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Say It Ain’t So: Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo To Participate In Charity Soccer Game

rivers-cuomorivers-cuomo2Rivers Cuomo, the awkwardly famous frontman for Weezer, will join members of Broken Social Scene, Bedouin Soundclash, Great Big Sea and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists on August 22nd for a charity soccer game in Toronto.

Charity founder Adrian Bradbury says he’s ecstatic to have Cuomo on board because it’s sure to draw more fans to watch the event and contribute to the cause.

Proceeds will go toward a youth and cultural centre for sport, arts and reconciliation in northern Uganda, where war has ravaged the region for more than 22 years.

That’s pretty cool. You wouldn’t think that Cuomo would be a big soccer nut, but evidently he is crazy about the sport. Via the always-reliable Wikipedia:

Cuomo is a big fan of soccer. He can be seen as he is shown playing in the “Photograph” video and even planned his band’s 2002 “World Cup Tour” around World Cup games. In 2006 he reportedly wrote a song titled “Our Time Will Come” in tribute to the U.S. men’s soccer team. He claims his favorite player is Landon Donovan, enjoys watching the Premier League and is both a Los Angeles Galaxy and New England Revolution fan. His favorite English football team is Sheffield Wednesday. He has attended Hillsborough and was also photographed wearing a Sheffield Wednesday kit. In early 2008 he played in the Mia & Nomar Celebrity Soccer Challenge and scored a goal in the game. His video for “Lover in the Snow” off of his Alone album dealt with this game and his love of soccer.

Very interesting indeed. I hope Rivers hasn’t hung out with Landon Donovan recently. I’m afraid if he were to catch the swine flu from Donovan, it could plunge Cuomo into such a deep depression he might decide to make another solo album. Yikes.

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