His name isn’t Jonas. He does kind of resemble Buddy Holly.
After a day of hardcore sounds by bands like Tonic, Fuel, Filter and Chevelle, Weezer took the guitar riffs down a few notches and ended the evening on a more chill, California dreaming kind of note.
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No. We do not mean to imply that these are the Beach Boys. But, with songs like “Island in the Sun,” “Buddy Holly” “Surf Wax America” and “Beverly Hills” Weezer’s music has always had more of a sunny disposition than its counterparts that also sprang out of the mid-90s alternative rock era.
The band opened with “Tired of Sex” the opening track from their second album “Pinkerton.” Then they fastforwarded a decade or so to “We are all on Drugs” from the 2005 album “Make Believe.” Four of the next six songs were among the bands most recognizable – “My Name is Jonas,” “Undone: The Sweater Song,” “Beverly Hills” and “Island in the Sun.”
Thanks to what was an unexpectedly fabulous sound system, every word to every song was audible from even the furthest reaches of the seating area. That’s a good thing, when you want sing along as the audience did to “Troublemaker.”
Nine-year-old Hayden Bosman, easily one of the youngest fans in the crowd, didn’t miss a note. Dressed in a Weezer shirt and standing atop a chair his father, Daniel Bosman, pulled into the audience for him, Hayden belted out every lyric along with Cuomo.
In fact, the entire family — Hayden, mom Stevie, father Daniel and little sister Lemmy, 3, also in a Weezer t-shirt — all could probably sing any self-professed Weezer fan under the table. They drove out from Des Moines just for the concert and from the looks of it enjoyed every minute.
To be fair, though, no one in the audience appeared to be fading as Weezer played through their 20-song set. Even after nearly 12 hours of music, the fans stayed strong until the end. And, the end, as it were, happened to be a cover of Poison’s “Talk Dirty to Me” and Weezer’s own “Say it Ain’t So.”
“This is the perfect way to start out our summer,” Cuomo told the crowd about half-way through the show. “Thank you very much.”
We couldn’t agree more. So, no, thank you, Weezer.