Pop geeks Weezer have managed to sort out their well-publicized
differences (a January '97 cover story in Alternative Press entitled
"The Unraveling of Weezer" found the members slamming each other and acting
like ex's in the midst of a nasty custody battle).
The members plan to
re-group for a tour with pop darlings, No Doubt.
For a while it looked
like bassist Matt Sharp wouldn't be joining his bandmates in their first set of
extensive dates since January due to his continuing work on his side-project
band The Rentals and the increasingly uncomfortable situation between reclusive
singer Rivers Cuomo and the rest of the group. Sharp has been holed up in a
London studio for the past few months creating and producing the next synth pop
extravaganza from The Rentals, which is tentatively scheduled for a late summer
Meanwhile, drummer Pat Wilson has been at work on his own side
project, Special Goodness, as has guitarist Brian Bell, with his moonlighting
outfit, Space Twins.
Geffen Records is calling the band the "new and
improved Weezer." We're sure that's a joke. You know, like a take-off on "new
and improved Tide," or something. Right, guys? Guys?
Anyway, we're told the
band has re-discovered their spark and gotten excited (as excited as they get
really) about opening shows in 27,000-seaters for No Doubt, who will be
unveiling an elaborate, orange tree-themed set for this latest tour. The
unveiling of the shiny happy Weezer will take place at a May 19 radio show for
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