Van Weezer

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Van Weezer
Van Weezer cover
Studio album by Weezer
Recorded 2018-2019
Label Crush Music/Atlantic Records
Producer Suzy Shinn
Professional reviews
  • Q Magazine 4/5 stars4/5 stars4/5 stars4/5 stars4/5 stars
Weezer chronology
Weezer (The Black Album)
(2019)
Van Weezer
(2021)
OK Human
(planned)
Singles from Van Weezer
  1. "The End of the Game"
    Released: September 10, 2019
  2. "Hero"
    Released: May 6, 2020

Van Weezer is an upcoming album by Weezer. The title is a reference to the band Van Halen, as the album features a focus on heavy guitars. Originally slated for release on May 15, 2020, the album has been postponed until May of 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Overview

Rivers Cuomo first mentioned the existence of the album while explaining the existence of OK Human in an interview with Los Angeles Times in February of 2019:

But that won’t necessarily be the one to come out first after the Black Album, Cuomo cautioned as he walked me to the door. He’s also working on a project called “Van Weezer,” about which he said, “You can probably figure out the concept from the title alone.”

Maybe because I had Harry Nilsson on the brain, I thought he was referring to Van Morrison.

“Wrong Van,” he said in a way that made it clear he meant Van Halen.

When asked about Weezer's two upcoming albums in an interview with Billboard published March 1st, Cuomo said: "One was mostly done before the Black Album. It’s currently called OK Human and was produced by Jake Sinclair, who did our White Album. The other one, I’m depressed thinking about it. I have this huge emotional block. It’s called Van Weezer, and it’s basically a super-rock album. Like the Blue Album, but more guitar riffs." Brian Bell acknowledged the album's existence in various interviews throughout 2019. In an August interview with Spanish blog Binaural, Bell suggested that Crush Management would prefer to release Van Weezer before OK Human.

In August of 2019, a casting call was posted to backstage.com looking for extras to play "Weezer party goers" in an upcoming music video [1]. On August 23, musician and producer Tim Pagnotta posted a story to his Instagram page that read "Jammin’ new @Weezer I worked on :)".

On September 6, 2019, the song "The End of the Game" leaked onto the American television music service Music Choice. Its music video and the announcement of the album were both dropped on September 10, 2019.

On March 26, a promotional browser game was released titled "The End of the Game" Game [2]

On April 9, it was revealed in a Zoom chat with fans that a single for the album was originally scheduled to be released either that day, or the next, but had been delayed (likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic). Karl Koch posted on the Weezer Fan Club Facebook group asking for footage of people involved in the outbreak, and that a deadline would be on April 15, leading fans to speculate that the footage would be used for an upcoming video.

The next day, on April 10, Rivers Cuomo revealed that there would be a Homie song on Van Weezer, as well as an unreleased 1992 song written with former Weezer guitarist Jason Cropper, as a bonus track. It was also revealed that all the album's tracks were fully mastered, with the only track ordering left to be determined. On April 14, Cuomo sang a small segment of the song during a webinar with fans hosted by Cuomo on the video platform Zoom, for which Cropper was present. On September 2, Cuomo confirmed via a Riverpedia entry that the 1992 song "I've Thrown It All Away" had recently been recorded with the band, leading many to suspect that it was the bonus track. The article was later updated on September 6 to specify that it would be on the album. It is possible that the song was turned into a base album track (potentially replacing "One More Hit"). On September 3, Cuomo confirmed via another Riverpedia entry that "Sheila Can Do (It)" was the aforementioned Homie song appearing on Van Weezer.

On April 17, during a Zoom chat with fans, Cuomo stated that the release of Van Weezer had been postponed (due to the COVID-19 pandemic). The postponement was formally announced alongside the release of the second single, "Hero", on May 6, 2020, though no new release date has yet been announced.

On April 30, the track names "Precious Metal Girl", "Beginning of the End", "She Needs Me", "I Need Some of That", and "Blue Dream" were confirmed by the June 2020 issue of the magazine Guitar Player.

On May 1, Weezer posted an image to their social media accounts of a piece of paper with the date of May 6 written on it.[3] Many assumed this was signaling the release of the next single, Hero, as the image lined up with an additional request by Karl Koch for the Fanclub to provide videos of people "passing a blank piece of paper from left to right". These suspicions were confirmed on May 4 as Weezer updated the photo to feature the song's name written above the date.

On May 2, Suzy Shinn posted a snippet of a song to her Instagram account. It was later revealed in an Island in the Zoom conference that same night that the snippet heard was from the track "One More Hit". On August 21, Cuomo confirmed via a Riverpedia entry that the song would no longer be on the album, adding that it was "In talks with a video game."

On May 7, it was revealed that Weezer would appear as guests on the animated sitcom The Simpsons on May 10, and that the Van Weezer track "Blue Dream" would be unveiled during the episode. A short instrumental clip of the song could be heard.

On August 14, a version of the song "Beginning of the End" (dubbed the "Wyld Stallyns Edit") was released as a track from the soundtrack to the forthcoming film Bill & Ted Face the Music. The band's official social media accounts also announced that the album would be delayed until May 2021 [4] in order to coincide with the also-postponed Hella Mega Tour. The band additionally commented "More music coming for you Humans real soon, Ok?" [5], hinting at the possible forthcoming release of OK Human.

Known track titles

Other Tracks Recorded During Sessions

Trivia

  • Van Weezer currently holds the record for the longest amount of time between the release of two singles for the same album prior to release. With 239 days (7 months, 26 days) having passed between the releases of "The End of the Game" and "Hero". (On September 10, 2019 and May 6, 2020 respectively.)

See also