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    • Their sixth album Weezer (The Red Album) will be released on June 3, 2008.

    • Weezer's song Holiday featured on the 2006 movie Accepted.

    • Brian Bell decided on music after his parents took him to an Elvis concert at the age of 4.

    • Rivers spent time on their first tour in Europe going to operas and analyzing them.

    • Brain cited throwing the contents fruit basket out his hotel window in Las Vegas in 1995 as the first time he felt like a rock star.

    • Weezer opted for Ric Ocasek as producer of Weezer(1994) because Cuomo had been listening to alot of The Cars' music.

    • Brian Bell auditioned for Weezer by tape. He was in L.A. while the band was recording Weezer(1994) in New York.

    • Brian Bell gave Weezer his business cards in hopes that his band could open for Weezer before he joined.

    • The name Weezer was frontman Rivers' nickname as a kid, and Rivers says that it was not about him having asthma, as many believed.

    • After Jason Cropper left the band during the recording of Weezer(1994), Rivers rerecorded all the guitar parts that Cropper had played.

    • The bands symbol of the Flying W is inspired by Van Halen's flying VH.

    • The song "Mykel and Carli" was first featured on the benefit compilation CD Hear You Me!.

    • The Weezer song "You Gave Your Love to Me Softly" was on the Angus movie soundtrack.

    • Weezer contributed the song "Susanne" to the Mallrats Soundtrack.

    • The song "O Lisa" appeared on the WWF Tough Enough 2 soundtrack. It was a Green Album era B-side.

    • Weezer covered the song "Worry Rock" for the Green Day tribute album A Different Shade of Green.

    • Weezer covered "Velouria" for the Pixies tribute album Where Is My Mind?

    • At one point during their career, fans would throw underwear on stage during the line "Superman skivies" in "Say It Ain't So".

    • In 2006, Weezer released "This is Such a Pity" as a single. It reached #31 on the US Modern Rock charts.

    • In 2005, Weezer released "Perfect Situation" as a single. It reached #51 on the US Hot 100, and #1 on the US Modern Rock charts.

    • In 2005, Weezer released "We Are All On Drugs" as a single. It reached #10 on the US Modern Rock charts, #35 on the US Mainstream rock, and #47 on the UK Singles chart.

    • In 2002, Weezer released "Keep Fishin'" as a single. It reached #15 on the US Modern Rock charts and #29 on UK Singles chart.

    • In 2002, Weezer released "Dope Nose" as a single. It reached #8 on the US Modern Rock charts.

    • In 2001, Weezer released the song "Photograph" as a single. It reached #17 on the US Modern Rock charts.

    • In 2001, Weezer released "Island in the Sun" as a single. It reached #11 on the US Modern Rock charts, and #31 on the UK Singles chart.

    • In 2001, Weezer released "Hash Pipe" as a single. It reached #2 on the US Modern Rock charts, #24 on the US Mainstream Rock chart, and #21 on the UK Singles chart.

    • In 1997, Weezer released the song "Pink Triangles" as a single.

    • In 1997, Weezer released "The Good Life" as a single. It reached #35 on the US Modern Rock chart.

    • In 1996, Weezer released the song "El Scorcho" as a single. It reached #19 on the US Modern Rock chart and #50 on the UK Singles Chart.

    • In 1995,Weezer released their third single "Say It Ain't So", It reached #7 on the US Modern Rock charts and #37 on the UK Singles Chart.

    • "Beverly Hills" was the most downloaded song on iTunes for 2005.

    • Weezer released "Buddy Holly" as their second single in 1995. The single did not chart on the US Hot 100, however it was #2 on the Modern Rock chart, #34 On the Mainstream Rock charts, and #12 on the UK Singles chart.

    • Weezer released "Undone -- The Sweater Song" as their first single in 1994. It peaked at #57 on the Hot 100 chart, was #6 on the Modern Rock chart, #30 on the US Mainstream Rock chart, and #35 on the UK Singles chart.

    • Weezer's released "Beverly Hills" as their 12th single in 2005. It topped off at #10 on the US Hot 100 charts, was #1 on the US Modern Rock, #26 on the US Modern Rock chart, and #9 on the UK Singles chart. It was their first #1 hit.

    • Rivers worked at an art gallery. He counted people as they came through the door. He worked on his music during this job. He remembers specifically working on "My Name is Jonas" and "Surf Wax America".

    • Rivers attended Santa Monica City College before Weezer made it big.

    • On the Make Believe and Foozer tours, Pat Wilson played lead guitar and sang during a cover of Blur's "Song 2".

    • Weezer (1994-The Blue Album) was ranked 297 in the 500 Greatest Records in Rolling Stone.

    • The Spike Jonze video for the single Undone -- The Sweater Song is filmed in an unbroken take.

    • The 4th (and current as of 2006) line up of Weezer is Rivers Cuomo, Brian Bell, Pat Wilson, and Scott Shriner. This line up began in 2001.

    • Wezer's third line up consisted of Rivers Cuomo, Pat Wilson, Brian Bell, and Mikey Walsh. This would last from 1998-2001.

    • The second line up of Weezer was Brian Bell, Pat Wilson, Matt Sharp, and Rivers Cuomo. It lasted from 1993 to 1998.

    • The original Weezer lineup was Rivers Cuomo, Jason Cropper, Pat Wilson, and Matt Sharp and lasted from 1992-1993.

    • The song Mykel and Carli is about two sisters who started the Weezer fan club. They were killed in a car wreck while following a Weezer tour in 1997.

    • All the members, as of 2006, except Pat Wilson (drummer) meditate for 5 to 20 minutes before each show.

    • On the Make Believe tour, Brian Bell sang lead vocals and played lead guitar on "Getchoo" and "Why Bother?" (from Pinkerton), "Smile" (from Weezer The Green Album), and "Keep Fishin'" (from Maladroit

    • Rivers' trip to India was filmed for the purpose of possibly using it in a documentary.

    • Rivers practices Vipassana meditation.

    • Rivers graduated from Harvard University with an undergraduate degree in English in June of 2006.

    • Brian Bell is most proud of Pinkerton.

    • Brian Bell's advice to aspiring young rockstars: Stop trying to be a rock star and work on musicianship instead.

    • Brian Bell's favorite Weezer song is Susanne.

    • The first song Brian Bell learned to play on guitar was Metallica's The Four Horseman.

    • Brian Bell considers the '67 Fender Tele Thinline he acquired during the Pinkerton era his best guitar.

    • Weezer released their 4th album Maladroit on May 14, 2002.

    • Weezer released their third album Weezer (commonly refered to as the Green album) on May 15, 2001.

    • Weezer released their second album Pinkerton on Setpember 24th, 1996.

    • Weezer released their 5th album Make Believe on May 10, 2005.

    • Weezer released their debut album Weezer (commonly refered to as the Blue Album) on May 10, 1994.

  • Quotes

    • Brian: The whole irony of "The Sweater Song" is that people sing along and don't catch what he's talking about: a relationship break-up.

    • Brian: We want to be known as a rock band. Whatever the trends may be, rock will be with us.

    • Brian: If someone's paying attention it doesn't worry me, no matter what the reason is. We're nerds compared to a typical rock band - none of us are big drinkers or partiers. We're not concerned with picking up girls every night. We like romantic endeavours and studying things on the road.

    • Brian: (about what he gave his card to Weezer) I was really impressed with Rivers' guitar playing and singing ability. I just saw a future for this band. I gave them my phone number, just thinking maybe my band could play a show with them or something. That was my intention, just to hang out, get to know them, and play shows with them. And they were cool, and they saw me at a party. I talked to Rivers afterwards, and this was the second time we talked. We probably spoke about ten minutes at the most.

    • Rivers: I've sold two million records, I've toured around the world singing in front of thousands of people. And there's a girl sitting across from me in English 101, and I just look up at her every once in a while and put my head back down. I'm still a pathetic fool. No matter how many records I sell, I'm never going to be in Kiss.

    • Rivers: (About Playing With Guns N Roses) That was a freak out.

    • Rivers: So we keep making all these wacky decisions and breaking the rules. Now [the label people] have no idea how to deal with me, 'cause I'm insane

    • Rivers: I don't dumb down, but my point in playing lead is not to show the extremes of my technique, it's to try to say something melodically. But if you put a gun to my head and said, "Shred!" I could blow some motherfuckers away. It would probably be shocking.

    • Rivers: (At a Concert) We've got people dancing in the aisles and shit. Girls making out with each other. This rules!

    • Rivers: (at a concert) Yeah.. I like to see the chicks dance. But I wanna see you chicks mosh!

    • Rivers: (at a concert about to play "El Scorcho") This song is in the key of Espanol.

    • Rivers: Don't fall over baby. You'll get your ass trampled. In the MOSH PIT.

    • Rivers: Alright… we're gonna play one more song, then we're gonna leave… then you guys are gonna cheer, and we're gonna come back and play another song.

    • Rivers: (About writing songs about his beliefs) I don't ever want anyone to think that I'm being judgmental. I gotta do everything I can do to not be preachy.

    • Brian: (About changing up the set list) We try to not let things get too stagnant 'cause if we're not excited playing it, then it's gonna come across. So we try to challenge ourselves and play songs we haven't played in a long time.

    • Rivers: Life made another extreme swing as it has many times since I was a teenager. I have been sometimes a tyrant, sometimes the most frustratingly passive person you have ever met, sometimes a socialite, sometimes a hermit, sometimes a rock star, sometimes a student. I have had little innerstability.

    • Rivers: (about writing the hit song "Say it Ain't So") I was strumming those chords and just scatting some melodies and lyrics over it and then the Chorus came out "Say it Ain't So" okay so there, I have the music and this one lyric "Say it Ain't So", Now what am I saying that to? and uh, somehow I must have made the connection to this incident when I was in high school of coming home and seeing a bottle of beer in the fridge. For most people that wouldn't be that much of a cause for distress, but I had it stuck in my mind that my parents split up when I was four because my dad had become an alcoholic. So now I see a beer in my fridge suddenly out of no where. It's not mine, It's not my brothers, It's not my Mom's, It's gotta be my step-Dad's. So this means therefore that he's becoming an alcoholic, and my parents are gonna split up. This is bad. So I wrote the song about that moment of seeing that beer. It was only many years later that my mother told me, "What are you talking about? Your dad wasn't an alcoholic. He didn't drink." I was kind of embarassed at that point, and had to apologize to everyone concerned.

    • Brian: (about his favorite experiences on the road)Any involving Brasilian girls.

    • Rivers: (About how he feels when fans ask for another Pinkerton) I can't control what I write. I have to accept whatever comes. If its not what someone wants to hear, then at least they can agree with me to love Pinkerton and part as friends.

    • Rivers: (On being asked numerous questions about the future of Weezer songs and the band itself by fans) What am I, Nostradamus? How am I supposed to know?

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