Weezer: Our poignant shows in terror cities
EMOTIONS are running high these days for US rockers Weezer — they often find themselves cheering up cities affected by a terror atrocity.
‘We’ve recently been playing where there have been tragedies,’ the Buddy Holly singers exclusively told Guilty Pleasures.
Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo explained: ‘We played Manchester, a few nights before that was Paris and Brussels, then we were playing in Vegas two nights after the big shooting there.
‘You can feel from the audience how much pain they have been through. It’s something we’ve never had to face before, and it’s becoming more common.’
Rivers, 47, was speaking ahead of the band’s gig at London’s SSE Wembley Arena on Saturday.
‘I am amazed people want to come and see live music, especially in Vegas,’ he said. ‘It was right after this big shooting; the hall was packed. People needed to hear music at that point and it was very emotional.’
Back with their 11th studio album, Pacific Daydream, Weezer are not typical rock stars. ‘We are family men, not into drinking and drugs,’ insists Rivers.
‘We go to museums together, read books — pretty tame stuff. Early on, there was some attempt at debauchery only because we grew up thinking that’s what a rock band was supposed to do. We were playing the part, it never felt natural and before long we went back to being ourselves.’
Author: Tom Stichbury