The Foo Fighters are no strangers to the strategic placement and eclectic choices of cover songs sprinkled throughout their setlists when they are on the road. And on their current 2018 world tour, they are certainly delivering the cover song goods. With Weezer along as the opening act for the down under leg, at a recent Melbourne show Dave Grohl called frontman Rivers Cuomo to the stage a for rousing rendition of the Kiss anthem “Detroit Rock City.” It was captured on a not-too-bad quality fan video.
They Say It’s Your Birthday celebrates an artist’s special day with other people singing his or her songs. Let others do the work for a while. Happy birthday!
Since the age of 22, Rivers Cuomo has headed up one of the world’s most beloved alternative rock bands: Weezer. For the last 20 years, Weezer has guided millions of angsty youths through glorious highs, soul-shattering lows and everything in between with hits like “Island In The Sun,” “Say It Ain’t So” and “Hash Pipe.”
Maybe Weezer’s recent classic-album tour stirred something up, or maybe the man currently churning out eye-rollers like “Where’s My Sex?” and “Can’t Stop Partying” (or, for that matter, “Unbreak My Heart”) still needs emotional release after all. Whatever the reason, frontman Rivers Cuomo put aside the lolz this past weekend for a seemingly impromptu YouTube cover of the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows.” It’s a pretty by-the-books piano rendition, but provides evidence that Cuomo can still deliver heartfelt honesty when he wants to.