Karl's Corner - 07/07/2005
07/07/05 the "less is more" style of acting
...MB '05 Tour: Day 45: Summerfest at Marcus Ampitheater, Milwaukee WI
The Milwaukee Summerfest is an annual music festival that goes for 10 days or so, and is billed as the largest music festival in the world. Now, I've been to some pretty darn big ones, but I cant refute the claim. You can fit a hell of a lot of music into 10 days. Music like Journey, who played the day before at the same ampitheater. What a time that must have been. The conceptualization, the abstraction, the obtuseness.
Anyway, today was all about The Fray getting it started, followed by the legendary Pixies cramming 25 rapid fire classics into their co-headliner set! Do not underestimate the power of the Pixies, for this power is vast. It is such a joy to actually share the stage with them, after all the years where such a meeting would have been impossible. Tonight's weezer set revisited El Scorcho and Scott nailed "Fall Together" again. Things is runnin' right!
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fans react! (see the comments section for more and leave your own!)
"The Pixies were (of course) amazing, but I'm not a huge fan of theirs, so I was just waiting for the Weez. Finally, they came on, and the background (which I thought was pretty cool) was the Make Believe background. I was, however, partially disappointed, for two reasons: 1) they didn't play for very long! They were still great though. 2) There was no Flying "W"! Scott sang lead on "Fall Together." At first, I couldn't really hear him very well because people were cheering so much, but after a while I could, and he is a pretty good singer. This was definitely the second best night of my life. The first was seeing them in Chicago at the Aragon Ballroom." ---Emily D.
"If this counts for anything, I was amazed by the Milwaukee show. I just got back and am still recovering my hearing, but I can't get over how awesome tonight was. I'm glad I got to hear El Scorcho and my favorites from Make Believe - Perfect Situation and Haunt You Every Day, and I appreciate the band's effort to get out stuff from every album- including Maladroit, which I still believe is a good CD. The band sounded really confident and well-rehearsed, and Scott rocked on vocals. There is no sign that they are getting old or "rusty" in any way. I loved the way they exited the stage. I also loved the Pixies, although they definitely didn't get the recognition they deserved from the crowd. I would have appreciated the presence of the light-up =w= and The Good Life, but I don't want to be a little bitch. It was amazing either way. Also, I have no idea if you remember or cared or noticed, but we were yelling at you while you were skateboarding by the buses. Rock on and come back soon!" ---Nathan S.
" Last night's show was amazing. I can't even describe it. I was unable to go to any weezer concert until now because of situations that were not under my control and it killed me inside. I had been literally waiting years for weezer to rock me and oh how they rocked. It couldn't have been a more perfect night. My friends and I met Scott when he was walking around before the show which was one of the coolest things ever and we thought he did a great job singing Fall Together. Their set seemed like it only lasted 10 minutes but that's okay because the real icing on the cake for me was the fact that they started out with Say It Ain't So. That song trumps all in my book not just weezer songs, I'm talking like every other song that's ever been written. My only regret is that I didn't see you at all, Karl. Please extend my deepest gratitude to the band, especially whomever decided to open with SIAS." ---Katie D
"Just got back from the Milwaukee show, and I can whole-hearetdly say that seeing both Weezer and the Pixies on the same stage within minutes of each other was a once in a lifetime expeerience. After the Pixies were done rocking an auditorium full of a mostly younger crowd, Weezer took the stage and opened with Say It Aint So, which came somewhat unexpectedly so early in the set. Lots of Make Believe material tonight, which all sounded great- and Scott doing Fall Together was pretty much the most hardcore moment of the night. It eemed the only thing missing tonight was the giant =w=." ---Alex Wastian Waukesha, WI
...thanks to everyone for sending in the iTunes celebrity playlist info!
Rivers Cuomo's Picks
"I Just Wanna Be Loved"-AM Radio (Track 1): "A great song from one of my biggest influences."
"Domino Effect"-Ozma (Track 2): "Beating me at my own game."
Brian Bell's Picks
"Institutionalized"-Suicidal Tendencies (Track 3): "If this song wasn't your anthem as a teenager, then I feel sorry for you."
"All Along the Watchtower"-The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Track 4): "They are only giving me three picks for this list, so I'm killing two birds with this one."
"Wild Thing"-The Troggs (Track 5): "Proof positive that you only need three chords to sound sexy and powerful at the same time, and a pan flute solo doesn't hurt either."
Scott Shriner's Picks
"Sundown"-Gordon Lightfoot (Track 6): "This is one of the AM radio songs I heard when I was a Kid late at night on my tiny portable. I had to sneak a listen because I was always supposed to be sleeping. I hated going to sleep."
"In the Flesh"-Pink Floyd (Track 7): "I listened to The Wall ever day for a year when it came out. My best friend at the time went schitzo and the next time I saw him he was wearing a loin cloth asking if he could brush his teeth on the side of our house with our hose."
Pat Wilson's Picks
"Ascension Day"-Talk Talk (Track 8): "A more aggressive track from one of the most beautiful recordings I've ever heard."
"Ginza"-Vince Guaraldi & Bola Sete (Track 9): "A sunny track from one of my favorite albums."
"Cyclone Launch"-Fu Manchu (Track 10): "So heavy it makes me laugh!"