From left: Patrick Wilson, Scott Shriner, Rivers Cuomo and Brian Bell of Weezer in Los Angeles, March 22, 2016. On his band’s tenth album, Cuomo conjures sun-dappled sounds of summer with influences coming from the city in which he lives: Los Angeles. (Michal Czerwonka/The New York Times) ORG XMIT: XNYT78

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Weezer has a feeling right now: disappointment.

The band would have a residency at the Broadway Theater in September, where they would deliver old Weezer classics along with songs from their seasonal EPs from SZNZ for five nights. However, the Weezer Hive did not hit the quota for the continuation of the show.

Rivers Cuomo announced via the band’s Discord that their supposed Broadway tour was over before it even began.

“I just learned that our Broadway shows have been canceled (due to low ticket sales and unbelievably high expenses.) I’m very sorry to be telling you this now after we’ve already invested so much time, thought, and emotion,” Cuomo said. 

“Extra apologies to those of you who cleared schedules and made travel plans to be with us. Thanks to @Broadway Producer for all your hard work and great ideas. I loved where we were going, and I hope we can find a way to resurrect our vision.” 

While the Broadway show may have coincided with the band’s current commitment to stunts and concerts, Weezer continues to make good music nearly 30 years after their 1994 debut.

Their most recent release in 2021, Van Weezer, “a double-shot espresso of sped-up joy,” reached the ranks of EW’s mid-year roundup of best albums.

So maybe it was Broadway’s loss.

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A Weezer of Music

Weezer is a rock band born in 1992. It consists of members Rivers Cuomo – lead vocals, lead guitar, keyboards; Patrick Wilson – drums; Scott Shriner – bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals; and Brian Bell – rhythm guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals. 

In 1993, they signed to Geffen Records and dropped their self-titled debut album, Blue Album, in May 1994. The Blue Album paved the way to multiplatinum success with music videos for songs “Buddy Holly,” “Undone – The Sweater Song,” and “Say Ain’t So” backing the album. 

Their second album, titled Pinkerton, was released in 1996, containing a darker, more brusque sound. But it failed to secure commercial success and earned mixed reviews from listeners and critics alike. But years later, it gained cult status and was critically acclaimed. 

Since then, Weezer has proved to be good musicians as their music received recognition and applause.

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