ABC Recovery interview with Rivers Cuomo - October 5, 1996
|ABC Recovery interview with Rivers Cuomo - 1996|
|Date||October 5, 1996[Note 1]|
|Aired||October 5, 1996|
Recovery Season 1, Episode 25
Dylan Lewis: Like you to make very welcome, a very special guest, who has stopped over on the way to Livid. Please make welcome, River. Hello. River Weezer! Thanks for dropping in. Are you like actually waiting for a plane as we speak?
Dylan Lewis: Sorry. Sorry about that. It's ver- Weezer. Weezer is the band that River is from.
He picks up copy of Pinkerton and holds it up to the camera.
Dylan Lewis: And um, all the way from Los Angeles. LA. How are the gigs there? Here I mean?
Rivers: The gigs here?
Dylan Lewis: Yes.
Rivers: They're good.
Dylan Lewis: Are they good? You've done a couple-
Rivers: We're still a little sleepy from jet lag.
Dylan Lewis: Really? I can't tell.
Rivers: Um, drink enough Jagermeister and I think we have a good time.
Dylan Lewis: That's good. Now these guys um formed in LA, on the 14 February '92. Now how come you went on a date on that day? 'Cause it was Valentine's day. Was it just a blokey thing you were doing? Forming a band?
Rivers: Um, It's-
Dylan Lewis: It's a long time ago to remember that.
Rivers: I think we were even oblivious of what day it was but just looking back on it, seems like a nice coincidence.
Dylan Lewis: Yeah. I noticed that, and picked up on it but... It's not a love thing then. Um, did you go to LA to become rock stars? I understand you originally weren't from LA.
Rivers: Yeah, as soon as I graduated high school, I uh, went across the country to LA to-
Someone on set hands Rivers a bunch of flowers. The audience giggles.
Rivers: -become a rock star.
Dylan Lewis: And it was specifically to be a rock star?
Dylan Lewis: Mmm. Wow. Is it an easy job being a rock star?
Dylan Lewis: You get flowers and stuff.
Rivers: It's easier than other jobs I've had-
Dylan Lewis: Yeah hosting shows and stuff yeah. And is a rewarding job?
Rivers: Um, yeah. It's very rewarding.
Dylan Lewis: I'm glad 'cause you guys did 250 gigs in about a year and half. That doesn't sound easy to me. Where were you touring in that time?
Rivers: Mostly the United States.
Dylan Lewis: Yeah, all over the place. And world?
Rivers: No. In Europe-
Dylan Lewis: Europe.
Rivers: -United States.
Dylan Lewis: Europe is world.
Rivers: This is our first time in Australia.
Dylan Lewis: Yeah?
Rivers: Then we go to Japan. That will be fun.
Dylan Lewis: It will be fun. Um, um. I'm gonna just go through quickly here.
He flips through pages of his questions.
Dylan Lewis: 'Cause we're running out of time - Pinkerton. Are we allowed to say that on air? As I understand your having trouble with that name.
Rivers: Yeah. Today we're still allowed to say it.
Dylan Lewis: I'm glad. Pinkerton is the album. Um, debuted at number 19 on the U.S. billboard charts and number 44 on the ARIA charts. When was that recorded?
Rivers: That was recorded last September, last December and April and June.
Dylan Lewis: Wow. A long recording process. LA, Boston and New York ??? recorded ???.