INTERVIEW – Toto’s Steve Porcaro Talk About Weezer, Africa & Jimmy Kimmel
Well this thing grew and grew. After a viral campaign from a fan the band Weezer recorded Toto’s highest charting tune “Africa’ which went to #1 in 1982. It was one of four hit singles from the multi-Grammy winning album Toto IV. Weezer also recorded Toto’s big hit “Rosanna” a week before and just a few days ago Weezer performed “Africa” on Jimmy Kimmel Live with special guest Steve Porcaro – he’s also our guest today.
As of this tapping Weezer’s “Africa” has over 4 million hits and their take on ‘Rosanna” is at 1.1 million. Steve Porcaro and I talked for almost 90 minutes. We covered a lot of ground and a lot of albums. We’ll have part two of our interview with Steve in a few days. Also in the next few days our interviews with Lenny Zakatek one of the main lead singers from the Alan Parsons Project and Jimmy Messina of Buffalo Springfield and Loggins and Messina. – by John Beaudin
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John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 35 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.
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