Chris Shiflett and Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo Talk About His Influences, Blue Strat and Effect Pedal Preferences

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(Nashville, TN) August 2, 2023 – In EP 2 of the SHRED WITH SHIFTY podcast, Chris Shiflett is joined by buddy Rivers Cuomo of Weezer as they talk about everything from Yngwie, Phish, and the outro solo to “Only in Dreams” off the Blue album. 

Cuomo walks Shifty through the infamous “Only in Dreams” solo lick by lick. There’s the sequence of octaves high up on the neck, colored by an unexpectedly placed major 7th chord … and Cuomo’s vibrato, which reminds Chris of Brian May. What shapes a guitarist’s vibrato? “Must have something to do with your nerves between your brain and your fingers,” Cuomo says. 

He also shares that he doesn’t use effect pedals in his playing, which may come as a surprise to some Weezer fans. For his tones on the band’s famous debut album, he went straight into his

amp, and the only effect heard on that record, he says, was a bit of delay on the swells in “Only in Dreams.” 

Don’t miss the jam packed episode with Chris Shiflett and Rivers Cuomo as they discuss musical influences, go to guitar store licks, licks and so much more. Watch the entire episode on and get ready to be inspired by two incredible musicians. 

SHRED WITH SHIFTY is produced by Jason Shadrick, Chris Shiflett, leading music podcast company Double Elvis, and along with Premier Guitar. 

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More About Chris Shiflett 

For more than 25 years, Chris Shiflett has blurred the lines between genre and generation, balancing his full-band projects with a thriving solo career. Named “Americana’s biggest rockstar” by Rolling Stone, Shiflett has played a crucial role in shaping the sound and scope of modern-day rock music as a longtime member of the Foo Fighters. 

He’s also an alum of California-based punk rock bands No Use For a Name and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Shiflett’s latest releases refocus his attention on a mix of country twang and rock & roll bang, showcasing the full range of his musical abilities. Listen to “Black Top White Lines and “Dead And Gone” now, and stay tuned for a forthcoming full-length album announcement later this summer. 


About Double Elvis 

Double Elvis is an audio-first media company that explores life through the lens of music. Rooted in podcasting, Double Elvis was co-founded by Brady Sadler and Jake Brennan, creator and host of the podcasts “Disgraceland” (#1 most downloaded music podcast), “27 Club,” “Blood On The Tracks” and more. The company specializes in storytelling about music and aims to provide both a platform for artists and a destination for music fans. Since its founding in 2018, the company has released an additional number of critically acclaimed podcasts, such as “Dear Young Rocker,” “About A Girl,” and their spinoff of “Disgraceland” called “Badlands.” Double Elvis has also teamed up with a variety of music and media companies to create original series,

including “Dead and Gone” with Tenderfoot TV, “Here Comes The Break” with Def Jam Recordings, and “History Listen” with Audible and Grammy-winning artist St. Vincent. 

About, an artist-first platform, is a live-streaming destination for music fans to watch and connect with their favorite artists, jam bands, festivals, and podcasts. features many free live streams as well as ticketed events from your favorite artists and creators. has developed a network of music venues, festivals, and artists, including Nashville’s 3rd and Lindsley, Basement East, and Nectar’s in Burlington, VT- with recent performances from Gov’t. Mule, Marcus King from the Ryman Auditorium, Warren Haynes Christmas Jam, and Phil Lesh & Friends. In addition to Andy Frasco’s World Saving Podcast, the platform is also home to the number-one music business podcast “How to Build a Sustainable Music Career” hosted by Emily White. is a free and open platform that helps music creators connect and engage with their audiences via live stream performances, concert broadcasts, or exclusive video sessions with easy ticketing, subscriptions, and monetization options for music creators of any size. 




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