Watch Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo cover Oasis, REM, Pixies and Smashing Pumpkins

At a gig in Los Angeles

Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo performed a special solo acoustic set last weekend, covering songs by Oasis, REM, Pixies and Smashing Pumpkins.

Cuomo performed at The Hi Hat in Los Angeles on Saturday night (March 10), playing a selection of Weezer hits (‘Buddy Holly’ and ‘Island In The Sun’ included) plus covers of REM’s ‘Losing My Religion’, Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Today’, Oasis’ ‘Champagne Supernova’ and Pixies’ ‘Where Is My Mind?’.

Watch fan-shot footage of the full show below. The REM cover comes at the 1:11 mark, Smashing Pumpkins at 5:34, Oasis cover at 1:27:32 and Pixies at 1:44:30.


Rivers Cuomo recently spoke to NME about Weezer’s latest album ‘Pacific Daydream’, Trump and Stranger Things.

The band’s 11th LP ‘Pacific Daydream’ was released last October. It followed on from last year’s ‘The White Album’ and was described by Cuomo as the group’s “biggest departure” from their signature sound. It came ahead of planned follow-up, ‘The Black Album’, which the singer teased as being “darker, more experimental and wildly negative”.

Cuomo discussed “not very smart guy” Donald Trump, “friendly bitter rivals” Foo Fighters and his love of Stranger Things. Of the latter show, Cuomo says: “It reminded me of my childhood”.

Of Trump, Cuomo said: “I could be totally wrong, but he seems like not a very smart guy and not a very nice person. I did not vote for him and it’s mind-boggling that he’s our President.”