The Schottenstein - Columbus, OH
By the time this tour made its way to the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Weezer and Pixies had been on the road together since the tour kicked off last summer down in West Palm Beach -that made for the two bands to play like a well-oiled machine. Thankfully there was still a lot of energy left and those fortunate enough to make to the concert that evening were in for a real treat.
Kicking the night off was the English rock band, Basement. The Suffolk band who released their fourth album, Beside Myself, last year were a perfect way to kick off the evening. It’s a shame that the crowd was still just filling in at the time their set started because they missed a lively set who hopefully will return on their own soon so they can play a full headlining set.
The Pixies were everything that you could have hoped they would be. While they might never have reached the mainstream superstardom of their counterparts in the 90s, you can easily hear those that they influenced over the years. Kicking things off with “Gouge Away” and “Wave of Mutilation” they tore through a full 24 song set that also included “The Holiday Song”, “Vamos” and “Gigantic” that would not be forgotten anytime soon.
For as strong as the Pixies finished, Weezer started. In one of most fun kick offs to a concert in a while, the boys came out and sung a barbershop quartet version of “Buddy Holly”. With the stage dressed like the “Buddy Holly” video the band kick the night off with a explosion that included “My Name Is Jonas,” “The Good Life,” “I Want You To” and “Island in the Sun” It was a start that those who only knew the hits would sleep satisfied that night. But for the rest of us it was just the beginning of a night to remember! With the recent release of the Teal Album, an album of covers, you just knew several of them would make it in to the set. “No Scrubs”, “Paranoid”, “Take on Me” and of course “Africa” were shared with the audience. For the encore Weezer kept it Weezer by closing the show with “El Scorcho” and “Buddy Holly”.
Another Weezer / Pixies concert, another smash. A perfect pair provided n fun and high octane show that was fun from start to finish. – Melissa Smith – Photos Sean McCloskey