Ahhh Memories…Weezer at the Orpheum, Dec. 14

Last night Weezer swung their aptly named Memories tour through Boston, kicking it off with a short set of “greatest hits” followed by an encore set of their Blue album straight through. Let me first say that the Blue album was one of the first physical CDs I ever got my mitts on, ordered it through CDnow (remember that?). Needless to say, that CD got worn out after countless spins on my portable CD player and it will always hold a special place in my heart. I’ve seen Weezer before, granted its never been on a headlining tour, but their live show has left me wanting something more before. Regardless, the M&T staff jumped at the chance to see one of our favorite albums of the ’90s being performed on stage, despite a pretty steep ticket price. And it was definitely worth it because last night I finally understood Weezer.

Weezer has caught an unholy amount of flak for their recent releases, no need to name them all because basically since Pinkerton, fans have been finding things to complain about. All the arguments usually sway back to the greatness of the Blue album and why the band has trouble recreating that “magic”. There was even a recent campaign to try and raise $10 million to try and get Weezer to break up. But America needs Weezer, more than you know. They’re trying to keep rock alive in its true form. Just pure, straight-forward, no frills power-chords rock. The show kicked off with Rivers addressing the crowd for the only time during the night, informing us of an imminent trip down memory lane. Starting with 2010 and speeding (very quickly) down the memory highway, Weezer rattled off a hit (or two) from all of their releases, including “Hash Pipe” from the Green album and “Falling for You” from Pinkerton. Rivers got especially into it, and brought the crowd with him during “Pork and Beans” when he decided to ascend the tower of speakers on the right side of the stage, climb into the side balcony seats, and entertain the crowd face to face. There was even a mini trampoline on stage so Rivers could easily access the platform holding Josh Freese/Patrick Wilson’s drum kit. It was all surprisingly…really fun.

But when Weezer left the stage for a short break (the memories kept coming with a slide show cataloging Weezer’s rise to fame)  and came back on for the real reason everyone was there, there was a sudden lack of energy from the lead singer. But I don’t think anyone noticed. The guys got back to basics, even sporting ’90s era outfits, and dove right into “My Name is Jonas”, never to look back. All the memories were there, from the familiar harmonica intro to “In the Garage” all the way to the epic crescendo during album closer “Only in Dreams”. The entire way through, I could almost feel a sense of agreement among the crowd, forgetting Weezer’s musical wrongdoings and just rocking the fuck out to an indisputably all-time record.

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