Written by Mike McKenna
PA Music Scene.com
Oh, so good!! That is how I would describe Weezer’s Raditude Tour Show at the Allentown Fair. Perfect set list, dynamic stage show and Rivers just went butt nutty with the crowd! He’s a madman I tell you! Running through the crowd, literally swinging from the rafters… This show was on par with any big name concert I’ve seen (and probably a cut above most).
The only thing lacking from this experience was the crowd. From what I estimated to be around 4,000 hearty fans, they were totally responsive to Rivers Cuomo and his antics with the gigantic pink stuffed gorilla. The people who weren’t here missed out on one of the best alternative concerts in many moons in the Lehigh Valley Area.
From their repertoire of music, Weezer belted out what could be described as “A Greatest Hits Collection” with 17 of the bands most recognizable numbers including the openers “Hash Pipe”, “Trouble Song” and “Undone – The Sweater Song” where there were references to Allentown via the Billy Joel liner. On “Pork and Beans” the crowd went wild singing ‘I Don’t Care’ in a rather loud fashion that it was nearly impossible to hear Rivers vocals.
Other numbers such as “El Scorcho”, “My Name is Jonas” and “Say It Ain’t So” were also well received by this appreciative crowd. With “Beverly Hills”, Coumo ventured into the crowd throughout the track area much to the delight of his fans. On “Dope Nose” we were entertained by bassist Scott Shriner with his awesome riffs and clean vocal presentation.
To close out the evenings rather short 50 minute show, Weezer played “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To and their signature “Buddy Holly” to the delight of the crowd. The fans walked away from this show pleased and talking about the new material that they heard from the upcoming CD “Hurley” due out this month.