What started out as a fun social media campaign ended up with a performance on network television when Weezer performed their cover of Toto‘s “Africa” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night.
For several months, a Weezer fan tweeted at the band and frontman Rivers Cuomo from the account @WeezerAfrica, pleading with them to cover “Africa.”
Weezer initially acknowledged the campaign by jokingly releasing a cover of another Toto single, “Rosanna.” However, a week later Weezer finally blessed fans with a cover of “Africa.”
Now the song is proving to be a hit for Weezer, cracking the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week.
On Kimmel, the late-night host introduced Weezer’s performance of “Africa” on the show’s outdoor stage. About three-quarters of the way into the performance, the band brought out a special guest — Toto keyboardist Steve Porcaro, who played a brief solo before exiting the stage.
With a little time left in the show, frontman Rivers Cuomo and company performed one of their first big hits, “Buddy Holly.”
Weezer will head out on a summer tour with The Pixies later this month. See a full list of dates at Weezer.com/tour.
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