When you spend half your life listening to a band it becomes part of you, even if you never have seen them live like this journalist. With classic 90’s hits such as “Buddy Holly” and “Say It Ain’t So,” Weezer’s vast catalogue is engrained in most anyone’s soul who is over the age of 30. Touring off their newest LP (Weezer – The White Album) which is out today, they decided to hit up the friendly confines of the mid-sized Polish venue in Brooklyn to celebrate.
Arriving ridiculously early, I wasn’t surprised to see about 40 die-hard fans already in the queue, the earliest of which arrived at 10am. Most were dressed for the occasion; the woman had tiaras on and the men sported golden crowns, I’m not sure why however, but they looked ready to hold court with the alt-rock kings. Just because I arrived early didn’t ensure me a coveted spot up front, as Weezer has a fantastic fan-club and they were let in before everyone else, and by the looks of their faces as they streamed in the venue, they were in Heaven.
As soon as the alt-veteran’s ambled on stage, the crowd noise was deafening and the band wasted no time in slamming us with “California Kids,” “My Name Is Jonas” and one of my personal favorites, “Hash Pipe.” Meandering my way around the packed venue trying to find a place to stand, I was impressed at the sound quality of the old room. There’s some really good qualities about Warsaw that you don’t see at other places like getting cold beers and Pierogi’s delivered to your front row spot that sets it apart from it’s Brooklyn counterparts.
The new songs sounded just as good as the oldies and really found myself enjoying “Do You Wanna Get High” and “Thank God For Girls.” The set would conclude with amazing takes on “Island In The Sun” and “Undone,” which had the crowd delirious. Weezer returned for the encore with two of their biggest hits “Beverly Hills” and the Fonzie-loving good time known as “Buddy Holly” to end the impressive gig.
Don’t miss out on Weezer’s next local gig (with Panic At The Disco) at Nikon At Jones Beach Theatre on 6-30-16, get your tickets here before they sell out!
Article: Shayne Hanley