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Featured video: Jason Cropper discussing how major label recording contracts have changed since 1993 (August 2023).

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Featured article: Memories Tour

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The Memories Tour was a concert tour by Weezer wherein the band played their first two records - Weezer (The Blue Album) and Pinkerton in their entirety. Initially scheduled from November 2010 to January 2011, the tour has been intermittently "revived," with Blue- or Pinkerton-only shows performed as late as September 2015. The tour was named for the lead single from 2010's Hurley.

Most Memories Tour venues were booked for two consecutive nights, with the first being devoted to Blue and the second to Pinkerton. The band opened each show with a setlist of hits and b-sides. The inclusion of "You Gave Your Love To Me Softly," "Susanne," and "Jamie" - all b-sides from the band's 90's output - was notable, as those songs have been performed infrequently by the band both before and after the tour. Karl Koch would host an intermission between this first set and the album-specific set, sharing images and stories from the band's early history.

Despite the fact that Pinkerton songs have been performed live by the band consistently through their career, much mention has been made in the press about Rivers Cuomo's attempts to distance himself from the record upon its initial commercial failure. The band initially considered calling the tour the "Blinkerton Tour," a portmanteau of "Blue" and "Pinkerton," with no apparent connection to Blink-182.

Soundboard recordings from multiple Memories Tour dates were released as official bootlegs dates.

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"Lonely Girl" is the fourth track on Everything Will Be Alright in the End.

The song is a reworking of an older and unheard Rivers Cuomo demo titled "Homely," first recorded in 2000. It is not known how different "Lonely Girl" is from this original song, however, as it was not included in-full in the demo bundles Cuomo released in 2020. Following the release of "Lonely Girl" in 2014, fans speculated that the song originated during the Green Album-era based on its song structure and the fact that Ric Ocasek produced the sessions for both records. The provenance of "Lonely Girl" was confirmed in 2020 when a demo titled "Follow" was released as part of Cuomo's digital demo compilation Alone VIII: The Maladroit Years in 2020, wherein an extremely brief snippet of the end of "Homely" can be heard.

"Lonely Girl" was the third song released from Everything Will Be Alright in the End prior to the album's full release, but it was not a single. The liner notes for EWBAITE, which group the album's songs by theme, include "Lonely Girl" in the "Belladonna" group. Shortly after the release of the album, an instrumental-only version of "Lonely Girl" was leaked online. In December 2017, an early studio mix of the song was leaked (along with the rest of the album).

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On this day... September 26

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Matt Sharp and Rivers Cuomo performing live at the Roxy in West Hollywood, CA.
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Dated August 1, 1993
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Featured quote: Rivers Cuomo on the perceived commercial disappointment of Pinkerton, June 1997.

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We're not surprised, really. We just have to keep putting out the best stuff we can. I think the new album is a lot better than the first in many ways, but I will not slight the first album. I love the first album. There's an innocence and artlessness on that album that's endearing. You can hear our style more now, though. My influences aren't so noticeable.

-Rivers Cuomo, Press of Atlantic City article - June 18, 1997

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