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Weezer and Shakespeare Split Riddle
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1523  Thursday, 15 September 2005

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Date: 		Thursday, September 15, 2005
Subject: 	Weezer and Shakespeare Split Riddle

http://www.nme.com/news/weezer/20987

NME.COM - Weezer tease fans with Shakespeare split riddle

Weezer have fuelled rumours of an imminent split, admitting that they 
have "no idea" if the band will exist in a year's time.

The college rock veterans have just released a fifth album, 'Make 
Believe', but according to guitarist Brian Bell, it could be their last.

"We have no idea if we're going to be in a band next year," he said this 
week. "That's the fun of being in Weezer. That's why we put out albums 
every three years, and we have these dark periods where we don't know if 
we're even going to be a band anymore."

Rumours of the band's imminent demise began to circulate after supposed 
clues were left in the liner notes of 'Make Believe', particularly a 
passage from Shakespeare play 'The Tempest'.

It reads: "This rough magic / I here abjure, and, when I have required / 
Some heavenly music, which even now I do / To work mine end upon their 
senses that / This airy charm is for, I'll break my staff / Bury it 
certain fathoms in the Earth / And deeper than did ever plummet sound / 
I'll drown my book."

Crucially, this was the final passage from Shakespeare's final play, 
widely regarded as the playwright saying goodbye to his fans, and when 
questioned, frontman Rivers Cuomo was equally enigmatic.

He told MTV: "When we were putting the album together and finishing up 
the artwork, I didn't know what was going to happen in the future and I 
told everyone that. I told them, 'Let's commit to this year, and see 
what happens'.  And that was one of the reasons why I put that quote in 
there, because I thought it's a really nice way to say goodbye, if it is 
a goodbye."

Bell continued: "When I saw that quote, I thought the same thing. I was 
studying Shakespeare at a university during the making of 'Make 
Believe', and it did spark some concern, and I asked Rivers about it. We 
never directly say, 'So, does this mean this is our last record? What 
does this mean?' But I knew he took Shakespeare too, and maybe it struck 
a chord with him."

http://www.xfm.co.uk/Article.asp?id=117533

Say It Ain't So': Weezer To Split?

Rumours are furiously circulating throughout the college halls of 
America as Weezer fuel rumours of a split. In a recent interview, 
guitarist Brian is quoted to have revealed, they have "no idea" if the 
band will exist in a year's time.

Following a lukewarm response to their fifth album 'Make Believe', 
Weezer have fuelled rumours they may soon disband according to guitarist 
Brian Bell.

"We have no idea if we're going to be in a band next year," he is 
reported to have said this week. "That's the fun of being in Weezer. 
That's why we put out albums every three years, and we have these dark 
periods where we don't know if we're even going to be a band anymore."

Split rumours began when the band's notoriously devoted fans poured over 
the liner notes of 'Make Believe', in particular a passage from 
Shakespeare's final play 'The Tempest':

"This rough magic / I here abjure, and, when I have required / Some 
heavenly music, which even now I do / To work mine end upon their senses 
that / This airy charm is for, I'll break my staff / Bury it certain 
fathoms in the Earth / And deeper than did ever plummet sound / I'll 
drown my book."

Crucially, this was the final passage from Shakespeare's farewell work, 
and when questioned about the message, frontman Rivers Cuomo did little 
to dispel the rumours.

"When we were putting the album together and finishing up the artwork, I 
didn't know what was going to happen in the future and I told everyone 
that. I told them, 'Let's commit to this year, and see what happens'. 
And that was one of the reasons why I put that quote in there, because I 
thought it's a really nice way to say goodbye, if it is a goodbye."

Bell also commented on the quote saying, "When I saw that quote, I 
thought the same thing. I was studying Shakespeare at a university 
during the making of 'Make Believe', and it did spark some concern, and 
I asked Rivers about it. We never directly say, 'So, does this mean this 
is our last record? What does this mean?' But I knew he took Shakespeare 
too, and maybe it struck a chord with him."

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