We All 'Believe'
In advance of this week's release of its fifth Geffen album, "Make Believe," Weezer has already notched the biggest hit of its career on the Billboard Hot 100. First single "Beverly Hills" recently opened at No. 25 on that chart; though the band has scored six top 10 modern rock hits, only "Undone ... The Sweater Song" previously reached the Hot 100, peaking at No. 57 in 1994.
The album is the follow-up to 2002's "Maladroit," which debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 and has sold more than 577,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. During the album's long gestation, frontman Rivers Cuomo underwent what he described as an "epiphany," radically changing his lifestyle to jumpstart the creative process.
"Since then, I have found that the areas of tension in my mind -- the fear, the anger, the sadness, the craving -- are slowly melting away," he says. "I am left with a more pristine mind, more sharp and sensitive than I previously imagined possible. I am more calm and stable. My concentration and capacity to work have increased greatly. I feel like I am finally much closer to reaching my potential."
Weezer has world tour dates on tap through Aug. 14 at Japan's Summer Sonic Festival.