Weezer did what, are they Toto approved?

No, no, no I do not care about who put a hyphen in their name on their latest album. So I won’t be talking about Pusha-T, yeah, probably ever.

Yesterday, a friend of mine sent me a link which hella surprised me.

Are any of you psyched for the upcoming Weezer tour? 

Also, what’s going on with all the covers? R.E.M., Oasis, Pixies and Smashing Pumpkins. And then the whole Africa craziness?

Yes, Weezer has covered Toto’s “Africa” song. This is after covering the song Rosanna, which they did as kind of a snarky way of responding to a Twitter “ask” for them to cover Africa. Well now we have TWO Toto covers from Weezer, so thank you to the Twittersphere for making that happen. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Toto and the original will always be best, but this is Weezer, they really did this, they gave into the fandom and blew up social media. The Africa video is now trending on YouTube in the top 25 spots, and in just three days, (as of this moment 11:18 a.m.) it has 2,757,893 views. Holy mackenzie!

By the way, for those interested, they’ll be in the Philly/Jersey area on Saturday, July 21, 2018 with the Pixies and Sleigh Bells.

So, how did it all happen, who is this Twitter fan?

Well, months ago a Twitter account—@WeezerAfrica, who, according to Noisey, is actually a 14-year-old teen named Mary—began trolling the band, begging them to cover Toto’s balmy ‘80s single “Africa.” I suppose this person figured Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo had been covering other artists while playing solo this Spring,  but I wonder why they went for one song in particular.

And then, to top it all off, Toto responded with approval!

It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had