When you’re getting pumped up to rock stadiums across the world with Fall Out Boy and Green Day, it’s best to start small. So that’s exactly what Weezer did on Tuesday night (Sept. 10) when they (gently) stormed Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform “The End of the Game,” the first single from their upcoming return-to-rocking May 2020 album, Van Weezer.
The Hella Mega Tour co-headliners have said their next album was inspired by a return to singer (and Billboard cover star) Rivers Cuomo’s heavy metal roots. Cuomo made that abundantly clear from the first seconds on the Kimmel stage when he ripped off some Eddie Van Halen-style fretboard tapping on his flying V guitar.
Rocking two studded leather bracelets and a Fall Out Boy baseball tee, Cuomo chunked out some stadium-worthy power chords as red lightning flashed on the screens behind the band.
“I feel?like I’ve known you my whole life/ You got me cryin’ like when Aslan died/ Now you’re gone/ The melody can’t find you/ I’m incomplete without you/ I guess we’ve reached the end of the game/ Oh-ooh, hit me!” he sang on the song’s wistful chorus before tearing off a second tapping solo mid-song.
FOB will play on Kimmel tonight and Green Day will visit on Thursday (Sept. 12). Tickets for the tour will go on sale to the general public beginning Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. local time via Ticketmaster.
Watch the performance below.