Grammy Award-winning alternative rockers Weezer are set to headline the Sands Steel Stage at Musikfest on August 9 in Bethlehem, PA. The band is currently in the studio working on their upcoming tenth studio album, and they should have new music to premiere by the time Musikfest rolls around. Weezer join an already-stellar rock lineup this year that includes ZZ Top, The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Steely Dan, and The Moody Blues. In addition to Musikfest, Weezer will also be a featured at at Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE in June alongside Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, Third Eye Blind, Imagine Dragons, Arctic Monkeys, Young The Giant, and many more. Tickets for Weezer at Musikfest are $49-$59 and go on sale April 29, 10 a.m., to ArtsQuest Members and May 2, 10 a.m., to the public at www.musikfest.org and 610-332-3378.
“There’s all these vicious, awesome guitars happening,” bassist Scott Shriner says of the new music. Two weeks ago, the band released a brief 20-second clip of them playing a song from the new record. Cars frontman Ric Ocasek is producing the album, having worked on the band’s Weezer (Blue) and Weezer (Green) albums in 1994 and 2001 respectively. Weezer toured a bit this past fall, and they recently embarked on their annual Weezer Cruise back in mid-February. Throughout their career, Weezer have released nine studio LPs and sold nearly 18 million albums worldwide. The band’s last studio effort, 2010′s Hurley, debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200. Their seminal debut LP, 1994′s Weezer (The Green Album) peaked at #16 on the Billboard Top 200 and went on to be certified multi-platinum. The disc is ranked #297 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. – by Matt Bishop (@The_MattBishop)