Weezer is an American rock
band formed in Los Angeles
, California, in 1992. Since 2001, the band has consisted of Rivers Cuomo
(lead vocals, lead guitar, keyboards), Patrick Wilson
(drums, percussion, backing vocals), Brian Bell
(guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), and Scott Shriner
(bass, backing vocals, keyboards).
After signing to Geffen Records
in 1993, Weezer released their self-titled debut album, also known as the Blue Album
, in May 1994. Backed by music videos for the singles "Buddy Holly
", "Undone – The Sweater Song
", and "Say It Ain't So
", the Blue Album became a multiplatinum
success. Weezer's second album, ''Pinkerton
'' (1996), featuring a darker, more abrasive sound, was a commercial failure and initially received mixed reviews, but achieved 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.
In 2001, Weezer returned with 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 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
In 2008, Weezer released the Red Album
, featuring "TR-808s
, synths, Southern rap
, and baroque
Its lead single, "Pork and Beans
", became the third Weezer song to top the Modern Rock Tracks chart, backed by a Grammy
-winning YouTube music video. ''Raditude
'' (2009) and ''Hurley
'' (2010) featured more "modern pop production" and songs co-written with other artists, achieved further mixed reviews and moderate sales. The band took a hiatus from 2011-2014 after their material kept getting backlash from fans. Their ninth and tenth albums, ''Everything Will Be Alright in the End
'' (2014) and 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. In 2019, Weezer released an album of covers, the Teal Album
, followed by the Black Album
. In 2021, the band released ''OK Human
'', which featured an orchestral pop sound, set to be followed by the hard rock inspired ''Van Weezer
''. Weezer has sold 10.2 million albums in the US and over 35 million worldwide.
Formation and first years (1989–1994)
Vocalist and guitarist Rivers Cuomo
moved to Los Angeles in 1989 with his high school metal band, Avant Garde, later renamed Zoom. After the group disbanded, Cuomo met drummer Patrick Wilson
, and moved in with him and Wilson's friend Matt Sharp
. Wilson and Cuomo formed a band, Fuzz, and enlisted Scottie Chapman on bass. Chapman quit after a few early shows; the band reformed as Sixty Wrong Sausages, with Cuomo's friend Pat Finn on bass and Jason Cropper
on guitar, but soon disbanded.
Cuomo moved to Santa Monica
and recorded dozens of demos, including future Weezer songs "The World Has Turned and Left Me Here" and "Undone – The Sweater Song
". Sharp was enthusiastic about the demos, and accepted Cuomo and Wilson's invitation to play with them; he became the group's bassist and de facto manager.
Cuomo, Wilson, Sharp and Cropper formed Weezer on 14 February 1992. Their first show was on 19 March 1992, closing for Keanu Reeves
' band Dogstar
They took their name from a nickname Cuomo's father gave him.
Cuomo gave Sharp one year to get the band a record deal before Cuomo accepted a scholarship at UC-Berkeley
In November, Weezer recorded a demo, ''The Kitchen Tape
'', including a version of the future Weezer single "Say It Ain't So
The demo was heard by Todd Sullivan, an A&R
man at Geffen Records
, who signed them in June 1993.
The "Blue Album" (1994)
Weezer recorded their debut album with producer Ric Ocasek
at Electric Lady Studios
in New York City.
Cropper was fired during recording, as Cuomo and Sharp felt he was threatening the band chemistry. He was replaced by Brian Bell
,'' also known as the "Blue Album", was released in May 1994. 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. The music video was directed by Spike Jonze
[movies.yahoo.com Spike Jonze Biography]
, ''Yahoo! Movies''. Retrieved on September 5, 2006
Filmed in an unbroken take
, it featured Weezer performing on a sound stage with little action, bar a pack of dogs swarming the set. The video became an instant hit on MTV.
Jonze also directed Weezer's second video, "Buddy Holly
splicing the band with footage from the 1970s television sitcom ''Happy Days
The video achieved heavy rotation on MTV and went on to win four MTV Video Music Award
s, including Breakthrough Video and Best Alternative Music
Video, and two ''Billboard
'' Music Video Awards.
[''LA Times Past Winners Database-VMA's 1995 '' a]
retrieved on September 5, 2006
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 as well as Canada, making it Weezer's best-selling album.
In 1994, Weezer took a break from touring for the Christmas holidays.
[Luerssen D., John, 2004 p. 137]
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.
Weezer developed the concept through intermittent recording sessions through 1995.
[Luerssen D., John, 2004 p. 139]
At the end of the year, Cuomo enrolled at Harvard University
, where his songwriting became "darker, more visceral and exposed, less playful", and he abandoned ''Songs from the Black Hole''.
[''Pinkerton Deluxe'' liner notes]
Weezer's second album, ''Pinkerton''
, was released on September 24, 1996.
[''Pinkerton Album Overview'' at Allmusic.com retrieved on September 6, 2006]
It produced three singles: "El Scorcho
", "The Good Life
", and "Pink Triangle
[Luerssen D., John. ''Rivers' Edge: The Weezer Story''. ECW Press, 2004, p. 222]
In addition to a lawsuit filed against the band over the title of the album, ''Pinkerton'' sold poorly compared to the Blue Album,
[''Anticipated return has Weezer in the ''Green'' '' a]
retrieved on September 18, 2006
perhaps due to its darker, more abrasive sound,
and it was voted "one of the worst albums of 1996" in a ''Rolling Stone
'' reader poll. However, the album eventually came to be considered among Weezer's best work;
in 2002, ''Rolling Stone'' readers voted ''Pinkerton'' the 16th greatest album of all time,
and it has been listed in several critics' "best albums of all time" lists.
In July 1997, sisters Mykel, Carli and Trysta Allan died in a car accident while driving home from a Weezer show in Denver, Colorado. Mykel and Carli ran Weezer's fan club and helped manage publicity for several other Los Angeles bands, and had inspired the "Sweater Song" B-side "Mykel and Carli". Weezer canceled a show to attend their funeral. In August, Weezer and other bands held a benefit concert for the family in Los Angeles.
Weezer completed the ''Pinkerton'' tour in mid-1997 and went on hiatus.
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
. Sharp left Weezer to complete the follow-up album for his group the Rentals
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."
Cuomo returned to Harvard but took a break to focus on songwriting.
[ 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.] [ The songs were abandoned, but live recordings of the Boston shows are traded on the internet. Wilson eventually flew to Boston to join as drummer in Homie, another Cuomo side project.
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.] The group hired Mikey Welsh, who had played with Cuomo in Boston, as their new bassist. [Luerssen (2004), p. 243.] Weezer continued rehearsing and recording demos until late 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. [Luerssen D., John, 2004 p. 266]
Comeback and the "Green Album" (2000–2001)
Weezer reunited in April 2000, when they accepted a lucrative offer to perform at the Fuji Rock Festival. The festival served as a catalyst for Weezer's productivity, and from April to May 2000, they 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.
[Luerssen (2004), p. 286.] In June 2000, the band joined the American Warped Tour for nine dates.
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. Eventually, the band went back into the studio to produce a third album, the "Green Album". 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 for hit singles "Hash Pipe" and "Island in the Sun". Welsh left Weezer in 2001 for mental health reasons. He was replaced by Scott Shriner. [Luerssen D., John, 2004 p. 372]
Weezer took an experimental approach for the recording process of its fourth album by allowing fans to download in-progress mixes of new songs from its official website in return for feedback.
[Luerssen D., John, 2004 p. 398] 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
saying that Weezer fans chose the "wackest songs". Only the song "Slob" was included on the album due to general fan advice.
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''".
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.
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 ''Maladroits 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)
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.
Although some reviews, such as AMG's, compared it favorably to ''Pinkerton'', others, among them ''Pitchfork'', 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 released from ''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. ''Make Believes 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 "Red Album" (2007–2008)
''Weezer'' (also known as the Red Album) was released in June 2008. Rick Rubin produced the album 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," 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. Pat Wilson said the album cost about a million dollars to make, contrasting it with the $150,000 budget of the Blue Album. 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 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."
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.
''Raditudes album artwork was revealed on September 11, featuring a National Geographic contest-winning photograph of a jumping dog named Sidney. 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 Glen, 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. The band resumed touring on January 20, 2010.
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. Eventually, the band was signed to the independent label Epitaph.
Weezer co-headlined The Bamboozle in May, 2010, and performed at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee in June. In August, 2010, Weezer performed at the Reading and Leeds Festival, and performed at the Voodoo Experience festival in New Orleans, LA in October 2010.
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 iscareer." 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".
In November 2010, Weezer released a compilation album composed of re-recorded versions of unused recordings spanning various years, ''Death to False Metal''. [ "'Together, they are the album that should logically follow Hurley,' says Weezer front-man Rivers Cuomo."] On the same day a deluxe version of ''Pinkerton'', which includes "25 demos, outtakes and live tracks" was also released. 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. The band also contributed a cover of the Cars' "You Might Think" for the Disney-Pixar film ''Cars 2''.
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.
Weezer began working on its ninth studio album in September 2010 with the intent of a 2011 release, 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. In July 2012, Weezer headlined the inaugural Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio. 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.
''Everything Will Be Alright in the End'' and the "White Album" (2013–2016)
In January 2014, Weezer began recording with producer Ric Ocasek, who had produced the "Blue Album" and the "Green Album". 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. 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 to generally favorable reviews, becoming the band's best-reviewed release since ''Pinkerton''.
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. Later, on January 14, 2016, Weezer released a third single, "King of the World", and announced the "White Album", which continued the critical success of the band's previous release.
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. The band later signed to Atlantic Records as part of a joint venture between Warner Music Group and Crush Management.
''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. Weezer delayed recording after Cuomo felt his new material was more "like reveries from a beach at the end of the world .. as ifthe Beach Boys and the Clash fell in love by the ocean and had one hell of an amazing baby".
On March 16, 2017, Weezer released a new song, "Feels Like Summer", the lead single of the upcoming album. The song drew a mixed reaction from fans but became their biggest hit on Alternative radio in a decade (peaking at number 2). On August 16, Weezer announced ''Pacific Daydream,'' released on October 27. On August 17, the promotional single from the album, "Mexican Fender", was released. The following month, "Beach Boys" was released, and the month after, they released "Weekend Woman" to positive reception.
The "Teal Album" and the "Black Album" (2018–2019)
Following a persistent Twitter campaign by a fan, Weezer released a cover of Toto's song "Africa" on May 29, 2018. Prior to this, the band released a cover of "Rosanna" to "troll" their fans. "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. Two days later, on August 10, Toto responded by releasing a cover of Weezer's single "Hash Pipe". The success of the "Africa" cover led Weezer to record an album of covers, the "Teal Album", surprise-released on January 24, 2019.
On October 11, 2018, Weezer released "Can't Knock the Hustle", the lead single from their upcoming album.
On November 21, they released the second single, "Zombie Bastards", 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.
During a Beats 1 interview by Zane Lowe on Apple Music on January 24, 2019, Cuomo announced that Weezer had already recorded the "basic tracks" to the follow-up album to the "Black Album". The album is being produced by Jake Sinclair, who produced the "White Album". Cuomo said the songwriting for the album is piano-based, and that some songs have string parts already recorded at Abbey Road Studios. For the recording process, Weezer departed from the modern "grid music" style (music recorded via modern software using grids to organize and manipulate the individual elements of recorded music) and did not perform to a "click" (i.e., metronome) for a more natural style. Cuomo said the album is tentatively titled "OK Human" and that the inspiration for the album is the 1970 album Nilsson Sings Newman. Furthermore, Cuomo said he is currently working on an album with the working title "Van Weezer" that harkens back to their heavier rock sound after noticing how crowds go nuts for big guitar solos at Weezer shows.
On June 25, 2019, ''The New York Times Magazine'' listed Weezer among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.
''OK Human'' and ''Van Weezer'' (2019–2021)
On September 10, 2019, the band announced the Hella Mega Tour with Green Day and Fall Out Boy as headliners alongside themselves, with The Interrupters as an opening act. They also released the opening single, "The End of the Game," off their upcoming fifteenth studio album, ''Van Weezer''.
The band recorded a version of "Lost in the Woods" for the 2019 film ''Frozen II'', which was included on the soundtrack album. A music video was shot for the song, featuring the band and ''Frozen'' voice actor Kristen Bell.
On May 6, 2020, the band released the single and music video, "Hero", a tribute to essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Simultaneously, they announced the delay of ''Van Weezer'' for a time to be determined.
On January 18, 2021, the band announced their fourteenth studio album, ''OK Human'', following cryptic promotional floppy discs and links sent to some members of the Weezer Fan Club a few days prior. The announcement came with a release date of January 29.
The single "All My Favorite Songs" was released on January 21. The album was planned to be released following ''Van Weezer'', but when the album suffered a year-long delay following the COVID-19 pandemic, the band decided to shift their focus to completing ''OK Human'' first. The release date for ''Van Weezer'' was set for May 7, 2021.
While doing an interview with NPR about the ''OK Human'' and ''Van Weezer'' albums, Cuomo hinted that the band are going to work on a four-album box-set called ''Seasons''. While a release year has yet to be announced, Cuomo did say each album will be released on the first day of its relevant season. The individual albums will most likely be called ''Winter'', ''Spring'', ''Summer'', and ''Fall'', respectively. Cuomo also described the potential musical styles of ''Spring'' and ''Fall'', saying: "''Spring'' can be a very breezy, carefree acoustic-type album, whereas ''Fall'' is going to be dance rock." He was also quoted as saying he has "got the four folders going in Dropbox," suggesting work on the project may already be underway.
Musical style and influences
Weezer has been described as alternative rock,
power pop, pop rock, [ pop punk,] emo, indie rock, [ emo pop,] geek rock, melodic metal, and pop. The members of Weezer have listed influence including Kiss (with direct references in the song "In the Garage"), Nirvana, the Pixies, the Cars (whose member Ric Ocasek produced several Weezer records), Cheap Trick, Pavement, Oasis, the Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day and Wax. Cuomo credited the Beach Boys as a major influence, specifically ''Pet Sounds;'' Bell described Weezer's sound as "Beach Boys with Marshall stacks". Operas and musicals such as ''Madama Butterfly'' (1904) and ''Jesus Christ Superstar'' (1970) influenced ''Pinkerton'' and ''Songs from the Black Hole.'' [''Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo'' (liner notes). Rivers Cuomo. DGC, Interscope Records. 2008. B0012341-02]
Artists such as Fun., Pete Wentz, Panic! at the Disco, Blink-182, Charli XCX, Real Estate, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Cymbals Eat Guitars, DNCE and the Fall of Troy 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''.
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. 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.
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. The album was sold exclusively with a book, ''The Pinkerton Diaries'', which collects Cuomo's writings from the ''Pinkerton'' era.
On March 20, 2013, Cuomo and Scott Murphy of the band Allister released ''Scott & Rivers'', a Japanese-language album. They released their second album in April 2017.
In November 2020, Rivers Cuomo released a bunch of unreleased songs and demos from throughout Weezer's career on his personal website that are available for download.
In 1999, Weezer contributed a cover of the song "Velouria" by The Pixies to the tribute album ''Where Is My Mind? A Tribute To The Pixies''.
On July 22, 2003, Weezer contributed an acoustic cover of Green Day's "Worry Rock" to the compilation album ''A Different Shade of Green: A Tribute to Green Day''.
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.
On March 9, 2010, Weezer appeared on an episode of the children's daytime television show ''Yo Gabba Gabba!'' and performed the song "All My Friends Are Insects". The song appeared on a compilation soundtrack album for the show, ''Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is...Awesome! Volume 2'', as well as a bonus track for the Weezer album ''Hurley'.
On June 11, 2010, the band released a new single, "Represent", as an "unofficial" anthem for the US Men's soccer team to coincide with the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Although technically unofficial, the song was embraced by the team, and on June 23, 2010, US Soccer released a music video on their official YouTube channel featuring dramatic footage of the US team spliced with footage of Weezer performing.
In 2010, the band recorded a cover of "I'm a Believer" for the movie ''Shrek Forever After''. 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".
In 2011, the band covered "You Might Think" by The Cars for the Pixar movie ''Cars 2''. The song appears on the movie's official soundtrack.
In 2011, Weezer recorded a cover of "Rainbow Connection" with Hayley Williams for ''Muppets: The Green Album'', a cover album of Muppets songs which also included OK Go, The Fray, and other contemporary musicians.
On September 20, 2018, Weezer released "California Snow" for the film ''Spell'', which Cuomo also provided voicework for. The song later appeared on the Black Album.
In 2019, Weezer recorded a cover of "Lost In the Woods" for the ''Frozen II'' soundtrack.
In 2020/2021, Weezer released "It's Always Summer in Bikini Bottom" for the ''The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run'' film soundtrack.
* Rivers Cuomo – lead vocals, lead guitar, keyboards (1992–present), rhythm guitar (1993)
* Patrick Wilson – drums, percussion (1992–present), backing vocals (2007–present), keyboards, occasional lead guitar (2007–2012)
* Brian Bell – rhythm and lead guitar, backing vocals (1993–present), keyboards (2000–present)
* Scott Shriner – bass, backing vocals (2001–present), keyboards (2007–present)
Current touring musicians
* Karl Koch – keyboards, rhythm and lead guitar, bass, backing vocals (2010–present)
* Jason Cropper – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1992–1993)
* Matt Sharp – bass, backing vocals (1992–1998)
* Mikey Welsh – bass, backing vocals (1998–2001; died 2011)
Former touring musicians
* Bobby Schneck – keyboards, rhythm and lead guitar, bass (2000–2005)
* Josh Freese – percussion, drums (2009–2012)
* Daniel Brummel – rhythm and lead guitar, keyboards (2012–2014)
Awards and nominations
The Grammy Award is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievement in the mainly English-language music industry. Weezer has received one award from four nominations.
| 2006 || "Beverly Hills" || Best Rock Song
| 2009 || "Pork and Beans" || Best Music Video [ ||
| 2017 || ''Weezer'' || Best Rock Album ||
|2019 || ''Pacific Daydream'' || Best Rock Album ||
iHeartRadio Music Awards
The iHeartRadio Music Award was founded by iHeartRadio in 2014. From 2014 to 2018 the event was broadcast live on NBC, and in 2019 the event was broadcast on FOX.
| Alternative Rock Song of the Year
| Best Cover Song
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.
| rowspan="2" | 1995 || Weezer || Best New Act] ||
| "Buddy Holly" || Best Video ||
| 2008 || "Pork and Beans" || Best Video ||
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.
| rowspan="5" | 1995 || rowspan="5" | "Buddy Holly" || Video of the Year ||
| Best Alternative Video ||
| Breakthrough Video ||
| Best Direction ||
| Best Editing ||
| 2001 || "Hash Pipe" || Best Rock Video ||
| 2005 || "Beverly Hills" || Best Rock Video ||
| 2008 || "Pork and Beans" || Best Editing ||
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.
| "Beverly Hills"
| Choice Music: Rock Song
*''Weezer'' (Blue Album) (1994)
*''Weezer'' (Green Album) (2001)
*''Make Believe'' (2005)
*''Weezer'' (Red Album) (2008)
*''Everything Will Be Alright in the End'' (2014)
*''Weezer'' (White Album) (2016)
*''Pacific Daydream'' (2017)
*''Weezer'' (Teal Album) (2019)
*''Weezer'' (Black Album) (2019)
*''OK Human'' (2021)
*''Van Weezer'' (2021)
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