COUNCIL BLUFFS — Weezer songs are familiar to almost anyone who listened to popular rock radio in the past couple of decades.
It followed, then, that fans of the band knew just about every word of Weezer's set Sunday night at Stir Cove.
Songs such as “Perfect Situation,” “Buddy Holly” and “Say It Ain't So” were performed perfectly by the band, and the songs' lyrics were echoed back by the audience word for word.
I don't think I've seen that much of an audience belt out the words since an Elton John concert a few years ago.
Indie rock band Sleeper Agent opened with a great set that got the crowd, which did not appear to be familiar with the band, clapping and cheering for the group.
Led by the unassuming Rivers Cuomo, Weezer followed with 21 songs played during its 95-minute set.
“We are the artist formerly known as Weezer,” Cuomo said after taking the stage. “We are currently known as Weezer and will always and forever be known as Weezer.”
In khaki pants and a rugby shirt, the bespectacled singer and guitarist is an unlikely rock star: He looks like a regular dude and not the frontman of a band with five top 10 albums and millions of recordings sold.
Sunday's show, which played out in front of a near-capacity crowd of thousands, was mostly a greatest-hits-style set and featured the band's popular songs such as “Troublemaker,” “Undone,” “Hash Pipe,” “Pork and Beans” and “(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To.”
Full of Weezer's bouncy, fun-time rock songs, the set had fans giving toasts, dancing, jumping, snapping pictures and raising their hands in a W symbol.
“My Name is Jonas,” a fan favorite song, got the most applause. Another, “El Scorcho,” had a big sing-along during the chorus of “I'm a lot like you so please / Hello, I'm here, I'm waiting.”
Weezer had a few other tricks to show the audience a good time.
As bassist Scott Shriner sang lead on “Dope Nose,” Cuomo, who shredded out guitar solos on his Fender Stratocaster during almost every song, walked out into the crowd while he played. Later, guitarist Brian Bell sang “Keep Fishin'” while Cuomo pumped out some guitar solos.
Other favorite songs were “We Are All on Drugs,” “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived” and “Island in the Sun.”
As an encore, the band played a tongue-in-cheek — but great — cover of Poison's “Talk Dirty to Me” as well as “Beverly Hills.”
The concert was great fun for both the crowd and the band.
“We had a really good time tonight,” Shriner said. “We're really happy to be here.”
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