Weezer is an American alternative rock band that formed in Los Angeles in 1992. The band now consists of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, guitar), Patrick Wilson (drums, guitar, backing vocals), Brian Bell (guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), and Scott Shriner (bass, backing vocals, keyboards). The band has changed lineups several times since its formation in 1992.They have released seven full-length albums, six EPs, and a DVD. Weezer has sold more than nine million records in the US to date.
Many modern bands, such as Deftones, The All-American Rejects, Bloc Party, Dashboard Confessional, Ash, Emery, Manchester Orchestra, Brand New, Cymbals Eat Guitars and The Fall of Troy list Weezer as an influence. Weezer themselves have listed several influences, among them KISS (with direct references in the song `In the Garage`), Nirvana (who were their labelmates at DGC for a very brief time before Kurt Cobain's death), Pixies (especially early on in their career), Wax and Sonic Youth. Early Weezer demos, such as "Paperface", have very obvious musical ties to the Pixies and Nirvana. Also, the song "Susanne" originally contained the lyrics, "Even Kurt Cobain and Axl Rose", before being changed to "Even Izzy, Slash, and Axl Rose" after Cobain's death. There is also a direct reference to Nevermind in "Heart Songs", a track found on The Red Album. As a side project, Weezer also briefly played Nirvana and Oasis covers under the stage moniker "Goat Punishment".
In 1998, Weezer covered "Velouria" by the Pixies for a Pixies tribute album, and in 2005 briefly got to tour with their idols for a few dates. Green Day has also been said to be an influence (there is a direct lyric about Green Day in the song `El Scorcho`), and it has been acknowledged that the two bands are friends with one another and enjoy each other's music. Weezer contributed the song "Worry Rock" to A Different Shade of Green: Tribute to Green Day. Rivers Cuomo also covered "Brain Stew" in a 2009 AOL Sessions set.
The band is best known for their successful singles "Buddy Holly", "Undone - The Sweater Song", "Island in the Sun", "Beverly Hills", and "Pork and Beans".The band's eighth studio album, Hurley, will be released on September 14, 2010 on Epitaph Records.
Rivers Cuomo – lead vocals, keyboards, guitar (1992–present)
Brian Bell – guitar, backing vocals, keyboards (1993–present)
Scott Shriner – bass, backing vocals, keyboards (2001–present)
Pat Wilson – drums, percussion, guitar, backing vocals (1992–present)