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Hurley and Death to False Metal (2010–present)[edit]

The album Hurley was released in September 2010 through Epitaph Records. The name comes from the character Hugo "Hurley" Reyes from the television show Lost. Jorge Garcia, the actor who portrayed Hurley, stated that being featured on the album cover is "one of the biggest honors of [his] career." [1][2] Weezer used internet streaming service YouTube as a way to promote the album. Weezer loaned itself to 15 amateur online video producers, "going along with whatever plans the creator could execute in about 30 minutes." They have used many of the popular channels to promote themselves, such as Barely Political, Ray William Johnson and Fred Figglehorn. The Gregory Brothers solicited musical and vocal contributions from the band on one of its compositions built around speeches by Rep. Charles Rangel and President Barack Obama. Weezer calls the promotion "The YouTube Invasion".[3]

In November 2010, Weezer released a compilation album composed of re-recorded versions of unused recordings spanning various years, Death to False Metal.[4][5] On the same day a deluxe version of Pinkerton, which includes "25 demos, outtakes and live tracks" was also released.[6] A third volume of Rivers Cuomo's solo Alone series, titled The Pinkerton Years is also planned for release.[7][8] They also contributed a cover of The Cars' "You Might Think" for the Disney-Pixar film Cars 2.[9]

On October 8, 2011 former bassist Mikey Welsh was found dead in a Chicago, Illinois hotel room. Weezer performed in Chicago the very next day, and dedicated the concert to Welsh (Welsh was supposed to be a surprise guest at that concert).[10]

The band began working on their tenth studio album in September 2010 with the intent of a 2011 release[11] although the year ended without seeing a release. The band headlined a four-day rock-themed Carnival Cruise from Miami to Cozumel that set sail on January 19, 2012.[12][13][14]

In May 2012, drummer Patrick Wilson released his fourth studio album with side-project, The Special Goodness, entitled Natural.

In July 2012 Weezer will headline the inaugural Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  1. ^ "Weezer Signs To Epitaph, New Album in September". 2010-08-04. Retrieved 2010-08-05. 
  2. ^ Posted 8/11/10 (2010-08-11). "What Does 'Lost' 's Hurley Think Of Weezer's Hurley? We Asked Him! - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  3. ^ Smith, Ethan. (2010-09-13). Weezer: The “YouTube Invasion” Begins Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2010-09-14.
  4. ^ "Weezer Set To Release "Hurley" Follow-up Album In November". KROQ-FM. Retrieved 2010-12-06.  "'Together, they are the album that should logically follow Hurley,' says Weezer front-man Rivers Cuomo."
  5. ^ "Rivers Cuomo Music Interview". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2010-12-06.  RC:... we just started working on our 10th record. (In reference to an upcoming album, with Hurley being their 8th album and Death to False Metal being their 9th)
  6. ^ Graff, Gary. (2010-10-30). Weezer sets out to rewrite legacy of ‘Pinkerton’ The Macomb Daily. Retrieved 2010-11-02.
  7. ^ Cite error: The named reference was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  8. ^ Sterdan, Darryl. (2010-09-03) Weezer album title causes stir The Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  9. ^ "Weezer record song for Cars 2 soundtrack". Kerrang!. June 14, 2011. Retrieved September 17, 2011. 
  10. ^ Nickeas, Peter (October 9, 2011). "Drug overdose suspected in death of former Weezer bass player". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
  11. ^ (2010-09-14). Weezer start work on 'Hurley' follow-up Retrieved 2010-09-15.
  12. ^ "Weezer still sailing own way, including cruise concert". 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  13. ^ "The Weezer Cruise Promises Awkwardness Ahoy". 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  14. ^ "Weezer Announce Caribbean Cruise". 2011-07-12. Retrieved 2012-01-14.