Photos + Review: Pixies and Weezer at the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre (Chula Vista, CA)

Pixies (MA) and Weezer (CA)
August 11th, 2018
Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA

A co-headlining tour is often one of those very ambitious things that often leaves you with a bitter taste.  Juggling two different bands tends to drag out the evening far past our endurance skills.  Not to mention, one band usually overshadows the next leaving you with the feeling you went to two halves of a show instead of the mega-galactic bill you paid for.  However, when the The Pixies are put on any lineup I just can’t say no and to be honest, I couldn’t have been happier in this case.

These two bands who could not be more different from each other delivered the most amazing show of the summer.  I mean just look at the setlist! 43 songs and I still wanted more!

From the moment The Pixies took the stage the crowd just went nuts and they simply didn’t stop for the entire night. Every song was received so warmly you could feel the ground shake beneath the stomping feet of the packed venue.  It was difficult to keep my cool in the pit and I caught myself a few times hopping around forgetting to snap photos.  In my defense I have never met anyone who could stand still during “Wave Of Mutilation.”  Plus “Monkey Gone To Heaven” is a classic must sing-a-long tune.

I remember seeing The Pixies at Coachella (yes, I flew from Chicago because as much as I hate the heat I couldn’t miss The Pixies perform, even if it meant I had to go to the desert) and I thought that was it.  I finally got to see a band that marked my entire adolescence, helped me through college, and my reluctant journey to adulthood and no other moment could be as big. Until tonight.

Kim Deal’s absence was surprisingly less noticeable than expected.  Their setlist was a perfectly crafted guide through their amazing legacy that left us on a permanent high. The band’s chemistry just sweeps you off your feet and moves you delivering a memorable journey through their timeless career.

When it comes to The Pixies they are strictly business, a no fuss set design that is stripped of all that could distract you from the music.  Francis’ raspy voice is capable of echoing throughout the chambers of your brain while Santiago strings you along with each chord as Paz just wins you over.

Then Weezer took the stage and all of their  shenanigans just win you over. They force your cool down and you find yourself shouting and singing along to each song. Cuomo is undeniably a master when it comes to working the crowd, he held his audience captive throughout the show. Weezer’s performance is just out of this world with an energy capable of moving an entire amphitheater note after note, their energy is truly infectious.  The result is an unforgettable partnership of two larger than life bands that truly gifted the audience a night to remember.

Pixies’ Set List:
Gouge Away
Wave Of Mutilation
Monkey Gone To Heaven
Classic Masher
Head On (The Jesus And Mary Chain Cover)
Um Chagga Lagga
Crackity Jones
Isla De Encanta
U-Mass
Caribou
All The Saints
Ed Is Dead
Where Is My Mind
Gigantic
Head Carrier
Cactus
All I Think About Now
Debaser
Tame
Hey
Mr.Grieves
Vamos

Weezer’s Set List:

Happy Days Intro
Buddy Holly
Beverly Hills
Pork And Beans
Undone- The Sweater Song
Hash Pipe
Perfect Situation
My Name Is Jonas
El Scorcho
In The Garage
The Good Life
Happy Together (The Turtles Cover with snippets of “Longview” By Green Day)
Keep Fishing (Brian On Vocals)
Island In The Sun (Rivers Solo Acoustic)
Take On Me (A-Ha Cover)
Burndt Jamb (Brian on vocals with lyrics from “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana)
(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To
Feels Like Summer
Africa (Toto Cover)

Encore:
Pink Triangle
Say It Ain’t So
Paranoid (Black Sabbath Cover)

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