Where Weezer are now - 'drug overdose', horror bus crash and Hollywood star - Mirror Online

American rock band Weezer have been going for almost 30 years, but the time in the spotlight hasn't always been easy for its members and they've faced more than their fair share of hardship over the decades.

The band, which was first formed in Los Angeles in 1992 and has sold 10.2 million albums in the US and over 35 million worldwide, has been plagued with a suspected heroin overdose, bus crash, and an on-stage attack.

Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead guitar, keyboards), Patrick Wilson (drums, percussion, backing vocals), Brian Bell (guitar, backing vocals, keyboards), and Scott Shriner (bass, backing vocals, keyboards) released their self-titled debut album, also known as the Blue Album, in May 1994 just a year after signing with Geffen Records.

Both the Blue Album and its grittier follow up Pinkerton are now frequently cited among the best albums of the 1990s.

Following the tour for Pinkerton, bassist Matt Sharp left the band and Weezer went on hiatus - returning in 2001 with new bassist Mikey Welsh.

Weezer stars Rivers Cuomo, Scott Shriner, Patrick Wilson, and Brian Bell (

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But Mikey quit the band that same year as he battled with his mental health, and so was replaced by Scott Shriner.

Tragically, in 1997, three sisters who ran Weezer's fan club were tragically killed in a car accident while driving home from a Weezer show in Denver, Colorado.

Mykel, Carli and Trysta Allan had inspired Weezer's Sweater Song B-side Mykel and Carli, and heartbroken Weezer members cancelled a show to attend their funeral.

The same year, Weezer and other bands held a benefit concert for the family in Los Angeles.

Weezer still perform at festivals and release music, almost 30 years after their inception.

But with one member dead, another seriously injured in a bus crash and two others starring in a film together - let's take a look at where the band members are now.

Rivers Cuomo

Rivers Cuomo took a vow of sexual abstinence in 2004 (

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Rivers Cuomo, 51, remains the lead vocalist of Weezer as well as playing guitar, keyboard, and writing their songs.

He has also released solo material with artists including B.o.B, and wrote and produced a pilot for a Fox sitcom based on his life, called DeTour, but it was not picked up by the channel.

Rivers took a vow of sexual abstinence in 2004, which he kept until his marriage in 2006, to Kyoto Ito.

He had first met Kyoto in 1997 at one of his solo concerts, and proposed in Tokyo in 2005.

The couple have two children - daughter Mia, born in 2007, and son Leo, born in 2011.

In 2009, Rivers was injured when his tour bus crashed in New York due to black ice, and he suffered three broken ribs while his assistant had two broken ribs.

Weezer cancelled a show when three fans died on their way back from a concert (

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His wife, baby daughter and their nanny were also on board, but thankfully managed to escape injury.

Weezer cancelled the remaining tour dates the following day, not returning to tour until two years later.

Rivers is a keen meditator and since 2009 he even teaches it to children, having been a student of prestigious teacher S. N. Goenka.

And while most of us were baking banana bread and binging Bridgerton, Rivers released more than 2,000 demos and home recordings on his website in 2020.

Mikey Welsh

Mikey Welsh died during a trip he took to reunite with the band

Former guitarist Welsh left the band in 2001 after a publicised nervous breakdown, resurfacing later as an artist and painter.

Sadly, Mikey was found dead in a Chicago hotel room in 2012, he was 40 years old and had suffered from a suspected heroin overdose.

Workers at the Rafaello Hotel found him unresponsive and not breathing when they went to his room after he failed to check out as scheduled, police spokeswoman Laura Kubiak said.

He had been in Chicago to attend Weezer's appearance at RiotFest, a concert that went on as scheduled.

"As sad as it is to think about, we know Mikey would never want the rock stopped on his account - quite the contrary in fact," the band said in a statement.

"His chapter in the Weezer story ... was vital, essential, wild, and amazing," they added, calling him "a unique talent, a deeply loving friend and father".

Mikey said in a post on his Facebook page months prior that he was looking forward to meeting up with the band in Chicago.

Brian Bell

Brian Bell is a huge Shakespeare fan and has appeared in a production of Twelfth Night (

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Brian Bell, 52, has recorded 15 studio albums with Weezer.

But he also fronted his own band named Space Twins, which has had various incarnations since 1993, though Brian confirmed in 2006 he was no longer working on projects with the band.

He has also performed with multiple other bands on stage, playing guitar, and is set to make his producing debut with Ultra Sonic Edukators' upcoming album.

Brian is a big Shakespeare buff, and he and ex-girlfriend Peggy Nunez studied the playwright's work and poetry theory at university level during a Weezer break in 2003-2004.

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They also starred in a production of Twelfth Night together, in which Brian wrote four songs using the words of Shakespeare.

In 2006, Brian made his on-screen debut, playing Lou Reed in the Edie Sedgwick biographical film, Factory Girl, which starred Sienna Miller as Edie.

Brian's bandmate Patrick Wilson also appeared as John Cale, another member of the Velvet Underground.

Brian also voiced a band member on a booze-cruise and was animated as himself in The Simpsons episode The Hateful Eight-Year-Olds, along with the rest of Weezer.

Scott Shriner

Ex-Marine Scott once continued performing while a stage invader was on his back (

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Scott Shriner, 55, has recorded 12 albums with Weezer as the band's longest serving bass guitarist, but he has also performed lead vocals on some Weezer's songs, alongside Patrick Wilson.

Former Marine Corps Scott has revealed he only realised he was a full member of the band during a photoshoot for their album, having previously been under the impression he was just temporarily filling in after Mikey's departure.

During his first ever performance with Weezer, he was attacked on stage by a man who it later transpired was a friend of his, and incredibly managed to keep performing while security guards dragged the man off his back.

Scott has performed with other bands including The Cars, and guest starred with The Scrantones on stage in 2007.

He also acted in a music video for E.J Wells for the song There's Something in the Graveyard, which was the first music video to ever be filmed in the Virginia City Cemetery.

Scott married author Jillian Lauren in 2005.

They have two adopted children and two dogs, who both appeared in a PETA video encouraging people to adopt from shelters.

Patrick Wilson

Patrick Wilson is also known for his videos of hilarious skateboarding stunts (

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Co-founding Weezer member Patrick Wilson, 52, also fronts his own band, The Special Goodness.

But his talents do not just lie in music - he is also known for performing funny stunts on skateboards, scooters and bikes, which he posts online.

Patrick has also recorded drums for The Rentals first record, but he did not tour with them.

Alongside his Weezer bandmate Brian, Patrick created a cover of the Velvet Underground song Heroin for the 2006 film Factory Girl, in which he also played John Cale.

Patrick has also been an Executive Producer for the No Agenda podcast, a political show fronted by former VJ Adam Curry and columnist John C. Dvorak.

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