Live: WEEZER // O2 Academy Brixton, London
On the hottest day of the year so far, Brixton gave its warmest welcome to Californian rock quartet Weezer.
There’s something quite special about seeing a band that was born in the same year as you were. Weezer and I had both shared the same number of years on Earth, yet only one of us has thirteen studio albums under their belt (spoiler alert: it’s not me), two of which were released earlier this year. Their Teal Album, a collection of covers, was released in January, followed shortly by the Black Album in March.
The set opened with classic single Buddy Holly, much to the delight of the thousands-strong crowd at the O2 Academy. A cover of The Turtles’ Happy Together set the mood further, while the No Scrubs cover had everyone singing along like it was 1999. The covers continued with their take on a-ha’s Take On Me and their most popular one, Africa’s Toto. Of course, there was an abundance of all the Weezer staples, including Undone – The Sweater Song, Hash Pipe, Pork And Beans, and Island In The Sun.
The confusion that washed over when they stepped out on stage for the encore donning boater hats was just as quickly erased when they slid into a barbershop quartet version of Buddy Holly. Finally, Beverly Hills and Say It Ain’t So brought the sweaty evening to a close.
As they approach the end of their third decade as a band, Weezer show no signs of slowing down, and with any luck, they’ll be keeping it weezy for many more to come.
Photos: Abigail Shii