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Weezer performing in 2015 at the Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, Connecticut. From left to right: Brian Bell, Scott Shriner, Patrick Wilson, and Rivers Cuomo.
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
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Years active
  • 1992–1998
  • 2000–present
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Associated acts
Website weezer.com
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Past members

Weezer is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1992. The band currently consists of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead guitar, keyboards), Patrick Wilson (drums), Brian Bell (guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), and Scott Shriner (bass, backing vocals).

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Rivers Cuomo American musician

Rivers Cuomo is an American musician best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter of the rock band Weezer. 

Contents

After signing to Geffen Records in 1993, Weezer released their debut self-titled album, also known as the "Blue Album", in 1994. Backed by successful music videos for the singles "Buddy Holly", "Undone – The Sweater Song" and "Say It Ain't So", the Blue Album became a 4x platinum success. Their second album, Pinkerton (1996), featuring a darker, more abrasive sound, was a commercial failure and initially received mixed reviews, but went on to achieve cult status and critical acclaim years later. Both the Blue Album and Pinkerton are now frequently cited among the best albums of the 1990s. Following the tour for Pinkerton, bassist Matt Sharp left the band and Weezer went on hiatus.

Geffen Records American record label

Geffen Records is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group through its Interscope Geffen A&M Records imprint.

<i>Weezer</i> (Blue Album) 1994 album by Weezer

Weezer is the eponymous debut studio album by American rock band Weezer, released on May 10, 1994 by DGC Records. It was produced by The Cars frontman Ric Ocasek and recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City from August to September 1993.

Buddy Holly (song) 1994 song by the rock group Weezer

"Buddy Holly" is a song by the American rock band Weezer, written by Rivers Cuomo. It was released as the second single from the band's debut album Weezer in 1994. The single was released on what would have been Buddy Holly's 58th birthday. The lyrics reference the song's 1950s namesake and actress Mary Tyler Moore. It reached #2 and #34 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart and the US Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, respectively.

In 2001, Weezer returned with another self-titled album, also known as the "Green Album", with new bassist Mikey Welsh. With a more pop sound, and promoted by singles "Hash Pipe" and "Island in the Sun", the album was a commercial success and received mostly positive reviews. After the Green Album tour, Welsh left the band and was replaced by current bassist Scott Shriner. Weezer's fourth album, Maladroit (2002), achieved mostly positive reviews but weaker sales. Make Believe (2005) received mixed reviews, but its single "Beverly Hills" became Weezer's first single to top the US Modern Rock Tracks chart and the first to reach the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100.

<i>Weezer</i> (Green Album) 2001 album by Weezer

Weezer is the third studio album and second self-titled album by American rock band Weezer, released on May 15, 2001 by Geffen Records. Produced by Ric Ocasek, it was the only album to feature bassist Mikey Welsh, who replaced Matt Sharp. The album is grounded in the power pop genre and features strong melodies, crisp vocal harmonies, and prominent guitar riffs.

Mikey Welsh American musician and painter

Michael Edward "Mikey" Welsh was an American artist and musician, best known as the former bassist of Weezer. He played with Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo during Cuomo's time in Boston during the hiatus in the band Homie. Following original bassist Matt Sharp's decision to leave Weezer to focus on his group, The Rentals, Welsh was chosen to take over on bass. Welsh played with Weezer from the time that they unofficially regrouped in 1998 until August 2001, when he experienced mental health related issues. Shortly afterwards, he retired from music to focus on his art career. Welsh died on October 8, 2011.

Hash Pipe single

"Hash Pipe" is a song by American rock band Weezer. Released in 2001, it was the first single off the band's third album Weezer, and the only one of the SS2K The Summer Sessions songs to make it onto the album, although "Dope Nose" and "Slob" were released on Maladroit.

In 2008, Weezer released a third self-titled album, also known as the "Red Album", featuring "TR-808s, synths, Southern rap, and baroque counterpoint," to mixed reviews. [1] Its lead single, "Pork and Beans", became the band's third song to top the Modern Rock Tracks chart, backed by a successful YouTube music video. Raditude (2009) and Hurley (2010) featured more "modern pop production" [2] and songs co-written with other artists, achieved further mixed reviews and moderate sales. The band's ninth and tenth albums, Everything Will Be Alright in the End (2014) and the band's fourth self-titled album, also known as the "White Album" (2016), returned to a rock style and achieved more positive reviews. Their eleventh album, Pacific Daydream (2017), featured a more mainstream pop sound. [3] Weezer has sold 10.2 million albums in the US and over 35 million worldwide. [4]

<i>Weezer</i> (Red Album) 2008 album by Weezer

Weezer is the sixth studio album and third self-titled album by American rock band Weezer, released on June 3, 2008 by DGC and Interscope Records. Rick Rubin and Jacknife Lee both produced parts of the album, with the band producing a handful of tracks themselves. Like their 1994 debut, other band members contributed to songwriting. This is the first and, so far, the only Weezer album to feature lead vocals from all four band members. The album also features more musical experimentation in comparison to their previous efforts, especially shown in such songs as "Dreamin'", "The Angel and The One", and "The Greatest Man That Ever Lived".

Roland TR-808 analog drumcomputer

The Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer, commonly known as the 808, is a drum machine manufactured by the Roland Corporation between 1980 and 1983. It was one of the earliest drum machines that allowed users to program their own rhythms instead of using preset patterns. Unlike its nearest competitor at the time, the more expensive Linn LM-1, the 808 generates sounds using analog synthesis rather than playing samples.

Baroque cultural movement, starting around 1600

The Baroque is a highly ornate and often extravagant style of architecture, music, painting, sculpture and other arts that flourished in Europe from the early 17th until the mid-18th century. It followed the Renaissance style and preceded the Rococo and Neoclassical styles. It was encouraged by the Catholic Church as a means to counter the simplicity and austerity of Protestant architecture, art and music, though Lutheran Baroque art developed in parts of Europe as well. The Baroque style used contrast, movement, exuberant detail, deep colour, grandeur and surprise to achieve a sense of awe. The style began at the start of the 17th century in Rome, then spread rapidly to France, northern Italy, Spain and Portugal, then to Austria and southern Germany. By the 1730s, it had evolved into an even more flamboyant style, called rocaille or Rococo, which appeared in France and central Europe until the mid to late 18th century.

The band released a surprise fifth self-titled album on January 24, 2019, which features only cover songs. Their sixth self-titled album is scheduled for March 1, 2019.

<i>Weezer</i> (Teal Album) January 2019 album

Weezer, also known as the Teal Album, is the twelfth studio album, and fifth self-titled album, by the American rock band Weezer. It was released digitally on January 24, 2019 through Crush Music and Atlantic Records, with a retail release set for March 8. The album is composed of cover songs. It was announced and released on the same day as a surprise precursor to Weezer's thirteenth studio album, scheduled for March 2019. The album received mixed reviews, with some praising the self-aware frivolousness of the project, while others criticized the arrangements of the covers.

<i>Weezer</i> (Black Album) March 2019 album

Weezer, also known as the Black Album, is the upcoming thirteenth studio album and sixth self-titled album by American rock band Weezer. Produced by Dave Sitek, it is set to be released on March 1, 2019, through Crush Music and Atlantic Records.

History

Formation and the "Blue Album" (1992–1994)

Vocalist and lead guitarist Rivers Cuomo, drummer Patrick Wilson, bassist Matt Sharp and guitarist Jason Cropper formed Weezer in 1992. They had their first practice on February 14 of that year; [5] their first gig was closing for Keanu Reeves' band Dogstar shortly after. [6] Weezer signed with Geffen Records on June 25, 1993, and recorded their debut album with producer Ric Ocasek at Electric Lady Studios in New York City. [7] [8] During the recording, Cropper left the band and was replaced by guitarist Brian Bell. [9]

Patrick George "Pat" Wilson is an American musician, singer and songwriter. He is best known as the drummer and co-founding member of the alternative rock band Weezer, with whom he has recorded thirteen studio albums.

Matt Sharp American musician

Matthew Kelly "Matt" Sharp is a Thai-born American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer, and is best known as a founding member and former bassist of the alternative rock band Weezer. In 1994, Sharp started a band named The Rentals, who released their debut album shortly after Weezer's first release, followed by their second album in 1999, and an EP in 2007. In addition, Sharp has released one full-length album and one EP as a solo artist.

Jason Cropper American musician

Jason Rosanoff Cropper is an American musician best known as an original member of the band Weezer.

Weezer (also referred to as the "Blue Album") was released in May 1994. [10] [11] Geffen originally did not wish to release a single, to see what sales could be generated by word-of-mouth alone. DJ Marco Collins of the Seattle radio station The End started playing "Undone – The Sweater Song", leading Geffen to release it as the first single. [12] The music video was directed by Spike Jonze. [13] Filmed in an unbroken take, it featured Weezer performing on a sound stage with little action, bar a pack of dogs swarming the set. [14] The video became an instant hit on MTV. [15]

Jonze also directed Weezer's second video, "Buddy Holly", [13] splicing the band with footage from the 1970s television sitcom Happy Days . [16] The video achieved heavy rotation on MTV [17] and went on to win four MTV Video Music Awards, including Breakthrough Video and Best Alternative Music Video, and two Billboard Music Video Awards. [18] The video was also featured on the companion CD for the Windows 95 operating system. A third single, "Say It Ain't So", followed. Weezer is certified quadruple platinum in the United States, making it Weezer's best-selling album. [19] It is certified quadruple platinum in Canada. [20]

Pinkerton (1995–1996)

In 1994, Weezer took a break from touring for the Christmas holidays. [21] Cuomo traveled to his home state of Connecticut and began recording demos for Weezer's next album. His original concept was a space-themed rock opera, Songs from the Black Hole, that would express his mixed feelings about success. [22] Weezer developed the concept through intermittent recording sessions through 1995. [23] At the end of the year, Cuomo enrolled at Harvard University, where his songwriting became "darker, more visceral and exposed, less playful", and the Songs from the Black Hole album was abandoned. [24]

Weezer's second album, Pinkerton, was released on September 24, 1996. [25] It produced three singles: "El Scorcho", "The Good Life", and "Pink Triangle". [26] [27] [28] In addition to a lawsuit filed against the band over the title of the album, [29] Pinkerton sold poorly compared to the Blue Album, [30] perhaps due to its darker, more abrasive sound, [25] and it was voted "one of the worst albums of 1996" in a Rolling Stone reader poll. [31] However, the album eventually came to be considered among Weezer's best work; [32] [33] in 2002, Rolling Stone readers voted Pinkerton the 16th greatest album of all time, [34] and it has been listed in several critics' "best albums of all time" lists. [35]

Hiatus (1997–1999)

Weezer completed the Pinkerton tour in mid-1997 and went on hiatus. [36] [37] Wilson returned to his home in Portland, Oregon to work on his side project, the Special Goodness, and Bell worked on his band Space Twins. [38] [39] Sharp left Weezer to complete the follow-up album for his group the Rentals. [40] He said of his departure: "I don't really know how to speak on this because I don't know what should be kept private and what should be shared. I certainly have my view of it, as I'm sure everybody else has their sort of foggy things. When you have a group that doesn't communicate, you're going to have a whole lot of different stories." [41]

Cuomo returned to Harvard but took a break to focus on songwriting. [37] He formed a new band composed of a changing lineup of Boston musicians, and performed new material, including possible songs for the next Weezer album. [36] Wilson eventually flew to Boston to join as Homie's drummer. The songs were abandoned, but live recordings of the Boston shows are traded on the internet. [42]

In February 1998, Cuomo, Bell and Wilson reunited in Los Angeles to start work on the next Weezer album. Rumors suggest Sharp did not rejoin the band and left the group in April 1998, which Sharp denies. [40] [43] The group hired Mikey Welsh, who had played with Cuomo in Boston, as their new bassist. [44] Weezer continued rehearsing and cut demos until the fall of 1998. Frustration and creative disagreements led to a decline in rehearsals, and in late 1998, Wilson left for his home in Portland pending renewed productivity from Cuomo. In November 1998, the band played two club shows with a substitute drummer in California under the name Goat Punishment, consisting entirely of covers of Nirvana and Oasis songs. In the months following, Cuomo entered a period of depression, painting the walls of his home black and putting fiberglass insulation over his windows to prevent light entering. [45]

Comeback and the "Green Album" (2000–2001)

Weezer did not reunite until April 2000, when the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan made Weezer a lucrative offer to play in August 2000. [46] The festival served as a catalyst for Weezer's productivity, and from April to May 2000, the band rehearsed and demoed new songs in Los Angeles. They returned to live shows in June 2000, playing small unpromoted concerts under the name Goat Punishment. [47] In June 2000, the band joined the American Warped Tour for nine dates. [48] [49]

In the summer of 2000, Weezer went on tour (including dates on the popular Vans Warped Tour). The band's setlist consisted of 14 new songs; when 13 of these songs did not appear on Weezer's next album, fans of the songs started a petition demanding the release of studio versions.[ citation needed ] Eventually, the band went back into the studio to produce a third album. The band chose the title Weezer (2001) to repeat the self-titled name of the band's first release. This album became known as the Green Album due to its green album artwork. Shortly after the release, Weezer went on another American tour. The band attracted a new generation of fans thanks to heavy MTV rotation for the videos of the band's hit singles "Hash Pipe" and "Island in the Sun".

Welsh went missing before the filming of the second video for "Island in the Sun".[ citation needed ] As reported on August 16, 2001, by MTV, Welsh was checked into a psychiatric hospital.[ citation needed ] Weezer was prompted to find a temporary replacement for Welsh. Through a mutual friend, Cuomo received Scott Shriner's number and asked if he was interested in filling in for Welsh. Shriner accepted the invitation. [50]

Maladroit (2002)

The band took an experimental approach for the recording process of its fourth album by allowing fans to download demos from its official website in return for feedback. [51] After the release of the album, the band said that this process was something of a failure, as the fans did not supply the group with coherent, constructive advice. Cuomo eventually delegated song selection for the album to the band's original A&R rep, Todd Sullivan, saying that Weezer fans chose the "wackest songs". Only the song "Slob" was included on the album due to general fan advice. [52]

The recording was also done without input from Weezer's record label, Interscope. Cuomo had what he then described as a "massive falling out" with the label. In early 2002, well before the official release of the album, the label sent out a letter to radio stations requesting the song be pulled until an official, sanctioned single was released. Interscope also briefly shut down Weezer's audio/video download webpage, removing all the MP3 demos. Online Weezer fans staged a brief protest, with several websites proclaiming "Free Maladroit".[ citation needed ]

In April 2002, former bassist Matt Sharp sued the band, alleging, among several accusations, that he was owed money for cowriting several Weezer songs. The suit was later settled out of court. [37]

The fourth album, Maladroit , was released on May 14, 2002, only one year after its predecessor. The album served as a harder-edged version of the band's trademark catchy pop-influenced music, and was replete with busy 1980s-style guitar solos. Although met with generally positive critical reviews, its sales were not as strong as those for the Green Album. Two singles were released from the album. The music video for "Dope Nose" featured an obscure Japanese motorcycle gang, and was put into regular rotation. The music video for "Keep Fishin'" combined Weezer with the Muppets, and had heavy rotation on MTV. Both videos were directed by Marcos Siega.

Weezer released its much-delayed first DVD on March 23, 2004. The Video Capture Device DVD chronicles the band from its beginnings through Maladroit's Enlightenment Tour. Compiled by Karl Koch, the DVD features home video footage, music videos, commercials, rehearsals, concert performances, television performances, and band commentary. The DVD was certified "gold" on November 8, 2004.

Make Believe (2003–2006)

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The band performing in 2005

From December 2003 to the fall of 2004, Weezer recorded a large amount of material intended for a new album to be released in the spring of 2005 with producer Rick Rubin. The band's early recording efforts became available to the public through the band's website. The demos were a big hit, but none of the songs recorded at this time were included on the finished album. That album, titled Make Believe, was released on May 10, 2005. Despite commercial success, Make Believe got a mixed reception from critics, receiving an average score of 52 on review collator Metacritic. [53] Although some reviews, such as AMG's, compared it favorably to Pinkerton, [54] others, among them Pitchfork's score of 0.4 out of 10, panned the album as predictable and lyrically poor.

The album's first single, "Beverly Hills", became a hit in the U.S. and worldwide, staying on the charts for several months after its release. It became the first Weezer song to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart. "Beverly Hills" was nominated for Best Rock Song at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards, the first ever Grammy nomination for the band. The video was also nominated for Best Rock Video at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards. The second single off Make Believe was "We Are All on Drugs". MTV refused to play the song, so Weezer re-recorded the lyrics by replacing "on drugs" with "in love" and renaming the song "We Are All in Love". In early 2006, it was announced that Make Believe was certified platinum, and "Beverly Hills" was the second most popular song download on iTunes for 2005, finishing just behind "Hollaback Girl" by Gwen Stefani. [55] Make Believe's third single, "Perfect Situation", spent four weeks in a row at number one on the Billboard Modern Rock chart. "This Is Such a Pity" was the band's fourth single from the album, but no music video was made for its release. The Make Believe tour also found the band using additional instruments onstage, adding piano, synthesizers, pseudophones, and guitarist Bobby Schneck.

The band has announced the possible release of a live DVD composed of footage from the 2005 Japan tour. It will consist of a two-day, seven-camera shoot of the shows in Japan, plus material that will be drawn from various behind-the-scenes footage. The DVD was announced in late 2005, but in a 2006 update on the band's Web site, Karl Koch noted it was "apparently edited, but has been put on hold for now." [56]

The "Red Album" (2007–2008)

Weezer (also referred to as the "Red Album") was released in June 2008. Rick Rubin produced the album [57] and Rich Costey mixed it. The record was described as "experimental", and according to Cuomo, who claimed it at the time to be Weezer's "boldest and bravest and showiest album," [58] included longer and non-traditional songs, TR-808 drum machines, synthesizers, Southern rap, baroque counterpoint, and band members other than Cuomo writing, singing, and switching instruments. [59] Pat Wilson said the album cost about a million dollars to make, contrasting it with the $150,000 budget of the Blue Album. [60] The album's singles were produced by Jacknife Lee. Its lead single, "Pork and Beans", topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks charts for 11 weeks, and its music video won a Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video. The second single, "Troublemaker", debuted at No. 39 on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart and peaked at No. 2. In October 2008, the group announced that the third single would be "The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn)".

On May 30, 2008, the Toledo Free Press revealed in an interview with Scott Shriner that Weezer would be unveiling the "Hootenanny Tour", in which fans would be invited to bring their own instruments to play along with the band. Said Shriner: "They can bring whatever they want... oboes, keyboards, drums, violins, and play the songs with us as opposed to us performing for them." [61]

The band performed five dates in Japan at the beginning of September and then embarked on what was dubbed the 'Troublemaker' tour, consisting of 21 dates around North America, including two in Canada. Angels and Airwaves and Tokyo Police Club joined the band as support at each show, and Brian Bell's 'other' band The Relationship also performed at a handful of dates. Shortly before the encore at each show, the band would bring on fans with various instruments and perform Island in the Sun and Beverly Hills with the band. At a show in Austin, after Tokyo Police Club had played its set, Cuomo was wheeled out in a box and mimed to a recording of rare Weezer demo, 'My Brain', dressed in pajamas and with puppets on his hands, before being wheeled off again. This bizarre event later surfaced as the climax to a promo video for Cuomo's second demo album, Alone 2.

Raditude and Hurley (2009–2013)

Weezer toured with Blink-182 in 2009, including an August 30 stop at the Virgin Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. Drummer Josh Freese joined Weezer on a temporary basis to play drums on the tour, while Pat Wilson switched to guitar. Wilson said in an interview for Yahoo! Music that Cuomo wanted "to be active and more free on stage and him having guitar on was an impediment." Freese stated he was a Weezer fan and did not want to pass up the opportunity to play with the band. [62]

Raditude's album artwork was revealed on September 11, featuring a National Geographic contest-winning photograph of a jumping dog named Sidney. [63] The record's release was pushed to November 3, 2009, where it debuted as the seventh best-selling album of the week on the Billboard 200 chart. The band scheduled tour dates in December 2009 extending into early 2010 to coincide with the new album's release. On December 6, 2009, Cuomo was injured when his tour bus crashed in upstate New York due to black ice. Cuomo suffered three broken ribs, and his assistant broke two ribs. His wife, baby daughter, and their nanny were also on the bus, but they escaped injury. Weezer cancelled tour dates the following day. [64] The band resumed touring on January 20, 2010. [65]

In December 2009, it was revealed that the band was no longer with Geffen Records. The band stated that new material would still be released, but the band members were unsure of the means, whether it be self-released, released online, or getting signed by another label. [66] Eventually, the band was signed to the independent label Epitaph. [67]

Weezer co-headlined The Bamboozle in May, 2010, [68] and performed at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee in June. [69] In August, 2010, Weezer performed at the Reading and Leeds Festival, [70] and performed at the Voodoo Experience festival in New Orleans, LA in October 2010. [71]

The album Hurley was released in September 2010 through Epitaph Records. The name comes from the character Hugo "Hurley" Reyes from the television show Lost . Jorge Garcia, the actor who portrayed Hurley, stated that being featured on the album cover is "one of the biggest honors of [his] career." [67] [72] Weezer used internet streaming service YouTube as a way to promote the album. Weezer loaned itself to 15 amateur online video producers, "going along with whatever plans the creator could execute in about 30 minutes." The band was promoted through popular channels such as Barely Political, Ray William Johnson and Fred Figglehorn. The Gregory Brothers solicited musical and vocal contributions from the band on one of its compositions built around speeches by Rep. Charles Rangel and President Barack Obama. Weezer calls the promotion "The YouTube Invasion". [73]

In November 2010, Weezer released a compilation album composed of re-recorded versions of unused recordings spanning various years, Death to False Metal . [74] [75] On the same day a deluxe version of Pinkerton , which includes "25 demos, outtakes and live tracks" was also released. [76] A third volume of Cuomo's solo Alone series, titled Alone III: The Pinkerton Years, consisting of demos and outtakes from the Pinkerton sessions, was released on December 12, 2011. [77] The band also contributed a cover of the Cars' "You Might Think" for the Disney-Pixar film Cars 2 . [78]

On October 8, 2011 former Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh was found dead in a Chicago, Illinois hotel room. Weezer performed in Chicago the next day and dedicated the concert to Welsh, who was expected to have attended. [79]

Weezer began working on its ninth studio album in September 2010 with the intent of a 2011 release, [80] but the year ended without seeing a release. The band headlined a four-day rock-themed Carnival Cruise from Miami to Cozumel that set sail on January 19, 2012. [81] [82] [83] In July 2012, Weezer headlined the inaugural Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio. [84] In early 2013 the band brought its Memories Tour to Australia—the band's first Australian tour since 1996. The band played its first two albums in full at several venues. The band also headlined the Punkspring 2013 tour in Japan and later in the year toured Canada and USA. They played multiple nights in cities around the U.S. The first night shows were dedicated to playing their hits, then the Blue album in full, front to back. The second night, they played Pinkerton in the same fashion. Koch did a "Memories" slide show at the Gibson amphitheater in Los Angeles (And most likely many other venues around the U.S.) The slide show consisted of photos of gigs over the years and highlighted the loss of their fanclub team members Mykel and Carli Allan in 1997. [85]

Everything Will Be Alright in the End and the "White Album" (2014–2016)

Rivers Cuomo performing with Weezer at the Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 2015. Rivers Cuomo Performing in 2015 - Photo by Peter Dzubay.jpg
Rivers Cuomo performing with Weezer at the Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 2015.

In January 2014, the band started to record its ninth studio album with producer Ric Ocasek, who previously worked with the band on its first two self-titled albums. [86] A clip of a new song was posted on the band's official YouTube account on March 19, 2014, which confirmed previous rumors of the band being in the studio. [87] On June 12, 2014, it was revealed that the album title would be Everything Will Be Alright in the End . It was released on October 7, 2014 [88] to generally favorable reviews, becoming the band's best-reviewed release since Pinkerton. [89]

On October 26, 2015, the band released a new single, "Thank God for Girls", through Apple Music and to radio the same day. The following week, the band released a second single, "Do You Wanna Get High?". Cuomo claimed in an interview with Zane Lowe, that the band was not working on a new album. [90] Later, on January 14, 2016, Weezer released a third single, "King of the World", and announced that the band's fourth self-titled album, also known as the "White Album", which continued the critical success of the band's previous release. [91] In support of the album, the band performed on the Weezer & Panic! at the Disco Summer Tour 2016 with Panic! at the Disco in 2016. [92] The band later signed to Atlantic Records as part of a joint venture between Warner Music Group and Crush Management. [93]

Pacific Daydream (2017–2018)

Soon after the release of the White Album, Cuomo discussed plans for Weezer's next album, provisionally titled the "Black Album'. Cuomo said the album would tackle “more mature topics” and be “less summer day and more winter night”, and suggested the band could return to the recording studio as soon as October 2016. [94] Weezer delayed recording after Cuomo felt his new material was more "like reveries from a beach at the end of the world [... as if] the Beach Boys and the Clash fell in love by the ocean and had one hell of an amazing baby". [95]

On March 16, 2017, Weezer released a new song, "Feels Like Summer", the lead single of the upcoming album. [96] The song drew a mixed reaction from fans but became their biggest hit on Alternative radio in a decade (peaking at number 2). [97] On August 16, Weezer announced Pacific Daydream, released on October 27. [98] On August 17, the promotional single from the album, "Mexican Fender", was released. [99] [100] [101] The following month, "Beach Boys" was released, and the month after, they released "Weekend Woman" to positive reception. [102] [103]

"Teal Album" and "Black Album" (2018–present)

Following a facetious social media campaign, Weezer released a cover of Toto's song "Africa" on May 29, 2018. [104] [105] Prior to this, the band released a cover of "Rosanna" to "troll" the meme. [106] [107] "Africa" reached number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in August 2018, becoming the band's first number-one single since "Pork and Beans" in 2008. [108] Two days later, on August 10, Toto responded by releasing a cover of Weezer's single "Hash Pipe". [109] The success of the "Africa" cover led Weezer to release the "Teal Album", a ten-song album of cover songs in Weezer's style, including "Africa". The "Teal Album" was a surprise release on January 24, 2019. [110] [111]

On October 11, 2018, Weezer released "Can't Knock the Hustle", the lead single from their upcoming self-titled album. [112] [113] [114] On November 21, they released the second single, "Zombie Bastards", [115] [116] and announced the "Black Album", produced by Dave Sitek and scheduled for March 1, 2019. An arena tour of the U.S. with the Pixies and supporting and international tour dates were also announced. [115] [116] [117]

In February 2019, Weezer featured the four members of Vancouver indie rock band Calpurnia as the stars of their new video. Made for the track "Take On Me" which appears on their fifth self-titled album.  The video takes a trip back to the 1980s paying tribute to the original music video by a-ha. [118]

Musical style and influences

Weezer has been described as alternative rock, [119] [120] [121] [122] power pop, [121] [123] [124] [125] pop rock, [119] [126] [127] [128] pop punk, [129] [130] [131] emo, [132] [133] [134] indie rock, [119] [135] emo pop, [136] geek rock, [119] [137] [138] melodic metal, [139] and pop. [140] The members of Weezer have listed several influences, among them Kiss (with direct references in the song "In the Garage"), Nirvana (who were labelmates of the band at DGC for a very brief time before Kurt Cobain's death), the Pixies (especially early in the band's career), the Cars (Ric Ocasek has even produced several of Weezer's records), Pavement, Oasis, The Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day and Wax. [141] [142] Cuomo credited the Beach Boys as a major influence, specifically Pet Sounds , describing Weezer's sound as "Beach Boys with Marshall stacks." [143]

Artists such as Fun., [144] Pete Wentz, [145] Panic! At the Disco, [146] Blink-182, [147] Charli XCX, [148] Real Estate, [149] Dinosaur Pile-Up, [150] Cymbals Eat Guitars, [151] DNCE [152] and the Fall of Troy [153] list Weezer as an influence.

Solo work and side projects

Patrick Wilson started his side-project the Special Goodness in 1996, for which he sings and plays guitar and bass. In May 2012, he released his fourth record with the Special Goodness, entitled Natural . [154]

Brian Bell started the Space Twins in 1994, releasing three singles and an album, The End of Imagining , in 2003. In 2006, Bell started a new band called the Relationship, and did not contribute any songs for Weezer's Raditude in order to save material for the Relationship. [155] The Relationship's self-titled debut was released in 2010, with a follow-up, Clara Obscura, released in 2017.

Former bassist Matt Sharp started the Rentals in 1994. After releasing Return of the Rentals in 1995, Sharp went on to quit Weezer in 1998 to focus more on the Rentals. Sharp has also released work under his own name.

Mikey Welsh played with Juliana Hatfield, the Kickovers, Heretix, Jocobono, Slower and Left Nut.

Scott Shriner released a single under the name Shriners in 2012 entitled "Pretty (Watch the Shadow)".

On December 18, 2007, Cuomo released Alone - The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo , a compilation of his demos recorded from 1992 to 2007, including some demos from the unfinished Songs from the Black Hole album. [156] A second compilation, Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo , was released on November 25, 2008, and a third, Alone III: The Pinkerton Years , on December 12, 2011. [157] The album was sold exclusively with a book, The Pinkerton Diaries, which collects Cuomo's writings from the Pinkerton era. [158]

On March 20, 2013, Cuomo and Scott Murphy of the band Allister released Scott & Rivers , a Japanese-language album. [159]

Contributions

On December 4, 2008, iOS developer Tapulous released the game Christmas with Weezer , featuring gameplay similar to Tap Tap Revenge and six Christmas carols performed by the band. A digital EP featuring the songs, titled Christmas with Weezer , was also released on December 16, 2008. [160]

On June 11, 2010, the band released a new single, "Represent". The song was said to be an "unofficial US anthem" to coincide with the 2010 FIFA World Cup. [161]

The band recorded a cover of "I'm a Believer" for the movie Shrek Forever After . [162] Previously, Weezer had planned to include an early version of "My Best Friend" from Make Believe in Shrek 2 , but it was rejected due to the song sounding "too much like it was written for Shrek". [163]

On September 20, 2018, Weezer released "California Snow" for the film Spell, which Cuomo also narrated.

Band members

Timeline

Weezer

Awards and nominations

Antville Music Video Awards The Antville Music Video Awards are online awards for the best music video and music video directors of the year. They were first awarded in 2005.

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2008"Pork and Beans"Most Fun VideoNominated

Grammy Awards

The Grammy Award is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievement in the mainly English-language music industry. [164] Weezer has received one award from four nominations.

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2006 "Beverly Hills" Best Rock Song [165] Nominated
2009 "Pork and Beans" Best Music Video [165] (Director: Mathew Cullen)Won
2017 Weezer Best Rock Album [166] Nominated
2019 Pacific Daydream Best Rock Album [167] Nominated

iHeartRadio Music Awards

The iHeartRadio Music Award was founded by iHeartRadio in 2014. From 2014-2018 the event was broadcast live on NBC, [168] and in 2019 the event will be broadcast on FOX [169] .

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2019"Africa"Alternative Rock Song of the YearPending
Best Cover SongPending

MTV Europe Music Awards

The MTV Europe Music Award is an award presented by Viacom International Media Networks Europe to honour artists and music in popular culture.

YearNominee / workAwardResult
1995 Weezer Best New Act [170] Nominated
"Buddy Holly" Best Video [170] [171] (Director: Spike Jonze)Nominated
2008 "Pork and Beans" Best Video [172] (Director: Mathew Cullen)Nominated

MTV Video Music Awards

The MTV Video Music Award is an award presented by the cable channel MTV to honor the best in the music video medium. Weezer has received five award from eight nominations.

YearNominee / workAwardResult
1995 "Buddy Holly" Video of the Year Nominated
Best Alternative Video Won
Breakthrough Video Won
Best Direction (Director: Spike Jonze)Won
Best Editing (Editor: Eric Zumbrunnen)Won
2001 "Hash Pipe" Best Rock Video Nominated
2005 "Beverly Hills" Best Rock Video Nominated
2008 "Pork and Beans" Best Editing (Editor: Jeff Consiglio and Colin Woods)Won

Teen Choice Awards

The Teen Choice Awards were established in 1999 to honor the year's biggest achievements in music, movies, sports and television, being voted by young people aged between 13 and 19. [173]

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2005 "Beverly Hills"Choice Music: Rock SongNominated

Discography

Studio albums

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