The lead guitarist and co-founding member of Weezer, Rivers Cuomo, was the latest interview guest of Matt Owen of Guitar World this week and unveiled an untold story of how Ozzy asked him to write a song for his own album.
As you might follow their career, Los-Angeles based rock band ‘Weezer’ was founded by Patrick Wilson, Brian Bell, Scott Shriner, and Rivers Cuomo back in 1992 and the Grammy Awarded band released fifteen studio album so far. Their latest ever studio album named ‘Van Weezer’ was released this month and it features 10 never-released before songs including two Vinyl Bonus Tracks.
In his last interview with Guitar World, Cuomo admitted that back in 2000, The Black Sabbath legend knocked on his door and asked him two write an exclusive song for him. Weezer frontman sat down and wrote ‘Hash Pipe’ for Ozzy, however, he did not end up using it and the band used the song for their third and self-titled album.
Here is what Weezer frontman said about the song:
“Once, I think it was in 2000, Ozzy Osbourne asked if I had any songs for him, and I just happened to have written Hash Pipe. I sent it to him, but he didn’t end up using it. In another reality, it might be interesting to hear him singing that song.
The song existed with another riff. The song was good, but the riff was… It was okay, but it wasn’t the greatest guitar riff of all time, which I felt like it should be. Coincidentally, at the same time, our manager said, ‘Hey, you guys should sample the Crazy Train riff in a song.’
I know he was thinking: ‘What’s going to get people talking? What is going to confuse the internet?’ He had no idea what I was making, but it just seemed like the perfect suggestion. So we tried it. The tempo fit, and it all just seemed to come together.”
You can watch the revised version of ‘Hash Pipe’ below.
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