Weezer Taps Best Coast, Free Energy as 'Memories Tour' Openers

Rivers Cuomo recruits up-and-comers who were likely inspired by his early albums

October 25, 2010 2:35 PM ET

Weezer have recruited Best Coast and Free Energy, two bands that probably enjoyed The Blue Album and Pinkerton as adolescents, to serve as the opening acts for their upcoming Memories Tour.

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"I love these bands," Rivers Cuomo said on Weezer's. Best Coast will open Weezer's two gigs in Los Angeles, and Free Energy, one of Rolling Stone's Best New Bands of 2010, will open the New York and Boston dates. The opening acts for Weezer's Chicago and San Francisco stands have not yet been announced.

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Cuomo recently revealed that he collaborated with Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino on a song earmarked for Weezer's follow-up to Hurley. Cuomo has made it a habit to team up with artists that were likely inspired at a young age by Weezer's early albums, working with Male Bonding and members of the All-American Rejects.

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