Review: Weezer bring nerdy '90s noise to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg
Weezer hasn't played in Tampa Bay for years, and on the eve of two "Blue" and Pinkerton shows in Orlando this weekend, they stopped by a most unusual venue: The Mahaffey Theatre in St. Petersburg. The chance to see the geek-rock icons in the flesh was one heck of a lure for 1,863 fans -- including Sean Daly, who writes:
For 90 power-popping minutes, each sing-along chorus was hookier than the next, the guitars loud and crunching yet always in service of the candy-coated mayhem. The bespectacled (Rivers) Cuomo and his cohorts cooed about wanting the girl (El Scorcho), losing the girl (Keep Fishin') and having absolutely zero clue what to do with the girl on the rare occasion they actually get her (If You're Wondering If I Want You To, I Want You To).
"We are Weezer," Cuomo deadpanned at one point. "We have come to entertain you. And our means of doing so is to play rock music."
They then kicked into the '50s-flecked alt-rock of Surf Wax America, the first time the giant "W" hanging behind them was illuminated in satirical rock posturing. Weezer wants so bad to be Kiss, but the leather pants would probably just give them a rash.