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Chugg Vs Big Day Out – Fierce Bidding War Over Weezer

Written by Mike Hohnen on 13th July, 2012

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Yesterday, it was announced that punk icons Weezer would be returning to Australia for the first time in 16 years. That is an unusually long amount of time for such a band not to tour here given the strong fanbase. Though nonetheless, they’re coming, and it looks as though everyone has their eye on them.

It’s not reeaalllyy known why the band never came back; many theories have been thrown around such as: the last time they were here the band was having internal tension so it brings back bad memories, or that Weezer was a curse on Australian festivals, or maybe they just didn’t want to be so far from their wives and children. To combat this, Aussies thought outside of the box and outsourced Weezer, picking bands to perform covers of great Weezer tunes. Good Charlotte did the whole of The Blue Album, Saves The Day did Pinkerton in full at Soundwave, and Soundwave Revolution even considered bringing 3/4 of the band, less frontman Rivers Cuomo.

Though we now know that promoters had had enough and both Michael Chugg and Big Day Out placing their crosshairs firmly on the band. In a recent article about the tour, News.com.au‘s Cameron Adams states that “Promoter Michael Chugg won a fierce bidding war that almost saw the band added to next year’s Big Day Out lineup”. Soundwave weren’t in the mix; however, AJ Maddah tweeted over the news not too long ago

 

 

So, we can cross this one off both the Big Day Out rumors list (though that won’t be around too much longer) and the Soundwave short list!

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