On an evening still filled with smoke from the Canadian wildfires, Weezer rolled up Interstate 95 to Bridgeport, Connecticut’s Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater, bringing their Indie Rock Road Trip to town with Future Islands and Joyce Manor in tow.
Upon arriving at the venue at about 5:30 pm, the line to get into the venue was small. However, by the time Weezer hit the stage, the amphitheater was nearly full. This show brought out people of all ages. Once into the venue on this humid evening, it was apparent that the fans were ready to see Weezer perform all their hit songs.
First to take the stage was Joyce Manor, a punk rock/indie rock band, hailing from Torrence, California. Founded in 2008 by Barry Johnson and Chase Knobbe, they released their first album, Joyce Manor in 2011 and followed it up with 5 more full length albums along with many ep’s. Their most recent album, 40 oz. to Fresno was released in 2022. They played a 13-song set of solid punk rock music including three songs off of Fresno. These guys sounded great! Go out and check them out if they are playing near you.
Joyce Manor is:
Barry Johnson – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Chase Knobbe – Guitar
Matt Ebert – Bass, Backing Vocals
Neil Berthier – Acoustic guitar, Synthesizer, Backing Vocals (touring musician)
Neil Hennessy – Drums (touring musician)
3.Ashtray Petting Zoo
4.Gotta Let It Go
7.Falling in Love Again
13.Catalina Fight Song
Next up was Future Islands. Formed in 2006, this self-proclaimed post-wave band brings a heavy synth sound with Samual T. Herring dominating the stage with his unique style of vocals. Utilizing a wide range, with an occasional guttural growl, Samual performs with a passion very few are able to achieve. He utilized the entire stage, kicking and jumping and putting on a high energy performance for the crowd. Future Islands has six studio albums out, with the most recent, As Long as You Are, being released in 2020.
Future Islands is:
Gerrit Welmers – Keyboards, programming
Samual T. Herring – Lead Vocals
William Cashion – Bass, Guitars
Michael Lowry – Drums
4.Walk Through That Door
6.Before the Bridge
8.A Dream of You and Me
10.King of Sweden
11.Seasons (Waiting on You)
The house was packed with fans of all ages, and all on their feet in anticipation of seeing Weezer perform their hits, spanning their 31-year career. Weezer hit the stage about 9:30 p.m. beginning their set with “My Name is Jonas” off of their self-titled album. I was happy to be able to photograph “Beverly Hills” while we were in the pit. Weezer’s stage setup was a cool 50’s car dashboard, where the drums were on the right side of the dashboard above the radio station numbers, and above the steering wheel was a platform that Rivers would frequent while singing.
They kept the fans singing along and on their feet for the entire show. One fan commented, “Weezer Rocks! I cannot even begin to tell you how awesome they are live. Definitely one of the best concerts I have seen.” They performed a 21-song set, plus a 3-song encore. Barry from Joyce Manor joined in on a few songs including “You Gave Your Love to Me Softly”. The bass kicked in so hard during “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived” that it made me jump. To everybody’s liking, they ended the night with one of their biggest hits, “Buddy Holly”. This was my first time seeing Weezer after hearing their hits on the radio for so many years. I’m definitely glad I didn’t miss the show. You can catch them on tour through early September, and then again at select festivals later in the year.
Rivers Cuomo – Lead Vocals, Lead and Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards
Patrick Wilson – Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals
Brian Bell – Rhythm and Lead Guitars, Backing Vocals, Keyboards
Scott Shriner – Bass, Backing Vocals, Keyboards
1.My Name is Jonas
3.Return to Ithaka
4.The Good Life
5.Pork and Beans (with “one more hit” intro)
8.You Gave Your Love to Me Softly (with Barry Johnson)
9.Blast Off! (Rivers Cuomo song)
10.Undone – the Sweater Song
11.Little Bit of Love (Rivers solo acoustic)
12.Suzanne (Rivers, Brian and Scott acoustic)
13.Only in Dreams
14.The Greatest Man that Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker hymn)
15.Island in The Sun
17.All My Favorite Songs
18.Say It Ain’t So
19.Run, Raven, Run
21.Thank You and Good Night
22.The Waste Land
23.Surf Wax America
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