Weezer really had the deck stacked against them on this one. The veteran alterna-rockers took the stage at one of the most inhospitable concert venues in recent memory. Courtesy of the event planners at the U.S. Open of Surfing, thousands of beach goers and extreme sports enthusiasts were squeezed onto a tiny stretch of sand bordered by a jumble of vendor tents, port-a-johns, grandstands, and the Pacific Ocean.
Early on, the band appropriately played “Surf Wax America” from their 1994 debut album. Without a guitar harnessed around his neck for at least half of the set, singer Rivers Cuomo twirled and banged his head while flailing his limbs like a manic music monkey. At times it was unclear if his enthusiasm was an ironic display, or a mockery of the jock-laden audience. As Cuomo is a bit of an enigma, the answer will probably never be known. If he was mocking the crowd, nobody seemed to notice.