Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo ‘Disappointed’ Eddie Van Halen Won’t Get To Hear Tribute Album

Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo says the band is “disappointed” they were not able to release their upcoming album Van Weezer before Eddie Van Halen‘s death.

Van Weezer was originally set for release in May 2020, five months before Van Halen’s death in October, but got delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Weezer later announced a new arrival date of May 7, 2021, noting that the record would be dedicated to the late guitarist.

“I guess for us, just from a self centered perspective … we’re disappointed,” Cuomo said in a new episode of “The Strombo Show.” “It would have been cool if he could have heard the record.”

“And I don’t know if it would have meant anything to him,” he added. “But he could have seen his influence bearing fruit decades later and in this modern record of 2021.”

Van Halen died in October after a battle with cancer.

“We’re saddened to hear of Eddie Van Halen’s untimely passing today. Given the news today, we want to dedicate our album Van Weezer to Eddie as a thank you for all the incredible music that soundtracked our youth and inspired the record. RIP EVH,” Cuomo had tweeted at the time.

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