Weezer rocks the Harbor in an old-school way
blog by Ben Kirst • July 13, 2012 @ 9:21am
Weezer fact #1: On this day in 1995, Weezer released the single “Say It Ain’t So.” The song was later ranked no. 72 in ROlling Stone’s Top 100 Guitar Tracks of All Time. Thanks, Weezerpedia!
Weezer fans—if you are a fan of the Blue album and Pinkerton, tonight’s Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor concert should be right up your alley. In celebration of the band’s 20th anniversary, Weezer will draw heavily from those two seminal records when they play Canalside (foot of Perry Street, Buffalo). Gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $40 at the event.
What can we tell you about Weezer that you don’t already know? These guys have been in the popular consciousness since 1995. Even when the band took a couple brief hiatuses, FM radio refused to let you think they disappeared. “Undone (The Sweater Song),” “Island in the Sun,” “Beverly Hills,” “Pork and Beans” and other insanely catchy Weezer hits aren’t going away any time soon.
You probably know that Weezer drummer / guitarist Pat Wilson is from Clarence Center. You may not have known that tonight’s Buffalo show kicks off Weezer’s 11-city U.S. tour. Weezer is also going to play New Zealand and Australia in January 2013, marking the first time in 16 years that the band traveled to the that side of the globe.
For the record: the first Weezer concert I ever attended was in 1995 at the old Blind Melon’s on Youngs Road in Williamsville. It got cancelled by lightning. When the band returned later that summer, lead singer/guitarist Rivers Cuomo had a broken leg and played the whole show in a walking cast, sweating bullets, appearing to be in genuine pain. Drummer Pat Wilson tossed a drumstick into the crowd at the end of the concert and I wrestled for literally five minutes before walking away with the prize. I AM THE CHAMPION.
Go out and have fun tonight.