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at the Whisky A Go-Go
Los Angeles, CA
05.14.02



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-- by Corey Moss

WEST HOLLYWOOD — Somewhere between "Hash Pipe" and "Dope Nose" Weezer got hooked. It started during the recording sessions for Maladroit and "it's gotten stupider ever since," to put it in their own words. It has consumed countless hours of their time and has in many ways shaped Weezer into the band they are today. More mellow. More honest. More content.

Weezer
at the Whisky A Go-Go
Los Angeles, CA
05.14.02
"I don't know how it happened," says drummer Pat Wilson. "Somehow foosball has just become immensely important to our day."

"We spend hours on the foosball table every day, and we just totally mellow out," singer Rivers Cuomo adds. "We play it very seriously, but there's no, like, negative sense of competition. We just bond over the foosball table."

Wilson, an offensive force with enough tricks to convince Cuomo he's the best of the bunch, says he wants to pitch a foosball show to MTV. "It's gonna be Weezer against the Foo Fighters, and it's gonna be like a seven-show miniseries about how a grueling foosball season is gonna maybe make us better friends."

There's no foosball table in Weezer's dressing room at the legendary Whisky A Go-Go, though Cuomo and Wilson seem mellow and friendly anyway. Cuomo has just arrived, looking like the college student he was a few years ago with a backpack draped over his shoulder. Wilson has been waxing classic rock with new bassist Scott Shriner, scheming a plan to get backstage at an upcoming Rush concert both are ecstatic about.

The Whisky green room happens to be entirely black and bare. Fortunately a few friends have decorated it with streamers, strings of lights and even a few books, including one about Chinese culture. The floor is rumbling from a soundcheck downstairs.

Weezer
"Undone (The Sweater Song)" (live)
Outside, hundreds of fans are waiting to pile into the free show. Some drove straight from Weezer's show two nights earlier in Tucson, Arizona, and have been living on a curb without a guarantee they'll even get into the Whisky. At midnight, when the show is over, the guy with the Weezer tattoo and his neighbors of several hours, whether they made it into the show or not, will march a couple of blocks to Tower Records and be the first to purchase Maladroit. It doesn't matter that they've been downloading the album's songs for months from Weezer's Web site.


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"Dope Nose"
Maladroit
(Geffen)



"H*** Pipe"
Weezer (The Green Album)
(Geffen)



"Island In The Sun"
Weezer (The Green Album)
(Geffen)



"Photograph" (live)
Weezer (The Green Album)
(Geffen)



"The Good Life"
Pinkerton
(Geffen)



"El Scorcho" (live)
Pinkerton
(Geffen)



"My Name Is Jonas" (live)
Weezer (The Blue Album)
(Geffen)



"Undone
(The Sweater Song)" (live)

Weezer (The Blue Album)
(Geffen)


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"Buddy Holly"
Weezer (The Blue Album)
(Geffen)



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