ABC Recovery interview with Rivers Cuomo - 1996
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Rivers Cuomo is interviewed by Dylan Lewis on ABC TV's Recovery during Weezer's 1996 Australian tour. Fans typically call the results of this interview "disastrous."
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?
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.
And um, all the way from Los Angeles. LA. How are the gigs there? Here I mean?
The gigs here?
Are they good? You've done a couple-
We're still a little sleepy from jet lag.
Really? I can't tell.
Um, drink enough Jagermeister and I think we have a good time.
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?
It's a long time ago to remember that.
I think we were even oblivious of what day it was but just looking back on it, seems like a nice coincidence.
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.
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.
-become a rock star.
And it was specifically to be a rock star?
Mmm. Wow. Is it an easy job being a rock star?
You get flowers and stuff.
It's easier than other jobs I've had-
Yeah hosting shows and stuff yeah. And is a rewarding job?
Um, yeah. It's very rewarding.
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?
Mostly the United States.
Yeah, all over the place. And world?
No. In Europe-
Europe is world.
This is our first time in Australia.
Then we go to Japan. That will be fun.
It will be fun. Um, um. I'm gonna just go through quickly here.
He flips through pages of his questions.
'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.
Yeah. Today we're still allowed to say it.
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?
That was recorded last September, last December and April and June.
Wow. A long recording process. LA, Boston and New York ??? recorded ???.