The 'Guitar Hero: Aerosmith ROCKS the Hard Rock' contest returned to California last night (Aug. 12) for the last of 15 dates before winners selected at tournaments nationwide travel to Boston for a final showdown. Devout gamers took over San Francisco's Hard Rock Cafe and battled intently, much to the bewilderment of diners munching on ribs and burgers. Fierce-faced contestants in San Francisco and the tour's other stops are competing for a chance to win a Stephen Tyler / Hard Rock Café / Guitar Hero custom-designed Red Wing Motorcycle. The four top scorers from the entire tour will head to Beantown later this month to compete for the stylish bike. By the semi-final round, the Hard Rock's floor had cleared out and only a few dozen Guitar Hero devotees were left rooting for their favorite player.
Just as frontman Rivers Cuomo hinted in Spin's June cover story, Weezer have embarked on their "Hootenanny Tour," a series of nationwide stops during which devout, guitar-giftedfans -- chosen via YouTube tryouts -- rock out live with Weezer, strumming out both band originals and covers with their garage-and-power-pop heroes. And last Friday (June 20), after stops in Phoenix and Portland earlier this month, the band -- minus drummer Patrick Wilson, who's nursing a knee injury -- played with 90 YouTube users in a defunct Naval Air base where bassist Scott Shriner, a former Marine, was once stationed. Check out video footage of Shriner leading fans through Radiohead's hit "Creep," which he dedicated to Major Donovan, his onetime superior officer, before handing the limelight over to Cuomo for a version of "Beverly Hills," his bushy mustache and hiked-up tube socks delivering a decidedly W