Weezer Stories from B.o.B, Deftones, Mastodon, and More
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:42:28
Everybody's got a little Weezer in them.
The alternative rock revolutionaries have certainly left an indelible and impactful mark on music and pop culture—and rightfully so. Let's face it. Weezer rule. You can't dispute it.
So, in honor of the release of Everything Will Be Alright In the End Tuesday September 30, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino spoke to B.o.B, Chino Moreno of Deftones, Bill Kelliher of Mastodon, and many more about the band's influence on them.
B.o.B: Weezer are legends, man! I love that band. They're definitely a group that I like to come back to. It was so dope working on "Magic" from B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray with Rivers Cuomo. He was such a pro, and he was so easy to work with. We both just felt it in the studio and went for it. I'm a fan for life.
Chino Moreno of Deftones, ††† (Crosses), Team Sleep, & Palms
Chino Moreno: They're just a great band. I know the first time I heard them was sometime around when The Blue Album came out. That was when I became a fan. I listened to that record a lot, and we used to cover "Say It Ain't So" with Deftones. They're like the ultimate pop songs, and that American vibe they put out is dope. Pinkerton was awesome too. It was a really solid follow-up.
Bill Kelliher of Mastodon & Primate
Bill Kelliher: I really love the first couple of Weezer albums. Those are truly some of my favorite records of all-time. I fucking love The Blue Album and Pinkerton. They've got those vocal harmonies with really heavy guitars and almost a pop sensibility. It's just unlike anything else out there.
Lzzy Hale of Halestorm
Lzzy Hale: We love Rivers Cuomo! Writing with him was such a unique, awesome, and really just plain different experience. Weezer's awesome, and it was an honor. I'll never forget it. That's for sure.
Mickey Schiff of White Arrows
Mickey Schiff: In seventh or eighth grade, I remember listening to The Blue Album from front to back when this older kid with his license was driving me to a school event. My mind was completely blown. I went out, bought it, and loaded it into my shockproof Walkman. It's so good! It made me realize that there was more out there than what's on the radio. Pinkerton is amazing.
Dustin Bates of Starset
Dustin Bates: I first heard The Blue Album on sort of a field trip. I was on a school trip to New York City. My friend had it. He was like, "Here check this out!" He tossed over his portable CD player with 40-second ESP, whatever that was [Laughs]. I listened to that the whole way through, and it changed my life. I love that record. It made me want to write songs.
What's your favorite Weezer song?
See our "First Reaction" piece about Everything Will Be Alright In The End!