Weezer/The Orwells – Glasgow, 02 Academy - 24 October 2017 Print
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 04:20

There are those bands that you have listened to for years that for some reason or other you have never got around to seeing live. Tonight, was one of those nights for me as the legendary Weezer made their return to Scotland in support of their latest album, ‘Pacific Daydream’.


Support act The Orwells performed a 30-minute set to the packed O2 Academy, who didn’t appear to be too impressed despite lead singer Mario Cuomo’s best efforts. His stage persona is reminiscent of Mick Jagger and leaves him standing out from the rest of the band.


Weezer (11 of 47)


The crowd livened up just as the lights went out for Weezer. Rivers Cuomo took to the stage in a crown and royal gown to a rapturous cheer from the Glasgow crowd. Opening with ‘King of the World’ they play through hits spanning their 25 years as a band including fan favourites including ‘Surf Wax America’, ‘Pork and Beans’ and ‘My Name is Jonas’. The band even invited a member of the audience on stage to play ‘Undone (the sweater song)’, who was loving every second of the time he was on stage.


Unfortunately, though he was the only person on stage that looked as if he was enjoying himself. The band although musically were spot on and sounded amazing, the performance was lack lustre and flat. Little emotion showing in their motions and speech between songs. Even a cover of the Outkast party anthem ‘Hey Ya’ was lifeless. Finishing their set with ‘Buddy Holly’ was the highlight and got the whole venue jumping.


Weezer (39 of 47)


The show was a definite highlight for hardcore Weezer fans. For me, though, I was left feeling disappointed with what I experienced.


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