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Toto will bless the rains down in Africa at Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall this fall

We're officially living in a world owned by Toto's Africa.

The 1982 hit seems to keep finding new, more vibrant life online every day. The most recent example: Weezer's fan-mandated cover version, which this week actually landed on Billboard's Hot 100 as the band's biggest hit in a decade.

RELATED: Three improbable words: Weezer covers 'Africa'

Now you, too, will get the chance to bless the rains down in Africa when Toto comes to Clearwater this fall.

The Grammy-winning band will bring their 40th anniversary "40 Trips Around the Sun" tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Oct. 24, the venue announced today. Tickets start at $43.25 and go on sale at noon Friday. Click here for details.

While Africa is the song of the moment right now on social media — actually, it's basically the song of the moment anytime it comes on — Toto's got a pretty strong legacy beyond that one hit, including songs like Rosanna, Hold the Line and I Won't Hold You Back. Their Toto IV won the Grammy for Album of the Year, and they contributed quite a bit to Michael Jackson's Thriller.

As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengetti, you know you want to see this show.

— Jay Cridlin

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