Weezer Pick Temp Replacement For Mikey Welsh

L.A. hard rocker to fill in for bassist on upcoming tour.

Weezer have picked Scott Shriner, the bassist from Los Angeles hard rock band Broken, as a temporary replacement for ailing Mikey Welsh.

Shriner confirmed on Monday (August 20) that he had been "subbing for Mikey Welsh," but added, "It's not permanent ... It's just kind of a temporary job." He will remain a member of Broken.

Saying he was hesitant to talk without permission from Weezer, Shriner declined to say how he had found his way into the band.

Weezer assistant Karl Koch announced Shriner's appointment as temporary bassist in a post on the band's official Web site (www.weezer.com). Koch, like Shriner, declined to give further details.

Broken's Web site (www.brokenband.com) calls the band's self-titled EP (sold on the site) "four of the most kick-ass rock and roll tracks you've ever heard."

Judging from audio clips available online, Broken's primordial hard rock falls somewhere between AC/DC and the Murder City Devils with a female lead vocalist.

A spokesperson for Weezer's label, Interscope, could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday.

Welsh recently checked into a psychiatric hospital for treatment of an undisclosed condition, according to Koch (see "Weezer Bassist Checks Into Psychiatric Hospital").

The band said last week it was auditioning possible temporary replacements in case Welsh fails to recover in time for its tour, which kicks off September 11 in San Jose, California (see "Weezer To Tour Arenas With Or Without Ailing Bassist").

For a full-length interview with Weezer, check out "Weezer: Gang Green".