Happy 30th birthday, Weezer!
Today marks 30 years since Rivers Cuomo and Patrick Wilson joined up with then-members Jason Cropper and Matt Sharp for their first official rehearsal on February 15, 1992.
In an Instagram post, unofficial fifth Weezer member Karl Koch reflects on the anniversary and all that the band's been through in the past three decades since that fateful day.
"So much has happened," Koch writes. "So many songs, albums, singles, soundtracks, fans, tours, shows, photo shoots, interviews, so many good times -- and a few bad ones here and there of course."
Koch details Weezer's shifting lineup, which now includes guitarist Brian Bell and bassist Scott Shriner, and mourns the passing of some of the band's "dearest friends," including former bassist Mikey Welsh and The Cars' Ric Ocasek, who produced Weezer's debut album.
"So much has changed, and yet, having been there for it for every step of the way I can truly say that for all the changes and amazing adventures that have happened, the spirit of Weezer has not changed hardly, if at all," Koch writes. "Everyone still just wants to make great music, rock out and keep things interesting. And 30 years on, we are nowhere near the end of the story."
"Thank you for sticking with us," he adds. "2022 is going to be another fascinating year for Weezer and you."
Weezer's 2022 plans so far include releasing four albums, timed to each of the year's four seasons.