The latest twist in the ongoing saga that is the Weezer-Toto love-in has been revealed.
Toto launched their “40 Trips Around the Sun” tour in Vancouver at the end of July and decided they should show their appreciation for 90s rockers, Weezer, by covering “Hash Pipe” – the lead single from Weezer’s eponymous Green album.
“We figured since we were smoking hash since before they were born, that’s the one we should do,” Toto guitarist and vocalist Steve Lukather joked.
“This is our tribute to Weezer, god bless ’em,” he continued, before the band launched into the cover.
For those who missed it, we’ve been in the midst of a bit of a Weezer-Toto love affair for the past few months, as a result of Rivers Cuomo and the boys releasing their own versions of a couple of Toto tunes.
Back in May, they released a version of “Rosanna“, then followed it up with a cover of Toto’s signature hit, “Africa“.
For the record, it wasn’t just a weird decision on the part of the famously mercurial Cuomo – Weezer’s frontman, who took time out of being a rock star in the mid-90s so he could study at Harvard – rather, it was the result of a relentless 14-year-old named Mary.
Mary, from Cleveland, USA, set up a Twitter account in December 2017 called “Weezer cover Africa by Toto”, with the handle @weezerafrica, from which she urged her favourite band to “bless the rains”.
The campaign gained some impressive traction, attracting over 5000 followers, receiving international press coverage and seeing Mary contacted by the band’s drummer.
— weezer cover africa by toto (@weezerafrica) May 29, 2018
Toto weren’t in the dark throughout this process either, and after Weezer posted their cover online – some six months after Mary kicked her campaign, and featuring her Twitter page as the cover art on Spotify – Toto took to Twitter to show their approval.
— TOTO (@toto99com) May 29, 2018
Of course, a song is worth a thousand tweets, so hopefully, Weezer appreciate the return-cover-love.