Weezer plays for Yang supporters in Des Moines

Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo raises a guitar as Andrew Yang speaks in downtown Des Moines on Friday, Nov. 1.

On the cold and rainy first of November, a crowd of 1,000 people gathered at Brenton Skating Plaza in Des Moines for what the “Yang Gang” titled Yangapalooza.

Andrew Yang, along with many other Democratic presidential candidates, came to Iowa to campaign during the Liberty and Justice Celebration. Yang campaigned in style by hosting an entire pre-celebration event featuring comedians, musicians, guest speakers, and the most notable, Rivers Cuomo and Scott Shriner of Weezer.

Despite the fact that it was just the two of them and a drummer, it felt like a full Weezer experience. They played for about 30 minutes starting at 3:30 p.m. and sang some of their most famous songs including “Buddy Holly,” “Beverly Hills,” “Island In The Sun,” and “Say It Ain’t So,” as well as covers such as “Africa” by Toto, and “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears For Fears.

Andrew Yang came out during the end of “Say It Ain’t So” to show off his dance moves while singing along with the band. This got the Yang Gang pumped up to hear what the candidate had to say.

Yang spoke about his plans to put humanity first, and to ensure a better future for our children. He spoke briefly about his plan for the Freedom Dividend, a form of universal basic income that will give $1,000 to all U.S. citizens 18 or older. His plan also includes ways to combat job loss due to automation. Yang ended his speech by thanking his supporters for all of their support so far, and encouraged everyone to talk to an Iowan, because each vote is so critical. Yang then lead the march not left, not right, but forward, towards Wells Fargo Arena to continue the Liberty and Justice Celebration.

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