Date published: 3rd Nov 2010
Rivers Cuomo once thought he "could have been" Puccini in a previous life.
The Weezer frontman said he was listening to the Italian composer, who died in 1924, a great deal during the time he wrote his band's defining album, 'Pinkerton' which led to him think he could be linked to the composer through a past life.
He told Rolling Stone magazine: "I know I was listening to a lot of Puccini from the end of 1994, and I got more and more into it.
"I really felt like this is a guy who shared the same musical values as me and maybe some of the same abilities, although he's on a whole other level.
"I felt like he maybe I could have been him in a previous life."
Rivers, 40, also gave an insight into the deeply emotional experience of writing the album - widely hailed as the record which brought the emo genre to wider recognition - which he said was partly a reaction to the misinterpretation of songs he wrote for the band's first self-titled album, known as The Blue Album.
He added: "If you listen to 'Buddy Holly' off the first record the language is so bizarre and metaphoric it's really hard for people to understand the life situation that inspired the song; and the critical reaction to it was 'these people are goofy'.
"They said there was no depth of emotion there. That really bummed me out in a big way, so I was determined to head in the other direction with the second record and in the simplest, most direct language possible talk about what was happening in my life and how I felt about it.
"Ninety-nine percent of what I'm about on 'Pinkerton' is what was actually happening in my life."
'Pinkerton' was released as a deluxe two-disc set this week.