Weezer surprise fans with covers album

Weezer fans may be waiting patiently for the band’s upcoming 12th studio album, but it looks like the four-piece has just thrown them a curveball. On Thursday (Jan. 24), the California-founded band unleashed a surprise covers album. Titled Weezer (aka The Teal Album), the ten-track record finds the band covering songs from artists from the 80s and 90s.

The tracklist includes their hit cover of Toto’s “Africa,” A-Ha’s “Take on Me,” Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid,” Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” TLC’s “No Scrubs” and more. The full album can be streamed on Spotify.

The Teal Album comes months after the band finally confirmed the release of their much-anticipated The Black Album. The record will reportedly see a release date of March 1. Pre-orders can be found here.

Back in November, Weezer confirmed the release of The Black Album by debuting its first single, “Zombie Bastards.” Soon after, they treated fans to another new song titled “Can’t Knock the Hustle” which is finding commercial success on alternative radio.

The Black Album is the follow-up to the group’s surprise album, 2017’s Pacific Daydream.

In support of both The Teal Album and The Black Album, Weezer previously announced plan to embark on a massive North American arena tour. The trek will find the quartet touring across the continent alongside previous tour mates the Pixies.

The tour will begin on March 8 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville and conclude a month later on April 12 at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas. Basement will open for both bands throughout the full excursion while TV on the Radio will only play at the tour’s New York City stop. The full list of tour dates can be found here.

Following the co-headlining tour, Weezer will head to California for Coachella before packing their bags and heading across the pond for a slew of European shows. Those dates can be found on Weezer’s website.

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