Toto is showing Weezer some cover love by taking on the Rivers Cuomo-led group's song "Hash Pipe." Toto members Steve Lukather and Steve Porcaro made the announcement on Friday and revealed their version of Weezer's Green Album track will drop August 10.
The bandmates' reveal arrives two months after their Los Angeles four-piece peers covered Toto’s worldwide hit “Africa” in response to incessant requests from the band’s following. "[Weezer] kicked a** on it," Porcaro and Lukather said in rating the tribute, giving the band's faithful interpretation a "B++" score. "Our music has such little nuance. We spent so much meticulous time," Lukather said. "These guys stood this sh*t up in an afternoon."
But why "Hash Pipe" and not Weezer’s most recognized hit, "Beverly Hills," you ask? Apparently, the classic rockers previously considered the latter but decided on the 2001 smash for thematic reasons. "I thought 'Hash Pipe' had a better melody," Lukather explained, adding: "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 laugh [at]. We wish we could be in the room when they hear it."
To tide you over until then, hear Weezer cover Toto's "Africa" below:
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