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Weezer offered $10 million to break up

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I’ve heard of haters, but James Burns decided to take it to a whole new level with his distaste for Weezer.

Tuesday, Burns posted a pledged on to raise $10 million to give to Weezer if they will break up. The site asks everyone who bought “Pinkerton” to donate $12 to meet the goal in hopes that Weezer will just go away.

No, this is not a joke.

Burns, who admits he has never been a fan of the band, writes:

“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. This is an abusive relationship, and it needs to stop now.”

Weezer seems to be taking the offer in stride.

Drummer Patrick Wilson posted the following on his Twitter profile in response to Burns’ offer.

“if they can make it 20, we’ll do the “deluxe breakup”!

Cuomo posted on is Twitter page that no amount of money will break up the band.

“no petition and no amount of money will stop us from being together!”

And while Weezer may have a sense of humor about the whole thing, apparently their hardcore fans don’t.

In a New York Times article today Burns said the backlash for what he deemed as a “silly” campaign has been strong.

In the article Burns is quoted saying:

“I wish more of Weezer’s fans would have the same sense of humor… I’ve actually received death threats over this, believe it or not. Some people have told me they wish I would get AIDS. This whole campaign, I fully admit that it’s silly.”

Apparently Burns still has a way to go before he meets his goal. Perhaps someone should have told him Weezer already has two more albums in the can.


Written by David Young

October 6, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Posted in Music

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  1. It’s hard not to take it seriously when it’s your favorite band. But this petition knows it’s just a gag.


    October 6, 2010 at 7:57 pm

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