by Kyra Siano
On July 1, 2016, about 20,000 fans of all generations gathered at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA for a great night with friends and family and an even greater night of live music. This was one of the first stops on Weezer and Panic! At the Disco’s co-headlining tour promoting their new albums The White Album and Death of a Bachelor.
Upon arrival to the concert, cars from all over the state and region flowed into the packed, overpriced parking lots of the venue. Traffic guards and police officers stood ready to oversee the tailgating, making sure everyone was maintaining a safe environment for other concert-goers.
Avid Weezer fan Alyssa Cohen stated that she was “delighted to be with some of my favorite people, as well as being provided with throwback Mountain Dew and buffalo chicken calzones which I enjoyed snacking on with them.”
The opening act of this show was Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness. “McMahon deserved more stage time and a better act placement. They should have played directly before Weezer instead of Panic! At the Disco,” says Jaime Cohen.
On the contrary, student and Panic! Fan Jack Clarke says he “would rather have seen Panic! At the Disco play last. I came to see them and that would have made it even more of a night you’ll never forget.”
Brendon Urie and his band opened up with an iconic baseline originating from the song “Rock Lobster” but transitioned it into their new hit “Don’t Threaten Me With a Good Time.” Panic! At the Disco’s performance was an hour and a half, including just about every song on their new album, and a rendition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” which Sal Siano described as “faithful to the original.”
Around 9:15 PM, Weezer took the stage starting off with the first song on their new album, “California Kids.” Eighth grader Ryan Siano claims his favorite song of the night was “‘Hash Pipe’ because it was loud and the bass sounded amazing.” Weezer utilized graphics and videos on their backdrop as well as having a real lifeguard chair, the same one pictured on the front of their album.
During their new single “Thank God for Girls,” pictures of influential women such as Ellen DeGeneres, Michelle Obama, Beyoncé and Caitlyn Jenner were projected on the screen. As Rivers Cuomo and company guided us through the many years of Weezer, fans stayed engaged and surprised by each and every effect, such as giant beach balls and confetti. “Rivers’ performance brought tears to my eyes, man,” said NAHS senior Alyssa Cohen.
Ryan Siano had similar feelings, saying, “Seeing Weezer was the best thing I’ve ever done, by a landslide and a half.”