Rivers Cuomo Wants You to Help Him Write a Musical (and the Next Weezer Album)
"We could make a follow-up to ['Songs from the Black Hole'] or start afresh"
Published Apr 27, 2023Rivers Cuomo is something of a renaissance man. Namely, it's his borderline excessive DIY approach — from Weezify to Weezle. But he does it all for you, and now's your chance to return the favour: Cuomo is crowdsourcing narrative material for a musical, and, consequently, the next Weezer album.
After his post-SZNZ "postpartum depression," the singer-songwriter is ready for the next season of life. So, he did what anybody would do: he tweeted about it.
"Does anybody want to help me write the story for a musical (which would be the next Weezer album)," Cuomo tweeted.
He added, "We could make a follow-up to [Songs from the Black Hole] or start afresh," linking to a Weezerpedia article about the band's unreleased, unfinished album dating all the way back to 1994.
Does anybody want to help me write the story for a musical (which would be the next Weezer album). We could make a follow-up to https://t.co/hrvnlKupij or start afresh— Rivers Cuomo (@RiversCuomo) April 27, 2023
As per the Weezerpedia entry, Songs from the Black Hole — a space-themed musical/rock opera — was originally envisioned as the follow-up to The Blue Album. At least some of the songs were demoed at the end of 1994, but the concept was trashed, and the project eventually evolved into Pinkerton.
In 2006, Cuomo shared sheet music and lyrics for several unreleased Songs from the Black Hole tracks on his Myspace. Handwritten drafts of said lyrics were also featured in the 2011 book, Pinkerton Diaries.
The jury's still out on whether the frontman remains attached to the space theme, but he seems open to any and all input and collaborative proposals. Unless, of course, this was just another AI-generated tweet.