The addition of Weezer to the Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor roster adds significant heft to our area's summer schedule. The eternally lovable power-pop outfit hasn't played here in more than a decade -- which may have made Buffalo native, Weezer drummer Pat Wilson, a bit homesick. It's certainly made the band's rabid fans in our town eager to get reacquainted with River Cuomo and crew.
Though widely revered for the legendary "Blue Album" and "Pinkerton" releases, Weezer has never released a less than delightful record. The killer hooks, Cheap Trick/Van Halen-like chordal motifs, often hilarious and incisive lyrics, and overarching indie-rock sensibility have combined to endear this band to a broad cross-section of fans.
Next Friday's Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor show is the first date on the band's summer 2012 "Memories Tour," during which Weezer will concentrate on large chunks of specific albums, as opposed to indulging in catch-all "greatest hits"-type setlists. Nice! (I know, I know -- you're hoping for "Pinkerton" on Friday!)
Tickets for next Friday's show, which kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf, are $35 advance, $40 day of show. (You can purchase them through Tickets.com or avoid service charges by grabbing them at Buffalo Place, 671 Main St., or on-site during Seether's Thursday at the Harbor show.)
-- Jeff Miers