Weezer, Sleigh Bells, Red Hot Chili Peppers 9/17/17

(i) lineup

1a. Weezer
2b. Sleigh Bells
3c. Red Hot Chili Peppers

(1a) (Weezer’s) setlist

  1. Hash Pipe
  2. My Name Is Jonas
  3. Pork and Beans
  4. Mexican Fender
  5. (If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To
  6. Perfect Situation
  7. Hey Ya! (Outkast cover)
  8. Thank God For Girls
  9. Beverly Hills
  10. Dope Nose / Back to the Shack / Keep Fishin’ / The Good Life / Surf Wax America
  11. Feels Like Summer
  12. Undone – The Sweater Song
  13. I Took a Pill in Ibiza (Mike Posner cover)
  14. Island in the Sun
  15. Say It Ain’t So


  1. Buddy Holly


(1b) highlights

  • Weezer!!! I love those guys
  • getting to catch Weezer is always such a pleasure. Around first grade, I remember first discovering the band because my older brother loved them, and I’ve basically been a fan ever since.
  • practically a perfect setlist
  • can we talk about “Hey Ya”? it was fantastic
  • it was such a beautiful day and I won’t ever forget this set
  • being able to take photos at this show was AMAZING

(1c) lowlights

  • it was hot af and the crowd was full of older dudes who acted like they discovered Weezer in a basement back in 1992 – like chill.

(1d) overall thoughts

I never regret going to see Weezer. Their lives shows are full of so much joy and ease and encourage a sweet singalong vibe. I always have fun seeing the four guys onstage, playing old hits and newer tracks and having a great time. Rivers Cuomo – ever an enigmatic man – has so much fun onstage, sometimes I think despite the audience. He was dressed in red and chipper to be performing just as the sun was setting.

Despite the beginnings of fall just starting to take place, it was hot and still felt like summer. As if on cue with the day, the boys played their newest track, “Feels Like Summer.” The sun was shining, the shirt sleeves were short, and it was impossible not to sing along. My friends who know a couple of Weezer songs came along to the show and I was so happy to see them enjoying themselves too.

I know hardcore Weezer fans have a lot of thoughts and opinions on the band’s regular sets – and I understand it. But, to me, this was a perfect summer setlist. Easy breezy singalongs paired with a crowdsurfing man in an inflatable raft. What more could you ask for? Nothing.

Bottom line: I will always love Weezer and I will always remember this beautiful day. To me, Weezer is joy and this day will always remain joyful in my memory.

(2a) (Sleigh Bells’) setlist

  1. I Know Not to Count on You
  2. Unlimited Dark Paths
  3. Tell ‘Em
  4. It’s Just Us No
  5. Bitter Rivals
  6. Riot Rhythm
  7. Kids
  8. I Can Only Stare
  9. Comeback Kid
  10. Infinity Guitars
  11. Demons
  12. Crown on the Ground
  13. Rule Number One
  14. Throw Me Down the Stairs
  15. A/B Machines

(2b) highlights

  • this was my first time seeing Sleigh Bells and they are definitely fun
  • Alexis Krauss, the main face of the Brooklyn duo, is so cool and you can’t help but root for her
  • “Crown on the Ground” was super fun – I know that’s basic to say? but ah well

(2c) lowlights

  • it was hot and nighttime and we were tired – nothing bad to say about the show really

(2d) overall thoughts

It was the time of night when all of us were tired, lying down on the dirty concrete, and resting our eyes for a brief moment. Then Slight Bells took the stage. Their light show immediately awakened us and brought us to our feet as the crowd grew. The energy onstage was enough to make me wish I was up front and dancing in the pit.

Like many people, I first discovered Sleigh Bells through “Crown on the Ground” when it came out around the release of Sofia Coppola’s movie Bling Ring. And that song epitomizes a summer festival. You can’t help but sing along and get up and dance.

If anything, this performance made me want to catch Sleigh Bells again, at a smaller venue, in a bigger crowd, at another show and another time. Don’t miss them next time they’re in town.

Bottom line: We need more female-fronted cool af groups who know how to write a hit song and make people dance in a way that feels significant and meaningful. Because sometimes even an innocuous pop song can mean something during a summer show. We need Sleigh Bells.

(3a) (Red Hot Chili Peppers’) setlist

  1. Intro Jam
  2. Can’t Stop
  3. Dani California
  4. Scar Tissue
  5. Dark Necessities
  6. I Wanna Be Your Dog (The Stooges cover)
  7. Right On Time
  8. Go Robot
  9. Californication
  10. What Is Soul? (Funkadelic cover)
  11. Aeroplane
  12. Don’t Forget Me
  13. Sick love
  14. Higher Ground (Stevie Wonder cover)
  15. Under the Bridge
  16. By The Way


  1. Goodbye Angels
  2. Give It Away

(3b) highlights

  • the Peppers! I’ve never seen these guys before and damn, they are truly professionals
  • damn they have some pretty fantastic hits – more than I feel like I remembered? and that’s always sign of a great band to me
  • their super sophisticated light show and circular screens looked awesome
  • RHCP may be older dudes but they’re still rock stars; Anthony Kiedis still has an amazing voice
  • hearing RHCP – a group that’s not even actually from California but I strongly associate with my childhood and teenage years – sing California songs out in Queens warmed my heart
  • “Can’t Stop” and “Scar Tissue” are California in the 90’s and early 2000’s fully embodied

(3c) lowlights

  • unsurprisingly, even joint and vape pen made an appearance during this set. am I 90 years old?

(3d) overall thoughts

Growing up in California, I always just heard the Red Hot chili Peppers around whether I liked it or not. They were on the radio, in stores, in movies, pouring out of cars, stereos, somehow always floating around. I never really thought about what a presence they had in my life until this show, standing out in that converted parking lot in Queens. It felt like hearing a bit of home.

Bottom line: Red Hot Chili Peppers are bonafide rock stars who wrote bonafide rock songs. And this show proved that.

Weezer 3/30/16

(a) setlist

    1. California Kids
    2. My Name is Jonas
    3. Hash Pipe
    4. Back to the Shack
    5. L.A. Girlz
    6. El Scorcho
    7. The British Are Coming
    8. Pork & Beans
    9. Do You Wanna Get High?
    10. Cleopatra
    11. The Waste Land
    12. Thank God For Girls
    13. Say It Ain’t So
    14. The Good Life
    15. You Gave Your Love to Me Softly
    16. King of the World
    17. Island in the Sun
    18. Undone (The Sweater Song)


  1. Beverly Hills
  2. Buddy Holly

(b) highlights

  • most. incredible. setlist. ever.
  • Weezer fans are the coolest, nicest, chillest people
  •  no, really, that setlist, wow
  • most fun, energetic crowd I’ve seen in a while

(c) lowlights

  • none; seriously – none

(d) overall thoughts

Weezer was probably the first real “band” I ever listened to. I think I was 6 or so the first time I heard “Buddy Holly” and “The Sweater Song,” and things were pretty much never the same. My older brother introduced me to the band, and even though his interest in the band waned over the years (in a similar trajectory to the general public [i.e. a lot of “original fans” falling off after Make Believe and even more after The Red Album and Raditude]), I’ve always loved Weezer for just being themselves – whatever form that may take.

Their 2014 album Everything Will Be Alright In The End felt like a comeback album in a lot of ways – and I thoroughly appreciated the work it featured – but everything about this year’s The White Album feels like a comeback in an even bigger way. Weezer is sounding more like their late 90’s and early 2000’s selves than ever before: catchy choruses, memorable melodies, and simply Rivers Cuomo-esque lyrics. Everything from “L.A. Girlz” and “California Kids” and my personal favorite, “King of World” felt solid enough to stand beside those early classics.

I’d only seen Weezer once before – at the Bowery Ballroom in October 2014 – so I was excited for this deeply intimate show at the tiny Warsaw in Brooklyn. From the moment the lights went down to the final notes of “Buddy Holly,” Weezer totally killed it. It’s almost startling these days to go to a show and hear hit after hit after hit after hit without the crowd or band losing energy once. It’s a testament to both Weezer’s discography and diehard fans when songs from completely different Weezer eras – “Hash Pipe,” “The Waste Land,” and “L.A. Girlz” receive nearly equal amounts of cheer upon first play.

Rivers Cuomo will always be Rivers Cuomo – in the best way possible. Brian Bell was in top form taking up the vocals on the classic fan favorite “You Gave Your Love to Me Softly” while Scott Shriner remained his usual classy bass-playing self, even picking up a double-neck bass on “The Waste Land.” Pat Wilson, a multi-instrumentalist, gave a classic performance on drums, sitting in the best seat in the house.


Bottom line: It was impossible to not have fun during the wild ride that was the phenomenal setlist, equally nostalgic and timeless performance, and exuberant crowd.