Concert Reviews: Weezer rides high on ŒThe Green Album¹

Tuesday night, Weezer, the most popular ³post-slacker² group around, will play to a sold-out crowd at the Cox Arena.

Weezer hit it big in 1994 with their very first album. The self-titled album spawned three now-legendary singles: ³Undone‹ (The Sweater Song),² ³Buddy Holly² and ³Say It Ain¹t So.²

The band also managed to grab several MTV Music Video Awards for its ³Buddy Holly² video. All this within a year of the band¹s major-label debut.

A tad overwhelmed by their rampant success, the band took an extended break after the hoopla died down. Songwriter, guitarist and lead singer Rivers Cuomo defied the rock star high-school diploma stereotype and used his time off to attend Harvard University. Bassist Matt Sharp and drummer Pat Wilson created their own side project: a band called The Rentals, and guitarist Brian Bell also established his own group, The Space Twins. Sharp later left Weezer to work on The Rentals exclusively and was replaced by Mikey Welsh.

Earlier this year, almost five years after the lackluster sales for ³Pinkerton,² Weezer re-established themselves as ultra-successful musicians with the release of their third album, ³The Green Album.²

The new record, which has so far produced three singles ­­ ³Hash Pipe,² ³Island in the Sun² and ³Photograph² ­­ has gone platinum and is still on ³new release² shelves.

Still sporting the same geek-chic look they helped popularize, Weezer is currently playing extended dates of their tour in support of ³The Green Album,² dubbed the ³Midget Tour.²

Jimmy Eat World and Tenacious D will open for Weezer¹s show at the Cox Arena, which will feature a guest bassist because Welsh is currently medically indisposed.

Go to the Hiatus Calendar on page 14 for ticket information regarding their show at the Cox Arena.

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