Toto to Repay Weezer with “Hash Pipe” Cover

We've got official confirmation of the upcoming cover

July 30, 2018
Toto's Steve Lukather celebrating Yamaha's 125th Anniversary

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Weezer recently returned with their biggest radio hit in years, a long-awaited cover of Toto’s 1982 hit “Africa.”  KROQ DJs Ted Stryker and Kevin Klein questioned why Toto hadn’t returned the favor yet and, it turns out, they’re working on it.   

Toto’s Steve Lukather caught wind of KROQ’s cover speculation and decided to call in to set the record straight.

Lukather and bandmate Steve Porcaro ended up revealing that a Weezer cover was actually already in the works. The band settled on the unexpected choice of “Hash Pipe,” explaining they considered doing a track like “Beverly Hills” but wanted to branch out.

"We wanted to make it different, but we wanted to do something rock and roll.” noted Porcaro. “I want to show everyone what a good rock and roll band we can be."

They rated Weezer’s “Africa” cover a “B-double-plus,” a generous yet honest rating. “Here’s the thing- our music has such little nuance,” Lukather explained. “We spent so much meticulous time. These guys stood this s*** up in an afternoon. And let’s face it, they kicked ass on it.”

Watch Weezer perform it on Jimmy Kimmel Live

 

Toto's wonderfully meta cover is due within the coming weeks.

Listen to the full interview below: