[lastfm]Weezer[/lastfm] played to a packed crowd for a twilight set at Bonnaroo this weekend. A crowd swarmed the stage to catch [lastfm]Rivers Cuomo[/lastfm] and company make their first appearance at the Manchester, Tennessee music festival.
Clad in an U.S.A. soccer jersey and his trademark thick-framed glasses, Cuomo bolted onto the stage after a brief instrumental number to kick off the set with “Hash Pipe” from the band’s 2001 self-titled release. From there, the group churned out 90 minutes of music, noticeably omitting much of their work from the middle of their discography.
“Why Bother?” was the only number from their cult album Pinkerton that made it to the set, and “Dope Nose” was the only tune from 2002′s Maladroit that made the cut.
Oddly, Cuomo passed the vocal duties for these songs onto guitarist [lastfm]Brian Bell [/lastfm]and bassist [lastfm]Scott Shriner[/lastfm], respectively, using the free-time away from the mic to bounce on a trampoline, climb the stage’s rafters, and, at one point, throw bananas into the crowd.
After two encores, a tease of [lastfm]Van Halen[/lastfm]‘s “Hot For Teacher,” and an appearance by ukulele sensation [lastfm]Julia Nunes[/lastfm], Weezer closed down the second stage for the night with “Buddy Holly,” the group’s second single ever.