Review: Weezer plays its hits, and looks ahead at Foxwoods

Review: Weezer plays its hits, and looks ahead at Foxwoods show


A reflection of how fast time flies is that Weezer has been around for nearly a quarter-century despite seemingly having been one of the "newer" alternative rock bands not that long ago.The Los Angeles-based group, which had its start in 1992, performed Friday night at the Grand Theater at Foxwoods. The group's new album, "Everything Will Be Alright in the End," was just released this month, and they played about half the songs on that album, which was produced by Ric Ocasek of The Cars. He also produced two of their earlier, but, best albums.



Lead singer Rivers Cuomo, who attended Harvard University and the Berklee College of Music, plays guitar and has been the leader of the group from the onset. He displayed his unique voice throughout the 1 1/2-hour concert.The quartet is rounded out with drummer Patrick Wilson, guitarist Brian Bell (who plays a winged guitar and also keyboard), and bassist Scott Shriner, who played a double-neck guitar at the end."Perfect Situation" from 2005 turned into an audience sing-along.


One of the band's most popular songs, "Island in the Sun," got a rousing reception. For some reason, the song with catchy lyrics and music didn't chart very high when it came out in 2001.Another of the group's hits, "Beverly Hills," made it to 10th place on the charts in 2005. The new "Back to the Shack" was riveting, while "Say It Ain't So" had a slow intro before it kicked up several notches. "Undone - The Sweater Song," is in the Rock "n" Roll Hall of Fame."Da Vinci" is probably going to be the next single off the new album, Cuomo said.


The four band members all played drums at the end of "Buddy Holly," which placed No. 18 on the music charts in 1994 and ranks No. 499 out of Rolling Stone's Top 500 greatest rock songs.The encore involved four songs, some never before played live, that Cuomo said was a rehearsal for their upcoming world tour, where they plan to play the new album in its entirety. That tour kicked off Saturday night in Philadelphia.Opening up was "Roll The Tanks," a band from Lowell now based in Los Angeles. The band, with a punk rock sound, has its roots in 2008 and is influenced by The Kinks.Weezer has sold more than 9 million albums in the United States and more than 17 million worldwide. Both groups are four-member bands with three guitar players and a drummer.