When Weezer released "The Good Life" in 1996, frontman Rivers Cuomo was 26 years old. So the song's key lyric ("I don't wanna be an old man anymore, it's been a year or two since I was out on the floor") packed a significant dose of irony. Playing the song Oct. 7 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Cuomo, now a 47-year-old husband and father of two seemed aware of the whole new layer of irony involved in playing songs about young crushes and 20-something ennui.
But that irony has always been Weezer's style. Now a lean four-man rock outfit, Weezer has never stopped recording teen-friendly power pop, but neither have they made any bones about their, ahem, long tenure in the music industry.
"All right, kids, it's Weezer time!" Cuomo shouted partway into the set, like some aging public television host. But make no mistake -- the sold-out crowd knew each and every song, all the way back to Blue Album tracks that predated many in the audience.
The high points of X Ambassadors' earlier set included a muscular version of the band's radio hit "Renegades" and a preview of a new track produced by Denver native Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic). Singer Sam Harris also gave a moving tribute to the victims of the recent mass shooting at a concert in Las Vegas before dedicating the song "Unsteady" to them.
"This is the most beautiful place in the world," Harris said, referring both to Red Rocks and live concerts in general. "We'll always keep coming back."