Grab your pocket protectors and get ready to rawk, =W= is coming

Yesterday the tour stops and dates were announced for Weezer’s fall jaunt across the U.S. in support of the band’s surprisingly good self-titled record (a.k.a. The Red Album).

The band will be at KeyArena Oct. 11, which is a Saturday night. Opening acts are Angels and Airwaves (blah 😛 ) and Tokyo Police Club (meh.)

Weezer has long been one of my favorite groups and I am excited to have the chance to see them live again. If I go to the Oct. 11 show it will mark my fourth =W= show. Out of those four I would have to say the group’s last stop at KeyArena during their Wee Fighters/Foozer tour with Foo Fighters was likely their best performance of the lot.

You can read about my most recent encounter with =W=, where I rocked the kazoo solo on “Beverly Hills” with the band during a recording session, by clicking here.

I’ll have more on my interactions with Rivers Cuomo as the show date comes closer (he’s a lot shorter than you think, and surprisingly he is a really good interview), but for now I just wanted to share the news of the upcoming show. Ticket prices and an on-sale date for tickets has yet to be announced. You can read the press release announcing the tour below.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WEEZER ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR;
Tour In Support of latest album Weezer featuring #1 song Pork And Beans

Weezer announced today a North American tour in support of their top ten album Weezer (referred to as the Red Album). Starting September 23 at the Tsongas Center in Boston, the band will embark on a five week tour including dates in New York City at Madison Square Garden and Los Angeles’ Great Western Forum. This is the band’s first tour in three years. Drummer Pat Wilson announced, “if you want to rock, you know where to find us!”

Weezer (Red Album) is the band’s boldest album, sonically and lyrically, fearlessly reaching places never before heard in popular music. The Red Album’s first single “Pork and Beans” just spent 11 weeks at #1 at Modern Rock radio (the longest streak for a song in 2008) and it’s accompanying video has been viewed on Youtube over ten million times. The song is about self-empowerment, where people are urged to follow their instincts as exemplified by the lyrics “I’m a do the things that I want to do/I ain’t got a thing to prove to you.”

Recently Weezer, with the help of local radio stations, has been reaching out to musicians to create “Hootenannys” across the country. An idea hatched by lead singer Rivers Cuomo (after his mom explained how music was often spread in the good ole days) fans were hand-picked and told to bring their instruments to an unusual location where audience and band become one and jam on Weezer classics and cover songs.

Opening Weezer’s tour are Angels and Airwaves and Tokyo Police Club.

San Diego-based Angels and Airwaves are currently headlining all of Warped Tour 2008 in support of their sophomore release I-Empire, which debuted in the top ten and spawned the hit single “Everything’s Magic”. Singer and guitarist Tom Delonge says, “the Weezer tour is an amazing event, not only for us as a band, but its going to be the best tour of the year for fans, we’re excited to be a part of it”.

Tokyo Police Club is a 4-piece band from Toronto, Ontario. Following one of the most successful 16 minutes in recent history (2006’s A Lesson in Crime EP) is back and currently on the road supporting their critically acclaimed debut full length Elephant Shell. Tokyo Police Club couldn’t be more thrilled to join Weezer on their North American Tour playing to crowds they’ve never experienced before.

The following are the dates for Weezer’s North American tour:

Sep 23 Boston, MA Tsongas Arena
Sep 24 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Sep 26 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Casino
Sep 27 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Center
Sep 29 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
Sep 30 Toronto, ON Air Canada Center
Oct 2 Chicago, IL All State Arena
Oct 3 St. Paul, MN Xcel Arena
Oct 5 Denver, CO Broomfield
Oct 7 Salt Lake City, UT E Center
Oct 9 Portland OR Memorial Coliseum
Oct 10 Vancouver, BC GM Place
Oct 11 Seattle, WA Key Arena
Oct 13 San Jose, CA Events Center
Oct 14 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Oct 17 San Diego, CA Cox Arena
Oct 18 Phoenix, AZ Arizona State Fair
Oct 20 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
Oct 21 Dallas, TX Nokia Theater
Oct 23 Houston, TX Reliant Arena
Oct 25 Atlanta, GA Gwinnett Arena

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