Weezer might have tried to do too much. The famous alt-rock band, who played on the main stage at Outside Lands Festival this past weekend before Post Malone, was set to start a literal Broadway residency at the famous Broadway Theatre next month. Between September 13 and 18, they would have shown a different episode of their new four-part SZNZ series every night for five nights. But, sadly, the dream is over, as singer Rivers Cuomo said on Weezer’s Discord, as reported by Stereogum:
“I just found out that our Broadway shows are no longer happening” (due to low ticket sales and unbelievably high expenses.) I’m very sorry to tell you this now, after we’ve already put so much time, thought, and feeling into it. I’m sorry even more to those of you who moved things around and made travel plans to be with us. Thanks to @Broadway Producer for all their hard work and great ideas. I loved where we were going, and I hope we can find a way to get back to where we were.”
Cuomo deserves credit for how well he seems to be handling the news. But it comes as a bit of a surprise that these five shows have been cancelled. The Broadway Theater can seat 1,761 people, which is a size of venue that Weezer usually has no trouble filling. Fans might have thought that the band would only play the new EPs (two of which haven’t even come out yet) instead of the old favourites. Granted, the residency poster has a small note at the bottom that says, “Each night will also have a different set of Weezer classics.” Instead, wouldn’t it have been better to have a residency based on each of the band’s popular albums? One day, we might find out.