Weezer celebrates its 30th anniversary until the day of its first group practice
Weezer celebrated its 30th anniversary on Tuesday, February 15. The band held their first practice with singer-songwriter Rivers Cuomo, drummer Patrick Wilson, bassist Matt Sharp and guitarist Jason Cropper on February 15, 1992 in Los Angeles.
The alternative stalwarts who went on to personify mid-’90s nerd-core for a generation of rock fans commemorated the occasion with a thoughtful social media post, penned by Karl Kochlongtime Weezer assistant, documentarian and roadie.
“And just like that, it’s been 30 years to the day since weezer was born,” Koch said. “On 02/15/92, Rivers Cuomo, Patrick Wilson, Matt Sharp and Jason Cropper met at TK Productions at 1956 Cotner Ave in West LA, for the first of 3 days of rehearsals, going through twenty different songs at several covers, including some songs that would be part of the blue album 2 years later.”
“Blue Album” being Weezer’s self-titled triple platinum debut album in 1994. It features the hit rock singles “Undone – The Sweater Song”, “Buddy Holly”, and “Say It Ain’t So”.
Koch continued: “TK’s room was hot and clammy – disgusting, frankly – and the band worked very hard, ironing out a million snags and mistakes, repeatedly jamming songs until they sound like rock music. On the third day, Rivers rolled the tape on his 8-track cassette deck, and they recorded everything until they had something they could listen to.”
He added: “For all of this, weezer weren’t even really ‘weezer’ yet, as the band wouldn’t get their name until hours before their first gig on 3/19/92, wrapping up the night at Raji’s after. the first performance of Keanu Reeves‘ Star of the Dog. But no matter when the name stuck, the band that has gone strong for 30 years now was born.”
After the “Blue Album”, Weezer released the cult favorite Pinkerton in 1996 before going on hiatus. They returned in 2001 with the “green scrapbookand have since released 12 more studio efforts, including last year’s Van Weezer and okay human. A new Weezer project known as SZNS is expected later this year.
Koch’s note also paid tribute to the late Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh, who replaced Matt Sharp for the “Green Album.” Bassist Scott Shriner has since assumed the position. Guitarist Brian Bell replaced Cropper before Weezer released the “Blue Album”.
Koch also honored the late Mykel and Carli Allan, the original Weezer fan club executives who died in a 1997 car accident along with their younger sister Trysta.
“So much has changed,” Koch concluded, “and yet, having been there every step of the way, I can truly say that despite all the changes and incredible adventures that have occurred, the spirit of weezer never hardly changed, if at all. … 30 years later, we are far from the end of the story.”
For years, Weezer said their first workout was on February 14, 1992, Valentine’s Day. This date has since been circulating the internet, but Koch corrected it a few years ago.
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