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posted Friday, August 19, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 33
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Weezer drummer has memories of Seattle, '80s music

by Albert Rodriguez- SGN A&E Writer

We did it our way.

Many years from now, when Weezer decides to hang up their instruments, that should be written on the farewell cake. Since 1994, the Southern California rock band has been making music that mirrors no one else's. These aren't songs about holding hands and going steady; they're clever and catchy - at times rather quirky - tunes about food ('Pork and Beans'), clothes ('Undone: The Sweater Song'), tropical getaways ('Islands in the Sun'), pastime paraphernalia ('Hash Pipe'), and expensive suburbs ('Beverly Hills'). But their formula has worked time and time again, winning them a Grammy Award, putting them on national magazine covers, and packing fans into every show they perform.

The Seattle faithful, privileged to have had Weezer at Bumbershoot last year, will welcome them again on August 19 when they tow their 'Memories Tour' to WaMu Theater - go directly to the box office for available tickets. Group member Pat Wilson phoned in from his California home this week, and here's what the Weezer drummer had to say when he stepped into The Music Lounge.

Albert Rodriguez: What specifically do you remember about Seattle?

Pat Wilson: The Four Seasons down by the Market. [Laughs.] I remember Bellevue, Whidbey Island, Lake Washington, The Showbox, endless Starbucks, and Courtney Love. In that order.

Rodriguez: What gets packed in your suitcase before going on tour?

Wilson: I take as little as possible. Clothes, toiletries, and my laptop. It's a drag if you travel heavy with eight suitcases, or something.

Rodriguez: Do you lose anything along the way, like socks or T-shirts?

Wilson: Yes. It's the law of nature, I think, that socks are not allowed to cross state lines without being vaporized somehow.

Rodriguez: Did you know that Weezer has a lot of Gay male fans?

Wilson: I did not know that specifically. I probably assumed there would be Gay male fans. That's awesome.

Rodriguez: Gay marriage recently passed in New York. Do you think it will ever happen in California?

Wilson: I was pretty surprised, actually, that it got pushed back in California. You think of California as being a pretty liberal place and I don't particularly think of New York state as being that liberal, so I was kind of puzzled by that. My feeling is whoever wants to get married, if you can find a church that wants to marry you, go get married. I don't think the state should have anything to do with it.

Rodriguez: Do you or your family have Gay friends, or maybe from back in college?

Wilson: A Gay couple just moved in down the street from us, Susie and Charlene. They have two little boys. Our kids play with them. I think it's great.

Rodriguez: Are you surprised with all the shifts in music - hip-hop, emo, glam-pop - that Weezer is still able to attract big audiences to their shows?

Wilson: Well, I'm gratified, for sure. It's fun to be able to get a big crowd together and play albums that people have grown up with and who know our songs well. I don't really pay attention to the trends.

Rodriguez: Do you guys feel the need to reinvent certain songs, like 'Undone (The Sweater Song)' or 'Islands in the Sun,' since you've played them so many times?

Wilson: Not really. The only thing I'm looking for on stage is just to get the vibe right and get the groove right. As long as those things happen, you're satisfied. You don't need to change anything.

Rodriguez: You have two young sons. Do you listen to music through them that you normally wouldn't listen to?

Wilson: They're into the songs I'm into, which is great, like lots of stuff from the '80s and '90s. Their tastes are very similar to mine, but if I put something on that doesn't have a strong beat, they're like, 'Dad, this isn't rock!'

Rodriguez: What are some of your favorite '80s tunes?

Wilson: I like The Fixx, 'One Thing Leads to Another.' Prince, all that stuff. Basically, any kind of pop music from the '80s was different than what we have today, which is more dance music with a melody over the top.

Rodriguez: Will this be a completely different show than the one at Bumbershoot?

Wilson: Oh yeah, I think we change it up regularly now. The show we're doing in Seattle is called the 'Memories Tour,' which is our first two albums in their entirety back-to-back and there will be a retrospective by our friend Tom. It'll be a pretty long show. For the faithful, it's gonna be cool.

Rodriguez: You're not playing with Hole this time, right? So there's no possible surprise appearance by Courtney Love.

Wilson: Well, you can never say never.

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