There is now no denying it: this is the summer of “Africa.” Not only has Weezer‘s spot-on cover of the 1982 Toto song given the group their first No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs airplay tally since 2004, it has now reached the ultimate pop culture pinnacle: “Weird Al” Yankovic has gotten involved. The veteran comedy pop icon was a surprise guest during Weezer’s show at the Forum in Los Angeles on Wednesday night (Aug. 8) and the results were, well, magical.
“We’re gonna take you on a distant voyage,” promised singer Rivers Cuomo, who was sporting a classic sleeveless Nirvana T-shirt and rocking a flying V guitar. “To the continent of your choosing… where do you kids want to go tonight?” The question was rhetorical, of course, as “Africa” has become the highlight of the band’s sets on their current co-headlining tour with The Pixies. Just moments after the crowd shouted “AFRICA!!!,” the band kicked into the song’s familiar heat mirage intro and Cuomo awkwardly played some air drums and then, just after the third verse, it happened.
“Weird Al” wandered out on stage in his signature Hawaiian shirt, his accordion at the ready to rip off a wicked solo. Al joined in on the chorus and finished it off with an accordion/guitar riff-off with Cuomo. And then, officially, summer was over.
— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) August 9, 2018
Check out a fan video below.