October 21, 2011
As mentioned in my previous post, Saves The Day will be gracing our fair shores next year for Soundwave 2012, and their performances will include playing Pinkerton in full. If Pinkerton’s not your omg-favourite-weezer-album-evarrr and you’d prefer to hear something from the Blue album, never fear! Good Charlotte is here (next month)!
Performing at Selina’s in Coogee, Good Charlotte will be taking part in what is called The JD Set. I’m not that familiar with what that means exactly, but it seems like Jack Daniels sponsor a number of gigs that involve bands covering other bands, as well as playing a bunch of their own songs. So, beware if you’re not a Good Charlotte fan, because it sounds like you’ll be hearing a few of their own tunes if you go along. Tickets can be purchased from Moshtix.
September 29, 2011
Soundwave promotor AJ Maddah has confirmed via his Twitter account that, as well as doing a set of their own songs, emo indie rockers from New Jersey ‘Saves The Day’ will be performing Pinkerton in full at Soundwave 2012.
Saves the Day were strong on the radars of many Aussie Weezer fans when AJ mentioned earlier this year that there would be an hour of Weezer played at Soundwave Revolution this year (a festival that ended up being cancelled). Although never officially announced for the now-defunct Revolution, rumours were rife seeing as Chris Conley and co performed Pinkerton in full last year at The Hoodwink festival in NJ. Turns out we were right and luckily for us, they were moved up to Soundwave 2012!
Once again, Weezer themselves have been discounted from the lineup of Soundwave 2012, and with the lineup of next year’s Big Day Out being announced today, I’m sure it’s only a matter of hours before we’re disappointed on that front too. Ahh, the life of an Aussie Weezer fan!
September 5, 2011
August 12, 2011
This week it was announced that Soundwave Revolution had been canned due to problems sorting out headliners (a rant within itself that I could beat with a dead horse, but I will hold off). This kind of sucks for us Weezer fans because there was still a little glimmer of hope that we were going to see some semblance of the band at the festival.
This made me think back to the last time we heard strong rumours of Weezer doing an Aussie festival (as mentioned in this post about Coppell). It was the V Festival which eventually ended up being cancelled before any chance of us seeing Weezer on our shores.
As a person that is really clasping at straw trying to come up with things to post to this blog, I came up with the most reasonable explanation that I could, given these pieces of information:
Weezer are a curse on the Australian festival circuit.
(Couldn’t think of a relevant image for this post, so have a kind-of, sort-of related picture of witchcraftish things. I don’t know).
Just think about it. What was the eventual fate of Livid Festival, the one and only time Weezer came to Australia? Cancelled in 2002.
Could it actually be that it is actually TRUE that Weezer want to tour Australia, but circumstances like this always get in the way of them coming here? Sounds like crazy-talk to me, but let’s digest this information for a while.. say, long enough for me to think of some other crazy-brained theory about Australia’s lack of Weezer goodness.
If I were a festival or tour promoter who was a bit of a believer in curses and hexes and all that good stuff, I would be a little skeptical about getting this band to tour as well. Maybe. Probably not. Hell, I’d still sell everything I own and my grandmother’s beachside apartment to get them to tour here.
July 23, 2011
July 4, 2011
Apparently Weezer played in Montreal last night. Apparently Weezer didn’t play an encore. Apparently angry, stompy tweets ensued.
(Usernames not concealed so you can personally go and tell each of these people what a giant entitled piece of poop they are).
What I especially loved about this incident was the fact that the person who runs the official Weezer twitter (Karl I am guessing?) felt they needed to EXPLAIN the lack of encore to the pouting rabble. I personally would have told them to sit the fuck down and enjoy what they’ve just experienced rather than expect more. We never get a (reasonable) explanation for why Weezer don’t come to Australia, let alone play an extra few songs.
I was going to actually dedicate more time to this post by lurking the hell out of weezerpedia.com and working out exactly how many times Weezer has toured Canada and include the stat in this post. Alas, Weezerpedia is currently down for maintenance. But we all know it’s more than ONE MEASLY FUCKING TIME.
Also, hi to the lovely people that found my via my unexpected retweet by the Weezer account earlier today. Ohhh, if only they knew what they have done… 😀
June 17, 2011
I know, I know. This website has only been in existence for all of about a month and I’m already clutching at straws. If some of you lurkers out there would EMAIL ME or COMMENT with some of your own ideas, maybe I wouldn’t have to go to lengths like this.
So here’s my most recent completely baseless, more-than-likely absolutely false thought that has risen from the depths of the mush I call my brain.
Will Weezer only tour Australia again if they’re brought out by promoting giant Michael Coppel?
Originally when I came up with this idea, it was actually the opposite way around – that they’d had such a bad experience with Michael Coppel Presents that it had put a bad taste in their mouth and they didn’t want to risk it with any other Aussie promoters. But after a little research, I think it could be that they would commit to tour Australia again, but only with Coppel.
After a little Google sesh, I worked out that Michael Coppel was the promoter behind the now defunct Livid Festival which brought out Weezer to Oz originally. A few years after Livid stopped happening, Michael Coppel Presents bought the Australian rights to the V Festival. This little factoid made a little lightbulb flicker in my brain.
I remember hearing from a punter at Soundwave back in 2009 or 2010 I believe (yeah yeah, a very reliable source, I know), saying that the V Festival had bought the rights to bring out Weezer to Australia the previous year, but then hadn’t included them on the final line-up. I don’t want to even pretend I understand how the whole promoting business works, but this doesn’t sound too far-fetched. Surely though, once the agreement didn’t go ahead, wouldn’t that have allowed other promoters the chance to put in a new offer? Or perhaps it was too late once V Fest fell through for them. Who knows.
Anyway, my long-winded point is: if Weezer have signed on twice with Coppel in the past, maybe the problem is that Coppel hasn’t asked them down to Australia since then. The promoter of Soundwave, AJ Maddah, has tried to get them out here dozens of times and they have declined, so it seems as though they have a preference of promoter. This is all based on whether the V Fest rumour I heard from some random dude at Soundwave was true, of course. But let’s just go with it.
June 10, 2011
No matter how much this band angers me with their touring schedule, the blue album will help me through an emo evening every single time.
June 6, 2011
Hey guys, you’ll never guess what!! Weezer is playing in Japan this July! Crazy, right????
(Insert world’s biggest eyeroll here)
Okay, enough of the ridiculous hypothesizing of reasons why Weezer won’t come to Australia (just for the next few minutes, anyway). I do understand that Australia’s not the shortest plane ride away in the world, and I do believe the travel factor plays a large part in Weezer not touring Australia for the past 15 years.
A non-stop flight from Los Angeles to Sydney is just under 15 hours. Kind of a drag, I know. But honestly, a flight to Tokyo is barely a couple of hours less than that. It’s one extra movie to watch on the plane, or a few episodes of Glee or something. If you’ve already gone 12 hours, what’s a few more? Well, I can tell you what it is – it’s making a whole bunch of deprived Aussie Weezer fans fucking happy is what it is!
Or how about this – take your trip to Japan (because we know you will anyway), then we’re only a 7 or 8 hour flight away. A walk in the park, basically!
Come on, we know you want to! Well, we know you don’t want to, but you could at least suck it up and do it anyway – for us – right??
Yeah, I thought not.
May 19, 2011
Hi there, Weezer fans. I hope this blog post finds you well. Perhaps it won’t if you’re still slightly reeling, like myself, from being let down by Weezer declining to tour Australia for Soundwave Revolution.
This is not the first time Weezer have declined a promoter’s offer to come to Australia – the particular promotor that runs the Soundwave events has offered them Oz tours at least 30 times since 2003. This last time, he offered them a sum in the millions and they still declined. You can bet your entire Weezer CD collection that they have been offered numerous times by other promoters as well.
Ridiculously enough, the last time Weezer set foot in Australia was in 1996 when they toured with the Livid Festival. Quite a while ago, right? Since that time, Weezer have certainly grown in popularity in Australia, getting radio time with hits such as ‘Island in the Sun’, ‘Beverly Hills’, ‘Memories’ etc etc. There is definitely a fanbase here. If you google ‘Weezer Australia Petition’ you’ll be bombarded by a plethora of online petitions and Facebook pages dedicated to the motion.
The question this blog poses is:
WHY THE HECK WON’T THEY COME HERE?
It can’t be a travel issue – they tour Europe and Asia often. It’s not that they don’t do many live shows, because they certainly perform a lot of shows and do a lot of tours.
I plan to investigate the issues that may be causing Weezer to be hesitant to come back to Australia. Some reasons may be ridiculous and obviously wrong, while others… well, who knows! Maybe we can crack this tough-as-heck nut and perhaps be able to convince them that Australia isn’t such a bad place to tour afterall.
If you have anything to contribute to the blog, please feel free to contact me and I’ll be more than happy
that someone actually read this to post it.