This week, Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo revealed whether or not the tour is still scheduled to happen this summer in Europe and North America.
Back in 2019, fans were thrilled to find out that Weezer, Fall Out Boy and Green Day were finally going to tour together. The Hella Mega Tour was originally set to kick off in Singapore on Mar. 8, 2020. However, the coronavirus pandemic soon caused the bands to delay those eight tour dates.
Eventually, as COVID-19 continued to spread around the world, the Hella Mega Tour postponed its European tour dates and then all of the North American shows. Then, in July, the Australian and New Zealand dates were also canceled.
“This is a tour that is probably once in a lifetime for the three bands that are doing it in the perspective of how big it will be and from the perspective of getting all of the pieces to work together because it’s a lot,” he told NME in April. “I would say that this tour may not happen exactly at the time or when it was supposed to happen or how it was supposed to happen but the tour will happen.”
Finally, in June 2020, Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer unveiled the rescheduled United Kingdom and European tour dates. As well, shortly after, the entire list of rescheduled 2021 North American tour dates was revealed. For now, the Hella Mega Tour is set to kick off on June 9 in Vienna and July 14 in Seattle.
However, some fans are worried that these rescheduled dates could change again. As 2021 progresses, more events and concerts are being canceled or rescheduled again. Last week, Glastonbury announced that it is not holding its festival for the second year in a row. This latest news could be the first of many event postponements and cancelations in 2021 as COVID-19 cases continue to pop up.
Despite all of this, Rivers Cuomo says Weezer are still planning to play those summer Hella Mega tour dates. He recently told NME that the tour’s U.S. promoter said the shows are still scheduled to happen.
“My manager just told me yesterday that the US promoter is still saying it’s gonna happen,” he says. “That could change, but I’m not making any other plans for the summer.”
Along with the Hella Mega Tour, Weezer have plenty of new music on the way this year. This Friday, they are releasing their surprise new album OK Human. The LP, which was announced earlier this month, will arrive before Weezer’s other new album Van Weezer. Van Weezer was originally slated to arrive around the Hella Mega Tour last year. However, as expected, it faced a few release delays.
It turns out, the postponed Hella Mega Tour is why Weezer have decided to put out OK Human first.
“We were like, ‘Okay, we just made the worst possible type of album you could make before a stadium rock tour,'” Cuomo tells NME. “So we were like: Well, now we’ve just made the worst possible album for a time when you can’t actually tour or perform or rock out. When nobody is going to concerts, how can you possibly promote a stadium rock album?”
Last week, fans got a taste of OK Human with the new video for “All My Favorite Songs.” Pre-orders for OK Human, which arrives on Jan. 29, are available here. Van Weezer is slated to be released on May 7.
Hella Mega tour dates:
06/09/21 – Vienna, AT @ Ernst Happel Stadium
06/20/21 – Paris, FR @ La Defense Arena
06/21/21 – Antwerp, BE @ Sportpaleis
06/23/21 – Groningen, NL @ Tadspark
06/25/21 – London, UK @ London Stadium
06/26/21 – Huddersfield, UK @ The John Smith’s Stadium
06/28/21 – Glasgow, UK @ Bellahouston Park
06/30/21 – Dublin, IE @ RDS Arena
07/14/21 – Seattle, WA @ T-Mobile Park
07/17/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dodger Stadium
07/18/21 – San Diego, CA @ Petco Park
07/20/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Oracle Park
07/24/21 – Dallas, TX @ Globe Life Field
07/27/21 – Atlanta, GA @ SunTrust Park
07/29/21 – Houston, TX @ Minute Maid Park
07/31/21 – Jacksonville, FL @ TIAA Bank Field
08/01/21 – Miami, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium
08/04/21 – New York, NY @ Citi Field
08/05/21 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
08/08/21 – Washington, DC @ Nationals Park
08/10/21 – Detroit, MI @ Comerica Park
08/13/21 – Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
08/15/21 – Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field
08/17/21 – Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre
08/19/21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PNC Park
08/20/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Citizens Bank Park
08/23/21 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Field
08/25/21 – Commerce City, CO @ DICK’s Sporting Goods Park