Watch: Weezer channel A-Ha for ‘Take on Me’ cover

A few weeks after releasing their surprise covers album, Weezer has returned with the music video for one of the songs on the album. On Tuesday (Feb. 12), the California-founded band unleashed their version of A-Ha’s one-hit wonder, “Take on Me.”

The music video begins with young Rivers Cuomo (played by “Stranger Things” star and Calpurina frontman Finn Wolfhard) drawing in his room when his mom announces that his friends are downstairs. Being a teenager, he’s indifferent about their arrival as his mother tells him that she will be leaving for the day.

As young Rivers arrives in the living room, he tells his friends that they can finally do whatever they want (taking out his dad’s Mercedes may not be a good idea) which includes blasting their music as loud as they want. That’s when the music video truly begins.

In between the shots of the band performing the song in the living room are shots that are a direct reference to A-Ha’s video for the song. Watch the music video for Weezer’s version of “Take on Me” above.

The “Take on Me” cover joins Weezer’s version of Toto’s “Africa” and TLC’s “No Scrubs” on the group’s recently released covers record, Weezer (aka The Teal Album).

The Teal Album was a surprise gift from the band to their fans as they wait for the band’s much-anticipated 12th studio album, The Black Album. The forthcoming album is due out March 1 through Crush / Atlantic Records. Pre-orders are available here.

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

To date, Weezer has given fans two tracks from the upcoming album, “Zombie Bastards” and current alternative radio staple “Can’t Knock the Hustle.”

In support of both The Teal Album and The Black Album, Weezer previously announced plans 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 itinerary can be found here.

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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.

Childish Gambino, the 1975, Ariana Grande to headline Coachella 2019

Time to start packing your flower headbands, glitter, and short shorts because the lineup for the 2019 incarnation of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was just announced. On Wednesday (Jan. 2), Coachella festival organizers unveiled the complete roster for the springtime event’s 20th anniversary. Boosting an eclectic and diverse set of acts, this year’s event will include some top 20 artists, some indie/rock bands as well as some up-and-coming musicians.

This year’s headliners include Childish Gambino, the 1975, Ariana Grande, Janelle Monáe, Tame Impala, Solange, Kid Cudi, Khalid, Zedd, and more.

In addition to the aforementioned acts, the lineup will also include Weezer, Pusha-T, Blood Orange, Diplo, Kacey Musgraves, Anderson .Paak, Juice WRLD, the Interrupters, Aphex Twins, J. Balvin, Billie Eilish, Bassnectar, Wiz Khalifa, Christine and the Queens, Bazzi, Bad Bunny, Dillon Francis, CHVRCHES, and even a DJ set from actor/musician Idris Elba.

Coachella will return to the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California for its usual two-weekend takeover. This year, those weekends are April 12-14 and April 19-21. Coachella passes are set to go on sale on this Friday, Jan. 4, at 11 a.m. PT.

For those not able to make it to California, there’s no need to worry. As with past years, YouTube has been named the festival’s exclusive live-streaming partner. This marks the ninth year YouTube and Coachella have joined forces to give fans the chance to watch the festival sets from the comfort of their homes.

The official lineup reveal comes hours after it was announced that widely speculated headliner Kanye West would no longer perform at the annual music festival. According to TMZ, the rapper was dropped from the bill following a disagreement over the stage’s size and design.

For now, the complete lineup for Coachella 2019 can be found below.

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Weezer confirm ‘Black Album’ release date, drop ‘Zombie Bastards’

Weezer may have finally confirmed the upcoming release for their long-in-the-works Black Album, but they never did give fans a formal release date. On Wednesday (Nov. 21), the California-founded band confirmed that the forthcoming studio effort is due out March 1 through Crush / Atlantic Records. Pre-orders for the Black Album are currently available on their website.

The Black Album is the follow-up to the group’s surprise 2017 release, Pacific Daydream. The upcoming album was produced by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek.

With a lengthy past and 11 studio albums behind them, the band decided to do several things differently with this album. Firstly, frontman Rivers Cuomo wrote the album’s songs entirely on piano before heading into the studio to record the new material. Secondly, the band decided to experiment with different instruments to give the new songs a different and unique sound.

In conjunction with the album’s release date announcement, the four-piece released the second single from the new album. Titled “Zombie Bastards,” the mellow, new track is a complete departure from the record’s previous, hip-hop-tinged single, “Can’t Knock the Hustle.” Listen to “Zombie Bastards” above.

In support of the Black Album‘s release, Weezer previously announced plans to embark on a springtime North American co-headlining tour with the Pixies, TV on the Radio, and Basement. The upcoming trek will being 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.

Weezer recently confirmed an additional tour stop for the upcoming springtime excursion. The quartet will take over Madison Square Garden on March 12. The complete list of upcoming tour dates can be found here.

Weezer to finally release ‘The Black Album,’ announce another tour with the Pixies

After years of waiting, Weezer’s black album is finally going to see the light of day. On Thursday (Oct. 11), the California-founded band announced plans to finally release the much-anticipated darker album. The “Buddy Holly” band took to social media to officially announce the record’s release.

“The Black Album era has arrived,” the band posted on the social media platform. Though no official release date was given, the band revealed that the record will arrive sometime in 2019. The Black Album is the follow-up to the group’s surprise album, 2017’s Pacific Daydream.

In addition to announcing the release of their 12th studio album, Weezer also unleashed the first single from the forthcoming record; a track titled “Can’t Knock the Hustle.” Debuting the audio for the new track at midnight, the group followed that up a few hours later by releasing the official music video for the funky new tune which was produced by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek.

Starring Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz as a ride-sharing driving, the clip follows the unlucky fellow as he has the worst night ever driving a couple to their final destination. The four-minute video beings with the couple getting in to Wentz’s car only to start making out not even a second later.

The woman and man can’t keep their hands off each other, and at one point Wentz who is trying his hardest to ignore the over-the-top PDA happening in his backseat. For the first half of the clip, the couple are all over each other until the woman receives some text messages from another person. Soon, she and her companion start arguing in the backseat with Wentz still trying to ignore the scene. At one point Wentz gets a hold of the woman’s phone only to see a series of sexually-explicit emojis pop up on the screen.

As the ride from hell continues, the woman starts to threaten the man with a spork. At one point, Wentz brakes hard, at a red light resulting in the spork ending up in the man’s upper thigh. To say the video is over the top would be an understatement. Watch “Can’t Knock the Hustle” above.

While a new album announcement and debuting a new single with its corresponding music video would be enough for some bands, Weezer are not just some band. The quartet also unveiled plans to hit the touring circuit in the spring of 2019 with previous tour mates The Pixies. The upcoming trek will being 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. The full list of tour dates can be seen below.

WEEZER / THE PIXIES 2019 TOUR DATES:

March 08 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
March 10 – Columbia, SC – Colonial Life Arena
March 12 – New York City, NY – Madison Square Garden
March 13 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
March 14 – Albany, NY – Times Union Center
March 16 – Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Resort Casino
March 17 – Baltimore, MD – Royal Farms Arena
March 19 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
March 20 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
March 22 – Memphis, TN – FedEx Forum
March 24 – St. Louis, MO – Enterprise Center
March 26 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
March 27 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
March 28 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
March 30 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
March 31 – Madison, WI – Alliant Energy Center
April 05 – Nampa, ID – Ford Idaho Center Arena
April 06 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
April 07 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
April 09 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
April 10 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
April 12 – Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Event Center

Muse, The Killers, Twenty One Pilots to headline iHeartRadio’s ALTer Ego concert

Muse, Twenty One Pilots, and the Killers are just some of the rock bands that will make their way to California in early 2019 for iHeartRadio’s second annual ALTer Ego concert. On Monday (Oct. 1), the media giant confirmed the lineup for their alternative music-centric show. Joining Twenty One Pilots, Muse and the Killers on the newly announced roster will be Weezer, Rise Against, Bishop Briggs, and the Revivalists.

According to a press release, the event will broadcast live across over 70 alternative and rock iHeartRadio stations, giving listeners who couldn’t make it the show the opportunity to hear some of rock’s biggest artists live.

“This has become alternative music’s biggest night,” said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia. “Millions of fans will be listening and watching this incredible lineup performing on stage at the Forum.”

“This will be one of the strongest alternative performance lineups to ever appear on one stage,” mirrors Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia.

“It’s such a strong lineup that it’s impossible to refer to any one of these incredible artists as the headliner – in fact, several of the performers have told us that it’s a show they would want to go to even if they weren’t already on the bill.”

Those who would like to attend the event will be given a special 24-hour, pre-sale offer courtesy of Los Angeles alternative radio station, ALT 98.7. ALT 98.7’s pre-sale will begin this Thursday, Oct. 4, at 10 a.m. PST and conclude this Friday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m. PST. General ticket sales will then begin on Friday at 10 a.m.

iHeartRadio’s ALTer Ego concert will take place on Jan. 19, 2019 at the Forum in Los Angeles.

ALTer Ego joins a lengthy list of iHeartRadio concert series including the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the iHeartRadio Music Awards, iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball concert tour, the newly launched iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina, the iHeartCountry Festival by AT&T, and the iHeartRadio Wango Tango by AT&T.

Watch: Weird Al Yankovic channels Weezer frontman in ‘Africa’

If you couldn’t escape Weezer’s cover of Toto’s “Africa” this summer, then you weren’t alone. Since its debut earlier this year, the song has managed to infiltrate not only rock radio stations across the country, but also the music charts (it currently hold the number five spot on Billboard‘s Rock Song chart). The one thing quartet never released was an official music video for the tune, but that’s all changed. On Monday (Sept. 24), the California-founded band finally gave us the music video for the track following months of only having the studio and live versions of the cover.

If you were expecting to see any member of Weezer in the clip, then we have some bad news for you. Instead, the group enlisted some stand-ins to take their place while “Weird Al” Yankovic takes on the role of frontman Rivers Cuomo. Decked out in a button down shirt, tie, cardigan, and Cuomo’s iconic geeky glasses, Yankovic’s interpretation of the singer is a major throwback to the group’s video for “Buddy Holly.”

The comedian plays his role so well that it’s quite surprising that it’s not actually Cuomo behind the microphone.

The four-minute video features the band just playing the song on a sound stage in front of a blue backdrop that is similar in shade to the background used for the cover over their Blue album.

Watch the Brendan Walter and Jade Ehlers-directed clip above.

Last week, Weezer released their first original new song in almost a year; a track titled “California Snow.” The song is featured on soundtrack for the upcoming film, Spell. The score for the film was composed by Fall Out Boy frontman, Patrick Stump.

It was also announced by the band that Cuomo has a special cameo in the film, playing the role of the protagonist’s therapist. Spell made its debut this past weekend at the LA Film Festival.

Listen: Weezer release new song from Patrick Stump-composed soundtrack

Weezer may have spent most of the summer playing their epic cover of Toto’s “Africa” around the country, but now the group is giving fans something new and original for the fall months. On Thursday (Sept. 20), the California-founded band unleashed a new, synth-pop tinged song titled “California Snow.” Though the new track may seem like a nice surprise single from the group who just recently took the stage at Riot Fest, the track was actually put together for an upcoming new film.

“California Snow” will reportedly be featured on the soundtrack for Spell, a thriller released by Crush Pictures, a division of the band’s management firm. The score for the forthcoming record was written and composed by Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump. As if having a song on the soundtrack wasn’t enough, it looks like Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo will even have a cameo in the film.

According to a post on the band’s official Twitter account, Cuomo will play a therapist who’s “ready to help you solve all your thorny problems.”

“[Rivers] lends his voice as the therapist & he’s ready to help you solve all your thorny problems. Clearly the only prescription to make anyone better is a new song,” the band’s post reads.

Listen to “California Snow” above.

Spell follows Benny (Barak Hardley), a troubled 30-something American on a surreal journey through the Icelandic wilderness following the sudden death of his fiancée.

Spell will debut on Sunday, Sept. 23, at the LA Film Festival.

Last week, Weezer made headlines when Riot Fest organizers announced that they were one of three acts slate to replace Blink-182 at the annual music festival (Taking Back Sunday and Run the Jewels were also confirmed). During their set, the quartet paid homage to Blink by performing their own version of “All the Small Things.” Watch the performance here.

Watch: Weezer cover Blink-182 at Riot Fest

Blink-182 may have had to cancel their headlining gig at Riot Fest this year, but leave it to Weezer to pay homage to the absent band. During Weezer’s Riot Fest set —originally Blink-182’s time slot— the former decided to cover arguably one of the latter’s biggest hits, “All the Small Things.” It’s not like Weezer are any strangers to covering hit songs. Earlier this summer, the “Buddy Holly” crooners took on Toto’s “Africa” and made it one of the biggest alternative songs of 2018, so why not honor their former tour mates by covering one of their songs.

Watch the full, fan shot video above.

Prior to hitting the Riot Fest main stage, Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo did a solo show in San Francisco where he gave the August Hall audience an acoustic rendition of “All the Small Things.”

“Weezer always has Blink’s back,” Cuomo told the audience in attendance.

In 2009, they joined Blink-182 on the road for their reunion tour, confirming that the camaraderie is real. Watch Cuomo’s acoustic version of “All the Small Things” here.

Earlier this month, Riot Fest confirmed that Blink-182 had to cancel their appearance at the annual Chicago-based rock music festival due to Travis Barker’s health concerns. The band not only cancelled their appearance at the annual music festival, but were also forced to cancel all their September headlining gigs. After revealing that the trio would no longer perform, Riot Fest organizers were quick to enlist Taking Back Sunday, Run the Jewels, and Weezer to fill the vacancy.

Live Nation’s National Concert Week offers $20 all-in tickets for hundreds of shows

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Summer 2018 seems to be the summer that every single musician has decided to hit the road on some kind of tour. Of course, for those of us who are not financial secure, the slew of shows make it hard to decide which to buy tickets for and which we will need to pass on until the next time. On Tuesday (April 24), Live Nation announced their $20 All-In Tickets in honor of National Concert Week. For a week, the event tickets giant will be offering $20 tickets for a slew of popular tours that will hit North America during the summer months.

The $20 tickets deal will begin on Monday, April 30, at 8 a.m. local time and conclude the following Tuesday, May 8, at 11:59 p.m. local time. The deal does not include ticket delivery and print-at-home fees.

While lists like this typically include tours that are not selling very well, Live Nation has made sure to include some of their biggest tour to hit the road during the summer. Fans will be able to choose from over 2,000 Live Nation shows from all genres of music including rock, pop, hip-hop, rap, Latin, and even speaking tours (looking at you Joe Biden). The massive list includes some of our favorite acts like Paramore (Tour Five), 5 Seconds of Summer (Meet You There tour), the final Vans Warped tour, Thirty Seconds to Mars (“Monolith” tour), Weezer and the Pixies (their co-headlining tour), Taking Back Sunday and Coheed and Cambria (their joint tour), Charlie Puth (Voicenotes tour), Kesha and Macklemore (their co-headlining tour), and many more.

The complete list of participating tours can be seen below. For more information about Live Nation’s National Concert Week $20 All-In tickets, head on over to their website here.

LIVE NATION’S NATIONAL CONCERT WEEK SHOWS:

311 / The Offspring
3 Doors Down / Collective Soul
5 Seconds of Summer
Alan Jackson
Arcade Fire
Avenged Sevenfold / Prophets of Rage
Backstreet Boys
Beck
Bon Jovi
Brad Paisley
Breaking Benjamin / Five Finger Death Punch
Bush / Stone Temple Pilots / The Cult
Charlie Puth
Chicago / REO Speedwagon
Chris Brown
Coheed and Cambria / Taking Back Sunday
Counting Crows / LIVE
David Blaine
Dead & Company
Def Leppard / Journey
Dierks Bentley
Dwight Yoakam / Lucinda Williams / Steve Earle
Enanitos Verdes / Hombres G
Erasure
Foreigner / Whitesnake / Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening
Game of Thrones Live Experience
G-Eazy
Godsmack / Shinedown
Gov’t Mule / The Avett Brothers
Hall & Oates / Train
Halsey
Imagine Dragons
Janet Jackson
Jason Aldean
Jeff Beck / Paul Rodgers
Joe Biden
Juanes / Mon Laferte
Keith Urban
Kesha / Macklemore
Kevin Hart
Kid Rock
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Kygo
Lady Antebellum / Darius Rucker
Lindsey Stirling / Evanescence
Logic
Luis Miguel
Luke Bryan
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Maroon 5
Miranda Lambert / Little Big Town
Ms. Lauryn Hill
NEEDTOBREATHE / JOHNNYSWIM
Niall Horan
ODESZA
Ozzy Osbourne
Paramore
Pentatonix
Poison / Cheap Trick
Post Malone
Rascal Flatts
Ray LaMontagne
Rise Against / AFI
Rob Zombie / Marilyn Manson
Rod Stewart / Cyndi Lauper
Shakira
Shania Twain
Steely Dan / The Doobie Brothers
Styx / Joan Jett and the Heartbreakers
The Smashing Pumpkins
Thirty Seconds to Mars
Vans Warped Tour
Weezer / Pixies
Zac Brown Band