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Weezer Live In Jakarta, Jan 8, 2013: Review, Videos & Setlist  _WEEZER-WEB-BANNER

The most anticipated concert of early 2013 has arrived. Weezer was very popular in Indonesia back in mid 90’s. They still are. Weezer was the answer for those not really into heavy metal, grunge, hip-hop and other music genre that was big in the 90’s. Pop music with distortion. Love songs with hair-metal riffs. Power-pop, so they say. Some say nerd-rock. Your call. Weezer was an ok sign. It was ok to be a nerd. It was ok if you have a weird hair-do. It was ok if you have moustache. It was ok if you wear a tie to your office and still listen to rock music. It was ok if you wear Buddy Holly (or Woody Allen?) glasses . . It’s ok if you listen to Weezer. If it’s too loud turn it down.

For South East Asia, they only play Jakarta, Indonesia. And then they head to Australia afterwards. The concept was Greatest Hits + Blue Album (From Start To Finish). Man, how can you can skip this golden moment?

Show started at 8pm. The venue was at Lapangan D Senayan. It’s a football court. It was rainy day. But the rain stopped at noon. Few hours before Weezer performed. But the mud remained. But who cares anyway. It’s Weezer. I didn’t give a damn.

They start the show with “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You Too) I Want You Too,” a song off their 2009 album, Raditude. They played the setlist chronologically backward, so they actually skipped an album, 2010’s Hurley. Then they move forward, er, backward to Red Album (2008) with their hits Troublemaker and Pork And Beans. And then to the year 2005, two songs from Make Believe album with Perfect Situation and Beverly Hills. Then  Green Album (2001) with Island in The Sun and Hash Pipe.

And then we went to the 90’s with their cult album, Pinkerton (1996), with Across The Sea, El Schorcho and Tired of Sex. And they took a break to prepare themselves to perform their full album, the masterpiece, Blue Album. As the recess took place, Karl, the unofficial fifth Weezer member narrated a slideshow on the big screen how Weezer was formed until they gained worldwide popularity with their Blue Album.  As Karl finished his documentary, the band hit the stage again. They played the Blue Album in order. From My Name Is Jonas until Only In Dreams. Magical!

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Setlist:
Greatest Hits : (If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To, Pork and Beans, Troublemaker, Perfect Situation, Beverly Hills, Dope Nose (Scott Vocals), Island In The Sun (with intro partial cover of AKB’s Heavy Rotation), Hash Pipe, Across The Sea, El Schorcho, Tired of Sex. Blue Album: My Name Is Jonas, No One Else, Buddy Holly, Come Undone – The Sweater Song, Surf Wax America, Say It Ain’t So, In The Garage, Holiday, Only in Dreams. 

– assembled by @agunsux and @yonan32, image from gigsplay.com, videos uploaded by: @fetboyslim, @linggaresineta, @upiel, @entulista

Weezer – Blue Album (1994). A Peak At Their Debut.

If you grew up in 90’s and you’re into rock music. Try to make this list: 30 CD’s/cassettes to buy/listen/borrow/steal in the 90’s.  There must be Nevermind (Nirvana), Ten (Pearl Jam), Superunknown (Soundgarden), Rage Against The Machine (debut album), Black Album (Metallica), Melon Colie And The Infinite Sadness (The Smashing Pumpkins), Soundsystem (311), Use Your Illusion (Guns And Roses), The Downward Spiral (NIN), maybe Dummy (Portishead) and.. Blue Album from Weezer! Rite?

No? Well you have problems with your ears :p _weezer_-_blue_albumWhat has happened in 1994.

  • Nirvana played their final concert in Munich. Few weeks later he shot himself.
  • Frank Sinatra received the Grammy Awards Lifetime Achievement award.
  • Pink Floyd embarked on what would be their last world tour before their breakup. The record-breaking tour supported their Division Bell album, with the band playing to 5,500,000 people in 68 cities and grossing over £150,000,000.
  • Blur and Oasis started to invade USA
  • Green Day released Dookie album. Their masterpiece till now.
  • Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys is sentenced to 200 hours of community service for attacking a television cameraman during funeral services for actor River Phoenix in November 1993.
  • Pearl Jam filed a complaint against Ticketmaster with the U.S. Justice Department charging that the company has a monopoly on the concert ticket business.

You know that Buddy Holly music video directed by Spike Jonze (well known for film Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and also plenty of music videos). Remember Beastie Boys‘ Sabotage or Bjork’s It’s Oh So Quiet? I’ll stop here before i start blabbering  about him. That Buddy Holly video is one of the most anticipated video of the 90’s. Along with November Rain by Guns And Roses or maybe Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana. Earned heavy rotation by MTV back then.

Weezer’s alt-rock godliness was of the likes no one had ever seen before. They were different. In the 80’s, it was all about partying, Girls Girls Girls, and hair. At the turn of the decade, it was all about anger, With The Lights Out, and grunge. Then it became laziness, Longview, and punk. So when Weezer came around, naturally the people who weren’t punks, partyers, or flannel wearing lumberjacks found their voice. Rivers Cuomo‘s simple yet effective songs became staples for every geeks collection. Bands since then have tried ripping off their geekiness (One geek band going so far as to be called Wheatus), but Weezer perfected the art of nerd long before the pretenders. When uncovering the lyrics behind the songs, you find happy little childhood dreams mixed with songs about girls and beer. Lines like “Wee-oo I look Just Like Buddy Holly. Oh-oh and you’re Mary Tyler Moore” became anthems for the whole generation. Rivers had the gift for turning a monologue of Hemingway quality into a rocking track. The 6/8 opener My Name Is Jonas is a track centered around some folkish finger picking. The literate rants are cut off midway through for a headbanging bridge thats just so random and funny. (sputnikmusic)

There have been very few albums that can change the face of music both culturally and musically. Weezer made it cool to be an honors student. Weezer made it cool to be a geek. But with Blue, Weezer made it cool to be all those things, and be rock stars. My only complaint is the upsettingly short ten songs. Weezer’s never been good at packing in the extras, but another few songs wouldn’t have killed the genius of the other 7 or 8 great songs on here. But in terms of musicianship, charm, songwriting, and cultural signifigance, Weezer’s debut album is the pinnacle of their career. Kinda sucks when you peak at your debut, eh? (sputnikmusic)

Sting: Back To Bass: Live in Jakarta, Dec 15, 2012. Review. Music Videos & Setlist.  

by: @agunsux __stingIt was sunny day when i’ve decided to go to Jakarta from Bandung. I had to meet a friend to do some shit related to money at noon. But the most important thing was there are one band and one living legend going to perform at night. The band was Guns And Roses and the singer was Sting. They’re gonna perform at the same night. Different venues. It was a fucked up feeling i get. Till now. I haven’t decided which one to go. I haven’t got the ticket. I didn’t know which one to buy. I’m a go-show gig specialist. I was a big fan of of Guns n’ Roses back in 90’s. But weren’t we all? At the same time i am also a fan of The Police and Sting. I listen to them quite often. Well not that often. _sting2They’re both not at their prime to be honest. But sometimes you have to buy memories to bring it back in mind. They’ve reached their peak at 90’s. Guns and Roses at “Use Your Illusions” and Sting at “Ten Summoner’s Tale” or perhaps “Mercury Falling“. Your call. Or just let your soul guide you, guide your way which one is their peak album. I’ve made up my mind. I decided to go to Guns And Roses gig. I have watched Sting back in ’94. Oh now you can guess my age. Yes you’re a genius. I’m in my late 20’s. But then at noon there was a shocking announcement from local police (Polda). Guns and Roses performance was postponed to Dec 16, 2012 (today) and relocated the Venue to MEIS, Ancol due to safety and bad weather possibilities. I didn’t buy it. I still don’t.  The announcement was too absurd. Something has happened. And i didn’t want to speculate. Well i lied. I did speculate. I still do. I have my own theory. Eager to find out? I’ll let you know. But i have to kill you afterward. Haha! Sting. My second choice moved up to my top priority last night. It was a good concert as always. I haven’t heard Sting dissapointed their audiences at his concert. Have you? The concept was Back To Bass. Just like the day i have watched. Vinnie (my fave) back on drumset. He was the drummer in Ten Summoner’s Tale album. Dominique on guitar is just like Boz to Moz. Dedicated to Sting since the 90’s. There’s a lady (pardon me i don’t know her name) as a back vocalist. She had a bigger role in “Symphonicity” Tour. _sting5I personally wanna see the “Symphonicity” concept. Sit back. Relax. I wanna see Sting as a singer. Not the ex frontman of The Police. The setlist i can assure you more than 70% of them were the same last time i watched in ’94. Added from some tracks from “Mercury Falling” (i was expecting “Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot” or “I Was Brought To My Senses”) and “Brand New Day” albums. Bottomline Sting brought back the memories to the audiences. For The Police fans you still enjoyed ten tracks. There were twenty one songs last night. _sting6So now i’m gonna miss Guns And Roses gig today. But that’s ok. I’ll see Rivers Cuomo from Weezer next year in January with my very own eyes. Front row. It’s a promise.. i guess.

Below some videos from last nite gig uploaded by someone dubbed himself as fetboyslim.

Setlist Sting Back To Bass Jakarta 2012

1. If I Ever Lose My Faith In You 2. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic 3. Englishman In New York 4. Seven Days 5. Demolition Man 6. I Hung My Head 7. The End of The Game 8. Fields of Gold 9. Driven To Tears 10. Heavy Cloud No Rain 11. Message in A Bottle 12. Shape of My Heart 13. The Hounds of Winter 14. Wrapped Around Your Finger 15. De Do Do Do De Da Da Da 16. Roxanne 17. Desert Rose 18. King of Pain 19. Every Breath You Take 20. Next To You 21. Fragile

*correction: fragile song  was the third and last encore. not fourth. video uploaded by: fetboyslim.  photos taken by: @djundi, the frontrower

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