Cuomo was born on June 13, 1970 in New York and brought up in an ashram in Pomfret, Connecticut. Due to a relocation of the Ashram his parents moved to nearby Storrs, Connecticut. Cuomo visited the Edwin Oscar Smith High School, Santa Monica College and the Harvard College.
On 14 February 1992 he founded together with Pat Wilson ( who accompanied him on previous projects), Matt Sharp, and Jason Cropper, the band Weezer. The band's name comes from Rivers childhood in which he had the nickname Weezer ( which translates as " Tot " means ). In 1993 they were taken from Geffen Records. The debut album Weezer ( The Blue Album) was an immediate success. Because of the success interrupted Cuomo in 1995 his study of literature, but closed it successfully after the fifth album from Weezer.
On June 18, 2006 married Kyoko Ito Rivers, whom he had known since 1997. At the wedding in Paradise Cove, Malibu, all previous Weezer members appeared (up to Mikey Welsh ), and Justin Fisher and Rick Rubin.
Rivers was born with a leg length discrepancy of 44 mm. This defect he corrected as he stood for enough money to spend. Due to the operation Rivers had a long time to wear every day a leg splint, fixed the artificially broken leg. In addition, Cuomo grew up with divorced parents, making him also " Say it Is not so " inspired his song.
Rivers Cuomo was always known as the uncommunicative, reserved Weezers brain. He used the song writing as a medium of expression and tells in his lyrics often from intimate experiences ( Pink Triangle ) or anxiety (Say It Is not So). It was only with his discovery of Vipassana meditation Cuomo became a more balanced man, which above all reflected in his fifth album, " Make Believe ", as it is increasingly hopeful lyrics.
- 2007 - Alone - The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo
- 2008 - Alone 2 - The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo
- 2010 - Magic ( ft. Rivers Cuomo B.o.B )
- 2011 - Can not Keep My Hands Off You ( Simple Plan ft. Rivers Cuomo )
- 2011 - Earthquakey People ( Steve Aoki ft. Rivers Cuomo )