Main Page

From Weezerpedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Discordlogo.png Join the official Weezerpedia Discord server! - https://discord.gg/GCFFrkqy22
Twitter-logo.png Follow Weezerpedia on Twitter @weezerpedia Edit this banner

Welcome to Weezerpedia,
the Weezer encyclopedia.
6,700 articles and counting.
Community · Editing · Style Guide · FAQ · Help

Contents · Categories · All Pages

Featured video: Avant Garde performing "Tongue of Fire" at the E.O. Smith Battle of the Bands, 1988.



Weezer B-Sides on YouTube | edit | previous featured videos

Featured article: Avant Garde


Zoom promo 2.jpg

Avant Garde (later known as Zoom) was a progressive heavy metal band from Connecticut. Featuring technical and heavy guitar solos, a dramatic production sense, and hair metal aesthetics, the band was formed by Rivers Cuomo and his childhood friends at E.O. Smith and Rockville high schools. Drawing inspiration from Judas Priest and Kiss, Avant Garde's lineup consisted of Cuomo on guitar, Justin Fisher on bass, Kevin Ridel on lead vocals, his brother Eric Ridel on guitar, and Bryn Mutch on drums. The band relocated to Los Angeles from Connecticut in 1988, changed its name to Zoom.

The band released three demos, each recorded on cassette tape. The first two releases were untitled, but - as Weezer albums would do later on - took their names from their packaging color: The Blue Demo (1987) and The Purple Demo (1988). These were followed by Somethin' Different! (1989).

Justin Fisher would later perform in Shufflepuck, Homie, Nerf Herder, and Psoma. Ridel would lead AM Radio and a number of other bands. Mutch still plays live in the Connecticut music community.

full article | edit | previous featured articles

Featured song: "Never Forget" Icon - YouTube.png


Somethindifferentcover.png

"Never Forget" is the sixth track from Avant Garde's second demo, The Purple Demo, as well as the final track on the band's third demo, Somethin' Different!

"Never Forget" features an extended instrumental guitar section that appears[citation needed] to feature three distinct parts: solos from Rivers Cuomo and Eric Ridel, followed by a duet between the two. It isn't known who performs each individual solo. The song was played live at at least two of the band's performances: Avant Garde concert: 05/24/88 and Avant Garde concert: 04/21/88.

full article | edit | previous featured songs

On this day... May 23

May 21 | May 22 | May 23 | May 24 | May 25

Featured image


Shirt-AvantGarde.jpg

Merch from Avant Garde, Rivers Cuomo's pre-Weezer 1980's hair metal band.
Photo credit: Joel-G
c. 1988

See more from the Merch gallery

more images | edit | previous featured images

Featured quote



Emptylogo.png
From a December 1994 article in the Hartford Courant

[Kevin] Ridel is not surprised that Cuomo has achieved such success with Weezer. But [another] person is: Kenneth Holton, Cuomo's high school music teacher, a classical theorist (and decidedly not a metal fan), who listened to Avant Garde just to encourage a favorite student.
"He was fascinated by heavy metal.…He had very long, teased hair all around his head. My chorus got a reputation for having the kid with the long hair," remembered Holton, now retired.
"It's been really interesting for me. I hear a lot of harmonies and the chord changes of pop songs [in Weezer]. I was really surprised to hear all that coming through. [Cuomo] rejected all that entirely in high school."

- Roger Catlin (Staff Writer from the Hartford Courant), Hartford Courant article - December 4, 1996

see full article | edit | previous featured quotes


Weezerpedia elsewhere on the web

Translate

MandC.jpg

Retrieved from "https://www.weezerpedia.com/w/index.php?title=Main_Page&oldid=91728"