Well I feel quite guilty for not posting each day but I'm going to try and catch up with a nice big fat blog post now. When last we spoke, some twisters were roaring through the midwest, and no one ended up in Oz.
Then, time to prepare for the trip to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where unto us a rock show was born on a cold snowy night in an inn with no room, because people that place was packed!
It was especially awesome to see so many wonderful fans that I've met - so many people converged in one place for this show, and I made some new friends, too - weezer fans are the best, truly.
Rivers promised to destroy us with rock, and he is a man of his word. The guys were on fire, and I can say that the addition of the smoke effects (I first saw these in Oklahoma this summer) add a lot to the show! Lots of fun and very dramatic. The lighting was great with them and they were just menacing enough and used sparingly enough to be effective.
It's difficult to sound objective here, because if you know me at all you know that I don't think there is such a thing as a bad weezer show, so when I tell you that it was GREAT, you will probably think that sounds pretty typical coming from me. BUT IT WAS! The band is tight - they are having a good time and sounded so good. The setlist was good too! I was THRILLED to hear The Good Life, because that's not been played a lot at shows I've attended - that was a real treat. I like Photograph a lot too and enjoyed hearing that again live.
I tried my hand at video at this show for the first time - and I have to say it's not my favorite thing! I love to jump around and sing and generally rock out, and none of this is possible when you're filming, uh, taping - hey - both those words are obsolete now, aren't they? - *recording* the song. I'll try to upload it here later - I decided to record Perfect Situation because I love the solos in it. I'm glad I captured the song from such a nice vantage point but I wouldn't want to do it a lot - it took me too much out of the moment. Maybe a ball cap with a gopro attached or something would be better for me in terms of show enjoyment. There are many nice videos on YouTube from the show, too, for your enjoyment.
Another cool thing at this show in addition to the chemistry on stage and the great performances, was the crowd - My ears hurt from the screaming of the crowd! (not complaining) This is a first for me. Something I love about weezer and their incredible team is that they always know right where the sound needs to be for maximum rock without bleeding ears. I have never wanted to wear earplugs at a weezer show, ever. I do sometimes for the opener if their sound is awful and too loud, but weezer always has audio perfection going on. About halfway or more through the set, between songs, the crowd was just roaring.
Overall I just had a fan-freaking-tastic time and despite the cold cold wait for will-call, it wasn't long before we were all toasty and happy and blissfully destroyed by rock, as promised.