|Weezer concert: 08/26/2002
|London, United Kingdom
|August 26, 2002
|"Turn Me Round"
|Weezer live show chronology
Weezer performed at the London Arena in London, United Kingdom on August 26, 2002. The band opened for Guns N' Roses.
- See Karl's Corner - 08/26/2002
|...today we headed down to the Docklands area of London [at least thats where the driver guy said we were], to the 12,500 seat London Arena. Sheeny says thats where Robbie Williams played once...not that she was there to see it of course. This was an indoor arena, in fact a hockey arena [who knew they had hockey in England?], so this took us right back to the many Midget tours of last winter. The main difference of course was that weezer wasnt headlining, they were opening for the legendary Guns N Roses, albeit the somewhat different GnR of 2002. The GnR set and lights were exceedingly unruly to set up and it ended up that weezer had to squeeze in a quickie soundcheck right before they opened the doors to let the crowd in. No worries, that's rock n roll. They ran thru the new song "Turn Me Round", which would hit the setlist tonight, delighting the minority weez crowd and coming off as even more mysterious to the plastic beer bottle throwing GNR crowd. But the weez set was indeed rocking, despite the semi hostile crowd peppered with fanatic weez fans. They certainly won over some skeptics tonight! Pat later said it took him half the set to calm down and get into the groove, but you couldnt tell he was unsettled due to his raging playing. Rivers made the astute comment mid-set, that this was just like the old days in L.A., when weezer would play support to "Guns N Roses rip off bands", to crowds who were simply not having the non-big-hair-rock. And now, 10 years later, they were getting a very similar effect, only supporting the real thing! Well, while there were some rather quiet moments between songs, by the end of the set they had really warmed most people up and got the crowd stoked...About an hour later GnR hit the stage and the place exploded with rock energy. Real explosions too, courtesy the well-stocked GnR pyro department!
Tonights show was visited by label mates Puddle of Mudd [also on the road in Europe] and Jordan, our man from Geffen. Post show was farewells and best wishes, as the next few weeks are chill time for the band.
- Karl Koch