13/07/12 10:08
by Shahlin Graves

WEEZER have finally announced that they will be returning to New Zealand [a.k.a. the worst kept secret ever] for the first time in sixteen years to perform a set that will include their greatest hits and 'The Blue Album' from start to finish.

The band will play Auckland’s Vector Arena on Friday, January 11th, 2013. Tickets go on sale from 9am on Thursday, July 26th.

"It has been sixteen long years since Weezer’s one and only tour of Australasia.  After incessant rumours of potential tours, the resultant fervour that has taken over the nation’s music fans remains unrivalled.  Chugg Entertainment is excited to be bringing the band to our shores, with the opportunity to vindicate the enthusiasm and persistence of their fans all over the country.  Greater still, their tour brings with it a follow thru from their recently announced US concept shows; performing a collection of greatest hits and rarities in addition to The Blue Album, from start to finish.

This visit will be both a celebration for older fans, reveling in nostalgia from Weezer’s storied Pinkerton tour of 1996, and an introduction to a younger generation working their way back from more recent albums. Such is the anticipation of this announcement that these shows are more than just a tour; they represent a culmination of years of collective longing.

With material spanning the best part of two decades, Weezer remain committed to their roots.  They have spent the past year sending ardent fans into fits of nostalgia, playing their two seminal albums from the 90s in their entirety. Whether they were setting sail with thousands of fans to Mexico on their inaugural Weezer Cruise or sharing the stage (and signature space balls) with the Flaming Lips, the band were always quick to hark back to their early material that has proved to be so influential on today’s musical landscape.

With their satiating practice of playing albums in full, last month Weezer announced they’d be wrapping up 2012 with a series of shows in the USA featuring their seminal eponymous debut and its revered follow up Pinkerton.  As luck would have it, the band are bringing this tradition to our shores and will be playing their legendary debut, affectionately known as “The Blue Album”, in full which will be prefaced by the band’s greatest hits and rarities.

Emerging in 1994 as four awkwardly geeky young men from California, Weezer have surpassed anyone’s expectations and have gone from being the unlikely cult heroes of 90s alt-rock to consummate arena rock luminaries.  Throughout this ever-evolving career, the band has cultivated an interactive relationship with their fans old and new. They have worked to create an unsurpassed experience for these fans both on and off the stage.

Weezer’s long anticipated return will finally bring this special experience to New Zealand."

WEEZER - 2012 NEW ZEALAND TOUR
Friday 11th January - Vector Arena, Auckland.
www.ticketmaster.co.nz 09 970 9700
TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY 26TH, 9AM.