On Tuesday night, Weezer stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform “End of the Game”, a track off their forthcoming new LP, Van Weezer.
Taking visual and sonic cues from 80s hair metal, the song starts out with a close harmony intro over a Rivers Cuomo tapping solo on a Gibson Flying V guitar. The tight, anthemic rock track continues in the same vein, incorporating hair metal elements into the classic sing-along Weezer vibe. You can watch a video of the performance below:
Weezer – “The End of the Game”
[Video: Jimmy Kimmel Live]
The Kimmel performance came just hours after the band announced the new album, which has a tentative release date of May 15th, 2020. As Weezer noted in their announcement, “we know it’s a ways away, but hey this is rock n roll and we’re making our own rules (aka we just might release it sooner).”
The band also gave a little background on the notably different sound of the record. As the band explained in their announcement,
the inspiration for this album was from the deepest roots of weezer – metal! metal, you say? what’s that got to do with weezer?
let’s take a trip back. in his earliest years, rivers was a huge kiss fan, and as he grew, he sought out more technical metal like fates warning (…all while also loving pop music). meanwhile, brian was a big black sabbath fan, and pat worshipped at the altar of van halen and rush. scott was more into new wave but couldn’t deny the rising forces of slayer and metallica.
the last time this vein of harder rock was mined by weezer was on 2002’s maladroit, but even that album had some softer sides. but the time has come today for weezer to fully indulge the beast of metal, with van weezer!
You can pre-order Weezer’s Van Weezer here.
In addition to announcing their forthcoming album, releasing a new music video for “The End of the Game”, and performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday, Weezer announced their plans for a massive 2020 co-headlining tour alongside Green Day and Fall Out Boy—dubbed the HELLA MEGA Tour. All three bands released new music on Tuesday in conjunction with the tour announcement. You can watch the official music video for Weezer’s “The End of the Game” starring Cherry Glazerr below:
Weezer – “The End of the Game” [Official Music Video]