Rivers Cuomo (born June 13, 1970, New York, New York) is a singer, songwriter and guitarist for the band Weezer. He was born in a New York City hospital, and raised on a Hindu ashram (run by the late guru Sri Swami Satchidananda) in Northeastern Connecticut. Cuomo's parents decided to stay in Connecticut when the ashram (known as Yogaville) was relocated to a plot of land along the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. Rivers attended and graduated from E. O. Smith High School in Storrs.
Cuomo, who at the time went by the name "Peter Kitts" ("Kitts" being the surname of his stepfather), formed a progressive metal band known as Avant Garde, and played several shows in Connecticut. He moved with the band to Los Angeles in March 1989; Avant Garde changed its name to Zoom, which dissolved in the late spring of 1990. After a series of musical projects in L.A., Cuomo formed Weezer on February 14, 1992 with bandmates Patrick Wilson, Matt Sharp, and Jason Cropper. Jason Cropper left the band during recording on their first album. Brian Bell joined in his place.
Weezer signed with DGC, a music publisher of Geffen Records, on June 25, 1993. They began recording their first album, Weezer (also known as The Blue Album), in August, 1993.