Weezer: The Early Years

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 7, 2010

As much as he loves Pinkerton, Cuomo does not entirely understand this phenomenon. "It does feel like there are different types of fans out there who prefer different sides of the band. We played the Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK a few months ago, and 'The Blue Album' and Pinkerton just didn't mean as much to the '90s generation over there as they did here. We play to 50,000 people at a festival like that, and 99 percent of them have never heard Pinkerton! But then we do shows like on this current tour, and we play to a few thousand people who don't care for 'Beverly Hills' but they know every word to Pinkerton."

In the end, maybe it comes back to the irony thing — maybe fans who developed their musical attitudes from '90s indie rock can't like something unless they perceive that it's been rejected by the mainstream. Cuomo himself seems unconcerned. "I've never been about discarding the entirety of music's past in the hopes of coming up with some exciting new revolutionary sound or style. A lot of my peers were always trying to come up with the next shocking sound, and that just wasn't me at all. I just want . . . " — he pauses, again searching for just the right phrase, until it comes to him. "I guess I just want everything I do to be unique and original, and I want to make it interesting for myself. I guess that says it all."

WEEZER | Orpheum Theatre, 1 Hamilton Place, Boston | December 14-15 at 7:30 pm | $17-$63.50 | 617.679.0810

READ:Pre-Weezer: The Metal Years.

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