In support of their ongoing tour as well as their most recent album, Everything Will Be Alright
, graced NYC's Bowery Ballroom with the greatest performance its seen in a long time. Starting off with a handful of old tunes reminiscent of their most notable early-90's albums, Weezer
, lead guitarist and singer, River Cuomo, began on stage by himself, beaming a smile and gripping an acoustic guitar. It wasn't long after he sang the first song, "You Gave Your Love To Me Softly", that the rest of the band stormed the stage all baring acoustic instruments.
The acoustic set lasted for nine stunning throwback tunes such as, "El Scorcho", "Buddy Holly", and "Island In The Sun" where Cuomo could hardly get one full verse out before the audience would simply take over his role as lead vocalist. During the second set, the band introduced MS MR vocalist, Lizzy Plapinger, whom accompanied them while they played the new album in its entirety.
The show, although severely overcrowded, managed to remain extremely intimate throughout their lengthy performance. Maybe that's because The Bowery Ballroom is infinitely smaller than their once usual Madison Square Garden gig, but whatever their reasoning was, it made for the perfect experience. Not to mention the tickets started at 70 bucks, which to me meant that only the true fans would be willing to pay up — and my god, was I right.
The end of the show concluded with a massive choir coming on stage, a rainbow confetti shower and roses being handed to Cuomo as he knelt with his face behind his guitar. The band bowed and exited off stage as the crowd became asthmatic — terrible pun, I know — with excitement.
In short: Weezer is here to stay and I'm total fine with it
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