Weezer Regrouping For Next LP, Tour

Four years (and one major personnel change) have passed since the band delivered its last album to stores, but there is once again movement in the Weezer camp.

A spokesperson at the band's record label, Geffen Records, told MTV News that Weezer frontman and chief creative force Rivers Cuomo is currently writing material for what would be the band's long-awaited follow-up to 1996's "Pinkerton."

The band is also planning to take its buzzing alt-guitar-pop out on the road for a stretch that is likely to include some dates on this summer's Vans Warped Tour. Fan sites have posted itineraries that would see Weezer play numerous West Coast dates (including a week-long stint on Warped) from mid-June to early July. Geffen reports that the group has yet to confirm its tour plans, but adds that confirmed tour dates are expected soon.

Geffen also notes that the band is still in the earliest stages of putting new material together, and there is no timetable in

place for the release of a new album. The label did say that Weezer will likely hit the studio and begin recording sometime after its summer tour dates.

The album would mark the band's first with Mikey Welsh on bass. Welsh, formerly of Juliana Hatfield's group, replaced original Weezer bassist Matt Sharp in 1998 when Sharp left to devote more time to his other band, The Rentals.