Weezer TV appearance: 07/25/2002 - Late Show with David Letterman

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Weezer TV appearance: 07/25/2002
Date July 25, 2002
TV show Late Show with David Letterman
Network CBS
Venue Ed Sullivan Theater
Location New York, NY
Aired July 25, 2002
Associated album Maladroit
Weezer live show chronology
07/24/2002 - Wantagh, NY 07/25/2002 - New York, NY 07/26/2002 - Camden, NJ
Weezer TV appearance chronology
03/27/2002 - Paris, France 07/25/2002 - New York, NY 08/21/2002 - London, England

Weezer performed "Keep Fishin'" at the Ed Sullivan Theater for the Late Show with David Letterman on July 25, 2002.

Karl's Corner

See Karl's Corner - 07/25/2002
Well, today we headed over to the old CBS/Ed Sullivan Theater, wherein on its much smaller than it looks on tv soundstage such greats as the Beatles played over 35 years ago. Things are a bit different now with Dave having taken over some years back. One things for sure: nobody does it colder! To combat the high temperatures of the lights, most tv shows have a somewhat chilled soundstage, but Dave REALLY likes it cold. Ive heard rumors that the stage thermostat is set to 48 degrees, and I totally beleive it.

Anyway, we came, saw the fans hanging by the back entrance, said hello as we were sent upstairs to settle in. Shortly thereafter, everyone was called back downstairs for rehearsal. At first Rivers's mic was shocking him, so they switched him over to wireless guitar to break the bad ground loop. That risked picking up local radio stations, but it was all good, and they did their run throughs with no more shocked lips. At 4:30 the show started the actual taping, and we watched on tv monitors in the dressing rooms as Amy Sedaris and Chas Palminteri did their things, and they did the Top 10 list out of sequence- it would be moved earlier in the actual broadcast. At one point Dave and Paul Schaefer did some wack jokes about weezer once being called 'tweezer', but they were edited out for the actual show. I think this is why Amy Sedaris seemed confused and called them 'Tweezer' before she did her cackling John Denver cover.

The Letterman crew have total control over things there, and they do insist on doing things their way. This likely accounts for the slightly odd mix heard on the broadcast. In person they sounded normal, but on TV it seemed hard to hear Scotts singing and Rivers's guitar. But these type of things happen all the time on tv performances. Anyway, after 3 minutes of playing, all the waiting was over and off we went. Good work! And kudos to the weez crew, who did it all on no sleep, as they had to get there at 6 AM after a long load out last night at the Jones Beach show.

- Karl Koch


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