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Weezer, buoyed by their hit version of Toto’s ‘Africa,’ to play with Pixies Saturday at Mattress Firm with Pixies

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Weezer leader Rivers Cuomo is shown performing with his band on July 17, 2018, in Mansfield, Mass., as part of their summer tour with the Pixies.
(Photo by Robert E. Klein/Invision/AP)

Who gets the credit for getting Weezer to record a cover version of “Africa,” the chart-topping 1983 Toto song that recently gave Weezer its first radio hit in eight years?

Take a bow “Mary from Cleveland,” the 14-year-old Weezer fan who mounted a Twitter campaign — as @weezerafrica — to implore the band to cover “Africa.”

Mary’s tweets, however serious (or not) they may have been, got the attention of Weezer drummer Patrick Wilson.

Then, almost as fast as you can sing Hurry boy, it’s waiting there for you, Weezer recorded its simultaneously wry and reverent version of “Africa.” Lo and behold, it became a hit.

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Toto has now responded by covering Weezer’s “Hash Pipe,” as Toto guitarist Steve Lukather noted in a Union-Tribune interview last week.

“Do I think Weezer are Toto fans? Absolutely not,” Lukather told us. “They make fun of ’80s bands, even though we’re a ’70s band. Toto is going to play (Weezer’s) ‘Hash Pipe’ at our shows, and we’re going to own it!”

Of course, Weezer is not averse to performing songs by other bands, as its versions of The Cars’ “Just What I Needed” and Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” attest.

It remains to be seen if Weezer’s Saturday concert at Mattress Firm Amphitheatre includes the band’s cover of the Pixies’ “Velouria,” if only because the still mighty Pixies are co-headlining the show here.

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Weezer and Pixies, with Sleigh Bells: 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Mattress Firm Amphitheatre. 2050 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista. $20-$108, plus service charges. (800) 745-3000. ticketmaster.com

george.varga@sduniontribune.com

Twitter @georgevarga


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