After months of speculation, a source close to power-pop band Weezer
confirmed Tuesday that original bassist Matt Sharp will be leaving the band to
concentrate on his Moog-obsessed side project, the Rentals.
Sharp's replacement is Boston-based bassist Mikey Welsh (Juliana Hatfield).
Welsh will be on hand when Weezer begin sessions for their third album, the
follow-up to 1996's Pinkerton, for which they have almost finished pre-
Although Sharp has not officially left the group yet, an announcement is
expected soon, according to the source, who wanted to remain anonymous.
Welsh won the spot in the "Buddy Holly" band after sitting in a few times over
the past year with singer Rivers Cuomo during some low-key shows at Boston
bar T.T. The Bears.
Sharp's last released work with the band will likely be an old song ("Mykel &
Carli") featured on a compilation released last November to benefit the family of
Mykel and Carli Allan, two sisters who ran the Weezer fan club who, along with
their younger sister, Trysta, were killed in a car accident in early July of last
In addition, the benefit album Hear You Me! featured songs by
Kara's Flowers, Supersport 2000, Chopper One, Black Market Flowers and
Sharp also appeared on the song "American Girls" with singer Cuomo -- under
the band name Homie -- on the soundtrack to the recent kid flick "Meet the