Rock and roll music has gone through an interesting transition. Radio doesn’t feature it much at all. Spotify doesn’t feature it. Alt-rock aka modern rock aka college rock has really disappeared which is sad. I grew up in the 90’s during the entire alternative music boom, and remember how rock mattered then. Luckily, there are still some alt-rock superstars still playing music and touring to keep us happy. Weezer & Pixies are performing at The Coral Sky Amphitheatre and South Florida should be thankful.

Weezer is an American rock band that formed in Los Angeles, California in 1992. They are lead by Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead guitar), Patrick Wilson (drums), Brian Bell (rhythm guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), and Scott Shriner (bass, backing vocals).

After signing to Geffen Records in 1993, Weezer released their debut self-titled album, also known as the “Blue Album”, in 1994. The Blue album was amazing and arguably, their best work. It was helped out by successful music videos for the singles “Buddy Holly”, “Undone – The Sweater Song” and “Say It Ain’t So”. The Blue Album became a quadruple-platinum success!

Weezer’s second album, Pinkerton, featured a darker, more abrasive sound, and was a commercial failure. It initially received mixed reviews but went on to achieve cult status and critical acclaim years later. Both the Blue Album and Pinkerton are now frequently cited among the best albums of the 1990s.

Weezer is definitely hard to compartmentalize. Weezer has been described as alternative rock, power pop, pop punk, emo, pop rock, indie rock, emo pop, geek rock, and pop. The members of Weezer have listed several influences. Among them, Kiss (with direct references in the song “In the Garage”), Nirvana (who were labelmates of the band at DGC for a very brief time before Kurt Cobain’s death), Pixies (especially early in the band’s career), the Cars (Ric Ocasek has even produced several of Weezer’s records), Pavement, Oasis, Green Day and Wax. Cuomo credited the Beach Boys as a major influence, specifically Pet Sounds, describing Weezer’s sound as “Beach Boys with Marshall stacks.”

Pixies are an American alternative rock band that formed in 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts. The original line-up comprised Black Francis (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Joey Santiago (lead guitar), Kim Deal (bass, backing vocals) and David Lovering (drums).

The band disbanded in 1993 but reunited in 2004. After Deal left in 2013, the Pixies hired Kim Shattuck as a touring bassist; she was replaced the same year by Paz Lenchantin, who became a permanent member in 2016.

According to Wikipedia, Pixies were associated with the 1990s alternative rock boom, and draw on elements including punk and surf rock. Their music is known for its dynamic “loud-quiet” shifts and song structures. Francis is the Pixies’ primary songwriter; his often surreal lyrics cover offbeat subjects such as extraterrestrials, incest, and biblical violence.

Pizies achieved modest popularity in their home country, but were more successful in the United Kingdom and mainland Europe. Their jarring pop sound influenced bands such as Nirvana, Radiohead, Bush, Blur and Weezer. Their popularity grew in the years following their break-up, leading to sold-out world tours following their reunion in 2004.

Seeing as this could be a love-fest, this should be a fun tour and show. Playing with one of your major influences means a lot. You can expect the bands to jam together for sure, and perhaps even more surprises. This show will be at The Coral Sky Amphitheatre on June 22nd @ 7:30PM.

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