After being hounded by a fan on Twitter for months, Weezer finally cover Toto's 'Africa'
The cover of the 1982 pop hit comes just a few days after Weezer trolled the Twitter fan by releasing a cover of Toto's 'Roseanna' instead of the requested 'Africa'
Earlier this year, a dedicated Twitter account named @WeezerAfrica began an epic campaign to request that Weezer cover Toto’s karaoke classic ‘Africa’.
@patrick_wilson you know what the fans really want,,,,,, an africa by toto cover— weezer cover africa by toto (@weezerafrica) December 6, 2017
Last week, it seemed like the band had finally responded to the account, before it was evident that Weezer was just trolling the fan. They did release a cover of Toto, but not of 'Africa'.
Instead, Rivers Cuomo, the frontman, covered Toto’s ‘Roseanna’, which won the 1983 Grammy Award for Record of the Year.
Even Toto guitarist Steve Lukather tweeted his approval of the cover, saying, “Very flattered and thanks Weezer.”
He went on, “We recorded this -2nd take NO rehearsal in 1981. Not that anyone cares.. hahaha... Hope we meet someday. Unless you hate us. hahaha.”
Very flattered and thanks Weezer.— Steve Lukather (@stevelukather) May 29, 2018
We recorded this -2nd take NO rehearsal in 1981.
Not that anyone cares.. hahaha.
We were kids. Lived in the studio working on our stuff and every session in LA. Best times ever! Hope we meet someday.
Unless you hate us. hahaha
The Twitter account responsible for all the hullabaloo, @WeezerCoverAfrica, as Noisey points out, belongs to a teenage girl from Cleveland who goes by the name of Mary.
For months, Mary tried different stunts and tactics, while she called on the band to cover the classic 80s anthem, to no avail, although drummer Patrick Wilson responded with "I laughed" to one tweet.
last night patrick wilson made my dreams come true pic.twitter.com/Kxpi8kgHEC— weezer cover africa by toto (@weezerafrica) December 6, 2017
But now, much to Mary and her 2800 odd followers' delight, in a strange case of life imitating meme, the LA-based alt-rockers have finally given in and "blessed the rains of Africa."
The band’s unique take on the track was posted on YouTube earlier today, and it’s largely faithful to the spirit of the original. They even nodded to Mary's fan account that started this all by including a screenshot in the video post. Check out the cover below.
Meanwhile, Mary, who finally got what she'd been pining for, penned a deeply thankful, but confused post on Twitter.
i don't know what's next. just let me enjoy this for a while.#WeezerCoverAfrica— weezer cover africa by toto (@weezerafrica) May 29, 2018