Forming in 1992, the members of Weezer went from the dorky alt-rock heroes to arena-filling superstars in just a decade. The modern rock band exploded on to the Los Angeles music scene in the post-grunge alt-rock aftermath. Initially, they received as much criticism as they got praised for their distinct, hook-heavy guitar pop. However, what really set the band apart was their geekiness and the quirky sense of humor incorporated in their music.
To this day, they continue to wow audiences with their pop-oriented modern rock music along with the never ending endearing awkwardness and clever music videos. Lucky for the fans of the group, Weezer tickets for their upcoming co-headlining summer tour with the Pixies are now available. The two artists announced the massive tour back in November 2017 and will travel through North America for seven weeks in the summer of 2018. You wouldn’t want to miss out on this one!
Formation and Early Days of Weezer
Weezer was formed by lead vocalist and guitarist Rivers Cuomo, bassist Matt Sharp, guitarist Jason Cooper and drummer Patrick Wilson in 1992. After making some waves in the local music scene, the band got signed on to Geffen Records in June 1993. They started working on their debut album, Weezer, which was released in May 1994. Soon, the single “Undone – The Sweater Song” began to catch the attention of local music stations. The music video for this song, filmed in an unbroken take, became an instant hit on MTV, getting a lot of airplay.
The next video, for the single “Buddy Holly” also gained heavy rotation on MTV and even won four MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Alternative Music Video and Breakthrough Video. The video also got two Billboard Music Video Awards. The album, Weezer, soon became a mega hit and was certified 4x platinum in the US, making it the band’s highest selling album.
More Music and Rising Problems
After a brief break, Weezer released its second album, called Pinkerton, in September 1996. The album produced three singles, “The Good Life”, “Pink Triangle” and “El Scorcho”. Pinkerton initially did not perform as well as it was expected to, owning to its more abrasive sound perhaps. However, in later years, the album began to be considered among some of the band’s best work, with Rolling Stone readers voting it the 16th greatest album of all time.
After the tour for Pinkerton wrapped up, the band took a brief hiatus, with Sharp parting ways with the group. In February 1998, the remaining members regrouped in Los Angeles and started working on a new album. However, disagreements led the band apart again. Weezer did not reunite again till April 2000, when the Fuji Rock Festival made a lucrative offer to the band to play in Japan. The performance at the festival served as the catalyst the band needed at the time. After performing on the popular Vans Warped Tour as well as their own new tour, the band was finally able to head back into the studio to work on some new music.
Back in the Game
The third album had the same name as the group’s first album, Weezer, and it was released in 2001. Soon, the band embarked on a tour to promote this album. Thanks to the tour and the heavy MTV rotation of some of its new songs, Weezer managed to attract a whole new generation of music listeners.
Maladroit, the band’s next album, released in May 2002 also received a positive response. The music videos for “Dope Nose” and “Keep Fishin” from this album got a lot of rotation on MTV.
Weezer released its album, Make Believe in May 2005 and it turned out to be a commercial success. The first single on the album, “Beverly Hills” became a super hit, getting the band its first Grammy Award nomination for the Best Rock Song. The album was certified platinum in early 2006.
Weezer’s next album was also a self-titled work, commonly referred to as the ‘Red Album’. It was released in June 2008 and was produced by Rick Rubin. The lead single from the album, “Pork and Beans” topped the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks charts for an impressive 11 weeks. The music video for this single won a Grammy Award for the Best Short Film Music Video. The second single from the album, “Troublemaker” was peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks.
After the ‘Red Album’, the band released another successful effort, called Raditude in 2009. It debuted as the week’s seventh best-selling album on Billboard 200. Further albums, Hurley and Death to False Metal were released. Both were well-received by fans and critics alike.
Everything Will Be Alright, White Album and Black Album
The band’s ninth album, Everything Will Be Alright was released in October 2014. The album got favorable reviews from critics and was well received by the public as well. Subsequent albums followed the band’s format of self-titled albums – the White Album and the Black Album.
Musical Style and Influences
Weezer’s music covers a wide range of genres – alternative rock, pop punk, emo, pop rock, power pop, emo pop, geek pop and pop. The members of the band have talked about being influenced by several artists, such as Kiss, to whom they even made direct references in the song “In the Garage”, the Pixies who were a big influence in the early part of their career and Nirvana, who were label mates of the band for a very brief time before Kurt Cobain’s death. Other bands that have influenced the work of Weezer include Oasis, Green Day, Waz and Pavement. The Beach Boys have also been cited as a major influence.
On the other hand, artists such as Real Estate, Cymbals Eat Guitars, DNCE, the Fall of Troy, Charli XCX and Dinosaur Pile-Up have cited Weezer as an influence on their work.
Awards and Honors
Weezer has been nominated for three Grammy Awards, out of which it won one for the Best Music Video for its single “Pork and Beans”. The band has also been nominated for the MTV Europe Music Awards in the categories of Best New Act and Best Video on two occasions.
Weezer won the MTV Video Music Awards for the song “Buddy Holly” in multiple categories, such as Best Alternative Video, Breakthrough Video, Best Direction and Best Editing. It also won the Breakthrough Video Award ten years later in 2005 for its song “Beverly Hills”.
Weezer Tour Tickets
Weezer tour tickets for the upcoming performances of the band are now available. The band will be performing alongside the Pixies on an extensive, spring-long 2019 tour. Weezer tour tickets for these series of concerts have been on sale since October 19th, 2018 and they are selling out fast. If you want to catch this band live in action, you ought to get your hands on tickets at the earliest. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to have the time of your life!