After a year-long campaign led by the anonymous @weezerafrica begged Weezer to “bless the rains down in Africa” and release a cover of Toto’s classic hit single, the band finally caved last month after mounting pressure and delivered a cover of “Africa” along their take on Toto’s #2 hit single “Rosanna.” Both covers recently entered the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart, becoming the band’s highest charting song’s since 2009’s “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To.”
Amidst all this odd success, Weezer delivered their first live performance of “Africa” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday night (June 12), and followed it up with an equally quirky performance of their breakthrough 1994 hit “Buddy Holly.” At this point singer Rivers Cuomo has mastered his hipster dad swag, clad in a brown vest, baggy tan pants, a maroon tie and a shaggy beard. The 48-year-old singer and his band coasted through “Africa” with ease, and also surprised the crowd by introducing Steve Porcaro of Toto, who came out and gave a tight, improvised keyboard solo.
The band immediately dove into “Buddy Holly” and seemed to loosen up as they got to perform one of their own hits. Cuomo shredded through his power chords with a big grin on his face and decimated an awesome guitar solo before tackling the final chorus. The band is currently on tour to support their latest album Pacific Daydream, with their next date set for June 16 in Montebello, Canada.
Check out the performances below: