Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo Says When He Was At Harvard, No One Knew Who He Was

Weezer Lead Singer Rivers Cuomo And Drummer Pat Wilson Perform During The First Day Of The Iheartradio Music Festival At T Mobile Arena In Las Vegas
Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo and drummer Pat Wilson perform during the first day of the iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. September 17, 2021. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

Chattanooga, TN – The Pulse:

Rivers Cuomo says that when he attended Harvard after Weezer’s debut album was released, it took about a year before anyone recognized him on campus. Cuomo explained that he had a procedure done on his leg, so he was walking with a cane and also had grown a beard.

The lead vocalist said, “I just looked like some really super old, weird guy.”

He recalled being in music class once and some of the kids asked him what he’d be doing over the summer break… and he said, “I was like, ‘Uh, we’re going on tour with No Doubt. I’m in Weezer.’ Minds were blown at that moment.”

At the time, the band had already sold over a million copies when he decided to study classical composition.