Weezer’s music isn’t what it once was, but the live show’s still fun
Wed, Oct 6, 2010 (5:40 p.m.)
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- October 1, Bare Pool
- From the Archives
- Weezer’s Hurley is pretty coldly calculated (9/15/10)
There are plenty of reasons to dislike Weezer—each album since 1996’s iconic Pinkerton has arguably been worse than its predecessor, and even a kinda cool idea like putting Lost’s Jorge Garcia on the cover of latest disc Hurley is rendered void when you learn Weezer also has sponsorship with Hurley, the clothing brand. Sellouts. Still, when Rivers Cuomo hops off a stage to perform inside a discarded-towel bin, atop a bar and sitting on a VIP couch—as he did Friday night at the Mirage’s Bare Pool—it’s easy for me to forgive years of missteps. Random, free-spirited dorkiness always rules.
Do I wish the stunt had intro-ed into “The Good Life” rather than the sugary “Beverly Hills”? Of course. But if you can stomach the pre-packaged, radio-friendly nerd rock of their post-Pinkerton albums—and I can, mostly—there was still a lot to like. The boys were en pointe musically, engaging the audience and throwing in some fun surprises—like ending the set with a cover of Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher” that had the entire group banging on the same drum set. (My date aptly called this “Nerd Man Group.”) Has Weezer phoned it in for its recent recordings? Absolutely. But at least the band still brings everything it’s got to the stage.
Mirage Hotel and Casino
Located in the center of the famed Las Vegas Strip, The Mirage features contemporary AAA Four Diamond accommodations; nightlife venues including 1 OAK Nightclub and The Beatles REVOLUTION Lounge; restaurants created by the world’s most renowned chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak (summer 2013); a luxurious spa and salon; the enticing Bare pool lounge; and 170,000 square feet of meeting and convention space.
Unique entertainment options include The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil celebrating the musical legacy of The Beatles; the Aces of Comedy series featuring one of the most comprehensive and diverse comedic line-ups nationwide; Terry Fator: The Voice of Entertainment; four-time GRAMMY Award-winning R&B musical sensation Boyz II Men; and the lush animal sanctuary of Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat.
From the nightly Volcano eruption show and 20,000-gallon lobby aquarium to the lush tropical atrium and pool, guests experience an exotic world-class destination unlike any other.
3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Bare Pool Lounge at the Mirage Hotel & Casino had its grand opening for the summer season on March 14.
Bare, which offers European-style topless-optional sunbathing, offers a sophisticated ambiance to the adult party-goer who enjoys extensive VIP services and the best in outdoor entertainment. Guests can sneak away into one of the two luxury dipping pools or rest easy in a private cabana and experience the ultra-VIP luxury of an exclusive Las Vegas retreat.
Complete with a full-service bar and a poolside menu created by The Light Group’s Corporate Executive Chef Brian Massie, Bare Pool Lounge offers poolside pampering and outdoor entertainment.
Bare will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday until April 15. From April 16 to April 29 it will be will open Thursday through Monday.
Starting April 30, Bare is open seven days a week.
The cover charge is $40 ($10 for women) on Friday and Saturday, and $20 ($10 for women) on weekdays. Locals are free Monday through Thursday.
Resident DJs will be DJ Karma, DJ Que, DJ Greg Lopez, DJ Sincere and DJ Shaun O'Neale. DJ Bamboozle will be a guest DJ.
3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Inside The Mirage