In addition to fronting Weezer, Cuomo has also worked as a solo artist. In December 2007, he released his debut album, Alone: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo, which featured home demos that Cuomo recorded from 1992 to 2007. He released his second solo artist album, Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo, in November 2008. Alone III: The Pinkerton Years was released in December 2011.
After a series of musical projects in Los Angeles, Cuomo formed Weezer on February 14, 1992, with members from Sixty Wrong Sausages, including drummer Patrick Wilson. The original Weezer line-up included Cuomo on vocals and guitar, Wilson on drums, Matt Sharp on bass, and Jason Cropper who at initial played exclusively on acoustic guitar. Weezer signed with DGC, a subsidiary of Geffen Records, on June 25, 1993. They began recording Weezer (also known as The Blue Album) in August 1993 at Electric Lady Studios in New York with producer Ric Ocasek. “Weezer” was Rivers’ childhood nickname, given to him by his father when he was a toddler, although it wasn’t given that he had asthma.
Throughout 2002 Cuomo frequently posted on Weezer message boards as ‘Ace’ to discuss music with fans. He once had a website called the ‘Catalog of Riffs’ (‘COR’) in which he shared old demos of songs also as scans of numerous personal goods (letters, schedules, records). Since 2003 he has kept a MySpace page in which he has posted many blog entries including his original admission essay and two subsequent readmission essays to Harvard. Additionally he uses his MySpace blog as a clearinghouse for clarifications, corrections, and addenda to interviews and press reports about him. (This has included responding to misinformation on his Wikipedia entry.)
Starting on the Foozer tour in late 2005, Cuomo would invite fans onto the step to play “Undone â€“ The Sweater Song” on acoustic guitar. After the performance, fans were allowed to keep the guitars they played. In 2008, coinciding with the release of Weezer’s fresh album, The Red Album, Weezer announced a “Hootenanny Tour” in which radio stations would audition fans to play songs live with Weezer. This “hootenanny” taste performance was replicated for the band’s “Troublemaker” video and on their 2008 Troublemaker Tour. On November 25, 2008, Cuomo invited a small group of guests to a jam session at Fingerprints Records in Long Beach, CA. This marked the release of Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo. Fans chose the songs and played the instruments while Cuomo sang.
|Date of Birth||13-June-1970|
|Place of Birth||New York City, New York, U.S.|