When Rivers Cuomo was in high school, an exercise in his senior psychology class involved students planning out their prospective futures.
“I said, ‘I’ll be a rock star until I’m 30, then I’ll be a classical composer until I’m 40, then I’ll write novels until I’m 50, and then I’m done,’” was how the Weezer frontman remembers his projected future life at the time. He is now 48 years old and very much still a rock star, something he seems comfortable enough with, if not necessarily excited about.
“Here I am, still doing three-minute pop-rock songs in a band!” he shrugs. “I guess this is just what I do. I guess I’m kind of a limited animal.”
There is one thing he is excited about, though. In the lead-up to the Brixton show, Weezer are taking advantage of being in Britain in a way that doesn’t necessarily scream ‘rock band on tour’. Not for Weezer such Mötley Crüe-esque misadventures involving illicit substances and debauched mayhem. No, they’re relaxing by taking in the finest Gloucestershire has to offer, with a trip to the UK’s largest Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
“We’re planning to spend a week in the Cotswolds before the tour,” Rivers reveals. “I’m really excited. We’ve always dreamed about it. My wife is Japanese, and the Japanese have this insane fixation with the Cotswolds. They totally romanticise it. I think it’s great too, and I’m a huge Shakespeare fan, so we’ll take a day trip up to Stratford-Upon-Avon, and of course I want to see Stonehenge, too. We’re pretty bucolic people.”
To back up his Shakespearean credentials – which, given his degree in English from Harvard, are hardly in doubt – Rivers quotes a line from Twelfth Night that he can’t get out of his head: ‘You are now sailed into the north of my lady’s opinion, where you will hang like an icicle on a Dutchman’s beard’. “Why a Dutchman?” he muses. “Did the Netherlands seem a lot further away in the 1600s?”
Quoting Shakespeare and questioning potential artificial immortality? All in a day’s work for Rivers Cuomo, apparently – comfortably still rock’s most unusual frontman. Whatever the response to his next projects, and whatever questions posed by the nagging self-doubt that remains inside him, he’ll keep on going.
“It’s fun playing with the guys,” he says. “We’ll continue to experiment and make records that some people think are good and some people might think are bad. Some will be successful and some won’t, and it doesn’t really matter. We’re just going to keep going on being Weezer.”
How comforting and reassuring. And no Weezer fan from any era of the band would have it any other way.
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