Weezer at 80/35


The demographic for Weezer fans is weird. From the photo pit I got a good look at the people in the very front and was blown away. 99% of them were in their teens or early 20’s. What do these kids know about Weezer, a band that shot to popularity with the Blue Album when I was in junior high. For the most part they didn’t seem to be posers, talking at length about their favorite songs and the failed Rivers Cuomo sitcom.

I was surprised when Weezer finally took the stage that they led up with three of their best-known tracks: “My Name Is Jonas,” “Hash Pipe,” and “El Scorcho.” That was just the tip of the iceberg for a set filled with hits like “Say It Ain’t So” and “Beverly Hills” as well.

Weezer isn’t as viscerally charged as Run The Jewels or Brazilian 2wins, but they give off a different kind of energy. It’s that familiar, catchy pop song kind of energy that makes you feel good and safe (probably not what they intended when the band started 20+ years ago). It’s a nice feeling to have, and a great way to end a music festival.

I’d never seen Weezer before, probably won’t see them again. But it was a fun time that I’m glad I had the chance to experience. They do have a ton of great songs and we got to hear a whole bunch of them.

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