Published Oct 07, 2010James Burns wasn't telling us anything new with his anti-Weezer campaign. The once-great rockers kind of blow these days. Judging by the group's immediate priority shift from last month's pop rock nightmare Hurley to their upcoming Memories tour and Pinkerton re-release, Weezer are likely more than aware that they're not as hot as they once were. That being said, Burns's recent Internet campaign to pay the band $10 million to break up is a bit extreme. Yeah, the whole fundraising effort is an obvious gag, but some devoted Weezer fans are not taking Burns's words with a grain of salt, going so far to threaten the Seattle native's life for talking smack on their, ugh, favourite band.
An interview with the New York Times [via The Daily Swarm] finds Burns in hot water with the group's fan base over something he admits is a bit of a goof.
"I wish more of Weezer's fans would have the same sense of humour," Burns told the Times. "I've actually received death threats over this, believe it or not. Some people have told me they wish I would get AIDS. This whole campaign, I fully admit that it's silly."
Weezer drummer/guitarist Patrick Wilson seems a little more level-headed about the whole thing. A recent post on his Twitter account proposed a better way to get the band to say their last goodbye.
"If they can make it 20 [million], we'll do the "deluxe breakup"!"
Jesus, we hope he's joking.