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While searching for a clip of Weezer’s stop by Letterman last night, I came across a vid of their first ever stop by Dave’s place. They played “Say It Ain’t So” and I sighed. Whatever you think of the band all these years later, this much is undeniable: they are still making music. And doing television appearances. Last night they did If You’re Wondering If I Want You To (I Want You To),” a (the?) strong point on Raditude, and tonight they’re back at the Ed Sullivan Theatre for another serving. It’s a strong performance, the Late Show band bolstering Rivers’ stage-walking with some nice brass arrangements, so put the Weezy bit out of your mind and enjoy:

Head to EW.com for a clip of Rivers dressed as a purple spider as the band does “All My Friends Are Insects,” an original for the Yo Gabba Gabba! kids show.

Raditude is an album.

UPDATE: And here’s “I’m Your Daddy” in Snuggies…

Comments (27)
  1. jesse  |   Posted on Oct 30th, 2009 0

    Doesn’t Rivers play guitar? Why have the drummer play rhythm and bring in a new drummer when he could have just played it?

    • Hasief  |   Posted on Oct 31st, 2009 0

      Rivers wants be more of a frontman, so he’s playing less guitar, and Pat’s taken over on guitar rather than have someone else do it. Josh is a fan and a friend of the band, so he’s playing drums.

  2. Andrew  |   Posted on Oct 30th, 2009 0

    The audience laughing at the flying dog in the beginning basically sums up this album.

    Horn section is sweet though.

  3. d@ve  |   Posted on Oct 30th, 2009 0

    Amazing performance of a not so amazing song

  4. Collective Soul  |   Posted on Oct 30th, 2009 0

    Please stop covering us.

    Warm regards,
    The Year 2000

  5. tommy  |   Posted on Oct 30th, 2009 0

    hate on weezer all you want, but that was awesome.

  6. cuttooth  |   Posted on Oct 30th, 2009 0

    Lovin’ the horns

  7. Zachary  |   Posted on Oct 30th, 2009 0

    That was absolutely fantastic and reminded me of much better Weezer times. I’ll just choose to ignore that the album exists.

  8. i liked this clip alot. i think weezer can redeem themselves

  9. I’ll echo the chorus, so what you will about Weezer these days, but they pretty much nailed it here. It was actually, you know…infectious.

  10. Even Yo Gabba Gabba fans are too old to listen to Weezer.

  11. Sauce  |   Posted on Oct 30th, 2009 0

    The yo gabba gabba song actually sounds pretty sweet.
    Green album-y.

  12. Definitely a cool song but Rivers looks a little awkward w/o his guitar

  13. Rivers looks like he’s had plastic surgery or something. Lookin’ way younger–and more uncannily than ever like Woody Allen.

  14. WillDewBadley  |   Posted on Oct 30th, 2009 0

    Rivers is one of my favorite musician. He does a great job at rearranging songs to be performed with other groups. And he works really well with other musicians. If I ever got the chance to work with him, or even meet him, I would probably cry.

  15. Greg  |   Posted on Oct 30th, 2009 0

    The fact that Josh Freese is drumming for them kind of takes away some of his credibility IMHO

    • Hasief  |   Posted on Oct 31st, 2009 0

      You mean the same Josh Freese who’s played on albums by Avril Lavigne and Miley Cyrus? He’s one of the most in-demand session drummers, credibility is the least of his worries. He could’ve done much worse than playing with Weezer.

  16. Jay  |   Posted on Oct 31st, 2009 0

    FYI, Patrick Wilson is a very good guitarist. Not only is his Special Goodness stuff pretty good, he can totally shred some metal guitar. You might be able to find some clips on You Tube or on those “diary” video clips on the Weezer sites.

  17. You can’t deny that wasn’t a great performance of a good song. Wish the whole album was this good.

    • My thoughts exactly. This performance of this song is even better than the album version, and honestly, it makes it one of the best songs they’ve ever done (despite the lyrics). But the rest of the album isn’t a fraction as good.

  18. Ted Tedson  |   Posted on Oct 31st, 2009 0

    This is the only halfway decent song on Raditude. “Can’t Stop Partying” is one of the worst songs I’ve ever heard.

  19. Chris  |   Posted on Oct 31st, 2009 0

    Complete speculation but I wouldn’t be surprised if Pat can’t play as well to a click as the guy they brought in, hence moving him to guitar. Rivers looks awkward as hell without a guitar, and the song is pretty awful. Letterman’s band does sound great helping out though.

  20. gokinsmen  |   Posted on Oct 31st, 2009 0

    “Complete speculation but I wouldn’t be surprised if Pat can’t play as well to a click as the guy they brought in, hence moving him to guitar.”

    Umm, no. Pat been playing flawlessly to a click track for over 15 years. The band plays stale, boring, simplistic music these days (esp. rhythmically), so they decided to mix things up during live performances. Sometimes Rivers plays drums. Sometimes Scott or Brian will sing lead.

    Also, very few songs on Red or Radituda (ugh) have guitar solos, so there’s no need to have Rivers’ at guitar. And he says he enjoys the freedom of just singing (although most of the time it comes off as drunk karaoke).

  21. Eric J  |   Posted on Nov 1st, 2009 0

    that was fucking rad! (this is not sarcasm)

  22. travis  |   Posted on Nov 3rd, 2009 0

    WOW, I was impressed with that. I hope the album is actually good. No red, maladroit album crap.

  23. obvious?  |   Posted on Nov 4th, 2009 0

    Yeah that sounded amazing!!! Wonder how it sounds without the entire Late Night Orchestra handling all of the interesting, difficult bits?

  24. faht  |   Posted on Nov 4th, 2009 0

    “Goddamm you half japanese girrrrlllsss…you do it to me every time…”

    Ahh, the good ol’ days. I wonder what those guys are up to these days…

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