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Steve Lukather from American rock band Toto in Croatia in March 2018. (Shutterstock/DarioZg)
After a successful Twitter campaign started by a fan in Ohio, the United States, alt-rock band Weezer covered rock band Toto’s 1982 hit “Africa” in late May. The cover came a few days after Weezer released a cover of Toto's other hit, “Rosanna”, in what seemed to be a tease to the campaign.
Weezer’s covers proved to be worthy, as its version of the songs brought it back onto the Billboard Hot 100 and inspired a limited-edition vinyl release from Urban Outfitters, SPIN reported.
In what seems to be Toto returning the favor, the band decided to cover Weezer’s 2001 hit “Hash Pipe”.
Toto’s Steve Porcaro told KROQ how the band came to decide on that particular track.
“You know, we listened to ‘Beverly Hills.’ I wanted to maybe even do a real ‘Africa’-type version of that, I was thinking about for a minute,” he said. “But you know what? We wanted to make it different, but we wanted to do something rock and roll. I wanted to show everyone what a good rock and roll band we can be.”
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“I thought ‘Hash Pipe’ had a better melody,” added guitarist Steve Lukather. “I love the message, you know what I mean? […] And we wanted to do it justice. We wanted to do our thing to it, but still pay respect to it.
“And we added a couple of our kitschy little things to it, which I hope that they [Weezer] laugh [at]. We wish we could be in the room when they hear it.”
The idea of Toto covering a Weezer song was a pleasant surprise to fans of both bands. However, as SPIN acknowledged, it seems that Toto had already planned on doing a Weezer cover for a while now and was already working on it.
In an interview with Variety last month, Lukather talked about a cover coming in the near future.
“Thanks to Weezer for doing this,” he said. “We’re thankful for the gift.”
Toto’s cover of “Hash Pipe” will reportedly be released in the coming weeks.
In related news, Lukather also told Music Feeds that the band would embark on an Australian tour in 2019, which is currently being planned. Hopefully, Toto will also be performing its cover then. (saz/wng)