Weezer is the subject of an online campaign to stop the band from releasing another album.
James Burns, a music lover from The Emerald City of Seattle, is organizing a viral fundraiser to bribe Weezer to retire for $10 million.
He has $9,999,840 to go.
Burns claims the “Buddy Holly” rockers have failed to live up to their critically-acclaimed 1996 album Pinkerton and its about time they hung up their mics. Now he’s taking his crusade online to find like-minded followers around the world.
“I have never been a fan of this band. I think that they are pretty much horrible, and always have been. Even in the early ’90s,” Burns says in his pitch. “Every year, Rivers Cuomo swears that he’s changed, and that their new album is the best thing that he’s done since Pinkerton, and what happens? Another pile of crap like ‘Beverly Hills’ or ‘I’m Your Daddy,’” Burns adds.
“If all 852,000 of you who bought Pinkerton pitch in $12, we will meet our goal. I beg you, Weezer. Take our money and disappear . . . This is an abusive relationship, and it needs to stop now…..If we reach at least $10,000,000, then we get a chance to possibly stop hearing about a shitty new Weezer album every goddamn year.”
Weezer drummer Patrick Wilson seems to be taking the campaign in stride — quipping on Twitter that the band will do a “deluxe breakup” if Burns ups the ante to $20 million. However, many fans are incensed by Burns’ insensitivity.
“I’ve actually received death threats over this, believe it or not. Some people have told me they wish I would get AIDS,” James confesses.
And how are those fundraising efforts coming along so far?
“It’s coming slow. There’s a lot of people who have been on Twitter saying, ‘Oh, this is a great cause, I’m totally going to pledge.’ And they haven’t. Which is fine. I’m not expecting to show up to a Weezer gig with a briefcase full of money.”