Toto has responded to Weezer‘s covers of “Africa” and “Roseanna” with their own rendition of “Hash Pipe.” Toto’s guitarist Steve Lukather said in a statement, “We were blown away at the response Weezer got doing our old songs. They did a good job too, but we never saw hit records coming from it. It was all started by a sweet 15-year-old girl named Mary. Then the ball started rolling it. They did two of ours and ‘Africa’ took OFF. ”
He continued, “It seemed only right that WE – Toto did a version of one of their songs so we started digging around, listening to a bunch of their music, which I have grown to like a lot. My 30 something kids were flipped over Weezer recording two of our songs as they are fans and we picked ‘Hash Pipe’. The irony that we were smoking hash before these guys were alive was not lost on us, and the other is it has a killer melody and a great groove. ”
He added, “We wanted to do something that rocked. We give you our version — with a little of our thing on it like they did their ‘ thing’ to ours. It is an unlikely collaboration, but some of the best ones are unexpected. . . . Now I guess we have to do some crazy mash up live someday.”
The song drops on Friday (August 10th).
- Toto has partnered with Republic on the release of “Hash Pipe.”
- Toto is currently touring North American in support of their latest release 40 Trips Around The Sun.