Weezer Confirm ‘The White Album,’ Debut Rollicking New Song ‘King of the World’
After turning all their social media profile photos white, Weezer have confirmed the release of their upcoming fourth self-titled album (10th full-length in all), which will otherwise be known as The White Album.
In November, Rivers Cuomo revealed the band had run out their record contract, and as such, Weezer will self-release the forthcoming LP on April 1. Among the album's 10 songs are the two tracks the band shared at the end of last year: “Thank God for Girls” and “Do You Wanna Get High?” Take a look at the track list and cover art at the bottom of the page.
The album also boasts a cut dubbed “King of the World,” which Weezer premiered in a new SCANTRON-directed video today (Jan. 15). Sure enough, it depicts a grubby-looking king sporting crown, cape and goblet and running down the boardwalk, stealing potato chips and littering, like, a lot. Check it out above.
In a press release, Cuomo said the follow-up to 2014’s Everything Will Be Alright in the End was inspired by the West Coast and the Beach Boys:
The inspiration behind the songs were my experiences hanging around the Westside of Los Angeles, which has been our home since Weezer began. Hanging out with people in Venice and Santa Monica, the beach, the Hare Krishnas, the Sikh on roller blades with the guitar, girls on Tinder within a 4 mile radius, seeing other bands, the kids from La Sera. I would just tweet out "does anybody wanna hang?" and then I'd get together with people who responded and talk about life. I love California. I wanted the album to make you feel like you were there with us SoCal weirdos even if you're in Milwaukee in December.
Obviously my favorite band has always been the Beach Boys, and what I love about them most are the melodies and the chord progressions. I guess the harmonies too. And the orchestration. Can't forget about the lyrics. So basically everything. I wanted to get that kind of vibe: beautiful tunes and sweet lyrics. I also love the dark side of the beach – Venice after dark, hearing at the Del Monte Speakeasy about how the gangsters used to drag the bodies through the catacombs and leave them under the pier.
Weezer have also announced summer tour dates, which will get their stride in mid-June in Texas. They’ll be supported by Panic! at the Disco and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness for the jaunt; see the complete itinerary below. Weezer are also scheduled to play Jimmy Kimmel Live! this Tuesday, Jan. 19.
Weezer Track List
1. "California Kids"
2. "Wind in Our Sail"
3. "Thank God for Girls"
4. "(Girl We Got A) Good Thing"
5. "Do You Wanna Get High?"
6. "King of the World"
7. "Summer Elaine and Drunk Dori"
8. "L.A. Girlz"
9. "Jacked Up"
10. "Endless Bummer"
March 31: Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
April 3: Manchester, England - Academy One
April 5: London, England - O2 Brixton Academy
April 8: Amsterdam, Netherlands - Heineken Music Hall
June 10: Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion *^
June 11: Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Amphitheater *
June 12: New Orleans, LA - Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square *^
June 14: Miami, FL - Bayfront Park Amphitheater *^
June 15: Tampa, FL - MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater *^
June 16: Atlanta, GA - Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood *^
June 19: Charleston, SC - Volvo Cars Stadium *^
June 20: Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion *^
June 21: Raleigh, NC - Walnut Creek Amphitheater *^
June 22: Virginia Beach, VA - Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach *^
June 24: Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live *^
June 25: Canandaigua, NY - Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center *^
June 26: Scranton, PA - Pavilion at Montage Mountain *^
June 28: Gilford, NH - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook *^
June 30: Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater *^
July 1: Boston, MA - Xfinity Center *^
July 2: Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center *^
July 5: Philadelphia, PA - BB&T Pavilion *^
July 6: Toronto, Ontario - Molson Canadian Amphitheater *^
July 8: Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theater *^
July 9: Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest – Marcus Amphitheater *^
July 10: Chicago, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheater *^
July 12: Indianapolis, IN - Klipsch Music Center *^
July 13: Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater *^
July 15: Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion *^
July 16: Oklahoma City, OK - Zoo Amphitheater *
July 17: Rogers, AR - Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion *^
July 19: St. Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheater *^
July 20: Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theater *^
July 22: Brandon, SD - Badlands Motor Speedway *
July 23: Council Bluffs, IA - Harrah's Hotel & Casino Council Bluffs – Stir Cove *
July 24: Denver, CO - Fiddler's Green Amphitheater *^
July 26: Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheater *^
July 28: Burnaby, British Columbia - Deer Lake Park *^
July 29: Seattle, WA - Marymoor Park *^
July 30: Portland, OR - Edgefield *^
July 31: San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater *
Aug. 2: Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion *^
Aug. 3: San Diego, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheater *
Aug. 5: Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl *^
Aug. 6: Irvine, CA - Irvine Meadows Amphitheater *^
* w/ Panic! At the Disco
^ w/ Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness