May 27, 2011
May 23, 2011
I have to admit, I wouldn’t be too keen to come back to Australia after an interview like this one (be warned, it’s exceptionally cringe-worthy):
Granted, Rivers wasn’t the being the easiest chap to interview either. Then again, I don’t blame him after being introduced as ‘RIVAH WEEZAH!’. Nice work, Dylan Lewis.
Rivers, if you ever read this please know the following:
- Recovery has not been in existance since the turn of the century,
- I don’t think I’ve heard Dylan’s name be mentioned since he won ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ in 2002,
- It appears that Dylan may be a host of the radio station Nova in Melbourne, so if you just steer clear of any publicity committments there, you’ll be fine; and
- Dylan Lewis is not a good representation of the average Australian person. Please don’t let him stop you from ever coming back. I’m sure he’s even changed a little since 1996! He probably even knows what your name is now.
Sometime around the end of last year, a large number of media outlets caught wind of a tongue-in-cheek petition making the rounds online which wanted to raise $10million dollars in order to offer it to Weezer so that they would break up. To the uneducated person, one would consider this a pretty sweet deal, right? But of course, it was all a joke and after receiving way too much serious feedback regarding it, the organiser closed it down.
Australian radio station Triple J brought up the petition in an interview with Rivers, which he got tired of talking about rather quickly, ending it with ‘I dunno man, this is not really my favourite subject’. Touche.
Had this offer been a serious one, perhaps the organiser should have crunched his numbers a little better. When Weezer turned down a spot in the Soundwave Revolution line-up this year, the promoter said this on twitter:
He actually stated how much he offered after this, but it appears he deleted that tweet which I can’t blame him for because it wasn’t all that a professional thing to do (I think he was just letting off steam at the time). I will say, however, that it WAS less than $10mil, but was certainly still in the millions. Taking this into consideration, if this band is always offered $1mil+ for 5 festival performances, I’m sure Rivers scoffed at a measly $10mil to never play again. I would love to know, though, if this kind of money is what they always ask for, or if it’s just the lengths that promoters in Australia have to go to in order to try to coax them over the pond.
Funnily enough, in the same interview with Triple J the hosts asked about plans to come to Australia, and Rivers says they ‘keep trying to get over there.. maybe next year’. ORLY, Rivers?? I don’t believe you at all.
May 19, 2011
Hi there, Weezer fans. I hope this blog post finds you well. Perhaps it won’t if you’re still slightly reeling, like myself, from being let down by Weezer declining to tour Australia for Soundwave Revolution.
This is not the first time Weezer have declined a promoter’s offer to come to Australia – the particular promotor that runs the Soundwave events has offered them Oz tours at least 30 times since 2003. This last time, he offered them a sum in the millions and they still declined. You can bet your entire Weezer CD collection that they have been offered numerous times by other promoters as well.
Ridiculously enough, the last time Weezer set foot in Australia was in 1996 when they toured with the Livid Festival. Quite a while ago, right? Since that time, Weezer have certainly grown in popularity in Australia, getting radio time with hits such as ‘Island in the Sun’, ‘Beverly Hills’, ‘Memories’ etc etc. There is definitely a fanbase here. If you google ‘Weezer Australia Petition’ you’ll be bombarded by a plethora of online petitions and Facebook pages dedicated to the motion.
The question this blog poses is:
WHY THE HECK WON’T THEY COME HERE?
It can’t be a travel issue – they tour Europe and Asia often. It’s not that they don’t do many live shows, because they certainly perform a lot of shows and do a lot of tours.
I plan to investigate the issues that may be causing Weezer to be hesitant to come back to Australia. Some reasons may be ridiculous and obviously wrong, while others… well, who knows! Maybe we can crack this tough-as-heck nut and perhaps be able to convince them that Australia isn’t such a bad place to tour afterall.
If you have anything to contribute to the blog, please feel free to contact me and I’ll be more than happy
that someone actually read this to post it.