Frank Cuomo joined band to play drums on 'Back To The Shack' at LA's Burgerama festival
Weezer were joined on stage by frontman Rivers Cuomo’s father during their performance at Burgerama in Los Angeles this weekend. Watch footage of the performance below, now (from the 30-minute mark).
Frank Cuomo joined son Rivers and his bandmates as they headlined the second day of the LA festival, which this year took place on March 28-29 and also included sets by Black Lips, Ariel Pink, Fidlar, Gang Of Four and Bone Thugs N-Harmony at The Observatory venue.
Introducing his dad to the stage, Rivers Cuomo said: “Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time in the history of the universe please give a welcome to the Weezer stage my dad, Frank Cuomo.”
The band then played ‘Back To The Shack’ with Cuomo Snr. Rivers changed the line, “Maybe I should play the lead guitar and Pat should play the drums” in the song to “Maybe I should play the lead guitar and my dad should play the drums.”
Weezer released their ninth studio album ‘Everything Will Be Alright In The End’ in October 2014. Rivers Cuomo said his relationship with his father was one of the main inspirations for the album.
Speaking to NME about his father’s influence on the record, Cuomo said: “My father was in the army, stationed in Germany, when I was growing up, so I didn’t see him much. That gave me a lot to write about, and I explored the father figure theme in other ways, too. There’s a song called ‘Eulogy For A Rock Band’ about Weezer’s musical forefathers. ‘The British Are Coming’ is about the American colonies’ relations with their imperial father, the British Empire. And ‘Foolish Father’ could be me singing about my father or me singing about my daughter.”
Frank Cuomo played drums in the band The Weather Report in the 1960s. He also was the percussionist for saxophonist Wayne Shorter and featured on the 1970 album ‘Odyssey of Iska’.