Weezer performed at the Adams Event Center in Missoula, Montana on April 29, 2002 as part of the Dusty West Tour. Pete Yorn and AM Radio were the opening acts.
- See Karl's Corner - 04/29/2002
|...Today I was finally able to join up with the Dusty West Tour. I flew in early in the afternoon, after sleeping on the plane sitting up, trying to make up for the 32 minutes of sleep i had gotten prior to the flight that morning. Missoula looked beautiful from the air, snow covered hills all over the place. A friendly collegiate guy was waiting with a University of Montana van to whisk me to the Adams Center, which was basically an overgrown gym that could seat a lot of basketball fans. Or weezer fans...
The Adams Center may have been a bit shy on dressing rooms, but in its favor we managed to dig up a full complement of leisure activites backstage, namely foosball and ping pong. Now everyone wants to bring such items on the road with us! I guess it makes up for the curious sudden lack of powered scooters on tour. Where did they go? I bet as soon as its summertime again the scooters will be back, plus a phalanx of BMX bikes and all sorts of other good ways to get hurt. Personally, Ill stick to my trusty skateboard if I want to get hurt.
So now I've seen the 2 opening acts in action. I had seen AM Radio several times in club situations in LA; how would they take to the big stage? The answer was 'very well'. This band even had the whole crowd singing along to Cyndi Lauper lyrics at one point! Thats worth the price of admission alone. And Pete Yorn, a very nice guy backstage, offered some sonic detours that I appreciated. It wasnt all a wall of guitars and rock beats. Pete seems to know how to go off the beaten trail without running into territory that would confuse the crowd. Cool intrumentations and effects, great songs, and a rad cover of "panic" by the Smiths.
Weezer was in fine form. I had earlier learned that they felt that they had reached new heights in Vancouver, but somehow werent able to keep the flame as bright in Pullman, and so they were searching for the strategies to keep the stoke factor and fun factor as high as possible. I think they must have regained some ground tonight. Plus the crowd was bananas, and somehow, for an arena room, it really sounded great in there. I even dug how the cd player sounded between bands. Full and crisp and heavy.
- Karl Koch