Weezer stepped out of their alternative rock lane to deliver a brilliant barbershop quartet rendition of “Buddy Holly” on “The Tonight Show” last night (Feb. 26). The Los Angeles native band teamed with Jimmy Fallon and his dynamic in-house barber shop harmonizers, The Ragtime Gals for the performance.
The “quartet” expanded into a “septet” as the seven guys came together in their dapper, striped barber shop jackets and crisp white pants. The Weezer boys proved themselves to be much more than rock stars, as they effortlessly blended vocal harmonies for an epic rendition of their critically-acclaimed signature hit.
(Watch their performance above).
Weezer appeared on “The Tonight Show” to promote the impending release of their self-titled Black Album, which is due to arrive on March 1. The band retreated to their rock roots to perform an electric guitar-driven rendition of “Living in L.A.” at the end of the show. The track is the fourth single from the new album, which dropped simultaneously with “High as a Kite” on Feb. 21.
Frontman Rivers Cuomo tapped into the lonely vibe at the heart of the song as he belted the chorus singing, “This girl I like/We’re talking ‘bout this girl I like/But I feel so lonely, feel so lonely/Yeah I’m living in L.A.”
(Watch the band’s performance of “Living in L.A.” below).
Weezer’s upcoming Black Album follows the surprise release of their Teal Album of cover songs which dropped on Jan. 24. The album notably peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart and contains some sizzling Weezer renditions of huge hits like “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by Eurythmics, Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) and more.
The pair of new albums serve as a follow up to Weezer’s Grammy-nominated 2017 album Pacific Daydream. The record peaked at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top Alternative Albums chart and No. 4 on the Top Rock Albums chart.