Weezer is still awfully awesome, headlines extraordinary lineup in N.J. (PHOTOS)

July 3, 2016 - fall Denim

HOLMDEL — “Weezer are gods!” Brendon Urie gushed.

Once a Panic! At The Disco singer had sewn up his possess egotistic set — one half of an evidently incompatible pairing, between his contemptuous power-pop and a older, naked alt-rockers — Urie was certain to notify the Saturday crowd that his musicianship was sparked by a night’s co-headliner, as he used to cover the band’s seminal Blue Album and “Pinkerton.” 

Urie, 29, explained how Weezer’s sardonic chieftain Rivers Cuomo called him progressing this year about furloughed together, how Urie emphatically agreed, how this is a dream come true, etc.  

But even if such a love-fest is sincere, a kinship still rang off-key. Overlap in doctrinaire fandom for a dual groups was minimal during PNC Bank Arts Center, generally given Panic!’s pounding January LP snagged a new, some-more pop-focused cackle of teenagers — who weren’t even twinkles when Weezer’s “Buddy Holly” initial commandeered MTV. 

Expectedly, copiousness of 30- and 40-something fans were left to curtsy awkwardly while Urie’s sweating, shirtless torso scored a shrieks of pubescent delight. And once Weezer went on, many kids wore those same vacant stares in return. 

Then because did a promotional powers-that-be sign off on this oddball summer tour, that felt some-more like a festival one-off? 


Though Panic!’s new manuscript “Death of a Bachelor” was a band’s initial No. 1 record on a charts, it hasn’t hold fans tighten enough this past decade to title amphitheaters alone. An established seat-filler like Weezer creates them a extreme second fiddle.

As for Weezer, who also expelled a honestly superb LP, a Beach Boy-imbued White Album (another self-titled) in April, a same, aging throng who’s been following them for 20 years doesn’t bode good for longevity. New ears are always welcome.

And ultimately, any act delivered an agitator sign of a possess merits, and many concert-goers expected left with a newfound honour for whomever they’d insincere wasn’t their crater of tea … or Starbucks, or whatever children splash these days.

Fresca? Is it Fresca?

This debate swings by BBT Pavilion in Camden Tuesday. 

Weezer highlights + notes

– Less has roughly always been some-more for a hook-heavy rockers, and Saturday’s set was emblematic. For 90 minutes, it was accurately what fans would expect — a handful of marks off a new White Album and a slew of unaffected hits. Very few numbers were altered from studio; usually “El Scorcho,” a sole balance plucked from “Pinkerton,” was given a newly slowed, Cuomo-on-keys diagnosis in a encore. Everything else was straightforward, and splendidly tight. 

Rare flourishes: Cuomo donned a sombrero for “Beverly Hills,” and bestowed a climax on himself for newbie “King of a World,” that faded into Blue Album’s “Only In Dreams”; he sat cross-legged on a theatre for “Undone” and strummed a intense LED-light guitar for “Thank God For Girls.” 

Weezer performs during a PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, Saturday, Jul 2, 2016 (Mark Brown | For NJ Advance Media) 

– The White Album’s borderline continuous shore theming was translated unconditionally to a live show: Cuomo wore a hawaiian shirt underneath his denim jacket, all a roadies wore floral button-downs to match, surfboards and a beach shed were a primary theatre props, beach balls bounced over the audience, roller scenes played on screens behind “L.A. Girls” and “California Kids,” Cuomo’s guitar tag even had palm trees on it. Hooray, summer. 

– Kudos to a greying dudes (Cuomo is 46), for emboldening the youngsters in a throng — cigarette, tablet and syringe emojis rained down a shade during “Hash Pipe.” Har har.

Panic! At The Disco highlights + notes

– Before a bespectacled vets, a throng roared for a Las Vegas heartthrob whose closest doppelgänger competence be magician Criss Angel. As a sole remaining member — Urie’s six-piece rope are all now “touring” usually — Urie has shepherded Panic! from mid-2000s new emo favorites (alongside Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance), to a some-more nimble pop-rock player.  

And while it competence be indecisive after he owned a sorrow throng of roughly 18,000, a deft frontman doesn’t get adequate credit. He plays each renouned instrument — and did so on the new LP — and as a vocalist his operation is outrageous, from a low, well-spoken croon, to propulsive wails, to a screech suggestive of Judas Priest’s Robert Halford. 

Panic! during a Disco performs during a PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, Saturday, Jul 2, 2016 (Mark Brown | For NJ Advance Media) 

– Urie is really a Vegas man — his climax was so discriminating it infrequently toed a line of self-indulgence. But because shouldn’t he uncover all his cards? It competence have been a bit most for Urie to take a second pack and duel his drummer during a big-band retro balance “Crazy=Genius,” or work a full cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” if he wasn’t such an skilful drummer — who did a full backflip off a pack — or couldn’t slay Freddie Mercury’s high notes.  

– The bump and outspoken surges on uninformed tunes “Emperor’s New Clothes” and “Victorious” were triumphant, though a drum was incited adult so high for a new, cocktail tunes, that less-produced throwbacks “Time To Dance” and “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” were a small mislaid in a blast. 


  • “California Kids”
  • “Hash Pipe”
  • “My Name Is Jonas”
  • “(If You’re Wondering If we Want You To) we Want You To”
  • “Jacked Up”
  • “Pork and Beans”
  • “L.A. Girlz”
  • “Perfect Situation”
  • “Thank God for Girls” 
  • “Beverly Hills”
  • “Dope Nose” / “Back to a Shack” / “Keep Fishin'” / “The Good Life” / “Surf Wax America”
  • “Undone – The Sweater Song”
  • “King of a World” / “Only in Dreams”
  • “Island in a Sun” (Acoustic)
  • “Say It Ain’t So”
  • Encore:
  • “El Scorcho” (Piano intro)
  • “Buddy Holly”


  • “Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time”
  • “Vegas Lights”
  • “The Ballad of Mona Lisa”
  • “Hallelujah”
  • “Time to Dance”
  • “Emperor’s New Clothes”
  • “Girls/Girls/Boys”
  • “Ready to Go (Get Me Out of My Mind)”
  • “Nine in a Afternoon”
  • “Crazy=Genius” (Drum-Off in between song)
  • “Miss Jackson”
  • “Golden Days”
  • “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Queen cover)
  • “LA Devotee”
  • “Death of a Bachelor”
  • “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”
  • “This is Gospel”
  • “Victorious”

Bobby Olivier competence be reached during bolivier@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @BobbyOlivier. Find NJ.com on Facebook. 

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