Alternative rock band Weezer brings 20 years of hits to The Mahaffey, Friday, Nov. 9, 8 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG - Alternative rock band Weezer brings 20 years of hits to The Mahaffey, Friday, Nov. 9, 8 p.m.
Weezer formed in Los Angeles in 1992 and had their first performance opening for actor/singer Keanu Reeves’ band Dogstar later that year. Over the course of the next year, the group played the club scene, ultimately scoring a deal with Geffen Records/DGC. To date, they have released nine full?length albums, six EPs, and a DVD, selling more than nine million records in the United States.
The group’s line-up has changed since first coming onto the alt-rock scene in ‘92. Current touring band mates include Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, guitar), Patrick Wilson (drums), Brian Bell (guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), and Scott Shriner (bass, backing vocals).
Their debut album Weezer (aka “The Blue Album”), produced by Ric Ocasek, has been certified triple platinum in the United States, and remains the band’s all?time bestseller. Upon completing the record, Weezer went on hiatus temporarily as Cuomo studied at Harvard.
In 1996, Weezer recorded their sophomore album, “Pinkerton.” While it failed to become an immediate hit, it was a cult classic with fans (going gold in 2001). In 1997, distressed by the public's reaction to “Pinkerton,” the band took time off to regroup and plan its next move. While Rolling Stone named “Pinkerton” the Worst Album of 1996, they later re?reviewed it and awarded it 5 stars, adding it to the Rolling Stone Hall of Fame in 2004.
With the producer of their debut, Ric Ocasek, again at the helm, Weezer next recorded 2001’s Weezer (aka “The Green Album”), which debuted at No. 4 and has since sold more than one million copies in the United States.
Weezer returned to the studio again to work with Rick Rubin on their fifth full?length album. “Make Believe” appeared in May 2005 and eventually went platinum in multiple countries. The album gave Weezer their biggest charting album peak yet, hitting No. 1 in Canada and No. 2 in the U.S. “Make Believe” featured the band's Top 10 single “Beverly Hills,” which earned the band their first Grammy Nomination for Best Rock Song.
2008’s Weezer, (aka “The Red Album”) lead single "Pork and Beans" topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks charts for 11 weeks, and its music video won a Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video. “The Red Album” debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 upon its release. One year later, the band returned with “Raditude,” which debuted as the seventh best?selling album of the week on the Billboard 200 chart. It found the band collaborating with hip?hop producer Jermaine Dupri, rapper Lil’ Wayne and members of The All?American Rejects.
Weezer jumped from Geffen to independent label Epitaph in 2010, debuting “Hurley” at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 to make it the band’s sixth top 10 album in a row.
Ticket are priced $29.50 to $99; prices include tax and facility fees, but are subject to additional convenience fees and handling charges. Tickets may be purchased online at TheMahaffey.com, charge by phone at 727-893-7832 or in person at The Mahaffey Box Office. The Box Office is open Wednesday through Saturday, from noon to 6:00 p.m. and at least 90 minutes prior to any ticketed event.