There is many a Weezer fan out there who has basically given up on the band after its cult classic Pinkerton was released in the 90’s, finding each album that followed to be more and more offensive to the band’s name. One such Weezer fan, James Burn, decided to make a Facebook page dedicated to raising $10 MM to get the band to retire. What’s the man’s reasoning? Well, as he notes on his page:
I have never been a fan of this band. I think that they are pretty much horrible, and always have been. Even in the early 90’s. But this isn’t about me. This is about the Weezer fans. They are our brothers and sisters, our friends, our lovers. Every year, Rivers Cuomo swears that he’s changed, and that their new album is the best thing that he’s done since “Pinkerton,” and what happens? Another pile of crap like “Beverly Hills” or “I’m Your Daddy.” This is an abusive relationship, and it needs to stop now. I am tired of my friends being disappointed year after year. I am tired of endless whimsical cutesy album covers and music videos. I’m sick of hearing about whatever this terrible (and yes, even if you like the early stuff, you should be able to admit that they are wretched now) excuse for a band is up to these days. If all 852,000 of you (really?) who bought “Pinkerton” pitch in $12, we will meet our goal. I beg you, Weezer. Take our money and disappear.At this point, the man has only raised a few hundred dollars, and the band themselves finally heard about the campaign. Recently, drummer Patrick Wilson tweeted “If they can make it 20 [million], we'll do the "deluxe breakup!” Recently, Burns has also received several death threats from adamant Weezer fans. Burns told the NY Times, “I wish more of Weezer’s fans would have the same sense of humor. I’ve actually received death threats over this, believe it or not[...] This whole campaign, I fully admit that it’s silly.” Well, if you’re feeling similarly about the band as Burns, you can always catch Weezer playing their first two beloved albums this fall at select cities, dubbed the Memories Tour. Currently, the dates are: 11-26 Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre 11-27 Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre 11-29 San Francisco, CA - Nob Hill Masonic Center 11-30 San Francisco, CA - Nob Hill Masonic Center 12-14 Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre 12-15 Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre 12-17 New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom 12-18 New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom 01-07 Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom 01-08 Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom And be sure to relive some of your favorite Pinkerton-era Weezer songs with Come On And Kick Me! The String Quartet Tribute To Weezer.