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Inside Weezer's Exhilarating 'Rolling Stone' Set

Watch video of the band's performance at the 'Rolling Stone' Rock Star Weekend in Las Vegas, and the ride with Rivers Cuomo in his limo

October 2, 2010 1:40 PM ET

 

In addition to standbys like “Troublemaker” and “Surf Wax America,” Weezer’s high-energy set at the Mirage Las Vegas on Friday night included a few fun diversions — like, for example, Rivers Cuomo covering Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” while wearing a wig. After the show, we rode with Cuomo and bassist Scott Shriner, and asked the Weezer frontman just what exactly he thought of the Vegas crowd, who he’d just demanded identify themselves: “Are you guys rock stars? Are you Rolling Stone journalists? Are you Weezer fans? Are you gamblers? Are you partiers?”

 

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Song Stories

“Whoomp! (There It Is)”

Tag Team | 1993

Cecil Glenn — a.k.a., "D.C." — was a cook at Magic City, a nude dance club in Atlanta, when he first heard women shout "Whoomp — there it is!" Inspired by the party chant, he and partner Steve "Roll'n" Gibson wrote a song around it. Undaunted by label rejections, they borrowed $2,500 from Glenn's parents and pressed 800 singles, which quickly sold out in the Atlanta area. A record deal came soon after. Glenn said the song was meant for positive partying. "If you're going to say 'Whoomp there it is,' and you're doing something negative, we'd rather it not have come out of your mouth."

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