Weezer Auditioning Bass Players To Fill In For Welsh

Bassist resting at home due to unspecified medical problems.

With bassist Mikey Welsh unable to rehearse because of an unspecified "private medical problem," Weezer have begun holding auditions for a new bass player — apparently as a temporary replacement.

While the rest of the band rehearses for a possible tour and other projects, Welsh is resting in Boston near his family's home, according to band assistant Karl Koch.

In a posting on the group's Web site, Koch didn't provide any further information on Welsh's condition, except to say that it is "not a cliché rock-star drug problem."

Meanwhile, Weezer are planning to shoot a second video this week for "Island in the Sun" with director Spike Jonze ("Being John Malkovich," Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice"), according to Koch.

Even though the first video for the single is garnering airplay, the band's label, Interscope, doesn't think it's doing as well as it should, Koch said (see "'Island In The Sun' Video: Siega Proposes, Weezer Accept"). Also, the band was anxious to work again with Jonze, who directed their breakthrough video for "Buddy Holly."

A spokesperson for Interscope had no comment on Welsh's illness and the band's plans for a new video.

Welsh is Weezer's second bassist — he replaced original bass player Matt Sharp after Weezer's second album, Pinkerton (1996).

For a feature interview with Weezer, check out "Weezer: Gang Green".