Weezer invited fan Kira Iaconetti to join them at one of their upcoming 2019 shows after a video of her singing “Island in the Sun” while undergoing brain surgery went viral.
“It just [felt] like a light switch switches in my brain and suddenly I’m tone deaf. I can’t sing. I can’t process the words in time with the music,” Kira said in a statement about her brain tumor that brought on music-triggered epileptic attacks.
The 19-year-old aspiring musician and performer sang throughout her procedure so that doctors could identify parts of her brain to avoid while removing the tumor. In a craniotomy, Iaconetti was put under anesthesia but kept awake, where she did a rendition of Weezer’s 2001 track “Island in the Sun” because it reminded her of her native Hawaii and she resonated with the lyric "I can't control my brain."