They probably think the country is just full of whinging, annoying assholes like me.
There could only be so many ‘OMG PLZ COME BACK TO AUSTRALIAAAAAAAAAAA’ type wall posts/tweets/emails/letters etc one could read before you deem an entire nation a giganic pain in your ass.
Granted, it’s not really our fault we’ve turned out like this; if only Weezer would throw us a bone (aka a tour) every couple of years, I bet we’d be a little less painful to deal with.
An interview with Brian and some footage from Livid Festival 1996.
Brian Bell, you are too adorable.
June 22, 2011
Not exactly Weezer-related, but something I couldn’t stop myself from posting about.
Ryan Dunn, best known from Jackass and Viva La Bam, died in the early hours of yesterday morning in a horrific car crash that also took the life of one of his mates.
I have always been vocal in the fact that is by far my favourite Jackass member – probably something to do with his adorable grin, quick wit and ability to put pain-in-the-ass Bam in his place when needed. I was absolutely gutted when I found out that the UK premiere of Jackass 3D happened while I was over there visiting friends, but it happened to occur while I was in Berlin for a couple of days. I would have fricking loved to have met the guy, even if it was only for a couple of seconds.
I take no shame in the fact that I had a good old cry when I found out about his passing, but can barely imagine what his family and friends are going through.
I don’t think this song has ever been more relevant than now.
RIP, Random Hero. ❤
June 20, 2011
So, I was going to back this post up with census statistics and make it all a bit more informative, but then it became too hard and I don’t really care that much.
It’s no secret that Rivers is a fan of Japanese girls. Half-Japanese girls, too. Apparently they do it to him every time. Derp. Has anyone told him how close in proximity to Australia Japan actually is, and therefore how many half-Japanese and other Asian girls he can ogle over here? They don’t call this part of the world Australiasia for nothing.
Just sayin’, Rivers. Just sayin’…
(photo yanked from Tokyo Fashion)
June 17, 2011
I know, I know. This website has only been in existence for all of about a month and I’m already clutching at straws. If some of you lurkers out there would EMAIL ME or COMMENT with some of your own ideas, maybe I wouldn’t have to go to lengths like this.
So here’s my most recent completely baseless, more-than-likely absolutely false thought that has risen from the depths of the mush I call my brain.
Will Weezer only tour Australia again if they’re brought out by promoting giant Michael Coppel?
Originally when I came up with this idea, it was actually the opposite way around – that they’d had such a bad experience with Michael Coppel Presents that it had put a bad taste in their mouth and they didn’t want to risk it with any other Aussie promoters. But after a little research, I think it could be that they would commit to tour Australia again, but only with Coppel.
After a little Google sesh, I worked out that Michael Coppel was the promoter behind the now defunct Livid Festival which brought out Weezer to Oz originally. A few years after Livid stopped happening, Michael Coppel Presents bought the Australian rights to the V Festival. This little factoid made a little lightbulb flicker in my brain.
I remember hearing from a punter at Soundwave back in 2009 or 2010 I believe (yeah yeah, a very reliable source, I know), saying that the V Festival had bought the rights to bring out Weezer to Australia the previous year, but then hadn’t included them on the final line-up. I don’t want to even pretend I understand how the whole promoting business works, but this doesn’t sound too far-fetched. Surely though, once the agreement didn’t go ahead, wouldn’t that have allowed other promoters the chance to put in a new offer? Or perhaps it was too late once V Fest fell through for them. Who knows.
Anyway, my long-winded point is: if Weezer have signed on twice with Coppel in the past, maybe the problem is that Coppel hasn’t asked them down to Australia since then. The promoter of Soundwave, AJ Maddah, has tried to get them out here dozens of times and they have declined, so it seems as though they have a preference of promoter. This is all based on whether the V Fest rumour I heard from some random dude at Soundwave was true, of course. But let’s just go with it.
June 10, 2011
No matter how much this band angers me with their touring schedule, the blue album will help me through an emo evening every single time.
June 6, 2011
Hey guys, you’ll never guess what!! Weezer is playing in Japan this July! Crazy, right????
(Insert world’s biggest eyeroll here)
Okay, enough of the ridiculous hypothesizing of reasons why Weezer won’t come to Australia (just for the next few minutes, anyway). I do understand that Australia’s not the shortest plane ride away in the world, and I do believe the travel factor plays a large part in Weezer not touring Australia for the past 15 years.
A non-stop flight from Los Angeles to Sydney is just under 15 hours. Kind of a drag, I know. But honestly, a flight to Tokyo is barely a couple of hours less than that. It’s one extra movie to watch on the plane, or a few episodes of Glee or something. If you’ve already gone 12 hours, what’s a few more? Well, I can tell you what it is – it’s making a whole bunch of deprived Aussie Weezer fans fucking happy is what it is!
Or how about this – take your trip to Japan (because we know you will anyway), then we’re only a 7 or 8 hour flight away. A walk in the park, basically!
Come on, we know you want to! Well, we know you don’t want to, but you could at least suck it up and do it anyway – for us – right??
Yeah, I thought not.
June 1, 2011
I’m going to start with the obvious.
The cold hard cheddah. Duh.
Let’s face it. Compared to the Australian dollar, the US dollar is looking a little limp. Australia is fighting this whole Global Financial Crisis thing with a bit more fervour and dignity. For the first time in over 25 years, the Aussie dollar is worth more than the US dollar. Go team us, right?
So this is the deal: when Weezer tours their home country, their ticket prices run somewhere between US$50-80.
What Weezer may not completely realise is that us Australians are totally used to being completely ripped off when buying tickets, compared to our American counterparts. Also take into consideration the fact that there are so many neglected Aussie Weezer fans that would be practically frothing at the mouth at a tour announcement, money would be no object.
Thus, Weezer can price tickets for an Aussie tour extortionately and we would happily and gratefully bend over and take it with a shit-eating grin on our faces. We’re talking ~AU$100 a ticket here. 5 x tour dates, 5 x 6000 capacity venues, profit out the wazoo. And that’s before they even exchange it back into the measly US dollar.
And of course while they’re here, they can get a picture with one of these:
Adorable photo by Erik Verland
Lots of money and cute furry animals. How could anyone say no to that?