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Weezer Uninspired At

Arizona State Fair

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Weezer bassist Scott Shriner thumps it at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Photo by Jeff Moses.
Frontman Rivers Cuomo Goes Out Into The Crowd To Embrace The Fans, But It Still Seemed Like The Band Was Hurrying To Finish Up And Get Off Stage

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By Jeff Moses
Modern Times Magazine

Oct. 17, 2012 — Perhaps playing state fairs has given Weezer and front man Rivers Cuomo a new appreciation for their fan base, though a renewed love for live performance does not necessarily lead to a great show.

“That was the most boring show I have ever been to,” said Kyle Wilz on his way out of the Veterans Coliseum following Weezer’s Oct. 15 Arizona State Fair performance.

Cuomo who seemed genuinely happy to be there, seldom moved from right in front of his microphone, while guitarist Brian Bell stood still the entire set.

Bass player Scott Shriner seemed pretty into the set, though his appearance and stage presence would have done better at an 1980s metal concert than playing nerd rock with Weezer.

The quirky quartet played an hour and ten minute set featuring all of their biggest hits. They opened with “My Name Is Jonas,” and didn’t stop the mainstream hits until their planned encore performance of “Say It Ain’t So,” was over.

The real highlight of the encore wasn’t their hit song, but the drunk who couldn’t stop hitting security.

As security was trying to escort an unruly fan out, he began thrashing and throwing elbows to the extent that security allowed him to finish the show in the front row, before having three DPS officers arrest him back stage following the performance.

He was even able to shake Shriner’s hand before allowing the yellow clad state fair security team to remove him from the floor.

Perhaps he was lashing out at all the removals of fans that were smoking weed. If you can’t smoke at a show by a band that’s third track is called “Hash Pipe,” where can you smoke?

It’s just weird that a band can get up on stage and play a song called “We Are All On Drugs,” and be OK with fans being escorted out of the show for smoking weed.

Security wasn’t the only problem at the venue for the alternative rockers, a weak sound system mixed with some strange vocal stylings by Cuomo led to a version of “Buddy Holly,” that was unrecognizable until the chorus hit.

But the show went on, and Weezer played all of their hits, every song that someone who only listens to Weezer on the radio would want to hear, even if they couldn’t tell what song it was.

“Keep Fishing,” and “Pink Triangle,” were easier to decipher than “Buddy Holly,” but still lacked the precision performance that fans have come to expect from the band.

Many fans were quite enthused by their playing of “El Scorcho,” the first single off their masterpiece second album “Pinkerton,” which was quite audible and probably their best performance of the night.

Except perhaps for when Cuomo ran into the crowd microphone in hand and performed a song from the general admission seats.

Even with the excursion into the crowd of fans that Cuomo once claimed to hate, the performance was still uninspired, and it seemed as though Cuomo, Shriner, Bell and drummer Patrick Wilson were just trying to finish up and get off stage.

Perhaps you were there and you think I am wrong.

Well, “I don’t care what they say about me anyway, I don’t care about that.”

Jeff Moses is a freelance writer and photographer from Teaneck, N.J. and is currently living in Mesa, Ariz. He has been published in The Mesa Legend, OccupyUprising.org and The Highway Herald. Contact him by calling 727-385-0624.
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