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Weezer Band Biography

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Weezer - Make Believe
Courtesy Geffen Records

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Formed:

Los Angeles, California - February 14, 1992.

Band Members :

  • Brian Bell - Guitar, Backing Vocals
  • Rivers Cuomo - Lead Vocals, Guitar
  • Scott Shriner - Bass, Backing Vocals
  • Patrick Wilson - Drums

Quote From Weezer's Rivers Cuomo:

"I was really sad and started to write songs. most of them sucked, but it became a habit that stuck with me."

Early Success:

Five weeks after forming in 1992, Weezer (which initially included Matt Sharp and Jason Cropper instead of Brian Bell and Scott Shriner) opened for Keanu Reeves' band Dogstar at Raji's Bar and Rib Shack on Hollywood Boulevard. The band began playing small clubs and slowly gained a positive reputation. In June 1993 they were signed to a recording contract with Geffen Records. The band headed to New York to record their first album with the Cars' Ric Ocasek as producer.

The Blue Album and Pinkerton:

During the recording of the band's first album, known as the Blue Album by fans, Jason Cropper left and was replaced with Brian Bell. The album, released in May, 1994, included the hit modern rock singles "Buddy Holly" and "Undone (The Sweater Song)." Pinkerton, the second album, came out in September 1996. It did not sell as well and received mediocre reviews. Over time, however, it has been regarded by rock critics as a masterpiece and the blueprint for the genre known as emo.

Trivia Fact About Weezer:

Lead vocalist Rivers Cuomo enrolled in Harvard University as an undergraduate in 1995. He has attended off and on since and hopes to graduate in 2006.

Hiatus:

After touring in support of Pinkerton, Weezer went on a 3 year hiatus while members of the group worked on various outside projects. During the hiatus bassist Mikey Welsh began to be seen as a future replacement for Matt Sharp. Rivers Cuomo wrote new songs and performed many live outside of Weezer. The band finally decided to come back together in 2000 and signed on as part of the Vans Warped tour.

New Success:

Weezer were well-received by Vans Warped fans. The band booked more summer tour dates and played a set list of 14 new songs. 13 of those were then scrapped and replaced with the songs that became the Green Album in 2001. The new album was a commercial success landing in the top 5 of the pop albums chart and including "Hash Pipe," a #2 modern rock single.

Against the wishes of their record company, Weezer (by now with Scott Shriner replacing Mikey Welsh) began recording new songs for their next album almost immediately. Maladroit was released in May 2002 almost exactly one year after the Green Album. It again reached the top 5 and the single "Dope Nose" reached the modern rock top 10.

Another 3 year gap elapsed before Weezer were heard from again. This time the band hooked up with Rick Rubin as producer. The album Make Believe appeared in May 2005. The first single "Beverly Hills" quickly climbed to the top of the modern rock chart, the group's first #1. "We Are All On Drugs" is intended as the next single, but "Beverly Hills" has spent months slowly climbing the pop singles chart and becoming the band's first top 10 pop hit.

Weezer returned once again in 2008 with the Rick Rubin produced Weezer, known as the "Red Album." It included the #1 modern rock hit single "Pork and Beans."

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