On a hot, Wednesday night in the city of TO, it was fitting that the night would be filled with the sounds of bands hailing from Los Angeles and Las Vegas. That’s what happened on July 6th, at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, when Weezer and Panic! At The Disco came together for the Summer Tour 2016. Each band had their droves of diehard fans, both new and old, and the show was a highlight of the Amphitheatre schedule so far.
First up was Panic! At The Disco, playing their first Toronto show in almost 4 years. Fuelled by the release of their fifth studio album, Death of a Bachelor, back in January, Panic! At The Disco was ready to remind its fans exactly why their debut album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, rose the charts back in 2005. For Panic! At The Disco fans, they were happy to hear the band play their first big hit, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”, and got a taste of the new album, with “Victorious” and “Hallelujah”. The crowd was ecstatic when the band covered Queen‘s, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, with everyone harnessing their inner-Wayne’s World for the crescendo of the song. Lead singer, Brendon Urie, was able to keep the energy of the audience high, with his large vocal range, and his energetic antics onstage. Panic! At The Disco were a force to be reckoned with at the Molson Amphitheatre.
Panic! At The Disco
After the dust had settled from Panic! At The Disco, Weezer took the stage to remind everyone who the real headliner of the night was. Weezer is a band that has been around for 20+ years now, and, in that time, they have discovered a winning formula for putting together a setlist. They kicked the night off with the first track off of 2016’s, The White Album, “California Kids”, and then took things back by playing mega-hit, “Hash Pipe”. After that, it was the ‘greatest hits’ of Weezer songs, and for a band that has been around for as long as it has, there are quite a number of them. From “My Name Is Jonas”, to “(If You Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To”, to “Pork and Beans”, and “Beverly Hills”, Weezer fans got to hear a lot of the classic hits that made a little band from LA a household name. It was hard to leave feeling like they didn’t play a song that you wanted to hear, because they covered a lot of their repertoire.
One really cool aspect of the show was when, right before the encore, lead singer Rivers Cuomo took the stage to to read over some of the action on Twitter. Tweets from fans at Molson Amphitheatre were broadcast on the big screens, with some of the funnier ones getting a spotlight. (I guess they do look at our tweets!) Although there were only a couple of times that the band had to stop and start things over on a song, it presented a sense of authenticity that not many big acts can admit to. When Rivers stopped the band during “Thank God for Girls”, and got the band to start over, it got the crowd to be more invested in the song than if they had just gone through it the first time. Artists, at the end of the day, are still human!
Overall, this was an amazing show for Weezer, Panic! At The Disco, and their fans. For one of the hottest nights of the year so far, the energy of the crowd was at an all-time high. Especially during songs like “Say It Ain’t So” and “Undone (The Sweater Song)”, the crowd’s sing-a-long was so powerful that Rivers stood back from the mic at points to let the crowd take the reigns. As well, on a personal note, this show had the loudest, most emphatic fans of any show that this reviewer has seen at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. Let’s see if there’s another show that can top it this summer!