Weezer is working on an album inspired by…Weezer

Weezer is at it again. After releasing the OK Human album last month and with the metal album, Van Weezer, due in May, the band continues to work on new material. Guitarist Brian Bell revealed that there’s a series of four albums coming, each inspired by a different artist. That includes Franz Ferdinand, Elliott Smith, and, er, Weezer.

This from the Kyle Meredith With podcast:

“I ain’t joking. A Weezer-inspired Weezer album. We sometimes refer to [2001 single] ‘Island In The Sun’ as a sound, as a thing. And one of my favourite quotes from [drummer] Pat [Wilson] was, like, when Rivers got all into co-writing and stuff, I don’t know when that was – [2009 album] ‘Raditude’ period or whatever – Pat goes, ‘I want him to co-write with the guy that wrote [1992 single] ‘Say It Ain’t So.’”

Ah. So guys who are now in their 50s are going to write some music about how they wrote and played music when they were in their 20s. Interesting exercise. Will this mean a record that sounds like the blue album? That wouldn’t be so bad.

This may or may not be related to Weezer Seasons, a four-album cycle tied to, well, the seasons. In fact, they will be called Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. How…Vivaldi of him.

And we’re still not done. Rivers is working on a musical called Buddha Superstar that will also be a film. The producer was attached to Green Day’s American Idiot Broadway production.

Bottom line? If you like Weezer, there’s lots coming up.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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