Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo discussed touring with Foo Fighters in a new Spinoff interview.
“When I’m on the road with a band for an extended period of time, I don’t actually like to watch their set because when I go on stage, I want to feel like I’m definitely the best front man of the night. But if I’m sitting through three hours of the Foo Fighters every night, then it’s really hard to maintain that belief because Dave Grohl is just amazing.
We’ve hung out with them a lot on this tour and I’ve asked Dave a lot of questions, like: ‘Does drinking before the show help you as a frontman go crazy?’ and ‘What’s a bad show for you and what do you do when you feel like you’re having a bad show?’. We’ve scrutinised their set list: does it change from night-to-night? How do they elaborate on their songs or extend their songs? How do they go about being spontaneous on stage? What’s the chain of communication?”
He also discussed the music industry changing since the 90’s.
“I think songwriting for me is still pretty similar. It’s picking up the guitar or sitting down at the piano and figuring out what I want to say. I used to record my ideas into a handheld cassette player and now it’s my phone. So it’s not really all that different.
I don’t know if this has anything to do with the internet, but there’s also just a feeling of perpetually being on tour now, and it’s not even so much about an album cycle, but we’re just constantly going out on the road and constantly making new music and putting out albums and it all kind of blends together. It all happens really quickly. I can write a song and then a few weeks later I hear it on the radio.”