Karl's Corner - 08/25/2009
2009/08/25 Bleezer Tour: NYC - Nikon at Jones Beach Ampitheatre
...back to New York! As Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five one sagely noted, "New York New York, big city of dreams, but everything in New York ain't always as it seems. You might get fooled if you come from out of town, but I'm down by law and i know my way around". Well, New York has had some changes since then, but it does pay to be alert in this city. You might miss something, like a great view, a truck about to run you over, or a rock show. The rock show in question is actually on Long Island today, in Wantaugh - The Nikon at Jones Beach Ampitheatre.
Weezer has been to Jones Beach several times in the past, and its always a curious combination of mellow oceanside chill out and ultra hectic scheduling and rules and regulations. Tonight there was a good vibe in the air, and unlike some past times at this place, the weather was perfect. The show was all about super high energy, and save for some bizarre technical snafus (that the guys powered thru with professionalism), everything went off well. In the court of Jones, the one armed pushup was king. Rivers at one point was forced to admit that "the gods of rock are against me tonight!", but noted that he "will never give up!" and he didn't! Tonight also saw the first ever weezer performance of Black Sabbaths "War Pigs", as the short intro piece to the set - it went off very well considering that this performance was the very first time the band had ever played the track together live. The idea was developed and rehearsed in the dressing room just prior to the show, and afterwards all agreed it was a ton of fun.
Were you at this show? Post your show stories here.
...Check out Jillian's Blog - Scott Shiner's wife Jillian is blogging about her experiences on this tour as a new mother and rock tour wife. Good stuff!
...Twitter Search: Weezer - the power of the fans with the cams!
Want more pix? Here's a slideshow of photos from Alternative Press magazine.
...Reminder: Weezer's new single, the first from their upcoming 7th album "Raditude" is called "(If you're wondering if i want you to) I want you to". And the super simple radio request phrase once again is: "(If you're wondering if i want you to play "(If you're wondering if i want you to) I want you to", yes, I want you to play "(If you're wondering if i want you to) I want you to". What could be easier?
...Reminder: contest, in which you can make your own custom remix of the Rivers Cuomo track "My Brain Is Working Overtime", on Indaba.com! "...Rivers is now offering the Indaba community the accapella and instrumental tracks for the song "My Brain Is Working Overtime" and wants to hear you complete, reimagine, and fully-realize the potential of this home recording..."
...Reminder: New Rivers interview with Billboard.
...Reminder: New Weezer Webisode #16 is on our YouTube Channel.
...Reminder: check out Weezer's "Why Bother?" in the upcoming Guitar Hero 5 game coming on September 1st! For more on GH5 click here.
"Raditude". Out 10/27 from Weezer. Produced by Jacknife Lee and Butch Walker. Featuring (If you're wondering if i want you to) I want you to", "Trippin' Down The Freeway", "Can't Stop Partying", "The Girl Got Hot", "I'm Your Daddy", and "In The Mall", just to name a few!