When MTV News spoke to Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo on Wednesday night, just before the band took the stage at Florida State University for their first show since the bus crash that sidelined Cuomo for a month, the singer let us know that because some of his injuries were still nagging him, he wouldn’t be able to do “the full David Lee Roth routine.”
Always one to keep a surprise or two in store, Cuomo reached out for some band-fronting assistance in the form of Paramore singer Hayley Williams. She joined the band on stage to share vocal duties on their classic hit “Say It Ain’t So.” The pair swapped vocal lines and harmonized on the chorus, and the live crowd in Tallahassee, Florida ate it up.
As is her wont, Williams narrated the experience via her Twitter account. She expressed her excitement about traveling to meet the band and also posted a photo of the giant glowing “W” that the group uses as a backdrop on stage.
Following the performance, she was thoughtful and ecstatic. “Rocked out with my … brown striped socks out,” she wrote. “That show was ridiculous. Won’t ever forget the first time I sang in 2010 was with Weezer.” Williams wasn’t the only special guest, as the band also welcomed Jermaine Dupri to the stage to tag-team on “Can’t Stop Partying.”
The rest of Weezer’s show went off without a hitch, and though Cuomo wasn’t as manic as he sometimes is on stage, he looked no worse for the wear and didn’t appear to be in any profound pain while he and his bandmates plowed through a set of old favorites as well as tracks from their latest album Raditude. The group will take a bit more time off but plan to return in force soon with more singles from the album and more tour dates in the future.