Weezer planning “Pinkerton” tour?

August 17 2010, 4:22 PM EDT By Scott Heisel

While three-time AP cover stars Weezer have an already-full plate with their eighth full-length, Hurley, dropping Sept. 14 via new label Epitaph, rumors are flying about the band reliving a big part of their history on the road later this year, performing an all-Pinkerton tour, playing the cult classic start-to-finish. The massively influential album is set for a deluxe-edition reissue on Oct. 5 via the band's former label, Geffen, according to Amazon; more recently, guitarist Brian Bell gave an interview where he all but confirmed the trek.

"We... have a reissue of Pinkerton coming out with new packaging, and—I'm praying—a Pinkerton tour, where we'll play all the songs off Pinkerton, soon," Bell commented backstage at last weekend's Mile High Music Festival in Colorado in a video interview (viewable below). Bell also remarked that the band have an odds-and-ends release titled Death To False Metal in the works, although no release date for that has officially been set.

While largely considered a commercial failure following its initial release in 1996, Pinkerton went onto become an unintentional lightning rod for emo, influencing a wide swath of bands like the Get Up Kids, Saves The Day, Motion City Soundtrack, Dashboard Confessional, Relient K and dozens more. It was also the last Weezer album to feature the band's "classic lineup," pictured above; bassist Matt Sharp departed the group in 1998 and has never publicly performed with the band since (although Sharp and frontman Rivers Cuomo did perform together acoustically in February 2004). 

Alternative Press has contacted a representative from the Weezer camp to hopefully shed some light on the rumors; as soon as we hear anything, we'll let you know.