When Amrit was busy cataloging Weezer’s recent appearances earlier today in order to put their Halloween performance at Hammerstein Ballroom in context, we didn’t have footage of Rivers Cuomo in standard-issue tracksuit covering “Viva La Vida.” He reads the lyrics off a sheet of paper, but clearly has Chris Martin’s dramatic arm movements memorized. Cuomo went for it — backed by piano, violin, cello, drums and bell — on 10/28 before the rest of Weezer joined him onstage at P.C. Richard & Song Theatre, NYC, for one of those I Heart Radio “Stripped” shows.

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  1. yo man  |   Posted on Nov 2nd, 2009 0

    Do you know how I know Rivers Cuomo is gay? …

  2. zowee  |   Posted on Nov 2nd, 2009 0

    the pink triangle on his sleave?

  3. I have always loved this Joe Satriani song.

  4. Izzy  |   Posted on Nov 2nd, 2009 0

    Pretty funny. All the Weezer haters will take this too seriously and start attacking them again

  5. This is a new low.

  6. tingletrent  |   Posted on Nov 2nd, 2009 0

    call me a coldplay douche but weezer at least had an actual violin.

  7. Ian  |   Posted on Nov 3rd, 2009 0

    Nerd Rock Karaoke! I love Weezer.

  8. That was an enjoyable few minutes. Mildly awkward, but enjoyable enough.

  9. Yawn  |   Posted on Nov 3rd, 2009 0

    Weezer rubs.

  10. mighty undies  |   Posted on Nov 3rd, 2009 0

    won’t you die just yet, Weezer?

  11. All dignity lost, too late to die.

  12. Stormy  |   Posted on Nov 3rd, 2009 0

    Rivers is our generation’s Andy Kaufman.

    • indiegrandpa  |   Posted on Nov 4th, 2009 0

      That was a pretty brilliant observation. The more I think about it, the better it fits.

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