Rivers Cuomo concert: 01/14/1998

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Rivers Cuomo concert: 01/14/1998
Venue T.T. the Bear's Place
Location Cambridge, MA
Date January 14, 1998
Supporting acts Cherry 2000
The American Measles[1]
Guests Patrick Wilson
Jake Zavracky
Bootleg Circulating
Rivers Cuomo live show chronology
11/21/1997 - Cambridge, MA 01/14/1998 - Cambridge, MA 06/01/2005 - Wiesbaden, Germany

Rivers Cuomo performed his fifth and final "solo"/Weezer "try-out" show at T.T. the Bear's Place in Cambridge, Massachusetts on January 14, 1998. Patrick Wilson played drums, Jake Zavracky played guitar, and an unknown bassist named Joe played bass.[2][3] Cherry 2000 and the American Measles played on the bill.


No. Title
1. "Rosemary"    
2. "Getchoo"    
3. "The Prettiest Girl in the Whole Wide World"    
4. "No One Else"    
5. "Baby"    
6. "Say It Ain't So"    
7. "Undone - The Sweater Song"    
No. Title
8. "Only In Dreams"    

Fan Recollection

Ken Sears recalled the concert on the blog If It's Too Loud in 2015:[5]

Back in 1997-1998, Rivers Cuomo played some small, side project shows in the Boston area. The band had a rotating line-up, but this one in particular stands out. Weezer drummer Pat Wilson came out to join the band for this show, and it also included soon to be Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh. To show how far Weezer had fallen out of the mainstream post-Pinkerton, tickets were available to see half of Weezer at a 300 person club. By this point the casual fans had strayed off (an earlier show at TT's in October had some fratty guys asking where the mosh pit was before the band started) and this was just filled with die hards. It was a short eight song setlist, and of course it consisted of Weezer favorites such as "Getchoo," "No One Else," "Say It Ain't So," and "Undone - The Sweater Song." It also closed with "Only In Dreams," which at the time was rarely done live. We were also treated to possible future Weezer songs such as "Rosemary," "Baby," and "The Prettiest Girl in the Whole Wide World" (not officially released until 2008).

After the show, my friend and I wandered into the unguarded backstage area (Oh, my 20s...). There, I bumped into Pat and got him to do a station ID for my college station, which of course I messed up the recording for completely, making it unusable. Back in the main area of the club, I started talking to Rivers while he was packing up equipment. Somehow I mentioned the upcoming album and Matt Sharp, when Rivers said "Matt's not going to be on this album." Upon getting home, I immediately emailed the Rebel Weezer Alliance to tell them. (Back in 1998, Weezer barely had an official web presence, so that void was filled by fan sites. Rebel Weezer Alliance eventually became the official Weezer webpage). It was reported on the next day, and a month later Sharp officially left Weezer.
- Ken Sears, If It's Too Loud, 2015


See also


  1. Newspapers.com archive of The Boston Globe, Thursday, January 2, 1998, Page 66. Listing reads: "Weezer's Rivers Cuomo is a local (Harvard student) and he and drummer Pat Wilson will unveil some new stuff (in a band setting) Jan. 14 at T.T. the Bear's with Cherry 2000 and the American Measles on the bill".
  2. Weezer Recording History - Page 10
  3. https://web.archive.org/web/19981201190241/http://weezerfanclub.com/rivers2.htm World Wide Weezer page on the 1997 and 1998 Rivers Cuomo shows. Archived on 1 December 1998. Internet Archive.
  4. Recording History - Page 10, by Karl Koch.
  5. Sears, Ken. "TT the Bear's Memory: Rivers Cuomo, January 14, 1998" If It's Too Loud. 20 July 2015. http://www.ifitstooloud.com/2015/07/tt-bears-memory-rivers-cuomo-january-14.html