Raditude at the Aragon Show Review! Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL

Last Tuesday night, I had the privilege of getting invited to go to the first night of the Raditude Tour here in Chicago, IL at the Aragon Ballroom. The show was sold out and the line-up was nothing short of amazing, consisting of (one of my personal favorites) Motion City Soundtrack, as well Jack’s Mannequin and the headliner, Weezer.

Motion City Soundtrack was the first to go on, and after the first few notes of Attractive Today, you could see the die hard MCS fans get excited and pumped up for the show! This was about my fifth time seeing them and I know I was excited! They then played favorites like Everything is Alright, My Favorite Accident and Let’s Get Fucked Up and Die. They also played a few new songs from their new album My Dinosaur Life that was produced by Mark Hoppus of Blink 182. My Dinosaur Life is available for pre-order now, but has a release date of January 19, 2010. I can honestly say that I wish MCS had a longer set, but it was pretty much perfect. They played every single one of my favorite songs including ending their set with The Future Freaks Me Out. AMAZING.

Jack’s Mannequin was next and this was the first time I had seen them perform live. I was pretty excited as I love both of their albums, and I was a fan of Andrew McMahon way back when, when he was fronting the band Something Corporate. They opened the set with La La Lie, which really got the crowd going. I must say that Andrew McMahon is an amazing pianist! I always remembered him playing the piano barefoot though, I was slightly disappointed to see him in Chuck Taylor’s! They then played favorites like The Resolution, Mixed Tape and Dark Blue. Even though Jack’s Mannequin’s set was a bit shorter than Motion City Soundtrack’s set, it was great nonetheless!

The headliner, Weezer, put on one of the best shows I have seen in a long time! This being my first time seeing them live; I have all of their albums but never had the opportunity to see Rivers Cuomo and the gang in all of their greatness. They opened the set with Hash Pipe, and then went right into the song Troublemaker. They turned the crowd into a mess while throwing rolls of toilet paper out at them to really make it a real party! They performed favorites like Undone-The Sweater Song, A Perfect Situation and Dope Nose to name a few songs. About mid-show, they brought a radio contest winner on stage to sing a duet with Rivers of their new single (If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To, and she did a great job vocally, but she definitely looked nervous and a bit overwhelmed by the massive crowd.

Weezer performed a few more songs off of their new album Raditude as well as a few covers too. They did a great cover of Time by Pink Floyd, and in the first encore, they performed a mashup of MGMT’s Kids with Lady Gaga’s Poker Face. I was ecstatic hearing the first few notes of the song, and halfway through Kids, Rivers disappeared, only to reappear in one of the balconies with a blonde wig on while starting in with a little Poker Face. They really know how to get the crowd excited and I was amazed at how much fun it was. The guys in Weezer, especially Rivers are like hyped-up kids on stage, bouncing around and full of energy the entire time. The second encore consisted of beach balls and more crazy antics as Island in the Sun was performed and the show was ended on a high note with the classic song, Buddy Holly.

Here is a complete list of songs from Weezer’s set. I highly recommend seeing any of the three bands that I talked about above. You will not be disappointed!

Weezer:
1. Hash Pipe
2. Troublemaker
3. Undone- The Sweater Song
4. Surf Wax America
5. Let It All Hang Out
6. Perfect Situation
7. Why Bother
8. Dope Nose
9. Say It Ain’t So
10. (If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To
11. Can’t Stop Partying
12. Tired Of Sex
13. Time (Pink Floyd cover)
14. I’m Your Daddy
15. My Name Is Jonas
16. Beverly Hills

Encore 1:
17. Pork and Beans
18. Kids/Poker Face

Encore 2:
19. Island In The Sun
20. Buddy Holly