Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo shared a performance of the classic Nirvana track ‘Heart-Shaped Box’, off In Utero, on his YouTube today. The video was captured from one of his regular “Islands In The Zoom” sessions for Weezer Fans.
The 25-minute “Island In The Zoom” sessions offer Weezer fans the opportunity to connect with each other and watch Cuomo perform an intimate set. Over the weekend, Weezer’s honorary “fifth member” Karl Koch joined as a special guest, while this Friday, the Weezer frontman is promoting a kid-friendly session, with an appearance from his wife, Kyoko Cuomo.
Earlier this month, the band released single, ‘Hero’, as a thank you note to essential workers, braving the COVID-19 crisis. The track, which comes off their forthcoming, 14th studio album Van Weezer, was dedicated to “The stay at home dreamers, the Zoom graduators, the sourdough bakers and the essential workers”. The band’s inspired video, which compiled hundreds of fan submissions, begins with Cuomo writing a letter, which then gets passed from fan-to-fan. Cuomo’s lengthy letter of gratitude is revealed at the end, telling frontline workers that, “Your bravery and selflessness are awe-inspiring. You are the reason we shall rock another day.”
Cuomo also made a cameo on The Avalanches new single ‘Running Red Lights’. Released in March, the emotional song, in which Cuomo sings about running through red traffic lights to reach his love, features a dreamy soundscape of harps, soaring synths and tambourines, all wrapped in a cloud of melancholia.
Nirvana, meanwhile, has been more popular than ever, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Quarantined artists have been recording or live-streaming songs from the band’s catalogue throughout the past months. Both Amber Mark and Glass Animals shared covers of ‘Heart-Shaped Box’, while Post Malone performed an extensive set of Nirvana covers for charity. His acclaimed set raised over $4.3 million for The United Nations Foundation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for The World Health Organization (WHO).