Weezer concert: 05/25/2002

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Weezer performing in Nagoya

On May 25, 2002 Weezer performed in Nagoya, Japan at the Kosei Nenkin Hall on the Japan World Cup Tour in support of Maladroit. The opening act was AM Radio.

Karl's Corner

Japan World Cup Tour show #7: Kosei Nenkin Hall, Nagoya

...The Kosei Nenkin hall is a very nice hall, that is (unfortunately) seated right up to the stage. This prevented the steamy 'mush pit' effect we've seen so much of on this tour. One things for sure however, no one could complain about their view of the band! The overall effect was a bit muted, with plenty of mass jumping up and down in place, enough so that i was bobbing up and down while trying to take pictures by the stage...! However, we can be sure that these fans were stoked, due to the post-show mob that descended on the band's van as it made its way out of the venue. That's something we've not seen much of on this visit, after plenty of it on past Japan tours. There were also high numbers of post show hotel lobby autograph and picture seekers tonight. Took me right back to '97!

Fan reaction

  • These e-mails from fans were posted on weezer.com:

...The venue was all seated + as people say Nagoya fans were pretty shy, to you guys, i assume the crowds seemed be lot more quite than the ones from other cities. but we were having fun!! They played most of songs i wanted to hear tonight, which as "say it ain't so","space rock" "story is wrong" and "yellow camaro".(well,"across the sea" was the most wanted but i somehow knew they wouldnt play it tonight)i think the setlist was really good. Rivers was pretty talkative tonight as well, i wonder "pocari sweat" is his fave Japanese drink at the moment..? and also wonder who taught him how to say "you're stupid" in Japanese... :-p ---Rie

...Hello! I've just come back home from weezer's show in Nagoya! The show was awesome as usual! But I realized there are several different audience types. Who loves blue and Black albums the most (they can sing aloud with weezer all the time!!), who likes Green album (they are kind of new fans), and who doesn't know weezer a lot but have their latest white album (they doesn't know how to sing w's old songs). In good means, they were having fan in their own ways, and I thought that was amazing. First part of the show, the audiences were quiet. But soon we could find what weezer is again and sing along! ---Kaoru.

...what a night! the crowd was a little subdued, i think 'cuz of the lack of mosh pit, but it was amusing to see everyone bouncing up and down at their seats. rivers was amusing: talking about pocari sweat, making fun of us and the japanese fans, and even speaking spanish! the encore was nuts - karl even got his own mention! :) anyways, thanks to the band for coming out and giving nagoya some life! ----jackie

...Hello. I went to the show last night. People sometimes say Nagoya's audience is not very good, maybe too silent to rise. However I think Weezer is the only foreign band who can be full with the audience in the hall in Nagoya. Well, anyway I could enjoy the show. I noticed I really like Rivers' voice. I thought his voice was getting strong, so I wanted to listen more, but I felt yesterday's show was a bit short. However I could hear Brian and Pat's sing yesterday, so I was very happy. They are good singers, too!! Lastly can I talk about myself? I 'm working at a clothing shop. At the shop I sell many artists T-shirts, of course these are licensed. Weezer is the best seller, anyway. Moreover BGM is maladroit, of course. ---Naomi

...My brother lives in Nagoya so when my parents said they would pay for my expenses to go visited, I picked the time weezer was going to be playing there which was no accident. I was probably one of the only few americans there but seeing all these people who didnt understand a word the band was saying gave me chills. The show rocked hard and just showed how much music can bring people together. ---Randy

Set list

  1. "Improv"
  2. "Say it Ain't So"
  3. "Space Rock"
  4. "Getchoo"
  5. "Crab"
  6. "Buddy Holly"
  7. "Death and Destruction"
  8. "Why Bother?"
  9. "Island in the Sun"
  10. "No One Else"
  11. "Dope Nose"
  12. "The Good Life"
  13. "Knock-down Drag-out"
  14. "Yellow Camaro"
  15. "The Story is Wrong"
  16. "Tired of Sex"
  17. "Photograph"


  1. "Surf Wax America"


Recordings of "Dope Nose" and "Island In The Sun" from this concert appeared on The Lion and the Witch.

See also