Tonight I attended the Weezer show at the E-Center in Salt Lake (or is that West Valley?), thus fulfilling one of my most sought-after dreams.
I have been Weezer's biggest fan since 1995, when I discovered my sister Robyn's copy of Weezer's Blue Album. I don't know what inspired me to listen, but once I did, I became the only fifth grader at Wagner Elementary School that walked around singing "My Name is Jonas," "Surf Wax America," and "Say It Ain't So."
I have many a good memory set to the tune of Weezer. They came with me on plane rides, road trips, scout camps, sleepovers, and EFYs. Until I became a missionary, we were inseparable.
In fact, serving a mission was the only thing that could keep us apart. I told myself that Weezer would mean so much more to me if I allowed myself to go on a two-year Weezer fast.
Miraculously, I made it through the self-imposed abstinence.
After my two-year Weezer fast, I symbolically introduced Weezer back into my life. Their Blue Album was the first of my music collection I listened to after getting back to California. I think my parents were a little shocked at how quickly Weezer resurfaced in my life. The truth is, it had never been too far gone.
Now, tonight, a little over two years after ending my Weezer fast, I was privileged to attend a Weezer show.
The night started out with some unknown opening band. That band was followed by Angels and Airwaves, which was started by Tom DeLonge, of Blink 182 and Box Car Racer fame.
Seeing Angels and Airwaves and hearing Tom's voice again made me really wish I had seen Blink 182 in high school, while they were still around. Can you say reunion tour? I'm there!
After Angels and Airwaves came the Weez. I could hardly believe my eyes when Rivers, Pat, Brian, and Scott walked out on the stage. Even Karl was there. When they walked out, my life became complete. Really, it was like reconnecting with old friends. I mean, I've dreamt about hanging out with them before.
The show was awesome. Here are some highlights.
I caught Rivers just as he was getting off of the trampoline.
Yes, that's a person in a wheelchair AND crowd surfing.
The Weezer hootenanny on stage.
The classic Weezer "=\/\/=" up on the screen at the end of the show.
Man, I love Weezer.
Next post: A discussion of the uncanny similarities between Rivers and me.