Written by Live Nation Staff • Photography by Michael Amico, Live Nation • December 16, 2016
Fresh off a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Album, Weezer returned to the KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas stage for the third year in a row. Check out the “Buddy Holly” favorites jamming out in the photos above!
After a summer tour with Panic! at the Disco, the quartet closed out the year by playing hits for longtime fans like “Say It Ain’t So” and “Buddy Holly,” while also throwing in some fresh modern tracks like “Thank God for Girls.”
The ‘90s-era band has sold over 17 million records worldwide and have been noted as an influence for a myriad of modern artists such as pop rock band DNCE and alternative singer Charli XCX. Their fourth self-titled album, White Album, was released earlier this spring and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200, making it one of their more commercially successful albums within their last string of releases.
Frontman Rivers Cuomo tells Billboard, “Every day of 2016 I have been working on new songs — this next record’s going to be crazy. As much touring as we did this summer, I feel like 2016 was about making the next record.” Cuomo refers to The White Album as a “‘90s grungy take on ‘60s pop songs,” and one of their best records to date. With their second Grammy nomination and first album nomination, it seems they’ve never really lost their touch.
Beck Hansen, who also shared the stage along with Green Day, Blink-182 and Jimmy Eat World, reminisced on the bands’ shared past, saying “Loser, The Blue Album, and Dookie all came out a couple weeks apart. It’s some kind of cosmic convergence for us all to be together again."