Weezer is currently touring Australia for the first time in 16 years. The LA outfit’s previous Australian tour was in 1996 behind Weezer’s now revered but initially under-appreciated second album, Pinkerton.
At that time turmoil seemed to surround Weezer. Fans might recall the somewhat infamous Recovery interview with frontman Rivers Cuomo, who explained to the Herald Sun last year that Weezer’s first visit to Australia was a dark time for the band.
“That was one of our low points in 1996 … We were very unsure of the future of the band. We were not getting along and had a lot of hard feelings towards each other,” Cuomo told the Herald Sun.
Although there may be few fond memories for Weezer of their first time Down Under, the band’s return sees Cuomo and co continue their Memories Tour, wherein Weezer play either 1994’s Blue Album and 1996’s Pinkerton from start to finish.
In Part 1 of our interview, we sit down with drummer Patrick Wilson and bassist Scott Shriner before Weezer’s two Melbourne dates, and the pair talked to us about what the Memories Tours mean to the band, and how Weezer have evolved in the decade and a half since they were last on our shores.
• Wilson compares Weezer’s chemistry in ’96 compared to the band’s current line-up.
• Shriner hints at the possibility of releasing some of Weezer’s Australian dates as part of their Bootleg Series.
• Wilson and Shriner discuss the different qualities of The Blue Album and Pinkerton before revealing which songs are still a challenge to play live.
• Wilson briefly mentions his preference to play music rather than write music before Shriner talks about the feeling of performing the songs he was a fan of before joining Weezer.