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Weezer & The Pixies @ BB&T Pavilion 7/21/2018 Camden,NJ

Weezer & The Pixies – BB&T Pavilion

Camden, NJ – July 21st 2018

Words/Photos/Video – Jay Porks

The second it was announced that Weezer was hitting the road with the Pixies there wasn’t any doubt that it would be something featured here on Concert Confessions when it came around the way. Two of my favorites of all time if we’re speaking honestly here. Weezer is as hot as they’ve ever been and that was my opinion even before they covered Africa. The Pixies are not only one of the best bands of all time, but they’re also band that all of our favorite bands take influence from. Anyhow, it’s a Saturday night in Camden. The real slums of Dirty Jerzy. It’s raining pretty heavy at times, but we have seats. I’m old now. Not built for the lawn.

The Pixies kicked things off at 8PM. As we’re walking in Where Is My Mind is blaring through the parking lot. I set off the metal detector so that held us up a bit but we made it to our seats soon enough. A couple of observations: (a)The people here for the Pixies are INTO the Pixies. I thought I was a super fan, the whole place was rocking, it wasn’t like half empty waiting for Weezer. (b) Livenation had all sorts of deals in the days leading up to the show, which leads one to believe there’d been less tickers sold than desired. If that’s the case, then they succeeded, because I can’t say this place was “sold out” but it was packed to the gills with people that were PUMPED. (c) Does the high school basketball team always have to buy the seats in the sightline of my camera?

 

 

The Pixies busted out a twenty two songs in their allotted 67 Minute set, which if you would have told me that they would have done as an opening act I would have called you crazy. Maybe this really is a true ‘split bill’ or double headliner, if you will. They were off by 9:07. Set list below.

Setlist: Where Is My Mind, Nimrod’s Son, Mr. Grieves, All The Saints, Here Comes Your Man, Silver Snail, Vamos, Cactus, Break My Body, Gouge Away, Head Carrier, Caribou, Bel Esprit, Gigantic, Wave Of Mutilation, Um Chagga Lagga, Isla de Encanta, Crackity Jones, Broken Face, Monkey Gone To Heaven, Hey, Planet Of Sound

Weezer didn’t come out until 9:42 and when they did we saw why. The stage was set up to resemble the Happy Days set that they used for the Buddy Holly video. That’s was cool as heck. Later on in the set they took that stuff away to make way for the “In The Garage” set, which featured AC/DC and Kiss posters along the back drop.

A night of hits and fun covers. We got ourselves the Weezer take on Happy Together by the Turtles. Cool thing about that is that they played the guitars on the hook grungy and not, like, happy with bright lights and stuff. Then in the middle they tossed a verse from Green Day’s Longview in there, (the “mash up” I guess) which Rivers has been doing at solo acoustic shows recently. The Rivers put on a sailor hat and shirt and rode a razor scooter off stage only to appear in the middle of the crowd on what I assume was some sort of b-stage set up. From our vantage point you could barely see him, but it was cool none the less. That’s when Rivers solo covered ‘Take On Me’

There were two total metal head dudes in Metallica tee shirts and all that a couple rows up from us. I wondered aloud why they were here. Then during Feels Like Summer, which is still hot a year later, pyro starts flying off behind the band. That’s why they’re here. Weezer is for everybody.

Sporting a Nirvana tee shirt with cut off sleeves for the duration of the show, Weezer played Africa before ducking off stage for the encore of Surf Wax America, Say It Ain’t So and at the very end finished us off with a tiny dose of Black Sabbath’s Paranoid.  They went off at 11 sharp, giving their 20 song set a duration of 78 minutes. What a blast. Full set list and some addition pictures below.

Set List: Buddy Holly, Beverly Hills, Pork and Beans, Undone – The Sweater Song, Hash Pipe, Perfect Situation, My Name Is Jonas, El Scorcho, In The Garage, The Good Life, Happy Together/Longview(The Turtles/Green Day), Keep Fishin’, Island In The Sun, Take On Me(a-ha), Burndt Jamb, (If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To, Feels Like Summer, Africa (Toto)

Encore: Surf Wax America, Say It Ain’t So.

Weezer – Plush St. Louis, MO – 10-19-2014

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What can you say about a personal concert for 750 people in a small venue downtown St. Louis. Weezer who seemed to just fly in right before the show, put on an amazing concert. The acoustics where fabulous in fact Rivers said it didn’t sound like 750 people it sounded like 20,000 and he was right, what a night for a Weezer fans that attended.

This wasn’t a scheduled tour date by know means, it was a charity event, put on by Rungevity – The Quinn Family Foundation and all the proceeds from the ticket sales went to several charities, so overall it was a sold out successful charity event.

Sleeper Agent was the opening act for Weezer and they took the stage at 7pm, they are a band from Kentucky and this was my first time hearing them, they were pretty good, fast pace punk music, but overall put on a good forty minute performance.

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Weezer took the stage around 8:30 or so, as they must have just flown in for the show. Rivers literally had to tweek his entire set up, from making sure the mics were correct, to placing song lyrics and sheets on the trunk directly in front of him, he made sure everything was meticulously in place, before they took the stage.

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Weezer opened with “Ain’t got nobody” off of their recently released CD “Everything will be alright in the end” which was released October 7th, of this year. They quickly transitioned to “Hash Pipe” and “Perfect Situation”, with the crowd singing along word for word.

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Weezer decided to do a few songs of off the new CD, and Rivers announced they were going to do two “I’ve had it up to here” and “The British are coming” which I gladly video tapped.

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Then they went into “Island’s in the Sun”, “Beverly Hills” and “Dope Nose” which Scott Shriner sang, and Rivers made his way over to me, so I could grab this amazing yet stunning so close it could be a selfie shot.

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 They continued on with “Say it ain’t so” and “Back to the Shack” which I managed to catch on video:

After their first single off of the new album, “Back to the Shack” they sang the old favorite “Undone – The Sweater Song”, “If You’re Wondering if I want you to, I want you to”, “Eulogy for a Rock Band”, which by the way Rivers said that was the first time they had performed that live, I should have video taped it, but wasn’t able too. But for the first time performing it live, they did an amazing job.

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Next was “Pork and Beans”, “The Waste Land” and then a musical set of two songs off of the new album. Rivers said to just listen to their musical playings of those two songs, as I don’t think they had really played them that much live yet. Of course an encore that consisted of “Buddy Holly” and that was videotaped.

 

Overall and AMAZING performance by Weezer, I’m so glad I was able to get a ticket, the only downside was they had a section right in front of the stage roped off for “VIP” people, which in all honestly looked like high school kids, but being right at the edge of that red rope which was where I parked was well worth it, regardless of the extra money. Everything went to charity, so it was for a good cause.

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Plush is a venue located just off of the St. Louis University Campus, and is in a pretty good neighborhood, it’s a two story building that has a stage and huge balcony, in fact Rivers half way through the show just realized their were people up in the balcony. Seriously he’s like “I just realized their is more people up there” so, that showed they just flew in, and got there right before the show started. It’s a great venue and I will go back to it in the future for sure, awesome acoustics all around.

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Weezer you are amazing, glad I had the opportunity, the chance and the time to make this special performance, no I didn’t get a selfie with Rivers, but one day, can’t wait until next time.

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Riot Fest 2014’s Mega Lineup Unleashed

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The plan here was to post the pic of all the bands and just name a handful of ones that us here at Concert Confessions are fans of and stuff like that. Then, as I kept reading into the poster containing the lineup for the 2014 Riot Fest in Chicago, this thing just has so much one would want to check out. Your top billing is The Cure, Jane’s Addiction, The National, Rise Against and Weezer while The Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Slayer, The Offspring and Staten Island’s very own Wu-Tang Clan rounding out your ten highest billed performers. Dig deeper into the lineup and you’ll find Pussy Riot, Thurston Moore, Kurt Vile. You’ll also run into Failure and The Dandy Warhols. The Afghan Whigs are back, and you guessed it, they’re here too. My new favorite heroes(i.e. Dave Grohl/Safe Music) Mastodon is at this party as well. Feel free to have some fun too, throw a little Cheap Trick in your day. Things you don’t see here: Outkast, Lorde, Kanye West, Vampire Weekend, Skrillex and all those other garbage festival junkies you see on every card. Lots of music with guitars here.

Highlighted acts below, check out RiotFest.ORG for ticketing details and all that jazz.

Weezer

Jane’s Addiction

The National

Pussy Riot

The Flaming Lips

Slayer

Rise Against

The Cure

Descendents

Wu-Tang Clan

The Afghan Whigs

The Offspring

Failure

Thurston Moore

Kurt Vile & The Violators

The Dandy Warhols

Dropkick Murphys

Mastodon

Buzzcocks

Social Distortion

GWAR

Mudhoney

Tegan And Sara

Patti Smith

Jessica Hernandez and The Deltas

Of Mice & Men

Cheap Trick

Metric

Anti-Flag

Firefly Music Festival Reveals Massive 2014 Lineup

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For the third year in a row, Firefly Music Festival in Delaware is delivering another stellar lineup. Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters and Outkast lead the big names while Cage the Elephant, Weezer, Childish Gambino, Jack Johnson, Sleigh Bells, Young The Giant, Girl Talk, Chance The Rapper, Local Natives, Portugal. The Man, The Lumineers, Kaiser Chiefs, Grouplove and Pretty Lights round out the list of acts you may have heard of off the top of our heads looking at the list of over 100 acts.

Firefly throws a curve ball  in it’s forth year by adding a fourth-day to it. The new format leaves our Homer Simpson four day weekend taking place June 19th – 22nd at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. Tickets will be available through the festival’s website.

Below, check out the festival lineup unveiling video, because that seems to be the new way to announce festivals not named Coachella.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yshz28Bvy2E

Anyone have a couch in Delaware?

 

Music Midtown 2013 Announces Lineup

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Enjoy as many festivals as you can this year, because ticket sales tell us that next year we’ll have a lot less of these things here in America.  This September 20th and 21st, Peidmont Park in Atlanta brings you a pretty solid lineup for Music Midtown 2013.

 Acts you care about include : Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stone Age, Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, Weezer, Jane’s Addiction, Tegan & Sara, Cake, 2 Chainz, Imagine Dragons, Black Lips, Reignwolf, Capital Cities, North Mississippi Allstars, and Mona… and if you have bad taste in music, there’s always Journey.

Saturday June 22nd is when Tickets go on sale, and you can check out the full line up and stuff over at the festivals official website by clicking here. There’s a presale for Citi members  beginning Wednesday, that information is also at the website.

Ottawa Bluefest 2013 Lineup Has Been Revealed

Ottawa Bluefest 2013

The Ottawa Bluesfest has announced it lineup for the 2013 shindig. Over the course of 10 days (July 4th through the 14th), festival goers will have their chance to see acts like B.B. King, Weezer, Rush and fun. Other notables include Wu Tang Clan, Grace Potter And The Nocturnals, Tegan & Sara, The Joy Formidable, Killer Mike,Dixie Chicks, Belle & Sebastian, Flogging Molly, Sharon Van Etten and Atlas Genius.

If you’re into the “trance life”, then Skrillex gives you your fix, and other acts that don’t get first paragraph recognition are Passion Pit, Animal Collective, Zac Brown Band and Fitz & The Tantrums. Get the full list of acts announced so far below, and for ticketing information check out the festivals official website.

Ottawa Bluesfest 2013 Lineup:

B.B. King

Dixie Chicks

Wu-Tang Clan

RUSH

Weezer

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

The Tragically Hip

Skrillex

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Tegan and Sara

Great Big Sea

fun.

Belle & Sebastian

Baauer

Grand Funk Railroad

Animal Collective

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Zac Brown Band

She & Him

Alex Clare

Fitz & the Tantrums

Neko Case

Adventure Club

Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters

Marianas Trench

Solange

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Killer Mike

El-P

Sharon Van Etten

Stars

Eric Burdon

Matthew Good

Flogging Molly

A Tribe Called Red

The Cat Empire

Alejandro Escovedo

Los Lonely Boys

Mother Mother

Atlas Genius

Mississippi Heat

Zeds Dead

Joy Formidable

Amadou & Mariam

Blue King Brown

Femi Kuti

Hunter Hayes

Tommy Trash

Garland Jeffreys

Blues Broads

Dawes

The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer

Los Lobos

Ra Ra Riot

Frank Turner

Justin Townes Earle

Cactus

Camera Obscura

Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Eddie Shaw

Mitch Ryder

The Dunwells

The Knocks

Bahamas

Cold Specks

John Smith

Joe Robinson

The Austin City Limits 2012 Line Up Released

So to save some time, we’ll tell you who’s playing at Austin City Limits in one word: EVERYBODY. Every single act(besides Jay-Z and Pearl Jam.. so far at least) is on this list. From headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The Black Keys and Jack White to Iggy and The Stooges(in which Mike Watt Plays Bass) and Florence + The Machine. Weezer has come out of hiding for this one as well. Childish Gambino continues to take over the world with an appearance, and Gotye plays that song that everybody used to know.(see what I did there?)

 But we here at Concert Confessions don’t just give you the highlights, we give you the whole enchilada.  So below, you can view the endless list of acts that will be taking the stage in Austin at Zilker Park October 12-14. Check out the festival’s website here, for on sale dates and prices and all that jibber jabber.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Neil Young and Crazy Horse

The Black Keys

Jack White(I hear  some folks are into this guy)

Florence + The Machine

The Avett Brothers

Iggy & The Stooges

AVICII

BASSNECTAR

The Roots

The Shins

Weezer

Gotye (is it pronounced ‘Goat-Tee’ or ‘Got-Ya”???)

The Civil Wars

M83

Tegan and Sara

Childish Gambino

Two Door Cinema Club

Thievery Corporation

The Afghan Whigs

Crystal Castles

Andrew Bird

Gary Clark Jr.

Metric

Band of Skulls

Esperanza Spalding

Alabama Shakes

Delta Spirit

M. Ward

Randy Rogers Band

Die Antwoord

Rufus Wainwright

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Big Gigantic

Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra

Steve Earle

The War On Drugs

Umphrey’s McGee

Barrington Levy

Old 97’s

Punch Brothers

Bombay Bicycle Club

A-Trak

Trampled by Turtles

Patterson Hood

Michael Kiwanuka

Big K.R.I.T.

Oberhofer

POLICA

Tennis

Zola Jesus

Stars

Kimbra

Black Lips

Los Campesinos!

Jovanotti

Ben Howard

Ruthie Foster

Freelance Whales

Civil Twilight

The Whigs

Dev

The Lumineer

Bad Books

The Devil Makes Three

Asleep at the Wheel

First Aid Kit

Patrick Watson

LP

Caveman

Lee Fields & The Expressions

Father John Misty

The Wombats

Dry the River

The Boxer Rebellion

Soul Rebels Brass Band

Thundercat(Really!! There’s a band named Thundercat?! That’s awesome!)

Willis Earl Beal

He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister

Kishi Bashi

Deep Dark Woods

Moon Duo

Kopecky Family Band

River City Extension

Quiet Corral

Wheeler Brothers

The Relatives

Space Capone

The Staves

Native Run

Nikki Lane

Quiet Company

Infantree

Wild Child

La Vida Bohème

The Eastern Sea

The Dunwells

Kenny Vaughan Trio

Justin Jones

Sonámbulo

Royal Teeth

Noah Gunderson

The Aaron Ivey Band

The Mighty Sincere Voices

G.S.T.

Colorfeels

Lera Lynn

Megan McCormick

Shields of Faith

Stapletones

The Baylor Choir

Disciples of Joy

Ralph’s World

Orange Sherbet

Big Don

Rocknoceros

Hullabaloo

Jambo

Peter DiStefano & Tor

The School of Rock

The Q Brothers

The Top 10 Jay Porks Experiences of 2011

As 2011 reaches a close, we take a look back at the year in concerts. In volume, I probably attend the least amount of total shows per year if you pool all of the contributors here at Concert Confessions. But never the less, by years end I will have reached 23 concerts, eclipsing last years total of 20. My only personal goal is to always get out to more shows then the year before. We did that in 2011, and here’s hoping we crack a bigger mark in 2012. Back to the reminiscing, here’s the Top Ten Jay Porks Exerperience’s of 2011

10)GWAR Music Hall of Williamsburg(2/20/11)

It was a cold night in February. I remember it like it was yesterday-it was the day before I was to get my Blackberry, and I remember the whole night being pissed about how if I would’ve gotten a new phone earlier that day I’d leave here tonight with better quality photos. Speaking of photos, the Reverend Justito was able to go through channels and gain me a photo pass for the first 3 songs of their set. It was at this time that I would stand about an arms distance from the late Cory Smoot/Flatimis Maximus while getting soaked in GWAR fluids, which would later add some difficulty to hailing a cab after the show-being that it looked like I was covered in blood. Awesome times [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXrJ0Kw6d_Y&w=480&h=360]

9)Slaughterhouse at SOB’s (5/25/11)

I know what your all thinking-How the hell does he throw Hip Hop into his Top Ten? Well, a week or so prior to Joe Budden replying to a Tweet of mine setting off a back and forth which gained me a collective middle finger from his fan base, he played with Slaughterhouse at SOB’s. This is the show that made me buy the tickets to see the man solo at Irving Plaza, and even though that was terrible, I can’t deny what Budden, Royce Da 5’9′, ‘Joell Ortiz’ and ‘Crooked I’ did to the stage at SOB’s that night. And that was setting it on fire. Also, one of the openers ‘Emilio Rojas’, I promise you will headline shows in 2012. He sounded like the future.

8)Chris Cornell @ Town Hall(4/13/11)

With a Soundgarden full on reunion tour not yet confirmed, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see Mr. Chris Cornell on his Solo Acoustic Songbook Tour. The hair is back, and in full Jesus mode Cornell blessed us with hits from Soundgarden, Audioslave, his own solo catalog and mixed in a Beatles cover along with a, brace yourselves, acoustic cover of Ghostland Observatory’s “Sad Sad City”.

7)Dinosaur Jr w/ Henry Rollins, OFF and Fucked Up @ Terminal 5 (6/23/11)

Overlooking the balcony on the 3rd floor of Terminal 5 for an epic night of events. If it wasn’t enough that I was seeing Dinosaur Jr., we had Keith Morris in the building with his latest band. OFF!. In addition to that we had the critical acclaimed “Fucked Up”. And the frosting for the cake, Henry Freakin’ Rollins interviewed Dinosaur Jr on stage before their set, an interview I captured in it’s entirety and it up on YouTube. Also got most of their set, they had great lighting and my spot was of epic proportions. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5n0mEa2r_hM&w=480&h=360]

6)Local H Mercury Lounge (4/21/11)

Local H is one of those bands that will probably always find there way on my year end best list if they come around to my neck of the woods, and that’s just what happened. Not only that, but they were booked for an “Early show” at the Mercury Lounge-which means doors at 7PM and show was to end promptly at 9:30. No problem for Scott Lucas and Brian St. Clair, who kicked out about 20 jams in the time they had on stage, including 2 songs from a forthcoming Local H record: “Cold Matter” and “Another February”(which I have video of below this paragraph). Covered ‘Joey’ by Concrete Blonde and “Wolf Like Me” courtesy of TV on the Radio. During Wolf Like Me, Scott came off stage with his guitar and played, like, into the camera was recording with and eventually was jamming out leaning against me as people snapped photos of him in the crowd. What Mercury Lounge is great for in not having security so I can tape, they suck at lights-and there is no conclusive proof of this on video. At least my buddy who I met into at the Lemonheads show says he remembers me from the crowd and remembers seeing that happen. Got an autograph from Mr. Lucas after the show and gave it to my friend Pam, who was defeated by New York City traffic trying to make it there. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sXiip0fN78&w=480&h=360]

5)Flaming Lips&Weezer Get Freaky On The Same Stage PNC (7/28/11)

So when I saw the show listed on Ticketmaster it was billed “Weezer/Flaming Lips” yet when my ticket arrived in the mail it said “Flaming Lips/Weezer”. I figured at the least I save myself time seeing some crap opener, as I like both these bands. As the show drew near, it was announced that the bands would both set their gear up on stage, and take turns playing songs back and forth. Now isn’t this interesting? And it turned out to be even way more fun then I imagined. With limited time, sort of, Weezer wasn’t able to squeeze into their set a bunch of songs I hate. Plus they kicked off the night both bands on stage playing Black Sabbath’s “Sweat Leaf” with Wayne Coyne and Rivers Cuomo floating the pit area in space bubbles. After 2 hours of back and forth hits from both bands, they shared the stage again to play “She Don’t Use Jelly” followed by “Undone(The Sweater Song)” before going off. Awesomeness. I was still giddy as I wrote the review on a plane flying off to Washington State-that’s a hint for things to come on this list. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0d2iws3WKGc&w=480&h=360]

We have a tie for 3rd/4th place:

3)Meat Puppets (11/4/11) & in Teaneck, NJ (11/6/11)

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The Meat Puppets returned to New York City for the first time in 2 years to play Le Poisson Rouge. They would play 2 nights later in Teaneck, NJ at Mexicali Live with me in attendance as well. It’s a tie because on both nights they would equally scorch the stage they played frying hearts and minds-yet it was two totally different experiences for me despite the set list not varying much. Night one in NYC I got backstage, and was able to hang with the boys before the show and even got to meet Sean Yseult (bass player who started a little band called White Zombie with dude named Rob), who was nothing less then a bad ass chick-I mean that in the awesome sense. But after all that it ended up I couldn’t get a good spot up front and had to extend my arm up full length when recording songs(the good news being I don’t have to hide my camera from anyone, being the Social Media Assistant for the band I am actually permitted and encouraged to do so).

Two nights later I meet up with Pam in Teaneck, NJ-a little hidden spot of Northern New Jersey I never even knew existed. My intentions on this night are to finally show off my favorite band still touring to one of my good friends- [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yeJftK_l5Q&w=480&h=360]
one of the few friends I have in real life who’s musical taste I respect. She’s never seen them, and this was to be my 9th time. Check this out, you know that band Black Box Revelation that’s been blowing up by the show? Yea, they opened up this one before they set off w/ Beady Eye on tour a week or so later. They were awesome. And my great spot for video during this Meat Puppets set as oppose to they Friday night set is not even comparable. I got everything I needed to get and more. About halfway during set Pam says to me “This drummer is amazing”. That drummer is Shandon Sahm (son of Doug Sahm, I’m gonna let you use Wikipedia for this one), and for the nights encore as it would have been Doug Sahm’s 70th Birthday day, we saw Curt Kirkwood relinquish his guitar to Shandon and took a seat at the drum kit. They then played “She’s About A Mover”, a Sir Douglas Quintet cover with Curt on drums and Shandon Sahm singing and playing guitar. Got Curt to autograph Pam’s ticket after the show. Freaking amazing weekend of the Meat Puppets, hence my tie for 3rd/4th place. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTZw1SJbg4g&w=480&h=360]

2)Ween Hammerstein Ballroom: Halloween 2011

For a second year in a row through circumstances beyond their control, Ween fall one spot short of the top spot on my best shows of 2011 list. It was Halloween, it was WEEN at Hammerstein Ballroom in the city. We tore the seated section 103 apart, stacking chairs creating a standing room frenzy. They did another “Evening w/ Ween” which includes no opening acts-and played for the better part of three hours dressed up for Halloween in skimpy sailor outfits. It was amazing, and even through picking up the pieces of my face on the way out the door-the number one spot had already been locked in. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn820V9WMhw&w=480&h=360]

1)Soundgarden, QOTSA, Mastodon,& the Meat Puppets @ The Gorge 7/30/11

Remember when I said I was writing the Flaming Lips/Weezer review on a plane heading to Washington State? Yea well, that was one insane weekend. With tour guides TheNaturalStoner and Mr. Sparkly taking care of me, we were off on Saturday July 30th of 2011 to the Gorge Amphitheater to see Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age, Mastodon, and THE MEAT PUPPETS. This was before any Meat Puppets dates were locked for NYC so I had to make sure I caught them right? Plus opening for Soundgarden?!? A band I’ve been waiting to see for years and years. And sandwich in Queens of the Stone Age, which I missed out on a presale from their NYC show in March and how can we think this could get any better? Well, it got better as soon as we were at the top of the grassy hill looking down at the stage camped so behind it is the beautiful Columbia River and mountainside. 18,000 people get in this place, standing room exclusive. If it wasn’t enough that I got to see the Meat Puppets for the 7th time that night, I also got to see Soundgarden close out strong. And while Queens of the Stone Age kicked out songs I love, like “Go With The Flow” & “No One Knows” ,with the sun setting and beams of light bouncing off the river and silhouetting the people on the lawn.. man that 8-10 minutes right there may have been the greatest moment of my life(well, besides Jen Cartiglia). We had from what I counted 5 of us Concert Confessioners in attendance- Myself, TheNaturalStoner & Mr. Sparkly in one tent trying to get texts through to Phishbeard to meet up with us, while at the same time we tried to gain WiFi to find Jakob. The whole Washington experience blew me away, and the show being that epic wasn’t hurting matters either. Camped out afterward sleeping on a folding chair using a sleeping bag as a blanket starring up at the stars, which I can actually see in a state without the air pollution that New York City contains. Woke everyone around us camping up early due to my phone’s alarm clock still being on east coast time. The video I share below is not one that I shot, but shot by TheNaturalStoner. Since I was standing right next to him anyway, and his camera is way better then mine, here you go: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iou9tnsHt6w&w=640&h=360]

Honorable Mentions!!

I seriously wanted to put Charlie Sheen’s Violent Torpedo of Truth tour in here, but I didn’t want to take the crap from all the trolls out there who DIDN’T attend…But damn that was a pretty freaking epic night, awesome times with friends.. hence it’s honorable mention.

-Phish, Night 1 of their MSG New Years Eve run was pretty funky as well, had this list not been done before I attended the show on 12/28/11, it would have been up for nomination

Flaming Lips/Weezer PNC Bank Arts Center NJ 7/28/11

Better a few days late than never, The 52nd edition of the Jay Porks Never Ending Concert Series takes us back to the PNC Bank Arts Center in Homdel, NJ-the very same place we were 7 days ago, only tonight we’re here for The Flaming Lips & Weezer to put on a set in which they are sharing the bill. By sharing the bill, I mean I read that both bands will be setting their gear up on stage at the same time and each band will take turns playing a handful of songs. Read a quote that Rivers Cuomo asked Wayne Coyne if he has an extra bubble he can ride around in. Now this is something different. It refreshing to see bands trying new things, I wonder who’s going to encore? Will they play songs together? This has the makings for an eventful few hours. Having said that-lets not count our chickens before they hatch, doors open at 7:30PM and Yeasayer are the first openers. Planning an earlier arrival than last week, which means two things: Not gonna miss any of the sets we planned to see and two, most time to get wasted. And I tend to let the criticism fly more loosely when intoxicated, and I have a feeling these New Jersey folk are gonna get to me tonight after last week.. We shall see….

We pulled into the parking lot around 6, not pulling any punches today-lets not miss anything in case they decide to go on early….We parked in a lot that wasn’t miles away from the venue, so we were able to camp out til about 8 or so, when we headed in right after Yeasayer had finished. Grabbed our lawn spot (rented chairs for $5 a pop, why stand all night?). I notice the stage is already being set up, and its not far past 8…

Wayne Coyne comes out, and explains to the crowd how this is the first time they’ve done a show like this.. he tells us “Rivers needs you guys to help him out with the bubble when he gets in it”.. and Wayne also mentioned that “if our strobe lights are little too intense for anyone-then just don’t look at them. Simple solution”… then he said they’d be back as he ducked off stage for a little while….

So around 8:30-8:45 we have The Flaming Lips intro, where they come out of the big screen and walk down the ramp as two bubble inflate with Wayne Coyne in one and Rivers Cuomo in the other one. Smoke filling the stage, graphics hitting the screen. This is cool. Wayne and Rivers take to the crowd in their bubbles, and it doesn’t take Rivers long to fall down and have to be rolled back towards the stage by the crowd he’s rolling on.. then he busted out of if and The Flaming Lips jumped in three songs Worm Mountain , Silver Trembling Hands and Yeah Yeah Yeah Song… – At one point Wayne sat on a gorilla’s shoulders … they do those three songs and he says “Alright we’ll be back-Weezer everybody!”

Weezer comes out and kicks things off with “Hashpipe”, “El Scorcho” and “Perfect Situation”.. Whoa, what is this did Weezer finally get the memo to start playing their good songs live? Awesome. Girl I’m with turns to me and says “Oh I know this song from the Deftones” during “El Scorcho”.. I said “Really?” and returning home upon YouTube search, the Deftones do cover it… sweet. After Perfect Situation, they head off for the Flaming Lips to come back on..

Out comes Wayne and Co. again, this time to rock it out harder with “Is David Bowie Dying?”, “See the Leaves” and then we got into a little Laser Hands Jam, where the Gigantic hands come on.. lights bouncing off the disco ball thing into the lawn.. damn I wish I had a good enough camera to tape that shit.. And the Flaming Lips also have a whole bunch of chicks in outfits resembling Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz bouncing up and down.. awesomeness

So back out comes Weezer, and they play “My Name is Jonas”, “Suzanne” and one of my personal favs of the Weezer catalog “The Good Life”… Again, I’m still amazed at the fact that Weezer is playing good songs-this is like the set I’ve always wanted to see when I saw Weezer headline a show.. now for 25 bucks I’m on a lawn chair enjoying all those hits I thought I’d enjoy on days I spent 50+ dollars to see them. So far this was a great investment.
Now back to the Flaming Lips, as we seem to be grooving to 3 songs a clip before switching… As if this night couldn’t improve, it’s “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Part 1” time. Yes! Love that freaking song, and the half filled PNC Bank Arts Center loved it too.. can’t believe more people weren’t at this show.. “Ego’s Last Stand” and “Pompeii Am Gotterdammerung” followed… as we shift back to the Weezer.

Island in the Sun.. it’s becoming redundant.. can’t believe I’m at the one good Weezer set to come to the tri state area… “You Gave Your Love to Me Softly” (B-Side from ‘El Scorcho’) followed. Then Rivers says “ Here’s a song we used to listen to when we were growing up, then jumps into a cover Radiohead’s Paranoid Android.. I didn’t like it when I first heard it watching the vid on YouTube but experiencing it live actually made it quite enjoyable.. one of the more listenable Radiohead songs of the past decade of so.. and apparently the 14 year old kids that surround us everywhere are loving the Radiohead. I’m on board..

Then the Flaming Lips came out for “What is the Light?” and “The Observer”.. I noticed Wayne has had a cool looking fur scarf on for the duration of the show.. Is he not the man?

back out for ‘Pork and Beans’, ‘Tired of Sex’, and ‘Say it ain’t so’.. So I guess Weezer is closing out this show-especially afterward when they played “(If your wondering if I want you to) I want you to”. They were trading off three for three, now Flaming Lips did two and Weezer did four?

So then the Flaming Lips come back out for “Do You Realize”…with full confetti and lights going I said to myself: Okay, so the Flaming Lips are closing this show…

That’s when Weezer came back out (stop confusing me guys!) for “Buddy Holly” and “Only In Dreams”.. which was making me think we’ve witnessed a Flaming Lips set minus “She Don’t Use Jelly”.. but Weezer stayed on stage as the Flaming Lips came back on to play it with them-Weezer and The Flaming Lips doing “She Don’t Use Jelly” with Rivers singing lyrics on the 2nd and 3rd verses. Awesomeness. And then “Undone- The Sweater Song” with both bands remaining on stage was a perfect end to a very cool evening. The Jay Porks Pre-Flight extravaganza

. Perfect send off to Washington! The Gorge Saturday: Soundgarden, Meat Puppets, Queens of the Stone Age and Mastodon.. the Willie Nelson on Sunday.. let the insanity begin!

Weezer @ Williamsburg Waterfront 7/16/10

Weezer

07/16/10 Williamsburg Waterfront – Williamsburg, NY

Words/Photos by Jay Porks

Tonight we embark on the 30th edition of the Jay Porks Never Ending concert series, where we go to Brookyln, NY- The Williamsburg WaterFront for Weezer ( try saying that 5 times fast). Here we have ourselves a newer venue in the hipster town of Williamsburg- home to a few cool places to see shows such as ‘Brooklyn Bowl’ and the ‘Music Hall Of Williamsburg’.. Bands booked at the Williamsburg Waterfront this summer are the likes of Faith No More, Band of Horses, Silversun Pickups, Modest Mouse, Pavement and tonight, the Weez.. Let’s hope this lives up to the hype of $55 tickets ( 3 of which I had to sell for way less then face value-not to mention having to evade a brawl that ensued on the bus back in Staten Island on the way over).. To add insult to injury, about halfway to Brooklyn I realized I forgot my SD memory card, basically making my camera usless! I’m not sure how many still frames this can hold without extra memory…I feel like it’s 2008 all over again… Let’s hope for better times ahead!

After getting lost in Williamsburg, I heard a familiar voice blasting through the streets.. It was Matt Pinfield, welcoming everyone to this WRXP sponsered event.. So there, I found myself outside the venue at about 8PM.. Fresh after Rival Schools went off.. There’s a paragraph I won’t have to waste..as for the Williamsburg Warerfront- what a frigging dump this place was.. What are they renting a park for the summer.. It overlooks the East River, which is a good look- but the rest of this place is like a slab of concrete with a stage equipped.. It’s all standing room, right in front of 40 Porta-pottys(Spell check is telling me that’s the correct spelling) giving me the feel that I’m in the parking lot at a Jets game.. with an area they called ‘ the Beer Garden’, a concessions section which is ropped off.. This place is packed.. The stage is huge, but looks so out of place in the middle of a crummy neighborhood. It’s a great view when your NOT facing the stage, but everything else is abysmal ..
Showed up late enough where even though I feel like I’ve been here 5 minutes- Weezer is about to go on..

And at about 820- Weezer hit the stage and kicked the set off with ‘Hash Pipe’ Sweet, I love this song.. From back here, looks like avid soccer fan Rivers Cuomo is wearing a New York Red Bulls soccer jersey… If only someone gave a crap about soccor..after Hash Pipe, the band got into ‘Troublemaker’…. Then a stage hand gives Rivers a guitar as they go into ‘Undone(the sweater song)… Rivers has tried to get away from playing guitar at shows recently, so he started without one and was given it as needed.. I can’t say that this isn’t pretty cool so far as we get into ‘Surf Wax America”..then a newer, surprisingly likable song-‘Tripping down the Freeway’.. Towards the end of the song Rivers had grabbed an Emergency Exit sign and planted it mid-stage… Now Rivers back to Guitar as next up ‘Perfect Situation’.. Now everyone around me goes from excited to borderline giddy… Where are all those crappy Weezer songs I hate? Absent so far.. ‘Dope Nose’ followed, then “Say it ain’t so”- one of Weezers like top 3 songs ever.. this rocks right now- how did I have so much trouble selling these extra tickets?

There it is! Weezer crappy side surfaces with “I can’t stop partying’.. Never thought I’d say these words- I’d rather hear the version with Lil Wayne!.. Then we hear a “this ones for you for” as Balloons and clear beach balls fly from stage and they get into “Island in the sun”.. When the beach balls surfaced- I said aloud “what are the Flaming Lips in town?”.. I got looked at by spectators.. I can’t believe nobody got that joke.. ‘El Scorcho’ was next.. Sometime during the last few songs Pat Wilson jumped out from behind the drums and grabbed a guitar to be replaced on drums by some other guy..next in the set came ‘My name is Jonas’.. The crowd is beginning to cram more towards the front, I notice because I keep obtaining more room in the area in front of me.. Now it’s time for us to channel our inner Hollywood with “Beverly Hills”.. I can’t tell if Brian Bell is really using that talk box for the solo like Peter Frampton-or is he just mouthing the sounds.. I’m too far away to tell.

9:20 Weezer ducks off stage for what seems to be the first encore.. Came back out and started with Pat Wilson soloing something wicked(I think it was EVH but I hate Van Halen, so good chance I’m wrong).. That led into “Pork and Beans”, fitting for a Jay Porks Experience…. Then something really fun happened- Weezer doing MGMT- Kids/ Gaga’s Pokerface.. With Rivers sporting a platinum wig….Awesome

930- they head off for what seems to be the 2nd encore- because I didn’t hear Buddy Holly yet- and I’m not leaving til I do! Now all the lights on stage are off and I this is when I finally notice that there is an abandoned building behind the stage- and it’s full of spectators(If you look at the top picture, you can seriously see the buildings behind the stage)… How much do those seats cost?

Now a fan is on stage, it’s 9:33 and they let the fan:’ Chris from New Jersey’, sing lead on “If your wondering If I want you to (I want you to)’.. Guy didn’t do half bad- I wish I could do that-Looked like he had a good time.. that must be the VIP package.. NOW we can get into the climax of the night: ‘Buddy Holly’.. A song I can never get tired of.. By this time everyone in this place is drunk on the Weezer kool-aid.. Everyones having a blast.. After they played Buddy Holly it was followed by an impromptu drum jam- and off stage at 9:42…

Can’t call myself disappointed with the set.. played several songs I was hoping they would (they didn’t play ‘The Good Life’, but I’ll live).. I can’t say anything that Weezer did pissed me off.. The schlep to the slums of Brooklyn, the heat, and the bums grubbing cigarettes, well, that can get tiring and make you never want to hit the borough again.. But we will, as this party will be continued at Prospect Park July 31st, where Sonic Youth is playing a FREE show.. Til then-if you made it this far, you’ve made me proud.. LATE…





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