Selected by Dan Grunebaum




Hard on the comeback trail, America' post-slacker rock anti-heroes Weezer are set to return to Japan, hand-in-hand with the release of their first new album in four years. As yet untitled, the album Weezer's third is produced by ex-Cars frontman Ric Ocasek, who also engineered the band's 1994 debut.

Based in Los Angeles, Weezer formed in 1992 when singer-songwriter Rivers Cuomo hooked up with guitarist Brian Bell, bassist Matt Sharp, and drummer Patrick Wilson. From diverse backgrounds, the four were all immigrants to Los Angeles and decided to form a band based more on this than anything else.

Weezer signed to DGC Records in 1993, scoring an unlikely million-seller with their self-named, 1994 debut. With an offbeat, humorous approach and a casual irony that linked them to outfits like Beck or They Might Be Giants, Weezer penned songs with such unlikely titles as "Undone - The Sweater Song," and "Buddy Holly," the story of a high school prom rejection.

Their goofy, garage-rock sound and incessant touring across the United States won them a solid following among the college and alternative rock crowds, as well as Japanese fans.

Weezer's second album, 1996's Pinkerton Service, didn't sell as well as their first, Weezer, but it did earn them the wrath of the Pinkerton Service security company, which promptly launched legal proceedings.

After the loss of Matt Sharp - whose falsetto harmonies were key to their sound - Weezer took time off to reassess themselves, mounting a comeback only last summer, when they participated in the cross-country Warped tour.

Encouraged by the positive response to their gigs, they decided to get serious about a comeback, and headed into the studio last Dec, before launching their current, ongoing US tour.

Weezer play Zepp Tokyo on Apr 12-13.
See listings for details.

Concert Listings
394: Regurgitator
393: Art Garfunkel


392: Belle and Sebastian
391: Super Furry Animals
390: Ben Folds
389: Elton John
388: Dido
387: Papa Roach
386: Beast Feast 2001
385: Summersonic
384: David Sylvian
383: Maxi Priest & Big Mountain
382: Fuji Rock Festival 01
381: Roxy Music
380: Bo Diddley
379: John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussain in Remember Shakti
378: Paul Weller
377: Coolio
376: Backyard Babies
375: Marcus Miller
374: Black Crowes
373: Megadeath
372: Dionne Warwick
371: Arrested Development
370: Mouse on Mars
369: Duran Duran
368: Linkin Park
367: Maceo Parker
366: Japan Blues Carnival 2001
365: Ben Harper
364: Cheap Trick
363: Stephen Malkmus
362: Mogwai
361: Weezer
360: Marilyn Manson
359: Green Day
358: AC/DC
357: Richard Thompson
356: Bob Dylan
355: J. Mascis
354: Leigh Stephen Kenny
352/3: Limp Bizkit
351: Boyz II Men
350: Reef
349: Park Tower Blues Festival
348: Roni Size
347: Compay Segundo
346: Incognito
345: Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes
344: Bad Religion
343: Japan Soul Festival 2000
342: Rocktober 2000
341: Richard Ashcroft
340: Motorhead
339: Festival Halou
338: Ricky Martin
337: Taj Mahal
336: Asian Dub Foundation
335: Lou Reed
334: Earth, Wind & Fire
333: Sting
332: No Doubt
331: Camel
330: Fuji Rock: Smash Talks
329: Summer Sonic
328: Mt. Fuju Aid 2000
327: Salif Keita
326: Buena Vista Social Club
325: Bill Frisell
324: Maxi Priest
323: Lenine
322: Rage Against the Machine
321: Tommy Flanagan Trio
320: Smashing Pumpkins
319: Pet Shop Boys
318: Japan Blues Carnival
317: Gipsy Kings
316: Steely Dan
315: Pshish
314: Big Night Out
313: Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
312: Harry Connick Jr.
311: Sonny Rollins
310: Speech
309: Santana