Everyone likes to dance to a happy song: Weezer 10/30, Atlanta, GA

t2I’ve been a huge fan of Alt-Punk-Pop and all-around PHENOMENAL band Weezer since 1994, when I first heard “Undone – The Sweater Song” and for various reasons, I’ve never been able to see them live. So a while back when my friend Laura suggested we go to the Halloween Weezer show in Atlanta (the last show of this leg of the tour) my reaction was “Oh hell, yes, I wanna go!”

Laura (who took all the photos you’ll see here, except for my ticket and John’s supercool Rivers photo) and I got to Chastain Park, grabbed some beer, and sat in the lawn section to watch the amphitheater fill up while opening band, J. Roddy Walston and The Business, performed. I had never heard of this band before, but they’ve already amassed quite a following and have been featured in the pages of the New York Times AND on NPR. Not bad! Their sound definitely has a Southern Rock flavor, and was a great way to open an incredible rock show. If you like Southern Rock, be sure to check them out sometime!

By the time Weezer took the stage, Laura and I had consumed more over-priced event beer, met some awesome folks, and decided to head to front where we belong. Because, hey…THIS Music Mama is not content to sit in the lawn section of a General Admission show! The lower level was packed and the crowd, many of whom were dressed for Halloween, made for a surreal-ish, freak-show vibe.

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Ah. So much better in the front! About ten rows back, actually, but who cares? I could actually SEE! And we got much better pics, of course!

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(Okay, *this* pic was from our new friend John, who walked up even closer for a bit. Isn’t it awesome? Thanks, John!)

They opened with “Hash Pipe” and played for close to one and a half hours, going non-stop for the show’s duration. During this time, Rivers launched himself into the crowd for a bit of surfing, hopped onto the sound/light/whatever board in the center of the amphitheater, and ran through the aisles. Beach balls were sent through the crowd. Rivers sang and played guitar while jumping on a trampoline. Devo (or maybe just construction?) hats were donned. Rivers took another trek through the crowd, running up to the nosebleed section and around the perimeter of the amphitheater while a group of folks followed, Pied Piper-style, to “Beverly Hills.” And then watered himself down upon returning to the stage. (that pic you see up there ^^) Oh, and Rivers addressed the Atlanta crowd as Nashville, Tennessee. While I have no confirmation of this, everyone around me seemed to concur. It’s okay, he’s forgiven!

I heard most of my favorites, including “Undone – The Sweater Song,” “Perfect Situation,”Say It Ain’t So,”Pork and Beans,” and others. We didn’t get the cover of MGMT’s “Kids” that I was told they sometimes do; instead we got the cover of Wheatus’s “Teenage Dirtbag” as an encore. But I love that song and you NEVER hear it anymore, so it was perfect. Just really, truly perfect.

For the final encore of the evening, the band launched into a super-long rendition of one of my favorites of all time, “Buddy Holly,” which ended with all of the guys playing drums at the same time before taking a bow.

What an amazing show! Amazing night. Amazing friends. Since this was my first time seeing Weezer live, I don’t know if this is how all the shows go. But I was blown away, and will definitely see them the next time they come around.

I’ve referenced this set list to jog my memory and give you as much of the show as possible in our playlist. The only selections I was unable to find were “Epic” (intro), and “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To.”

Enjoy!


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10 Responses to Everyone likes to dance to a happy song: Weezer 10/30, Atlanta, GA
  1. Laura
    November 8, 2010 | 11:26 am

    I could not have written a better review. It was a perfect night, and show. My only disappointment was that they did not sing Troublemaker but I can hardly even complain given how amazing they were. I will see them again and again… hopefully with you.

    xoxo
    Laura

    • belle
      November 8, 2010 | 12:05 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by, and for inviting me, and the beer, and the company! I’ll go to any concert with you, anywhere! I would say anytime, but we all know how life with kids is. Even though mine are teens, it still takes some planning to make it happen :)

      Thank you again for letting me use your photos; they are awesome!

  2. Mari
    November 10, 2010 | 8:22 am

    Great post! I could smell the plastic cups of beer and feel the vibe of the crowd :)
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    • belle
      December 15, 2010 | 2:10 pm

      Thanks, Mari! We didn’t even get souvenir plastic cups! In fact, we actually had to ask for cups. They just gave us berr in a big can.

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    November 27, 2010 | 9:58 pm

    Great post. I generally enjoy stuff relating to this. Next time you need to write even more on this as well as food or like that.

    • belle
      December 15, 2010 | 2:11 pm

      Thank you, Beranrdine! We didn’t consume any food at the event, though we did hit up a great little Mexican restaurant/sports bar on the way over…..
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