June 13, 2010
In what may have been the most surprising moment of Bonnaroo so far, Weezer played for an audience so large about a third of them couldn’t even see the stage. The mass of people extended throughout most of the Centeroo compound, with people packed in behind trees, vendors and bleachers.
Through most of the weekend, the anticipation has been that the crowd at Weezer wouldn’t be very big. After all, the last few albums have received nowhere near the love the 1990′s Blue Album enjoys, and many people just didn’t think Bonnaroo was Weezer’s scene — at least not anymore.
When I was talking to someone about it here, we came to this conclusion: everyone at Bonnaroo knows they like Weezer enough to put up with crowd reaching almost 100,000 people. They just may not want to admit it. Maybe they don’t like any of the new stuff and may be disappointed with the recent albums, but they can’t say no to seeing songs from the Blue Album performed.
After all, it seemed that because Jack White’s recent project The Dead Weather was finishing up their set while Weezer was starting, Bonnaroo-goers would be more interested in that.
But they weren’t. Almost everyone at Bonnaroo was watching Weezer as they played.
As for the concert itself, it was pretty good — it seemed obvious that Weezer knew they should play a lot of their old stuff to entertain a Bonnaroo crowd. So there was a good mix of old and new – they played Buddy Holly, The Sweater Song, Surf Wax America from the Blue Album, and most of the singles from the newer albums, including Beverly Hills and Can’t Stop Partying.
So overall that show kicked off the rest of the night pretty well — energy’s high and there are some good shows ahead.