Weezer – Riot Fest – 9/14/2018
Have you ever gone to shootaround before an NBA game? You know how every single shot that goes up, goes in? Well that’s Weezer. Bucket, after bucket, after bucket. They make playing live seem almost too easy.
Weezer were pulled into playing at Riot Fest after injury struck Travis Barker and Blink 182 (They actually covered “All The Small Things” at the show) had to cancel. The show they played featured all the hits and was lights out. The band went straight into it with “Buddy Holly” to open and ended up playing 20 songs that included all the fan favorites and 5 covers. One of the more unique parts of the show was when the band covered “Always Together” by The Turtles. This cover featured a break half way into the song that resulted into a snipped of “Long View” by Green Day. It was a double cover.
Weezer’s stage presence was outstanding. Rivers played the audience like a conductor. Riot Fest featured two large stages nearly right next to each other. In one instance, Rivers disappeared from one stage and appeared on the other. There he played two song that were played solo and with acoustic guitar. The first was Weezer classic, “Island in the Sun” and the other was a cover of “Take On Me” by A-ha.
Weezer has just mastered the live performance with song selection, being unique, and having fun with the crowd. I don’t know if there is a better headliner for a music festival.