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Rivers Cuomo

Rivers Cuomo (born June 13, 1970), is the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of the rock band Weezer.

Cuomo was born in a Manhattan hospital to parents of Italian and German/English descent, and raised on an ashram run by the late yoga master H.H. Rev. Sri Swami Satchidananda in Pomfret, Connecticut. For his early childhood, he attended a private school on an Ashram farm where his parents raised him and his brother, Leaves. Cuomo's parents moved to nearby Storrs, Connecticut when the ashram (known as Yogaville) was relocated to a plot of land along the Blue Ridge Mountain ...read more

Rivers Cuomo (born June 13, 1970), is the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of the rock band Weezer.

Cuomo was born in a Manhattan hospital to parents of Italian and German/English descent, and raised on an ashram run by the late yoga master H.H. Rev. Sri Swami Satchidananda in Pomfret, Connecticut. For his early childhood, he attended a private school on an Ashram farm where his parents raised him and his brother, Leaves. Cuomo's parents moved to nearby Storrs, Connecticut when the ashram (known as Yogaville) was relocated to a plot of land along the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. Cuomo attended E.O. Smith High School, Santa Monica College[1] and Harvard University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.[2.

His father, Frank Cuomo played drums on the album Odyssey of Iska, by the jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter.

His mother, Beverly named him Rivers because he was born near the running river in New York. Beverly liked the sound of the running water, and that's where she got her idea for his name.

One of Cuomo's earliest music projects was a progressive metal band known as Avant Garde. Cuomo played under the name Peter Kitts (Kitts being the surname of his stepfather). The band played several shows in Connecticut. He moved with the band to Los Angeles in March 1989. In late 1989 Avant Garde changed its name to Zoom, though the band dissolved in late spring of 1990. After a series of musical projects in L.A., Cuomo formed Weezer on February 14, 1992 with members from "60 Wrong Sausages," including drummer Patrick Wilson. The original Weezer cast included Rivers Cuomo on vocals and guitar, Wilson on drums, Matt Sharp on bass, and Jason Cropper who at first played exclusively on acoustic guitar. Weezer signed with DGC, a subsidiary of Geffen Records, on June 25, 1993. They began recording Weezer (also known as The Blue Album), in August, 1993 at Electric Lady Studios in New York with producer Ric Ocasek.

Like many other bands, Cuomo has had very close interactions with his fans online. Throughout 2002, Cuomo frequently posted on Weezer message boards as "Ace" to discuss music with fans. He once had a website called the "Catalogue of Riffs" ("COR") in which he shared old demos of songs as well as scans of many personal items (letters, schedules, records).[4][5] Since 2003 he has kept a Myspace page in which he has posted many blog entries, including his original admission essay and two subsequent re-admission essays to Harvard. Additionally, he uses his MySpace blog as a clearinghouse for clarifications, corrections, and addenda to interviews and press reports about him. This has included responding to misinformation on his Wikipedia entry.[6.

For most of Weezer's existence, Cuomo has not been known for his on-stage banter, offering only occasional comment or letting then-bassist Matt Sharp do all the talking. Yet in late 2001 and throughout 2002, Cuomo began becoming quite talkative onstage resulting in many strange and humorous statements.[7] The first leg of the band's 2005 Make Believe tour saw a return to more reserved stage behavior, but that fall's joint tour with Foo Fighters featured an appreciably more ambulant and emotive Cuomo.[citation needed.

In May 2007 Cuomo was named as a "potential inductee" for the proposed Connecticut Music Hall of Fame.

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