Weezer fans found themselves in a "Perfect Situation" on Saturday night at the Sands Steel Stage at Musikfest.
Those who came to see whether the band still has it got their answer, as Weezer played old favorites and songs from its upcoming album for a crowd of 4,932, not only showing it still has it, but that it may have gotten better with age.
Fans instantly jumped to their feet as the pop-punk band started with "My Name is Jonas," one of the most popular songs from the group's 1994 self-titled debut item.
The band played two more crowd favorites, "Hashpipe" and "Perfect Situation," before telling the crowd, "We're Weezer, it's nice to meet you." It then played "Troublemaker," which frontman Rivers Cuomo said was heavily influenced by Eminem because of his "fun way of using rhymes."
Showing off its edgy guitar riffs, hammer-ons and pull-offs, the band powered into the fun-loving hit "Island in the Sun" with a made-up song that caused the crowd to go wild. The band chanted, "Bethlehemmmm/Talking about Pennsylvania/ not talking about New Jersey, no no no."
The band continued with one of its most commercially successful songs, "Beverly Hills," and the crowd ate it up, with fists in the air pounding along to the chorus and singing along.
Cuomo thanked the fans for being so loyal over the years, and said they'd be rewarded with a new album, "Everything Will Be Alright In the End," at the end of this year. The band played a new single from it, "Back to the Shack."
They continued with another crowd favorite, "Surf Wax America," before Cuomo let guitarist Brian Bell take over lead vocals on "Keep Fishin'."
Cuomo came back for the favorites "El Scorcho" and "Pork and Beans," after which Cuomo switched instruments with drummer Patrick Wilson for the song "Photograph," then ended the night with a cover of the song "Song 2" by Blur. Wilson interjected in the middle of the song that he got his hair done at the Holiday Express but it was no holiday, stirring laughter from the crowd.
Cuomo returned to the stage with his back to the audience, with a large broom and started sweeping the stage, giving the illusion that the concert was over. The he turned around and grabbed a guitar as the crowd cheered and the other band members filed back on stage.
They started the two-song encore with "Undone (Sweater Song)" as the crowd bounced up and down. To end the night, the band played its hit "Buddy Holly," to the crowd's delight. The audience piled into the aisles, dancing around with smart phones in the air to record.
The show ended with a bang as all four members dropped their usual instruments, gathered every drum it had on stage, stood next to each other and rocked out a killer drum solo.
New York City band Public Access TV opened the show with a punky but laid-back California-style set.
Jessyca Pacheco is a freelance writer.