Beth and I went to a concert recently (we won tickets) and so we wrote our reviews separately and now put them up for your benefit and enjoyment. (Sorry about the quality of the pictures and videos. We forgot the camera and had to use our phones.)
Tokyo Police Club - They were awful!!! We got there during their performance and I started wondering if I was too old for concerts. It was loud and I was just annoyed. We ended up leaving to take pictures during their performance.
Angels & Airwaves - I liked these guys much better than Tokyo Police Club, but I was still wondering if I was too old to be there. It seemed too loud to me. Especially on some higher pitched notes. As far as the music went, I'd listen to their CD, but I never want to hear them live again. The lead was an idiot. Maybe he missed the memo that he was in Utah or something, but he needed some serious editing. His dance moves bugged me too. He was trying to be too cool. It wasn't cool.
Weezer - This was actually the second Weezer concert I've been to. I went to the first one back in 2002 because Dashboard Confessional was opening for them. I didn't think I really knew Weezer, but I ended up knowing half their songs. It was fun and they put on an awesome concert, so my expectations were high for this second one. I wasn't disappointed. It was great! I knew the majority of their songs this time and the ones I didn't know I really liked. I also absolutely loved Rivers! He was a funny funny dude. He was the complete opposite of the lame Angels and Airwaves guy. He didn't swear when talking to the audience, his dance moves were anything but cool (which made it pretty cool and quite entertaining to watch), and he told the cutest random story about his daughter playing at the Children's Discovery Museum. Nice guy. Oh, and he had a random ball on stage he was kicking around at first and an exercise trampoline that he'd jump on occasionally. I really liked how laid back he was. Another fun thing was one of the radio stations had a competition where people could try out to play some songs on stage with Weezer. There were trumpets, accordions, violins, flutes, and tons more (about 30 people total, I believe). It was really cool!
Fans playing their different instruments to the song Beverly Hills (I swear it sounded better than it does on this clip).
Tokyo Police Club - Not a fan. They were mostly really loud and noisy with no real music (wow! I sound like my dad!). They were on when we arrived and were finding our seats. After we found our seats, we actually got up and left to look around the E-center. Thank heavens they weren't on too long.
Angels & Airwaves - This concert actually made me like them less than I did before. I liked the music alright (once again, it seemed really loud), but the singer was horrible! His voice is obviously adjusted on the albums. Plus, I wish that they wouldn't have talked in between songs because everything the lead singer said was either vulgar, dumb, or offensive. So I wasn't impressed with them. The light show that accompanied the music was pretty cool, though.
Weezer - Wow. Wow wow wow. Weezer, you renewed my faith in concerts. These guys are true showmen. The music was wonderful and the lights and effects added to the awesomeness. Plus, the band members are very talented.
They switched around positions during songs so sometimes the lead singer was playing drums, the drummer was playing guitar and the guitarist was singing. Very impressive. Weezer was very personable, too.
They told interesting and funny stories, plus they had a part where they had about 30 fans onstage who they had invited to play a couple songs with them. There were trumpets, violins, guitars, an accordion, a saxaphone, a mouth banjo and more. It was a lot of fun to watch and even more fun for those fans, I bet. Plus, it was fun to watch Bethany laugh and smile at Weezer's lead singer, Rivers Cuomo - she think's he's funny.
Overall - It was a great time. I can't believe that they were charging 10-20 bucks for parking, even though the concert already cost 30-40 bucks (for some people - we won tickets, Boo-yah!). We parked far enough away where we didn't think we'd get towed, but close enough so we didn't think we were going to get shot. I liked the giant posters of Weezer's albums they had up to take pictures with and it was fun to be there with my brothers and my wife (and my cousin, Trevor, who we found randomly there). It was loud, though. We actually communicated through text the whole time even though we were sitting right by each other (I sent 94 texts during the concert and received 88). But it was a lot of fun and I would definitely go to a Weezer concert again. . .if I won tickets again.