‘Say It Ain’t So’: Weezer To Split?
Rumours are furiously circulating throughout the college halls of America as Weezer fuel rumours of a split. In a recent interview, guitarist Brian is quoted to have revealed, they have "no idea" if the band will exist in a year's time.
Following a lukewarm response to their fifth album ‘Make Believe’, Weezer have fuelled rumours they may soon disband according to guitarist Brian Bell.
"We have no idea if we're going to be in a band next year," he is reported to have said this week. "That's the fun of being in Weezer. That's why we put out albums every three years, and we have these dark periods where we don't know if we're even going to be a band anymore."
Split rumours began when the band’s notoriously devoted fans poured over the liner notes of 'Make Believe', in particular a passage from Shakespeare’s final play 'The Tempest':
"This rough magic / I here abjure, and, when I have required / Some heavenly music, which even now I do / To work mine end upon their senses that / This airy charm is for, I'll break my staff / Bury it certain fathoms in the Earth / And deeper than did ever plummet sound / I'll drown my book."
Crucially, this was the final passage from Shakespeare's farewell work, and when questioned about the message, frontman Rivers Cuomo did little to dispel the rumours.
"When we were putting the album together and finishing up the artwork, I didn't know what was going to happen in the future and I told everyone that. I told them, 'Let's commit to this year, and see what happens'. And that was one of the reasons why I put that quote in there, because I thought it's a really nice way to say goodbye, if it is a goodbye."
Bell also commented on the quote saying, "When I saw that quote, I thought the same thing. I was studying Shakespeare at a university during the making of 'Make Believe', and it did spark some concern, and I asked Rivers about it. We never directly say, 'So, does this mean this is our last record? What does this mean?' But I knew he took Shakespeare too, and maybe it struck a chord with him."
The plot thickens. The band are currently in the midst of their 'Foozer' tour dates with the Foo Fighters and the Kaiser Chiefs.
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