Whether you love them or hate them, Weezer has been around for over 20 years and they show no signs of hanging up their nerd rock crown. With their recent release, another self-titled album, this time dubbed “The White Album”, Weezer has been back on the road and brought their catchy harmonies and fun loving rock anthems to the SandsCasino in Bethlehem.
In classic Weezer fashion, the lights dimmed and their “W” logo shone bright as the band hit the stage and opened with one of their new tracks, “California Kids”. Singer Rivers Cuomo stood out in front with his signature guitar in hand while dressed in all nerd attire glory. The band followed with “Hash Pipe” and a fan favorite going back to their first album, “My Name is Jonas”, which ended with Rivers surrounded by his fellow band mates, Brian Bell and Scott Shriner, as they shredded away the final chords of the track.
During their set the band gave live debuts to two newer tracks, “Wind In Our Sail” and “Summer Elaine and Drunk Dori”, both of which can be found on The White Album. The rest of their set included classic Weezer songs mixed with radio hits like “Undone (Sweater Song)”, “Say It Aint So”, “Buddy Holly” and an acoustic version of “Island In The Sun” which found band members Matt and Scott swapping instruments mid-song.
The highlight of the night for me came from their encore. After the crowd quieted down from their “Weezer” chant, Rivers returned to the stage and sat in front of the piano. Alone, he played the first verse of “El Scorcho” before he picked up his guitar and the rest of the band joined him on stage.
Weezer’s performance mirrors what their albums sound like. The band is tight and the vocals and harmonies are on key during their live set. There is no mistaking that Weezer has perfected their craft. The one thing lacking in their show is the set list as it is missing a few non single tracks that the fans adore. Gone are songs like “The Good Life”, “Surf Wax America” and “Tired of Sex” to be replaced with radio friendly junk like “Beverly Hills”, “Thank God For Girls” and “Perfection Situation”. However, even with all of that said, Weezer is still out there doing what they do best and we love them for it.