Weezer Tapes 'Hard Times' Cameo

9:41 PM PST 11/18/2010 by David Ciminelli
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Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo (l-r), guitarist Brian Bell, bassist Scott Shriner and guitarist Patrick Wilson.

L.A. band will be featured in performance on MTV teen comedy's second season airing next summer.

Considering that Weezer named their latest album Hurley after a character from Lost and set one of their early videos -- for the 1994 hit "Buddy Holly" -- in Happy Days' Al's Diner, it should come as little surprise that the band likes to tune in to primetime. Now comes word from MTV News that the band was on a Hollywood soundstage earlier this week to film a cameo appearance for the second season of MTV's single-camera comedy The Hard Times of RJ Berger. The TV gig, however, didn't require much in the way of acting.

The upcoming Hard Times episode will feature Weezer cranking out their new Hurley single "Hang On" along with the band's 1996 hit "El Scorcho" from the album Pinkerton, which was re-released as a deluxe edition on Nov. 2.

The invitation for the unusual stint on the raunchy teen comedy came courtesy of the show's creators-executive producers, David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith.

"The creators of the show, I guess, were fans of ours, and called the (series' fictitious) high school Pinkerton (after Weezer's sophomore album)," guitarist Brian Bell explained to MTV News. "And when we found out about that, it caught our interest about the show in general."

MTV renewed Hard Times this past August, and the second season is slated to begin airing next summer.

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