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

Weezer Broadway Theater Residency Canceled

Weezer has one feeling right now: disappointment.

The band was set to do a residency at the Broadway Theater in September, performing five nights of old Weezer classics along with tracks from their SZNZ seasonal EP. However, Weezer Hive fell short of their quota for the show.

Rivers Cuomo revealed via the band’s Discord that it was the end of their supposed Broadway journey before it even started.

“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 latest release of 2021, Van Weezer, “a double-shot espresso of sped-up joy,” landed on EW’s mid-year best albums list.

So it could have been Broadway’s loss.

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The Emergence of Weezer

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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