Rivers Cuomo performed covers of Green Day and Smashing Pumpkins songs during his solo show in Chicago. His intimate concert took place at the Beat Kitchen on April 9.
Some of the songs that Cuoco sang also included Weezer's hits "Say It Ain't So," "Buddy Holly," and "Island In the Sun." He also sang Smashing Pumpkins' hit tracks "1979" and "Today." He covered Green Day's "When I Come Around" and "Basket Case." He also showcased his own rendition of the Pixies' "Where Is My Mind."
Prior to singing Smashing Pumpkins and Green Day's songs, Cuoco called the lead vocalist of both bands "awesome."
Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day Albums
"1979" is included in Smashing Pumpkins' 1979 album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, while "Today" is featured in the 1993 compilation Siamese Dream.
"When I Come Around" and "Basket Case," on the other hand, were released in 1995 as part of Green Day's Dookie album.
Rivers Cuomo's Music Career
Cuomo is an American musician best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter of the rock band Weezer. In the 1990s, he released his debut album and reportedly felt burnt out afterward.
He enrolled at Harvard University thereafter, but he dropped out during the release of his second album, Pinkerton. He later re-enrolled and graduated from the Ivy League school in 2008.
Rivers Cuomo's Albums, Hit Songs
Throughout the span of his career, the 47-year-old musician has released three compilation albums of home demos, namely Alone: The Home Recording of Rivers Cuomo, Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo, and Alone III: The Pinkerton Years.
His other albums are Raditude, Hurley, Pacific Daydream, Maladroit, Everything Will Be Alright, Songs From the Black Hole, Death to False Metal, Christmas With Weezer, and more.
Some of Cuomo's hit songs are "Beverly Hills," "You Might Think," "Happy Hour," "Undone," "Hash Pipe," "Pork and Beans," "Feels Like Summer," "My Name Is Jonas," "Perfect Situation," and more.
Reaction To Fans
In 2016, Cuoco talked about the stories that some of Weezer's fans have shared with him.
"People always want to tell me their Weezer story about how they were in homeroom every morning in seventh grade and listening to Pinkerton with their best friend. I try to respond as graciously as I can, which is usually not graciously. I'm praying for a way to steer those interactions into something that's more enjoyable. I think I'm going to try just immediately cutting in with, 'Tell me a different story,'" said Cuomo.