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Say it IS so! After selling out Boise arena concert 17 years ago, alt-rockers to return

From left, Brian Bell, Rivers Cuomo and Patrick Wilson of Weezer perform in Atlanta this summer. (Georgia, not Idaho!)
From left, Brian Bell, Rivers Cuomo and Patrick Wilson of Weezer perform in Atlanta this summer. (Georgia, not Idaho!) Invision/AP

Say it ain’t so? More like FINALLY!

Weezer, which sold out a Boise arena concert in 2001, will make a long-awaited return to Idaho in 2019.

The group is bringing friends, too — fellow alternative-rock favorites The Pixies.

The Weezer-Pixies tour will make a stop Friday, April 5, at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa. Tickets go on sale next week — at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19 — for $25 to $125 at ICTickets. All seats are reserved.

Known for ’90s hits such as “Buddy Holly” and “Say It Ain’t So,” Weezer enjoyed a resurgence in popularity this summer. The band’s roaring cover of Toto’s 1982 single, “Africa,” went to No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs in August. Boise fans last saw Weezer in 2001, when the group sold out the 5,000-capacity Bank of America Centre, now called CenturyLink Arena. (Amazingly, Weezer had played a hastily booked show in Downtown Boise the summer before at Sixth & Main at Joe’s — now China Blue dance club. Tickets were $15!)

An influential group formed in 1986, The Pixies have been to the Treasure Valley a couple of times in the 2000s. The first was a hyped, sold-out reunion tour show in 2005 at the Knitting Factory. (Tickets sold for over $200 on eBay.) The group returned in 2014 for a concert at the Revolution Center in Garden City.

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