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Weezer (acoustic set) Fingerprints Records October 8th, 2014, Long Beach, CA

Weezer forget their hash pipe

Weezer forget their hash pipe

Weezer hardly needs an introduction…but briefly, they formed in Los Angeles in 1992 and have sold roughly 17 million records worldwide. Hits include “Buddy Holly”, “Hash Pipe” and “Pork and Beans” and on this warm fall evening in Long Beach, none of these songs were played.

Instead Weezer pulled five songs from their brand new CD “Everything Will Be Alright in the End”.

Now this is the first time I have ever heard these songs and not in the way that they are presented on the CD. A packed house, ranging from 50 year olds to teens was on hand to lovingly appreciate every move Rivers and the band made.

Starting the show a little late (there was a 2nd show at 8 also) Weezer had hand-picked members of the crowd recite each line to the beginning of the song “Ain’t Got Nobody”. It took awhile to get it going…murmurs of “buzzkill” circulated all around me as it seemed like forever for the group to get the song/show started.

Next up was “I’ve Had it up to Here” a good sounding song that recalled Jonathan Richman’s up close and personal acoustic sets. Hopefully the electric CD version will elevate things a bit. The third song played was the set highlight, “Go Away” a very Everly Brothers 1950-ish style song with nice harmonies that used audience members to sing back-ups.

“Eulogy for a Rock Band” had a nice sing-song catchy refrain to this tribute to a long gone rock band from another era. Singer/songwriter Daniel Brummel from The Sangorians joined the band for this one. Sidenote, drummer Patrick Wilson was absent from this gig due to a family matter.

Lastly the group ended with “Cleopatra” a galloping song with harmonica that recalls Richman’s “Shirin and Fahrad”.

The band seemed relaxed and not extremely personable…but all in all it was an enjoyable 25 minute set with nary a hint of their hit packed past, a promo gig for the new CD, and the folks seemed to have wanted more..special thanks to Fingerprints Records Dennis Gawronski for making this an enjoyable, comfortable evening.

Grade: B-

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