Weezer’s sophomore album, Pinkerton — a fan favorite that was famously slammed by critics upon its release — was certified platinum this past Friday, just eight days before its 20th birthday.
The band announced the news on social media earlier this week, writing: “Thanks to all 1 million of you in the US and A and the many more #acrossthesea worldwide who bought it and loved it.”
Pinkerton arrived September 24, 1996, as the follow-up to Weezer’s smash 1994 debut, Weezer (Blue Album). On their Memories Tour in 2010 and 2011, the band performed both their first and second albums in full. Pinkerton was reissued on vinyl in 2016.
Earlier this year, the band put out their tenth release, Weezer (White Album), and went out on the road with Panic! at the Disco.
Its about time, 8 days shy of 20 years. Thanks to all 1 million of you in the US and A and the many more #acrossthesea worldwide who bought it and loved it. Congrats Rivers @rivers_cuomo Brian @trelationship, Pat @pat_tsg @_mattsharp – and @sgs711 for rocking its jams correctly since ’01, surely your live efforts played a major role in spreading this slice of gospel for the last 15 years of the 20.