If someone doesn't like a band or artist, they would usually just ignore their music, but James Burns hates Weezer so much he's willing to raise millions to get them to hang it up for good. Seattle native Burns launched an online fundraiser to collect $10 million in hopes of sending Weezer to early retirement, The Stranger reports.
Despite only raising $12 to this point, Burns' plea to Weezer isn't so much about his own feelings for the band but rather the anguish the group causes his friends who keep waiting for the band to produce a monumental album like 'Pinkerton' and their debut, the so-called 'Blue Album.'
"This isn't about me. This is about Weezer fans," Burns wrote on the website. "This is an abusive relationship, and it needs to stop now. I am tired of my friends being disappointed year after year."
Patrick Wilson, drummer for Weezer, played along and responded on Twitter asking Burns to raise the stakes.
"If they can make it to 20, we'll do the 'deluxe breakup!'" Wilson tweeted.
The Stranger then interviewed Burns, and he says he's willing to stick out for the long haul until he raises the money. As for the angry fans attacking Burns, he doesn't mind them so much.
"I am not afraid of Weezer fans," Burns said. "I can take it. Besides, I'm doing this mostly for them."
For the pointer I thank Michael Greenspan.