CEDAR RAPIDS – Weezer’s hit train is pulling into downtown Cedar Rapids to headline KRNA’s Rockin’ the Rapids outdoor concert Sunday. That’s the promise from Patrick Wilson, the drummer for the alt-rock band based in Los Angeles.
The group landed on the charts in 1994 with “Undone — The Sweater Song” and “Buddy Holly” off the self-titled disc, also known as “The Blue Album.” A new disc, anticipated for 2011, isn’t finished yet and Wilson is mum on the project.
“No news yet, but we’ll be the first to tell people when we do,” he says via email from Los Angeles, shortly before leaving for New York City.
He says the band’s sound hasn’t changed “too much” in the past 18 years. “Some experimentation the last couple of years but we’re getting back to the wheelhouse of rock.”
Initially a favorite on the college circuit, Wilson says Weezer’s target audience these days is “anybody who likes two guitars, bass, drums, dirty, clean, melodies and harmony.”
He and bandmates Brian Bell, Rivers Cuomo and Scott Shriner — all still “sub 50 lol” — will be crisscrossing the country this summer and fall.
Live performances are give and take for Wilson.
“I love the feeling from the crowd, the aliveness of the event and hopefully they get stoked too,” he says.
— Diana Nollen
What you need to know
WHEN: 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday (6/10), rain or shine; gates open at 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Downtown Cedar Rapids; enter at First Street and Second Avenue SW; stage on First Street SE in front of the Alliant Energy Tower; VIP designated seating by the stage; general admission seating in adjacent First Street parking lot, Second Avenue Bridge, May’s Island
COST: VIP $125; general admission $40 through Saturday (6/9), $50 Sunday (6/10), free ages 10 and under
EXTRAS: Bring seating for general admission, food vendors on-site, no outside food and drink, no coolers, no patio/beach umbrellas, no animals, no re-entry
The Music Lineup
TONIC: 2:30 p.m. Los Angeles post-grunge rockers united in 1993. They have six Top 10 singles, more than 4 million records sold, Grammy nominations, platinum albums, numerous awards and hit songs around the world, including “If You Could Only See,” “Take Me As I Am” and “You Wanted More,” on the “American Pie” soundtrack. Tonic-online.com
FILTER: 3:30 p.m. Los Angeles rock band with post-grunge and industrial overtones, formed in 1993 in Cleveland by Richard Patrick, who played guitar for Nine Inch Nails, and Brian Liesegang who left Filter in 1997. With five albums and another one due this year, the band has songs on many film soundtracks and hit singles including “Hey Man, Nice Shot” and “Take a Picture.” Officialfilter.com
FUEL: 5 p.m. These post hard-core punkers from Los Angeles have sold more than 3.5 million albums in the U.S. and scored a trio of top 5 singles, “Shimmer,” “Innocent” and “Hemorrhage (In My Hands”) since their 1998 debut. They’ve played all over the world and opened for Aerosmith, Kid Rock, Creed and 3 Doors Down. Fuelrocks.com
CHEVELLE: 6:30 p.m. Chicago alt-metal band formed in 1995. Latest disc is “Hats Off to the Bull.” Singles include “Point #1,” “Mia,” “The Red,” “Send the Pain Below,” “Vitamin R” and “Face to the Floor.” Chevelleinc.com
WEEZER:8:15 p.m. Los Angeles alt-rockers with nine albums and hits from “Undone — The Sweater Song” and “Buddy Holly” to “Island in the Sun” and “Beverly Hills.”