NEW YORK -- Grammy Award-winning band Weezer will headline the entertainment for the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins on New Year's Day at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., the National Hockey League announced during tonight's NBCSN Wednesday Night Hockey broadcast. The 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® - the League's 11th iteration of the outdoor game - will be broadcast live on NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jan. 1.
A portion of the first intermission presented by Ticketmaster featuring Weezer will be televised. Formed in Los Angeles in 1992, Weezer currently consists of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead guitar), Patrick Wilson (drums), Brian Bell (rhythm guitar, backing vocals, keyboards) and Scott Shriner (bass, backing vocals). The band has sold 10 million albums in the U.S. and more than 35 million records worldwide. Weezer's catalog has included such megahits as "Buddy Holly," "Undone (The Sweater Song)," "Say It Ain't So," "El Scorcho," "Hash Pipe," "Island In The Sun," "Beverly Hills," "Pork and Beans," and more.
Following massively acclaimed and Grammy-nominated album releases in 2016 and 2017 - The White Album and Pacific Daydream, respectively - and two sold-out amphitheater tours with Panic! At the Disco in 2016 and Pixies in 2018, Weezer released a fan-inspired cover of Toto's "Africa." The cover propelled the band back into the charts across the board, giving Weezer its fifth No. 1, 10th top-5 and 16th top-10 song at Alternative Radio, in addition to landing in the top 5 on the Hot Adult Contemporary chart.
Weezer has won Grammys, MTV Video Music Awards and more throughout its career. The band's Pacific Daydream is nominated for a 2019 Grammy for Best Rock Album.
Additional performers for the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will be announced in the coming weeks.
A limited number of tickets for the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® still are available at Ticketmaster.com and the Ticketmaster app, the official ticketing partner of the NHL®. Fans can join the conversation via the official hashtag NHL #WinterClassic.