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Detroit Lions announce Toto is NOT the Thanksgiving halftime performer

And you probably haven’t heard of the guy they chose.

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For the 79th straight year, the Detroit Lions have announced that worldwide sensation “Toto” will not be performing at halftime of their Thanksgiving Day game against the Chicago Bears.

Toto, of course, is the popular California-based rock band who is immortalized in music history with their transformative hit “Africa.” The song has recently resonated with Lions fans thanks to the impressive Detroit Lions blog Pride of Detroit. The trend became so popular with fans of the football team that the Lions themselves actually spelled out the words “TOTO AFRICA” when announcing the hiring of new head coach Matt Patricia in a series of tweets. The song also wins “Song of the Game” on a regular basis at Lions home games, as voted by fans.

The reasoning as to why the Lions did not choose Toto has yet to be revealed. The band does not have any listed tour dates between November 17 and December 30, leaving plenty of time to travel to Detroit and put on what would be a phenomenal show.

Instead, someone named Mike Posner will be performing during the Thanksgiving Day game. The Lions’ press release claims he’s known for the songs “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” and “Cooler Than Me.” You can learn more about “Not-Toto” here.

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