Home of extraordinary acts, from Blink 182, to Coldplay, to Deadmau5, Red Bull Sound Space at KROQ (106.7 FM) hosted an intimate and nostalgic performance by Los Angeles’ own Weezer on Tuesday, March 22. Red Bull TV live-streamed the entire event, which included a short set followed by a Q&A session moderated by KROQ’s Kat Corbett.
KROQ and Red Bull managed to cram all the eager fans – who either won tickets to the show or were invited on the guest list – into the famous Sound Space for the afternoon show. Excited to see “The World Famous Weezer” as frontman Rivers Cuomo calls it, fans immediately began to pull out their phones to Snapchat and record the opening song, which was signaled by the heavy drum and bass of Weezer’s 2001 hit single “Hash Pipe.” Immediately Weezer jumped into another fan favorite, “Say It Ain’t So,” from the group’s first full-length album released in 1994. One can only guess how many sang along to the first seven minutes of the show, before the band turned the tide and performed “King of the World,” a new single from their upcoming self-titled album: Weezer (The White Album) – yes, the color is white this time around. The crowd continued their head-bobbing motions as the band transitioned into yet another new song, “LA Girls” – a performance which Cuomo recognized as the track’s world premiere.
Halfway into the set, those packed tightly into the Sound Space had already been given an experience they would never forget. If you listened close enough while watching the Red Bull TV live-stream, you could hear me yell “I love LA Girls!” to Weezer, showing my appreciation for the song and the fact that I do indeed love LA girls. The four-piece band rode their new music wave into the hit single “Thank God for Girls,” which debuted earlier this year as an introduction to the new album. Weezer wrapped up their short but fulfilling show with “Beverly Hills” and what may have been the crowd favorite of the day, “Buddy Holly.” As they walked off stage, the Red Bull TV panned toward the audience, which included me throwing up rock signs as a salute to what I had just witnessed. What came after was a Q&A with Weezer and KROQ’s Kat Corbett that featured Cuomo’s keys to meditation, bass guitarist Scott Shriner’s story of his first-ever gig, drummer Patrick Wilson’s fresh breath (courtesy of tea tree toothpicks), and rhythm guitarist Brian Bell’s fearlessness when performing in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks.
Needless to say, Weezer’s performance – although rough at some moments – was an ode to the Los Angeles fanbase and their journey from 1992 to present. Adding another album to their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-worthy discography, Weezer is preparing for a North American tour, beginning this spring.
Weezer (The White Album) drops on April 1. Pre-order your copy here. Also, see Weezer & Panic! at the Disco on tour later this year.