Karl's Corner - 10/29/2005
10/29/05 nothing ever happens in Blaine
...MB '05 Tour: Day 132: Selland Arena - Fresno, CA
Back out in the middle of the San Joaquin Valley for the first time in several years, and it feels good. Todays show at Fresno's Selland Arena was the first post Foozer show, and while its sad not to still be out with the Foo people, it was a real treat to be in front of a fully weezed out crowd again. The crowd only had a few weeks to gather, as this show was announced very late in the game, but the 2200 or so peeps who did make it down were ultra stoked and amounted to one of the more loud and raucous crowds of the tour!
Today's crowd got a special treat, though most wernt sure what exactly it was during the show. The band ran thru Gary Numan's classic early new wave song "Are Friends Electric?", with Rivers on the Moog and Brian and Pat teaming up for vocal duties. "Are Friends Electric?" is one of several cover songs the band has been or intends on learning, to bolster their arsenal of tunes. Theyve been keeping it democratic, choosing songs to try by picking them out of a hat from an equal amount of suggestions from each band member. Anyway, it sounded great, and the whole set, as well as Hot Hot Heat's set, rocked hard. The crowd went crazy. There was more crowdsurfing at this show than at most of the Foozer shows!
Big ups to Live 105's Miles the intern, Craig S. (bro of T-Bone Sully, and an early weez supporter from '94), and Elisa E. an extra at the Perfect Situation video shoot, all in the hizzouse tonight!
fan reaction! (more on the comment page and leave your own)
"...I have spent half of my life loving weezer, ever since I was 10 years old and the Blue album came out, and to finally see them tonight was just a dream come true. I can easily say that they have been my all-time favorite band for the last 11 years. Well finally, I got to see them. Tonight at the Selland Arena in Fresno, CA, the weez put on an ultimate show. My impression watching Rivers tonight was that he finally came to a point in which he realized how much he loved what he was doing. From dancing around like fools to the whole band just soaking up the love it just appeared that the band had come full circle to the music that brought them and the world great joy. I had read the reports of how people say that they really enjoy themselves on stage, and I saw that very evident tonight. I really felt proud to say that I had been there with the band since the begining and see them struggle and grow, but then come to the pinnacle ofsuccess they have reached. Weezer, you are the epitome of what rock stars should be about on stage. I loved you back then, and I love you, somehow, even more now. Thank you for coming out to the valley and hopefully you felt the love that we have for you all." ---Paul D.
Large size picture link: here, more: 1.
The current tour merchandise(updated 10/25/05).
(Note: these shirts are bootlegs - do not buy them if you see them! *updated 10/15*)
...Speaking of the Perfect Situation video, a rough cut has been seen and it looks great so far. Now that we've got the rough cut, we should know when a final version will be going out to the world soon...
...and speaking of Perfect Situation, its the new single from "Make Believe", and its out now. Call your local station and request it! Let's push this great song to the heights it deserves! It was the #1 requested song on Rock 102.1 in Milwaukee this past week, thank youuu Milwaukee fans!
...There is a new interview with Rivers online now, from AOL.com. This interview was conducted with AOL IM, and the transcript is here.
....A new Yahoo! news story about Rivers' springtime plans and more is here. Also see similar takes on the subject at Billboard.com and CNN.com
...The "We Are All On Drugs" video has climbed to #10 this week on the MuchMusic Countdown this week.
...Headlining shows coming up now! Folks, these 2 shows will be the last US weezer shows for what looks to be a looong time - make the trip if you can! Freakout in Fresno! 10/30 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock - on sale now!
...Weezer on AOL Sessions (taping) on Wednesday 11/01 - air date TBA (schedule change)
...A full account of Weezer's 10/17 visit to The Howard Stern show (incl. pix!) is here.
...December Japan Tour Dates (try for tickets here, good luck with the language gap)
December 15, 2005 Osaka - Zepp
December 16, 2005 Osaka - Zepp
December 17, 2005 Fukuoka - Zepp
December 19, 2005 Nagoya - Zepp
December 20, 2005 Tokyo - Studio Coast
December 21, 2005 Tokyo - Studio Coast
December 22, 2005 Tokyo - Studio Coast