since that time, I've met so many friends from online at various shows, and it's been one of my very favorite things about weezer. Coming together from all over the world, singing our hearts out together, standing in monsoons together, and sharing the same excitement and anticipation for the next shows, the new music, the next amazing thing like the cruises, or the Pinkerton Diaries -- our passion for all these things isn't as easily understood by other people, but our fellow fans can happily engage in discussion and planning and just add to the whole experience, in addition to being really awesome people in other ways too.
So Chicago and the greater Chicagoland area (including Hammond, Indiana), thank you for being there and keeping the weez coming back each year. I'm sure I'll see you again in 2014! :)
Where did you first meet up with other fans?