|Weezer concert: 08/23/2002
|Reading, United Kingdom
|August 23, 2002
|Weezer live show chronology
Weezer performed for the Reading Festival in Reading, United Kingdom on August 23, 2002.
- See Karl's Corner - 08/23/2002
|...Reading Festival 2002! Well, today the festival kicked off right with warm temperatures, sunny skies, and 50,000 fresh faced fans in search of 3 days of rock. We arrived on the site after the Moldy Peaches were finished, so we dont know how things got started. We caught some of The Soundtrack To Our Lives's set, which was closely watched by Oasis' Noel G. [now fortunately looking quite well after his US tour auto accident]. Pat Wilson liked this set as well. Then the Dandy Warhols played, and took us all by suprise, playing 10 minute Spiritualized-ish jams for a while, then morphing into a more 80's synth pop sound. Then it was The White Stripes' turn to rock, and now things started to heat up! They were tight and sharp and full of vim and vigor, playing a bunch of old blues songs, some originals, and decidedly not playing their big hit song. That's pretty darn cool. Then it was our turn, and weezer grabbed the stage and shook it hard. The roar of the crowd when the guys took the stage was awesome! place went bananas and the crowdsurfing really picked up, as endless waves of people bobbed and churned. Everyone had a good show, and with the help of our super-crew overcame the minor tech things that tend to crop up at these festival gigs where theres no soundcheck. Pat was really on fire, and later said, "I represented." True that! The finale had a nice rock finish, with Pats drums flying everywhere in a rare display of weez rock hitting the magic boiling point of destruction and chaos!! Nice work! Then the crowd got a serious treat, as Jane's Addiction put in a rare show, sounding epic. Right when they started, it quickly clouded over and started raining - thus continuing what is apparently a Reading tradition where at least some rain falls each day... if not a ton of rain! Tonight wasnt so bad, with the showers letting up later on. Then Pulp went on. Pulp had but one big song in the USA, but here in England they have been massive for years, and commanded the attention of the whole place. Finally The Strokes played last, headlining the Reading festival after only having been around about a year. Over here in the UK they got really huge, really fast! They rocked it out, with singer Julian back on his feet at last.
- Karl Koch