This concert was destined to be a shit show from the start. It was Beer Fest at the Del Mar horse races followed by a Weezer show that was included with the price of admission. To top it off I organized a limo bus to transport me and at least 15 of my friends round trip. Not worrying about having to drive = copious amounts of alcohol consumption.
Weezer’s newest album at the time was Raditude that was released the summer before, but we were just a few weeks from the release of Hurley. This was the third time I had the pleasure of seeing Weezer and I was pretty excited to see them again since it had been almost 5 years when they opened for Foo Fighters. They did not disappoint. It was a very fun set that included a cover mash-up of “Kids” by MGMT and “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga near the end.
As for the other part of this tale, long story short everyone got trashed and had a great time…until I lost everyone, which was kind of a problem since I was the one who had organized our transportation. The limo driver made us meet him at the AM/PM down the road because it was too crazy for him to try to get back to the entrance of the fairgrounds. Finally someone got ahold of me and spread the word. These were not happy faces that eventually arrived. AM/PM was a little bit of a walk but I think everyone was more upset that I could not be reached for so long. This was partially due to shitty cell reception with so many people in a concentrated area and partially because I was borderline blackout drunk.
Ingrid ended up getting home via the backseat of a random car that she thought her friend was in. It ended up being a car that one of my co-workers at the time was in which I figured out when I put 2 and 2 together after he told me a story that sounded awfully familiar to the one she told me the next day.
SETLIST: “Hash Pipe,” “Troublemaker,” “Undone – The Sweater Song,” “Surf Wax America,” “Memories,” “Perfect Situation,” “Dope Nose,” “Say It Ain’t So,” “Brian’s Theme,” “Island in the Sun,” “El Scorcho,” “My Name is Jonas,” “Beverly Hills,” “Pork and Beans,” “Kids/Poker Face,” “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To,” “Buddy Holly”