Historic event: 01/23/1997

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Today in Weezer History: 1/23/1997 - On this day in 1997, Weezer played in Milwaukee, WI at the Rave Hall, one of the several concert venues in the massive Rave/Eagle's Ballroom complex, with Nerf Herder opening. On this day, the Weezer Fanclub leaders Mykel and Carli flew in from Portland, joining the band for 2 nights and doing special fan meet-ups. The weather was brutally cold and snowy, but the shows were crazy and fun. Tonight the band played Pinkerton b-side "Devotion" live for the first time. Fan Bryan F. wrote years later: "...My friends and I got there quite a few hours early and we had nowhere to go. We ended up sneaking in the venue (the doors were UNLOCKED because of soundcheck). We ordered a pizza, it came, and minutes later Weezer arrived! Pat asked me, "Is that pizza for us?" I said "no" I'm an idiot. Then Nerf Herder showed up in a van and started carrying stuff in. I asked if I could help and they said yes. I carried some road cases in and stood right on the side of the stage as WEEZER WAS SOUNDCHECKING!! I heard them play Devotion! It was awesome. BUT THE BEST PART IS STILL COMING. One of my friends named Jeremy was a friend of Mykel and Carli and had set it up where we had back stage passes! After the show, we kicked it with [Mykel and Carli], they were wonderful and sweet and awesome, God rest their souls. Then Rivers, Brian, and Pat came out..."

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