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Sean Murphy
Weezer


IF YOU GO



Who: blink-182, with Weezer and Taking Back Sunday

When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Greenwood Village

Cost: $20-$63

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Blink-182 took several days off from its summer tour this week so the band’s members could mourn the recent death of their friend Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein.

In the entertainment world “the show must go on,” so tourmates Weezer stepped up to headline a few concerts. But fans will be pleased to know that blink-182, Taking Back Sunday and Weezer still will play their Sunday triple bill at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre.

Weezer joined the package tour to pump up audiences for its upcoming CD, Raditude. If the name sounds a little quirky, it’s because Rainn Wilson of “The Office” came up with the record title.

“Our band is feeling very inspired these days,” guitarist Brian Bell said. “We just keep trying to better ourselves — and that keeps us motivated.

“We feel that our band still has a lot more to offer. We’re finishing our new record and we took a 180-degree different approach to the sound on it. That’s the kind of thing that keeps me going with this band.”

According to Bell, Wilson did inspire the CD’s unusual name.

Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo asked Wilson to come up with the “ultimate” CD rock title — and Raditude was the funnyman’s reply.

“I think Raditude is a fun title and it has energy,” Bell said. “I don’t know if it will sound dated and funny, but we like it.”

Weezer was on a roll, and the band decided to take another bold step for its new CD.

This time around, the indie rockers collaborated with top songwriters and record producers to create a new batch of tunes.

“We decided to write songs with other songwriters outside the band,” Bell said. “We wanted to feature some other musical genres, so hip-hop producer Jermaine Dupri, pop writer Butch Walker and Tyson Ritter and Nick Wheeler of the All-American Rejects came in to help with songs.

“We still sound like Weezer, but we’ve headed into a totally different direction with this record. We worked with English producer Garrett Lee (U2, R.E.M.). He’s extremely experimental and we used all these different instruments — I even got to play a recorder.”

Weezer’s taking a few risks on this record, but the band’s hoping it will pay off in the end.

The rockers released the CD’s first single, “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To,” in August. The full album is set to drop on Oct. 27.

“I haven’t heard the final mix, but I think people will like the new record,” Bell said. “This record’s upbeat, fun — and hopefully a bit unique. It definitely gets back to Weezer’s rock element.

“We’ve got some great songs and it won’t disappoint our true fans.”

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