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Weezer and Pixies at the Mattress Firm Amphitheater in Chula Vista, CA

Weezer and Pixies co-headline summer tour made it’s second to final stop at the Mattress Firm Amphitheater in Chula Vista, CA on Aug. 11. Opening the show was noise-pop duo Sleigh Bells from Brooklyn, NY consisting of founding members Alexis Krauss (Vocals) and Derek E. Miller Guitar) with touring guitarist Jason Boyer. Sleigh Bells have released four studio albums in their ten years together.

Alternative rock band Pixies took the stage before Weezer. Like Sleigh Bells, Pixies are from the east coast. Pixies are founding members Black Francis (Guitar/Lead Vocals), Joey Santiago (Guitar), David Lovering (Drums) and newest member Paz Lenchantin (Bass). Pixies were together from 1986 to 1993 then reunited in 2004 and have been together since. In their 32 years since forming Pixies have influenced bands like Nirvana, as well as Weezer. Pixies played a 22-song set including their classics “Wave of Mutilation,” “Mr. Grieves” and “Vamos.”

I’ve seen Weezer in venues big and small and they always put on a great performance with a fitting stage design. Weezer opened the show with “Buddy Holly,” and played one classic song after the next with “Beverly Hills,” “Pork and Beans” and “Undone-The Sweater Song.” For the first part of the show the stage was set to look like a high school café like the Max in Saved By The Bell with the booths and jukebox, and on the walls were pennants with the member's last names on them. Just before the seventh song of the set “My Name Is Jonas,” the stage was transformed into a garage complete with a washer, dryer and toolbox. Weezer consists of Guitarist/Vocalist Rivers Cuomo, Guitarist/Keyboardist Brian Bell, Drummer Patrick Wilson, and Bassist Scott Shriner.

A big surprise occured when Cuomo came into the audience after a cover of The Turtles “Happy Together,” and an even bigger surprise was when Cuomo performed “Island In The Sun” solo acoustic on a boat in the middle of the venue sporting a captain outfits. While on the boat Cuomo also performed A-Ha’s “Take on Me,” before returning to the stage in a Nirvana shirt for “Burndt Jam,” which featured Bell on vocals. There was one more surprise when flames shot out during “Feels Like Summer.” Weezer ended the set with Toto’s “Africa,” before an encore. Since Weezer covered “Africa,” it has been on constant airplay and was the bands first hit in several years.

Weezer came back to finish with “Pink Triangle,” “Say It Ain’t So” and a cover of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid.”

The tour ended the following night in Phoenix, AZ at the AK-Chin Pavilion.

Weezer Setlist:

1. Buddy Holly

2. Beverly Hills

3. Pork and Beans

4. Undone-The Sweater Song

5. Hash Pipe

6. Perfect Situation

7. My Name Is Jonas

8. El Scorcho

9. In The Garage

10. The Good Life

11. Happy Together- The Turtles

12. Keep Fishin’

13. Island In The Sun

14. Take On Me

15. Burndt Jam

16. (If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To

17. Feels Like Summer

18. Africa-Toto

Encore:

19. Pink Triangle

20. Say It Ain’t So

21. Paranoid-Black Sabbath