"....they satisfied and warmed their loyal fans hundredfold on this chilly Manchester evening."
Weezer’s 25 year career has taken them all over the world, from their West Coast homestead in California all the way to Indonesia and Japan, and tonight’s Manchester date is no exception. After their sold out show last year at the O2 Academy, they’ve bumped up the venue size on this tour in support of their new album ‘Pacific Daydream’.
After support act The Orwells saunter off stage after their average performance, Weezer trolls the crowd by playing the intro to 2016’s ‘White Album’ opener ‘California Kids’ before going straight into ‘Blue Album’ live rarity ‘The World Has Turned and Left Me Here’, their first time playing it in two years. In fact, the night turns very blue when the band ended up playing eight of the ten tracks from the record in one set, a feat not seen since the 2010 Memories tour.
The crowd are absorbing the energy that seems to be bursting from every seam of the stage, leaving many in awe of that frontman Rivers Cuomo still has the chops at 50 to entertain a crowd made up of millennials and baby boomers alike. The diversity of the crowd is one of the best things about the whole atmosphere in the Apollo tonight, with old and new fans joining together to celebrate one of alternative rock’s most battered bands.
After blasting through hits such as ‘El Scorcho’ and ‘Pork and Beans’, new material surfaces in the form of ‘Happy Hour’, one of the less favoured tracks from the new album. However, it booms and pleases in a live set, and the bonus synthesised tinkles of ‘A Ballad for the Fallen Soldier’ round it off nicely. The second and only other track to be played from ‘Pacific Daydream’ is hit single ‘Feels Like Summer’ and it doesn’t disappoint live. Weezer has the tendency to bring life to otherwise average songs on record during their live sets, unlike their predecessors The Orwells.
The night is capped off with the classic one-two of ‘Say It Ain’t So’ and ‘Buddy Holly’, the latter’s finale ending up drenched in confetti and bombastic screams of delight. Weezer are one of those bands that know how to bring an amazing live set with minimal flashiness, and brought an absolute belter of a set and performance to the legendary O2 Apollo tonight. With a final bow on stage, Cuomo and co. understandably smile as they sweat and relish in the fact that they satisfied and warmed their loyal fans hundredfold on this chilly Manchester evening.