Frontman Rivers Cuomo stood static, eyes down at center stage, as he appeared to read the track’s lyrics from a laptop. Guitarist Brian Bell manned a synthesizer and Scott Shriner occasionally triggered sequenced synth tones, with both players recreating their radiant vocal harmonies on the chorus.
The alt-rock band also nodded to the song’s original craftsmen, with Toto keyboardist Steve Porcaro crashing the stage for a solo on the instrumental bridge.
Weezer’s rendition of the 1982 hit recently reached Number 89 on the Billboard charts, marking their highest placement since “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To)(I Want You To)” in 2009, Pitchfork reports.
The band released “Africa” in late May after a 14-year-old fan lobbied for months – using the Twitter handle @weezerafrica – for the group to cover the song. Weezer first responded by covering a different Toto song, “Rosanna,” but eventually obliged with their rendition of “Africa.”