Weezer Joined On Stage by Rivers Cuomo’s Father
"Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time in the history of the universe, please give a welcome to the Weezer stage, my dad, Frank Cuomo," Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo said as his father joined the band on stage during their set at the Burgerama festival in Los Angeles this weekend. Watch footage of the performance above, beginning at the 30:25 mark.
Frank Cuomo, who was the drummer for 1970's jazz fusion band the Weather Report and the percussionist on saxophonist Wayne Shorter's 1970 album Odyssey of Iska, played drums for his son's band on "Back to the Shack" as the group headlined the second day of the festival, which took place on March 28 and 29.
During the song -- a cut from Weezer's 2014 album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End -- the younger Cuomo changed the lyric "Maybe I should play the lead guitar and Pat should play the drums" to "Maybe I should play the lead guitar and my dad should play the drums."
Citing his father's influence on Everything Will Be Alright in the End, Cuomo told NME, "My father was in the army, stationed in Germany, when I was growing up, so I didn’t see him much. That gave me a lot to write about, and I explored the father figure theme in other ways, too. There's a song called 'Eulogy For A Rock Band' about Weezer's musical forefathers. 'The British Are Coming' is about the American colonies' relations with their imperial father, the British Empire. And 'Foolish Father' could be me singing about my father or me singing about my daughter."