December 17, 2018 12:50 pm

Matt Damon, Leslie Jones battle over Weezer on ‘SNL’

Matt Damon and Leslie Jones debate Weezer's music in SNL sketch

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In the mid-season finale for Saturday Night Live’s (SNL) 44th season, Matt Damon and Leslie Jones took part in one of one of the most niche and unlikely comedy sketches to date — a debate regarding ’90s nerd rockers, Weezer. It was a huge success; the internet loved it.

The bit sparked joy and laughs across the board in the Weezer camps, as fans took sides with either Damon or Jones to agree with their preferred era of the Beverly Hills rockers’ career.

Even frontman and co-founder Rivers Cuomo had something to say.

Rivers Cuomo of Weezer performs at Shoreline Amphitheatre on Aug. 7, 2018, in Mountain View, Calif.

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In what was intended to be a pleasant dinner party for the new next-door neighbours, Damon and Jones ended up hurling verbal abuse and shattering wine glasses after a disagreement regarding Weezer’s cover of Toto’s Africa.

Their varied opinions on the band’s career sparked a feud that — according to Twitter — is very common among loyal members of the Weezer fanbase.

Jones’ character is a “purist” who believes that the band’s prime was before 1996. “Real Weezer fans know that they haven’t had a good album since Pinkerton,” she said. “They’ve been trash since 2001, son.”

“Well, if you think that, you’re not gonna like what I’m about to say,” says Damon. His character is a “ride-or-die” fan and prefers the latter half of their career. “Pork and Beans is better than Buddy Holly,” he proudly shares, to which Jones laughs and calls him “dumb.”

“Weezer put out two perfect albums — Blue [Album] and Pinkerton — and the rest was pretty corny,” she said.

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(L-R) Heidi Gardner, host Matt Damon, and Cecily Strong during the ‘Weezer’ sketch in Studio 8H on Dec. 15, 2018.

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The internet exploded with users taking sides with either Jones or Damon in the very self-aware and lighthearted divide between dedicated fans.

“Watching Leslie Jones and Matt Damon fight over Weezer on SNL literally made my whole night,” wrote one user.

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They weren’t the only ones filled with excitement, though. Cuomo, 48, also happened to catch the sketch and immediately took to Twitter to share his joy.

“They had a whole a*s skit about Weezer and me on Saturday Night Live,” he wrote. Unclear whether he was more humoured or honoured by the homage, he added, “I’m actually crying.”

Weezer’s official Twitter page even shared the hit-sketch.

After a sketch that almost seems to mock the rock icons, Cuomo humbly took the hype in good spirits and had no ill-willed comments to make. Drummer Patrick Wilson, however, was quick to side with Damon’s character in a joking tweet.

Like them or not, Weezer’s status in the world of rock and roll is undeniable.

(L-R) Brian Bell, Rivers Cuomo and Scott Shriner of Weezer perform at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2017 on Dece. 10, 2017, at the Forum in Los Angeles, Calif.

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The Black Album will be Weezer’s latest offering, scheduled to hit shelves on March 1. The upcoming North American tour will celebrate the release and kick off on March 8 in Louisville, Ky.

The rockers will hit Canada twice during their run, in Montreal and Vancouver. Special guests Pixies will join Weezer on the road.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. ET.  You can find them on the official Weezer website.

Weezer 2019 tour dates

** Canadian shows are bolded **

March 8 – Louisville, Kent. @ KFC Yum! Center
March 10 – Columbia, South Car. @ Colonial Life Arena
March 13 – Montreal, Quebec @ Bell Centre
March 14 – Albany, New York @ Times Union Center
March 16 – Mashantucket, Conn. @ Foxwoods Resort Casino*
March 17 – Baltimore, Mar. @ Royal Farms Arena
March 19 – Columbus, Ohio @ Schottenstein Center
March 20 – Grand Rapids, Mich. @ Van Andel Arena
March 22 – Memphis, Tenn. @ FedEx Forum
March 24 – St. Louis, Miss. @ Enterprise Center
March 26 – Kansas City, Miss. @ Sprint Center
March 27 – Tulsa, Okla. @ BOK Center
March 28 – Des Moines, Iowa @ Wells Fargo Arena
March 30 – St. Paul, Minn. @ Xcel Energy Center
March 31 – Madison, Wisc. @ Alliant Energy Center
April 5 – Nampa, Ida. @ Ford Idaho Center Arena
April 6 – Portland, Oreg. @ Moda Center
April 7 – Vancouver, B.C. @ Rogers Arena
April 9 – Sacramento, Calif. @ Golden 1 Center
April 10 – Oakland, Calif. @ Oracle Arena*
April 12 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ Mandalay Bay Event Center

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