Let's just start by saying there's probably any number of aspects in Rivers Cuomo's life that would make good fodder for this weekly blog post: His one extended self-imposed celibacy, his choice to live for a stretch in an unfurnished apartment, his decision to put rock stardom on hold to get a degree in English at Harvard.
Yes, Cuomo dances to the beat of a different drum and is by no stretch
the typical rock star. But of all the head-scratching quirks of this
musically gifted man, his about-face on Weezer's 1995 album Pinkerton
is a noodle scratcher. A work of pure inspiration, Cuomo trashed the LP
to the media at a time when hard-core Weezer fans heralded it as if it
were the next Pet Sounds.
More than 10 years after its
release, Weezer will play the entire Pinkerton album beginning to end at
the Gibson Amphitheater. So what gives?
The latest: Rolling
Stone recently interviewed Cuomo about the upcoming Memories Tour.
During the exchange, interviewer Andy Greene cited a quote Cuomo gave
about Pinkerton in 2001. “The most painful thing in my life these days
is the cult around Pinkerton. It's just a sick album, sick in a diseased
sort of way. It's such a source of anxiety because all the fans we have
right now have stuck around because of that album. But, honestly, I
never want to play those songs again; I never want to hear them again.”
So what you're saying is that hordes of alterna-rockers love you for
making a heartfelt album with songs about Japanese fan mail–songs like “Across
the Sea” which feature the sweetest, most mournful piano intro followed by an epic,
cascading, fuzz-guitar crescendo. But perhaps most confusing, you
traded those awe-inspiring jams for songs about Timbaland and Beverly
Begging the question: Why the change of heart?
Has Cuomo decided to stop running from his own legacy like Clint
Eastwood in the film Unforgiven? Did he finally snap from incessant fan
requests for Pinkerton songs and decide to appease their ravenous ears?
Does it have to do with the fact that despite it's initial poor
performance sales-wise, the album has garnered both critical and
financial gains over the years (It was certified gold in 2001).
Cuomo realizes there's lots of money to be made with a tour like this.
It doesn't seem outside the realm of possibility when one considers
Weezer named it's last album Hurley after recording their album in Costa Mesa at Hurley.
never know the answer. The man is a riddle wrapped inside of an enigma
stuffed inside a bottle floating across the sea. And to go to Harvard,
you have to be either super smart or super rich. We're guessing he needs
the money, and he knows how to get it.