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Overview (3)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Nicknames Ace
Varz
Weezer
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

After many big ups and downs, Rivers has locked into a massively productive and busy schedule, both in music and band business. Constantly pushing himself to write new material, and record it at the best quality available at the time, he rarely has much time to spare. Has taken over management of Weezer and is doing a fine job, which has loosened and limbered him up in the music department.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Karl Koch

Family (1)

Spouse Kyoko Ito (18 June 2006 - present)  (1 child)

Trade Mark (2)

Sticker covered guitar and his unique punk rock style
Buddy Holly style glasses

Trivia (21)

Is the lead singer and guitarist for the rock band Weezer.
Graduated from Harvard University with a degree in English (2006)
Weezer, the name of his rock band, is actually his childhood nickname.
He grew up with divorced parents and that was his inspiration for the song, "Say it ain't so" on the Weezer album.
The name of his 4th album "Maladroit", was inspired by a fans e-mail.
Does not have a middle name because his parents wanted him to chose it, but he never got around to it.
Is a vegetarian. He has been voted "sexiest celebrity vegetarian" on Peta.com
Claims that his mom named him "Rivers" because she gave birth to him near a river but also claims his dad named him that after two famous Italian soccer players, Rivera and Riva, and a Brazillian soccer player, Rivelino.
When he was born, his left leg was 44 mm shorter than the other. When he made enough money, he got a leg brace in which he wore for quite some time. Everyday he had to turn it to fix his leg. He also got surgery for it.
Attended Harvard University where he wrote most of the famous "Pinkerton." Just a few months before graduation he dropped out. He later returned in 2006, eventually graduating.
Attended E.O. Smith High School in Northeastern Connecticut, hence the "E.O. Smith Records" which can be seen on the back of some of his albums. The school's only other famous alum is Peter Tork of The Monkees.
Weezer was originally signed to record the main song for Shrek 2 (2004) soundtrack.
Was a metal head as a teenager. When he was in high school, he took a picture of Carlos Cavazo from Quiet Riot to a local salon and told the woman to make him look like that. After an hour, it was done and his mom was so mortified at his appearance that she left the salon and Rivers had to walk three miles back home.
Engaged to marry Kyoko Ito
Completing his English Major at Harvard University. [March 2006]
Currently finished his band's EP, 'The Lion and the Witch', and is currently working on the band's 5th album. [October 2002]
Touring with Foo Fighters and attending Vipassna courses. [2005]
Currently recording on the fifth Weezer album with producer Rick Rubin. [September 2003]
Weezer is on hiatus this summer as the future of the band is uncertain. [July 2006]
(Late 2004) The new Weezer album is finished.
He has noted similarities with River Phoenix in that they shared similar names, were born the same year, had a spiritual childhood and had a younger brother with the name of Leaf/Leaves.

Personal Quotes (15)

Your brain is always searching for reasons to doubt yourself; I'm pretty experienced with that.
I love getting older, though. I just feel like I have more control over the universe -- or my small corner of it, at least.
I had rock-star dreams from 8 or 9 almost nonstop. I thought it was going to be like being a God on earth: having as many women as you want whenever you want them, having super powers, being incredibly wealthy, never doing laundry. Instead I found myself in the dead of winter in Boston with a long beard, no friends and a bum leg. It was pretty disillusioning...
I've sold two million records, I've toured around the world singing in front of thousands of people. And there's a girl sitting across from me in English 101, and I just look up at her every once in a while and put my head back down. I'm still a pathetic fool. No matter how many records I sell, I'm never going to be in Kiss.
I consider myself a normal person in extraordinary, abnormal circumstances. I think if anyone were in my position they would end up acting like I do.
[What do you do for fun besides playing music?] Nothing.
It [commune-style hippie parenting] had the ironic effect of making my brother and me completely straightlaced growing up. I never did any drugs or drank or even smoked a cigarette until I was in my twenties, which is extremely rare for American kids.
Yeah, I've tried all different kinds of ways of living and I've discovered that this is the most conducive to creativity, acting on whim regardless of consequences. [With no consideration for other people?] No. Occasionally, I'll have pangs of conscience but I try to overcome them. To me that's a small price to pay.
Well, I try to give myself complete license to do whatever I want at any time regardless of how it affects other people and ... I think the benefits I gain artistically from living like that outweigh the costs of, um, all the problems that I have with society [meaning] everyone hating me.
Playing arenas is where it's at. I want to conquer far and wide in the name of Weezer.
I hardly ever have caffeine. I tweak naturally.
Weezer came up at a time when Jane's Addiction released Nothing's Shocking - everyone was trying to be controversial. We looked back to rock and roll's pre-drug days - to the clean images of the Beach Boys - that felt, ironically, rebellious.
[2001, on "Pinkerton"] It's a hideous record... It was such a hugely painful mistake that happened in front of hundreds of thousands of people and continues to happen on a grander and grander scale and just won't go away. It's like getting really drunk at a party and spilling your guts in front of everyone and feeling incredibly great and cathartic about it, and then waking up the next morning and realizing what a complete fool you made of yourself.
[August 1997]This has been a tough year. It's not just that the world has said Pinkerton isn't worth a shit, but that the Blue album wasn't either. It was a fluke. It was the ["Buddy Holly"] video. I'm a shitty songwriter.
[first hinting at the Black Album in April 2016, shortly after the band released their tenth album Weezer (The White Album)] What could stand out more against 'White' than 'Black'? I think it's going to maybe be like Beach Boys gone bad. I'm thinking of swearing, which is something I've never done in songs.

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