REVIEW: It sure was a night of memories, 90s nostalgia and a showcase of the often-overlooked career of one of alternative music's most beloved bands at Vector Arena last night.
Weezer brought their Memories tour to Auckland, and fans were not only lucky enough to receive a retrospective "best of" set, but a set comprising of the band's seminal 90s-alternative debut, the Blue Album, in its entirety.
Dressed in a black suit and his trademark Buddy Holly glasses, frontman Rivers Cuomo promised at the beginning of the first set to take us back on a "time machine" through the band's catalogue.
Starting somewhat precariously with If You Want Me To and into Trouble Maker, two of Weezer's newer songs, the set quickly gained momentum, as Beverly Hills and Dope Nose drew the crowd's enthusiasm.
Cuomo even launched himself into the crowd early in the set calling on the crowd to "party", perhaps warming them up for the newer songs.
As the band's "time machine" travelled further back in time, we were reminded of the brilliance of this band and their ability to write catchy, compelling tunes.
When the band took us "back to May 2001, which was a good month for this band", and the familiar opening chords of Island in the Sun rung out, the band started to hit their stride and draw in the crowd.
Hashpipe's infectious riff prompted a roar of appreciation from the crowd, and prompted those who were seated to dance.
From there it was back to 1996 and into Pinkerton's El Scorcho, and a frantic set finale of Tired Of Sex, which was the highlight of the first set.
A charming prelude to the Blue Album set was a photographic slideshow of Weezer's early days presented by one of their original roadies Karl.
It was accompanied by Karl's witty commentary, and chronicled the early days of the band, their rundown LA flat, their early shows and the making of the Blue Album, including the story behind the album's now-iconic record cover.
Seeing a band play an album from start to finish is predictable in the fact that you know exactly what song will come next, but it also presents a rare opportunity to hear songs that would never make a regular set.
That is why hearing the band belt out songs such as In The Garage and Holiday was so special.
Sure, Buddy Holly and Say It Ain't So brought the house down as expected, but the strength of the whole set is a real testament to this album.
Undone - The Sweater Song, complete with Cuomo's quirky babbling through the verses, and the eight-minute closer of Only In Dreams were the standouts of the set.
It was a trip back in time, and a treat to bear witness to such a classic album in its live form.
- Auckland Now