The legendary Los Angeles nerd rockers that currently comprise Weezer – Rivers Cuomo, Patrick Wilson, Brian Bell and Scott Shriner – along with past members, are celebrating their 30th year anniversary as a band today!
Over 30 years, the band has a full discography of accolades to boast, along with the loyal fan base they’ve cultivated from their start in 1992.
The rockers celebrated their pearl anniversary today with a throwback post on Instagram, penned by Karl Koch, the band’s unofficial fifth member and group historian. The post thanked Weezer’s fans and expressed gratitude for the experiences they’ve had as a band over the past three decades. The band has spread their self-made “nerd-core" genre, filled with their suit-wearing, mullet-sporting, Converse-donning performances to the multitudes – the fans who’ve stayed with them along their musical journey.
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Koch wrote in the post, “So much has changed, and yet, having been there for it every step of the way I can truly say that for all the changes and amazing adventures that have happened, the spirit of weezer has not changed hardly, if at all.”
The band continued, “Everyone still just wants to make great music, rock out and keep things interesting. And 30 years on, we are nowhere near the end of the story. Thank you for sticking with us, 2022 is going to be another fascinating year for weezer and you.”
As much as the band rejoiced, the band’s fans celebrated right back.
One fan commented on the post, “One of the greatest bands! Simply timeless!” while another fan wrote, “Been along for the ride since blue came out. THANK YOU so much guys!”
Weezer’s Beginnings And Accomplishments
The band planted their musical seed in 1992, and has since flourished into a full musical garden complete with 15 albums, and multiple nominations and wins at the Grammy Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and Teen Choice Awards.
They released their first record, “Blue Album,” in 1994, with hits “Buddy Holly” and “Say It Ain’t So” that are just as iconic now as when they were released – songs that even made it on to a previous “Rolling Stone” list of “The 10 Best Weezer Songs.”
The band continued reinvigorating themselves, and brought the 2005 hit “Beverly Hills,” into the fold, earning them the 24th spot on the “Billboard Top 100” charts. Weezer also hit the “Billboard” charts with top hits, “Pork And Beans,” “Troublemaker” and “We Are All on Drugs.”
After a brief hiatus from 1997 to 2000, Weezer released the “Green Album,” in 2001, with singles “Hash Pipe” and “Island In the Sun,” returning with their popular sound featuring their signature drum-induced, steady rhythm, alternative pop-rock sounds.
Through more decade-spanning album releases, fans were introduced to anthemic songs, “Feels Like Summer,” “My Name is Jonas” and “Undone – The Sweater Song,” among many others.
As fans got more personal with what they wanted to see from musicians, Weezer gave in to fans’ requests to recreate Toto’s “Africa,” which landed them the number one spot on the “Billboard Alternative Songs” chart in 2018.
Weezer’s Award Nominations And Upcoming Festival Appearances
Keeping with the same momentum that has carried them through since the early ‘90s, 2022 has already proven successful for the band. The band released “All My Favorite Songs” this year, and it has been nominated for “Alternative Song of the Year” through the iHeartRadio Music Awards.
Here we go... "All My Favorite Songs" is nominated for Alternative Song of the Year at the 2022 #iHeartAwards 🤙🏼 Tune in March 22nd @ 8/7c to see what goes down 👀 @iHeartRadio pic.twitter.com/3Sslb9ImvV
— weezer (@Weezer) January 27, 2022
The rockers also announced future May 2022 appearances at Boston Calling Music Festival alongside Foo Fighters, The Strokes and Metallica, along with an upcoming performance at BeachLife Festival, where they are set to headline with 311, Smashing Pumpkins and Steve Miller Band.
— weezer (@Weezer) January 10, 2022
Weezer’s Four Upcoming Albums
Weezer has been working on a four-album debut called SZNS for release this year. Named eponymously, each of the four albums will debut on the first day of its respective season. The first album, “Spring,” will debut in March, with “Summer” releasing in June, “Fall” in September, and “Winter,” on the winter solstice in December.
Though a quarterly release may sound like a burden, Weezer has already proven their mass songwriting abilities by their two-album back-to-back pandemic releases of “OK Human” and “Van Weezer.”
We are excited to see what else Weezer has in store for fans.
Happy band-iversary, Weezer!