29 Facts About Weezer


Weezer is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1992.

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Weezer's second album, Pinkerton, featuring a darker, more abrasive sound, was a commercial failure and initially received mixed reviews, but achieved cult status and critical acclaim years later.

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In 2001, Weezer returned with the Green Album with their new bassist, Mikey Welsh.

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In 2008, Weezer released the Red Album; its lead single, "Pork and Beans", became the third Weezer song to top the Modern Rock Tracks chart, backed by a Grammy-winning music video.

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In 2019, Weezer released an album of covers, the Teal Album, followed by the Black Album.

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Weezer recorded their debut album with producer Ric Ocasek at Electric Lady Studios in New York City.

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Weezer's self-titled debut album, known as the "Blue Album", was released in May 1994.

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Weezer is certified quadruple platinum in the United States as well as Canada, making it Weezer's best-selling album.

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In 1994, Weezer took a break from touring for the Christmas holidays.

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Weezer's original concept was a space-themed rock opera, Songs from the Black Hole, that would express his mixed feelings about success.

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Weezer developed the concept through intermittent recording sessions through 1995.

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Weezer completed the Pinkerton tour in mid-1997 and went on hiatus.

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Weezer formed a new band composed of a changing lineup of Boston musicians, and performed new material.

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Weezer reunited in April 2000, when they accepted a lucrative offer to perform at the Fuji Rock Festival.

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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.

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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.

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Weezer toured with Blink-182 in 2009, including an August 30 stop at the Virgin Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.

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Weezer co-headlined The Bamboozle in May 2010, and performed at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee in June.

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In November 2010, Weezer released a compilation album composed of re-recorded versions of unused recordings spanning various years, Death to False Metal.

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Weezer began working on their ninth studio album in September 2010 with the intent of a 2011 release, but the year ended without seeing a release.

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Weezer performed in Chicago the next day and dedicated the concert to Welsh, who was expected to have attended.

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In January 2014, Weezer began recording with producer Ric Ocasek, who had produced the "Blue Album" and the "Green Album".

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Weezer has been described as alternative rock, power pop, pop rock, pop punk, geek rock, emo, indie rock, emo pop, melodic metal, and pop.

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The members of Weezer have listed influence including Kiss, Nirvana, the Pixies, the Cars, Cheap Trick, Pavement, Oasis, the Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day and Wax.

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The band members' worship for hard rock and heavy metal music was the source of inspiration behind Van Weezer, including 1970s and 1980s bands like Kiss, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Slayer, Rush, and Van Halen .

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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".

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In 2011, Weezer recorded a cover of "Rainbow Connection" with Hayley Williams for Muppets: The Green Album, a cover album of Muppets songs which included OK Go, The Fray, Alkaline Trio, and others.

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In 2019, Weezer recorded a cover of "Lost In the Woods" for the Frozen II soundtrack.

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In June 2021, Weezer contributed the song "Tell Me What You Want" to the video game Wave Break.

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