Following a few weeks of talking about and doing it in concert, Toto releases a version of Weezer‘s “Hash Pipe” today.
Toto has been riding a wave of unexpected publicity following Weezer accepting a challenge to cover the band’s two biggest hits — “Africa” and “Rosanna.”
Toto guitarist Steve Lukather says, “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 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. We wanted to do something that rocked… Now I guess we have to do some crazy mash up live someday.”
Toto is currently touring North American in support of their recent release, 40 Trips Around the Sun. Tonight (Friday) they’re in Henderson, Nevada with Grand Junction, Colorado on Saturday and Little, Colorado on Sunday.