by Diego Donamaria
Austin, TX – Alt rocker bands Weezer, Pixies and the Wombats light up the stage at the Austin360 Amphitheater
All the fandom in attendance was very excited about the co-headline of this summer 2018 by Weezer and the Pixies. Both rock groups have a large fan following that packed the Austin360 Amphitheater. The cool breeze set the stage for an epic evening of good weather, great music, and enjoyable times down memory lane. What’s not to like?
The Pixies are the legendary band that blazed the trail for the alternative rock’s mainstream takeover in the ’90s. Their influence was felt across the cords and lyrics of bands like Nirvana, Radiohead and Weezer. That brings us to Weezer, the LA band that recaptured the ’90s heydays with songs about nerdy stuff, love mishaps, and pacific coast dreams. Check out the full photo gallery.
The opening band was The Wombats, a rocker band out of Liverpool that has made a triumphant return with their new album ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’. They opened the evening with a solid set of their cheeky dance-rock songs, catchy melodies, and positive vibes. As the band played during their short set, fans continued to pour in.
By the time The Pixies took the stage the venue was almost full and the temperature was a lot more pleasant than earlier. The alt-rock veterans delivered a loud, high-energy set filled with their surreal lyrics and their well-known musical style of loud choruses and soft verses. Black Francis shredded each song like it was his last. Joey Santiago wailed on the guitar and Paz Lenchantin rocked her bass with the customary big red flower attached to her head. The 4 person power band ripped through a large number of classics, including “Caribou,” “Gigantic,” “Gouge Away,” “Monkey Gone to Heaven,” “Wave of Mutilation,” and their most mainstream hit, “Where Is My Mind?”
The stage was set for one of the most well-known alt bands in recent memory. Weezer opened up their performance with their hits “Buddy Holly”, “Beverly Hills” , “Hash Pipe” and “Undone”. From there, they had us all singing along to every song. One of my favorite parts of the performance was when the frontman Rivers Cuomo found himself in the middle of the amphitheater playing several well-known cover songs from The Turtles, Green Day and Oasis.
Cuomo would rejoin the rest of the band onstage and continue to deliver a stream of great crowd favorites. I enjoyed hearing Weezer’s take on the cover of Toto’s “Africa”, as well as the group’s newest single, “Feels Like Summer”. The band would close with the biggest sing along of the night, “Say It Ain’t So”. We loved the covers- Winterlong
(Neil Young cover) and Head On (The Jesus and Mary Chain cover)
This is a must see tour and might make our Best Shows of 2018 gallery-stay tuned!
Wave of Mutilation
Monkey Gone to Heaven
Um Chagga Lagga
Isla de Encanta
Break My Body
All I Think About Now
(The Jesus and Mary Chain cover)
Here Comes Your Man
(Neil Young cover)
Where Is My Mind?