It’s a beautiful summer evening in the Nation’s Capital and what better way to spend the first day back after the Bluesfest “break” than with our good friends, Weezer.
At least that’s how it feels. Frontman Rivers Cuomo seems to have been 25 years old for the last 2 decades (he’s actually 43). Arriving on stage with their signature “W” lit up in the background, Rivers, Patrick, Brian and Scott, better known as Weezer, got down to business and immediately launched into “My Name is Jonas” and took the crowd back to 1994, when their self-titled “Blue Album” came out. From there, we heard classics like “Hash Pipe”, “El Scorcho” and “We Are All On Drugs” (the aroma coming from the crowd seemed to agree).
At one point during the set, Rivers reflected back on their first trip to Canada, a show in Vancouver back in the 90’s and he remembers worrying about whether or not the Canadians will like them. Although we never actually heard whether or not they were well received then, the crowd definitely offered up their support this year.
They closed out their show with one of my favourites and one of their most popular songs, “Buddy Holly” before going offstage for a brief minute, only to return for an encore consisting of “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived” and the classic “Undone – The Sweater Song”.