Weezer is back with another song off Van Weezer, and this one couldn't have been released at a better time. "Hero" pays tribute to frontline workers as the world battles the coronavirus, and its corresponding music video shows our "new normal." It begins with frontman Rivers Cuomo writing a letter thanking those who have risked their own safety for the greater good. It gets passed along, screen to screen, while each band member plays his part at home. At the end, we see the letter. It reads:
Whether you run emergency supplies on electric golf carts or translate English for someone who doesn’t speak it, we thank you.
Whether you man computer or pick up phones, answer questions and concerns or route people here and there, we thank you.
Whether you donate pillows and blankets or give money, we thank you.
To those lacking proper face masks, risking their health for the greater good, we thank you.
While the rest of us retreated to our homes, you ran towards 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.
Life is good, and for all of this, we thank you.
Unfortunately, with the song announcement came some bad news. Like many other artists, Weezer's album was affected by the coronavirus and its release has been delayed. A new date is forthcoming. Watch the "Hero" video below.
The band also revealed it will be featured on this week's episode of The Simpsons, and plans to debut another new song called "Blue Dream."
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