Witness his hating on Rivers Cuomo:
Saddest thing I’ve read probably all year:Like I finally told him the other night--instant wit isn't always my strong point--the mere ability to play the same three chords over and over again reallyreally fast isn't the mark of talent he seems to think it is.
“Rivers Cuomo…used to be a pretty awesome shredder in the 80′s/early 90′s. He sounded like he was influenced by Queensryche, Maiden, and Slayer.
“But then Weezer happened, and he seemed to lose a lot of that. I think he claimed in several interviews that he can’t play like that anymore.”
I must say, that’s a real shame. If he couldn’t play the guitar worth a shit in the first place it’d be one thing, but to let talent like that fall by the wayside is such a waste. More power to Cuomo if Weezer makes him happy — but then I’ve never been a fan of Weezer anyway, so I do have a biased perspective.
Thing is, Rivers Cuomo is a good guitar player by rock standards--and let's not delude ourselves that rock guitar is on a level with, say, flamenco guitar. That he's not playing heavy metal anymore doesn't change that. Why he left that kind of music I can't say--maybe he realized it's not 1987 anymore, or just realized he preferred something different. Either way, he didn't leave his guitar skills behind: