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|Studio album by Weezer|
|Released||May 7, 2021|
|Label||Crush Music/Atlantic Records|
|Singles from Van Weezer|
Van Weezer is the forthcoming fifteenth studio album by Weezer. The title is a reference to the band Van Halen, as the album features a focus on heavy guitars and more arena-rock styled songs. Originally slated for release on May 15, 2020, the album was postponed until May of 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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. 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 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, Cuomo mentioned that there would be a Homie song on Van Weezer, as well as a bonus track originally written around 1992. 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, "I've Thrown It All Away", during a webinar with fans hosted by Cuomo on the video platform Zoom, for which co-writer Jason 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. The article was later updated on September 6 to specify that it would be on the album. 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.
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. 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 when the band 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  in order to coincide with the also-postponed Hella Mega Tour. The band additionally commented "More music coming for you Humans real soon, Ok?" hinting at the possible forthcoming release of OK Human.
On January 28, a full track listing for the album appeared on Amazon.com, but was removed shortly thereafter. As of April 2021, several online stores and press streams displayed slightly different track listings with The End of the Game and Hero swapping places, sometimes with I've Thrown It All Away as a bonus track or with Hero missing.
Possible track listing
|1.||"The End of the Game"||Cuomo, Tim Pagnotta||3:01|
|2.||"All the Good Ones"|
|3.||"Hero"||Rivers Cuomo, Daniel Bedingfield, Dave Basset, David Charles Marshall Biral, Denzel Michael-Akil Baptiste, Daniel Omelio||3:56|
|4.||"I Need Some of That"||Cuomo, Josh Alexander, Billy Steinberg||3:19|
|5.||"Beginning of the End"||Cuomo, Billy Joel|
|6.||"Blue Dream"||Cuomo, Bob Daisley, Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads|
|7.||"1 More Hit"|
|8.||"Sheila Can Do It"||Cuomo|
|9.||"She Needs Me"|
|10.||"Precious Metal Girl"|
|11.||"I've Thrown It All Away"|
Other songs recorded during Van Weezer sessions
- "You've Got Me, Who's Got You"
- "It's Only in Your Head"
- "Be Careful What You Wish For"
- "It's Lonely at the Top"
- "It's Always Summer in Bikini Bottom"
- "The Simpsons Theme"
- 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.)
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- Ginsberg, Gab. "Rivers Cuomo on His Data-Driven Approach to Weezer" Billboard. 1 March 2019. https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8500614/weezer-rivers-cuomo-data-driven-approach-interview
- Porcar, Pablo. "[Entrevista] Weezer: «Nos funciona confeccionar los discos de forma encadenada»" Binaural, 6 August 2019. https://www.binaural.es/entrevista/entrevista-weezer-nos-funciona-confeccionar-los-discos-de-forma-encadenada/
- "Popular Band Music Video - Extras for Party Scene." Backstage. https://www.backstage.com/casting/weezer-music-video-extras-for-party-scene-312219/
- Clay, Tiffany. "Rivers Cuomo Island In The Zoom 4-10-2020." YouTube, uploaded by Tiffany C, 4 October 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23lKoWnxEVc
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- @weezer. Twitter, 4 May 2020, 1:00 p.m. UTC, https://twitter.com/Weezer/status/1257354314802237449
- Weezer B-Sides "Weezer - One More Hit [clip]." YouTube, 4 September 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toBrCApBFXk
- @weezer. "More music coming for you Humans real soon, Ok?" Twitter, 14 August 2020, 12:09 a.m. UTC, https://twitter.com/Weezer/status/1294124031612989442
- @weezer "p.s. Van Weezer is still coming out on May 7th". Twitter, 18 January 2021, 3:11 p.m. UTC, https://twitter.com/weezer/status/1351260915413512203
- "Van Weezer". Amazon. 28 January 2021. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07XGN4PT7 Wayback Machine https://web.archive.org/web/20210128130052/https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07XGN4PT7