Weezer Blue at Stubbs with Travis
June 6, 2011
Stubbs BBQ downtown
My 9.5 year old son and I
His first rock concert
We started out the night eating some BBQ at Stubbs.
The BBQ was pretty good, although the brisket had almost too much of a smoky taste to it (is that possible? almost like the brisket was cooked over a campfire). The opening band pulled a no-show. That’s ok, because The Knux music is not really kid appropriate, which meant I didn’t have to deal with that. After eating, we hustled outside and made it in the gate just as the show was starting. The venue was awesome. It was warm outside, but not too bad considering it is June in Texas!
Weezer started off the show with two songs off of their new album Hurley:
They did a time travel theme and started with their new album and travelled back in time until they reached the Blue Album. After Hurley they played one from Raditude:
If You’re Wondering If I Want You To, I Want You To
The next stop on the time machine was a great one off of the Red Album (excellent video, btw):
Pork and Beans
Then during Keep Fishin’, a song from Maladroit, Rivers came down on to the stairs and climbed into a tree right next to us! His shoe came untied and he put the shoe right in front of Travis who was on my shoulders at the time. Travis was a little confused and some other girl jumped right in and tied it for Rivers. It was a pretty cool experience for Travis. He’s never been to anything like this before.
(Another great video featuring the Muppets)
Weezer then travelled back to the Green Album and played two songs off of it:
Island in the Sun
Then it was a stop at Pinkerton:
El Scorcho was amazing. ‘Nuff said.
Travis learned how to do the Weezer sign very quickly at the concert:
Next it was some b-sides:
I Just Threw Out The Love Of My Dreams
Then they played one song off of the Pinkerton Deluxe b-sides that was released the end of last year. I’m ashamed to say that there was actually one song they played that I hadn’t heard before. The song was really good – I’ll have to pick up the Pinkerton Deluxe to round out my Weezer collection.
Weezer then they took a break and for about 15 minutes. Karl came out and narrated a slide show projected up about the history of the band. Travis was really enthralled learning about how Weezer got started and seeing pictures of the “Garage” where it all started that “In The Garage” is written about.
After the break, Weezer came back out and played the entire blue album start to finish in order.
My Name is Jonas
No One Else
The World Has Turned And Left Me Here
Undone — The Sweater Song
Surf Wax America
Say It Ain’t So
In The Garage
Only In Dreams
After the concert, we got matching Weezer Blue t-shirts. We ran into quite a few people who were really digging Travis being at his first rock concert and seeing Weezer. One couple took a picture of us up close by the stage just after it ended:
The concert was one of the best I’ve been to. I was especially cool to be able to share that with my son as well. I told him that he was going to remember this day for a long time. Here’s a compilation of some of the songs shot with my iPhone:
Now he’s got this blog post to remind him of his first rock concert when he saw Weezer. On the way home we stopped at a gas station and got some gatorade to replenish some of the body fluids lost due to some sweating caused by the Texas heat. Travis kept saying over and over, “This was the best night ever. I’m going to remember this day for a long time.”