July 11, 2002

Weezer Rocks Chicago

By Randy J. Klodz

Geek-rock superstars Weezer showcased their blend of rock-meets-Garth Algar, to the masses, on July 11 at the Tweeter Center in Tinley Park.

Dashboard Confessional aka Chris Carrabba, warmed the stage up for Weezer by leading his band through a short, yet spunky and often acoustic set consisting of “Turpentine Chaser” and the hit single “Screaming Infidelities.”

Wezzer vocalist and guitarist Rivers Cuomo, and his bandmates Brian Bell (guitar), Scott Shriner (bass) and Patrick Wilson (drums), took their respective stage positions and didn’t move—the entire night.

Rivers and Co. kept the stage-talk to a bare minimum and merely let the music do the talking—of course with the aid of four large pyrotechnics pots, a swirling light show and a drum set that rose nearly twenty feet in the air during “El Scorcho,” which uncovered a large “W,” the band’s logo.

Most of the pavilion was swarming with throngs of Weezer fans, with one young girl holding up a white sign that read “Rivers, will you marry me…please!”

Weezer first bust onto the scene in 1994 with their self-titled blue album and hit songs “Buddy Holly,” “Undone (The Sweater Song),” “Say It Aint So,” and has had a rabid following since. Weezer album titles that followed the debut include “Pinkerton,” “Weezer (aka “The Green Album)” and “Maladroit.”

Weezer is currently touring in support of their new album “Maladroit,” and is expected to hit major cities across the nation, ending Aug. 10 in Concord, Calif.

Rivers Cuomo of Weezer Photo: Randy J. Klodz