Rivers Cuomo Asks Why Fans Don’t Treat Weezer Like Pearl Jam

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Saturday Night Live did a sketch on Saturday where Matt Damon argued with cast members about Weezer. Leslie Jones proclaimed that Weezer ‘died’ after original bassist Matt Sharp left the band. Sharp seemed to enjoy the skit.

Matt Sharp tweeted, “Priceless, love it. Life is just beautifully ridiculous. Thanks, @nbcsnl #snl ❤️”

Rivers Cuomo tweeted, “THEY HAD A WHOLE ASS SKIT ABOUT WEEZER AND ME ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE AND IM ACTUALLY CRYING AAAGGGGHHHHHHH.”

In a new Rolling Stone interview, Rivers Cuomo wondered why fans treat Weezer differently than Pearl Jam and Radiohead.

It does seem like the sketch captured something about the way some fans feel about Weezer — this intense loyalty to specific parts of the catalog. Why do you think that is?

Well, let me ask you, as an outsider, do other artists have this kind of intensely opinionated and passionate and conflicted following?

I don’t think so. I don’t hear people having the same kind of debates about, say, Pearl Jam or Radiohead that they do about your band.

I wish I knew why. It’s almost worthy of an academic study to figure out what’s going on in the psyche of these few hundred thousand people. I feel like it must come back to something in the four of us, or something in me. There’s some character flaw or some quirk of my personality that is permitting a vacuum, where a normal band leader would be projecting some kind of stronger leadership. Or maybe he’d just be a more consistent artist stylistically.