Weezer has paid tribute to essential workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis in a music video for their new song “Hero,” the second single off the band’s next album “Van Weezer.”
“This one is for the stay at home dreamers, the zoom graduators, the sourdough bakers, and the essential workers,” the rockers and past Stern Show guests wrote in a message accompanying the Brendan Walter and Jasper Graham-directed clip.
The video (above) begins with frontman Rivers Cuomo penning a letter. As vocals for the guitar-driven ditty kick in, he passes the note along to someone else, virtually, who then passes it to the next person. Hundreds of fans, each of whom appears to be social distancing, eventually handle the note. At the end of the song, it’s revealed to be a letter Rivers crafted for the pandemic’s great many heroes.
“While the rest of us retreated to our homes, you ran toward the threat in a battle you didn't even know you signed up for. Your bravery and selflessness are awe-inspiring. You are the reason we shall rock another day,” it reads.
While Weezer fans will no doubt be thrilled to hear a new song from the band, the tune also arrived with the announcement their album “Van Weezer” has been delayed. “As you know, Corona has put a crimp in many well-laid plans. ‘Van Weezer’ has been no exception. And because we don't want to give another release date until we're absolutely sure of it, we'll just say ‘stay tuned for more info,’” the band wrote.