Toto

Thu
04
Jun

TOTO Producer CJ VANSTON Interviewed

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Steve Lukather's website contributor Reggie Boyle recently interviwed Toto's co-producer for XIV - CJ Vanston. The result is intro'd below and can be read via the link:
 
Recently Reggie Boyle talked again with CJ Vanston. Vanston produced, engineered, mixed, played keyboards on, sang, and co-wrote (2 songs) on the new Toto release “Toto XIV.” Reggie talked to CJ before the release of XIV and he wanted to talk to him after the release to get his reaction to it's success. Reggie also wanted to dig a little deeper into this stellar release. CJ was again was kind enough to squeeze him into his vey busy schedule. They met at his Los Angeles area studio where Jeff "Skunk" Baxter was coming in, just after the interview, to work on a new CD with CJ.
 
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Thu
04
Jun

TOTO 'Live In Poland' Broadcast Debut On Palladia Friday, June 5, 9PM EST

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TOTO's most recent DVD/Blu-Ray release - 35th Anniversary Tour - Live In Poland will receive its broadcast debut on Palladia, Viacom's high-def music channel, this Friday June 5 at 9PM EST. An hour-long version of the show will begin airing on VH1 Classic on Saturday, June 6 at 9PM EST.

Filmed on June 25, 2013 in Lodz, Poland, the offering captures the band in the midst of a standing-room-only European tour. The two-hour plus performance features Toto's hit-stocked repertoire alongside other favorites.  The complete show includes: Intro, Medley: "On The Run" / "Child's Anthem" / "Goodbye Eleanor," "Goin' Home," "Hydra," "St. George And The Dragon," "I'll Be Over You," "It's A Feeling," "Rosanna," "Wings Of Time," "Falling In Between," "I Won't Hold You Back," "Pamela," "99," "The Muse," "White Sister," "Better World," "Africa," "How Many Times," "Stop Loving You," "Hold The Line," and "Home Of The Brave." Upon its release the DVD/Blu-Ray debuted #1 around the globe.

The 35TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR - LIVE IN POLAND release captures Toto's European tour that hit 29 cities staging successful concerts in Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland.  Toto World Tour 2013 featured Luke, David Paich, Steve Porcaro on keyboards, and singer Joseph Williams, who sang the hits "Pamela" and "Stop Loving You" on the worldwide platinum release The Seventh One (1988).   Williams is also featured on the platinum certified Fahrenheit (1986), Toto XX (1998), the track "Bottom of Your Soul" on Falling In Between (2006), the multi-platinum release Past to Present 1977-1990 issued in 1990 along with the band's most recent album: TOTO XIV which debuted Top 10 on the charts in nine countries (Germany #4, Netherlands #2, Japan #2, Denmark #7, Czech Republic #10, Finland #5, Norway #6, Sweden #4 and Switzerland #3).  TOTO XIV also became the first new studio album to chart in the US & UK since 1988's The Seventh One.

Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of Toto.  As individuals, the band members can be heard on an astonishing 5000 albums that together amass a sales history of a HALF A BILLION albums.  Amongst these recordings, NARAS applauded the performances with more than 200 Grammy nominations.

With over 35 years together and thousands of credits and accolades to their names, Toto remains one of the top selling tour and recording acts in the world. They are the benchmark by which many artists base their sound and production, and they continue to transcend the standards set by the entire music community, being simply synonymous with musical credibility.

The band are currently in the middle of another extensive European headline arena tour with appearances at key festivals. Taking Toto through the UK, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Italy, and Belgium. Toto will return to the US this August for a co-headline tour with YES.  Full details and ticket  information can be found on the band's website: www.totoofficial.com
  

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Tue
07
Apr

YES & TOTO Join Together For Late Summer North American Tour

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Before you read this - Toto's STEVE LUKATHER wants fans to know that even though TOTO will open for YES, both bands will be playing full 90 minute sets.
 
And Luke adds this: "Yep a 90 min 'full show' well close.. we will change up set lists night by night as well I think. NOT that same set as last year. NO ballads or any pop stuff...and just the big 3 hits...the rest is new and or deep cuts."
Furthermore, Lenny Castro is set to join the fun and in Luke's words "will kick butt..."
 
 
26 Date Tour Gets Underway On August 7th
 
World-renowned recording artists, YES and Toto, today announced they will join forces this summer for a co-headlining North American tour. Among the world’s most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, Grammy Award winning YES has sold nearly 40 million albums in a career that has so far spanned more than four decades. YES continues with its tradition of symphonic progressive rock that remains timelessly fresh and innovative.
 
Since its founding in 1968, YES has created much of rock history’s most important music, including iconic pieces like ‘Roundabout,’ 'Close to the Edge,’ ‘I’ve Seen All Good People,’ “Owner of a Lonely Heart,’ ‘Starship Trooper,’ and countless others. Its albums, including ‘Fragile,’ ‘Close to the Edge,’ ‘Tales from Topographic Oceans,’ and ‘90125,’ have been certified multi-platinum, double-platinum, platinum, and more by the RIAA. YES continues to inspire millions of musicians, fans, and music lovers around the world.
“We’re thrilled to be hitting the road with Toto. Yes have always been big fans of Toto’s music, and we think the fans are going to really enjoy seeing both of us together,” says YES co-founder and bassist, Chris Squire.
 
YES will be releasing a new live CD/DVD (recorded at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona) entitled Like It Is on July 7th.
Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of Toto. As individuals, the band members can be heard on an astonishing 5000 albums that together amass a sales history of a half a billion albums. Amongst these recordings, NARAS applauded the performances with more than 200 Grammy nominations.
 
With over 35 years together and thousands of credits and accolades to their names, Toto remains one of the top selling touring and recording acts in the world. They recently released their first new studio album in ten years – TOTO XIV which debuted last week Top 10 in nine countries around the world. Prior to the tour with YES, Toto are embarking on a European headline arena tour with appearances at key festivals.
 
"We are so honored to be touring with our musical hero's YES,” remarked founder/guitarist Steve Lukather. “Life changing music for me and the guys and we even have a song on our new record totally inspired by them so it is a lifelong love of their music that has kept us fans to this day. We all stood and waited in line for tix to see Close to the Edge and Topographic.. many many shows as young upcoming musicians/fans in the 70's and were blown away and inspired to be better musicians and composers by Yes' amazing music, musicianship and insanely cool live shows. This is a crazy dream come true for us and we can’t wait to do this tour and to make new friends and solidify old friendships.”
 
Tickets for most shows go on sale this week. VIP ticketing information to come this afternoon.
 
TOTO & YES 2015 SUMMER TOUR
 
8/7 Mashantucket CT Grand Theater at Foxwoods
8/8 Newark NJ New Jersey PAC
8/9 Atlantic City NJ Borgata Hotel Casino
8/11 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center
8/12 Baltimore MD Pier Six Pavilion
8/14 Huber Heights OH Music Center at The Heights
8/15 Sterling Heights MI Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
8/16 Chicago IL FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly
8/18 Des Moines IA Iowa State Fair - Grandstand
8/19 Saint Charles MO Family Arena
8/21 Biloxi MS Beau Rivage Resort & Casino - Beau Rivage Theater
8/22 Alpharetta GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/23 Clearwater FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
8/25 Houston TX Cynthia Woods Pavilion
8/26 San Antonio TX Majestic Theatre
8/27 Grand Prairie TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
8/30 Littleton CO Denver Botanic Gardens - Chatfield
8/31 Salt Lake City UT Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
9/2 Tucson, AZ AVA Amphitheater
9/4 Scottsdale AZ Talking Stick Resort & Casino
9/5 Pala CA Pala Casino - Starlight Theater
9/6 Los Angeles CA The Greek Theatre
9/8 Saratoga CA Mountain Winery
9/10 Shelton WA Little Creek Casino Resort - Event Center
9/11 Airway Heights WA Northern Quest Resort & Casino
9/12 Coquitlam BC Hard Rock Casino - Vancouver
 
 
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Fri
03
Apr

TOTO XIV Album Debuts Top Ten In Nine Countries

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Most Successful Toto Studio Album In Over 25 Years
 
World Tour Commences In Glasgow on May 21, 2015
 
Los Angeles, CA --- After a ten year recording hiatus, Toto has returned with one of their most successful albums ever.  Released last week, TOTO XIV charted all around the world showing the true dedication of their worldwide fans.  The album landed in the Top 10 on the charts in nine countries (Germany #4, Netherlands #2, Japan #2, Denmark #7, Czech Republic #10, Finland #5, Norway #6, Sweden #4 and Switzerland #3).  TOTO XIV also became the first new studio album to chart in the US & UK since 1988’s The Seventh One.
 
“We’re pleasantly stunned at the response,” exclaimed David Paich. “We couldn’t be more pleased with this initial success! And we’re always blown away when a new TOTO album bursts onto the Charts.  We owe it all to our friends and Fans!"
 
“I am happily shocked, thankful and surprised,” echoed Steve Lukather.  “ I can’t begin to thank you all for the support of buying real music and the love and kindness you have all showed this band for 38 years. So much thanks to our team and Frontiers records and all the people that work with us and most of all to the fans and our friends.  It means so much to us.  This one is for Mike and Jeff and all the Porcaro's!”
 
TOTO XIV is a realized vision three plus decades in the making exhibiting world-class musicianship, masterful arrangements, topical lyrical commentary, and melodies that the collective of Lukather, Paich, Porcaro, Williams and their assembled band-mates bring to life. TOTO XIV is the band’s first album of new material since 2006’s Falling In Between.  However, the band personally considers the new album to be the true follow-up to TOTO IV, which made the band global superstars.
 
Keyboardist Steve Porcaro reveals, "This is opposite of going through the motions.  We are treating this like it is Toto V, our follow-up to TOTO IV.  We just want to be the best version of ourselves that we can be.  Be true to ourselves and make the best music we can.  Entertain people which is what we were put on this Earth for."  Keyboardist David Paich reflects, "I think of TOTO as a unit and a band that carries a responsibility when it goes out there in to the public consciousness.   There is so much negativity and darkness that I think you have to be as Quincy Jones puts it, 'beams of light that blast through the darkness'." 
 
As they began the process of a return the studio, all of the principle long-term members brought their A-game to the table.  Guitarist Steve "Luke" Lukather offers, "When you put us in a room, and everybody brings in their pieces, the next thing you know it all fits together. Everybody's performances are top notch.  We are really bringing our best out, forcing ourselves to make personal best choices, what's best for the music.  I'm really excited to hear what people think."  Singer Joseph Williams adds, "We are talking about a band where everybody is a writer, and everybody is a lead singer, and everybody is a player.  All involved brought this trio to the table where it could just live on its own." 
 
The band will hit the ground running with an extensive European headline arena tour with appearances at key festivals. The itinerary begins in Glasgow on May 21, and takes Toto through the UK, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Italy, and Belgium.  Ticket sales came out of the box with strength, with some appearances selling out within days of on-sale.
 
The last few years have been quite active; with a seven show sold-out tour of Asia that took them through Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo, Sendai and Sapporo in April 2014.  Also that month, the 35th Anniversary Tour - Live In Poland title was released, debuting at #1 in territories across the globe.  Last summer, the band hit the road across North America as co-headliners with Michael McDonald, which when it was all said and done was their most comprehensive tour on the continent in years. 
 
Details on a Aug/Sept North American tour in support of TOTO XIV will be announced next week.
 
TOTO XIV TRACK LISTING
  1. Running Out Of Time
  2. Burn
  3. Holy War
  4. 21st Century Blues
  5. Orphan
  6. Unknown Soldier (For Jeffrey)
  7. The Little Things
  8. Chinatown
  9. All The Tears That Shine
  10. Fortune
  11. Great Expectations
 
TOTO TOUR DATES
5/21      Glasgow, UK                                                    Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
5/23      Dublin, Ireland                                                   Vicar Street (SOLD OUT)
5/25      Manchester, UK                                               02 Apollo Manchester
5/26      London, UK                                                      Apollo Hammersmith
5/28      Paris, France                                                     Zenith
5/29      Esch Sur Alzette, Luxembourg                           Rockhal
5/30      Amsterdam, Netherlands                                   Ziggo Dome
6/02      Sonderborg, Denmark                                        Molleparkens Friluftscene
6/03      Copenhagen, Denmark                                      Falkoner Theatre (SOLD OUT)
6/04      Solvesborg, Sweden                                           Sweden Rock Festival
6/06      Bergen, Norway                                                Bergen Calling
6/07      Oslo, Norway                                                    Sentrum Scene (SOLD OUT)
6/10      Bremerhaven, Germany                                     Stadthalle
6/11      Berlin, Germany                                                Tempodrome
6/12      Leipzig, Germany                                              Parkbuhne
6/13      Dresden, Germany                                            Junge Garde
6/15      Cologne, Germany                                             Tanzbrunnen
6/16      Offenbach, Germany                                         Stadthalle
6/17      Stuttgart, Germany                                            Freilichtbuhne Killesberg
6/18      Abenberg, Germany                                          Burg Abenberg
6/20      Hinwil, Switzerland                                            Rock The Ring Festival
6/21      Klam, Austria                                                    Castle Clam
6/23      Wroclaw, Poland                                               Orbita Hol
6/24      Warsaw, Poland                                                Torwar
6/26      Budapest, Hungary                                            Petofi Hall
6/27      Bucharest, Romania                                          Sala Palatului
6/28      Sofia, Bulgaria                                                   Arena Armeec
6/30      Belgrade, Serbia                                                Kalemegdan Fortress
7/02      Ljubljana, Slovenia                                             Hala Tivoli
7/03      Milan, Italy                                                        City Sound Milan
7/05      Rome, Italy                                                       Cavea Auditorium
7/07      Kufstein, Austria                                               Festungsarena
7/08      Munich, Germany                                              Olympiahalle
7/10      Zottegem, Belgium                                            Rock Zottegem Festival
7/13      Morzine, France                                                Morzine Harley Days
7/15      Nimes, France                                                   Festival de Nimes
7/16      Vienne, France                                                  Theatre Antique
7/19      Taormina, Italy                                                  Anfiteatro Romano
 
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Mon
16
Mar

MIKE PORCARO RIP - A MelodicRock Tribute

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Mike Porcaro has left us. May he rest in peace.
 
As the music world collectively sighs a deep sigh for the loss of another legend, there is only one thing to do.
 
I’m currently cranking Kingdom Of Desire – one of my favourite Toto albums ever, but fittingly the last album to feature the rhythm section of Mike and Jeff Porcaro. They are united finally once again.
Every person hopes to leave this world with some kind of footprint that says we were here. The print Mike left was nothing short of astounding.
 
It is with great amazement I reflect that every single person reading this will own an album with Mike Porcaro on it. Most likely several. Dozens even for some! Just check his credits! (http://www.mikeporcaro.com/sessionworks.html)
 
I met Mike just the once – Sydney 2006 as Toto embarked on their long anticipated Australian tour. Mike was such a humble, laid back, likeable guy. All the Toto guys are first class, humble people, but Mike was far more reserved.  He just let his instrument do the talking. And talk it did…
 
Mike was forced to retire from playing the following year. ALS forged its way through his body, but never his spirit.
 
It took everything from him and took him from his band and his family. But not before Mike Porcaro left us with a musical legacy that will live on for decades to come.
 
To Mike’s family and friends, to Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, David Hungate and the whole Toto family, I send my condolences and my love. I know this was expected, but it doesn’t make it any easier.
 
So long Mike.
 
 

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Fri
06
Mar

DAVID HUNGATE Talks TOTO

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David Hungate is the original bass player in Toto. He has a legendary amount of studio session credits that include Glen Campbell, Willie Nelson, Diana Ross, Shania Twain, Boz Scaggs, Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand, Chet Atkins, Vince Gill, Joe Cocker among countless others.
 
David made a triumphant return to Toto last year after an over 3 decade hiatus. He also contributed to the long awaited Toto studio release Toto XIV. Hungate was kind enough to lend Reggie Boyle some of his time to talk about his return to Toto and many other subjects.
 
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Wed
04
Mar

Billboard Debuts New TOTO Album Preview 'Burn'

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TOTO's David Paich acknowledges that he thought 2006's Falling in Between "was going to be our last album, ever." But a combination of resurgence, legalities and genuine creative desire led to the making of Toto IV, a new album featuring co-founders Paich, fellow keyboardist Steve Porcaro and guitarist Steve Lukather, along with longtime singer Joseph Williams.
"We're pretty excited about this," Lukather tells Billboard. "The band is tight. We're having fun. Everybody's revitalized, rejuvenated. We've got this buzz going right now that just came out of nowhere, so it's great." Paich adds: "I'm really proud of this album. It feels really good. It's kinda scary when you haven't made one in a while, and I really did think we were over. But we had a lot of fun doing it. I think our writing level is elevated, and we had a great time. It reminded me of making the first album, 'Toto IV' and 'The Seventh One.' The creative juices were flowing, as they say."
Toto reactivated in 2010, after bassist Mike Porcaro was diagnosed with ALS. A short tour of Europe went so well that the group decided to continue alongside the members' other activities -- including Lukather's current stint in Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band. And with one album left on its deal with Italy's Frontiers Records, Paich, Lukather and company decided that Falling in Between might not have been its final word after all.
"We decided that instead of getting into a big, elongated dispute [with Frontiers Records], we should go in and make some new music, which is what we do," Paich says. "And it worked out really good. I've never seen the guys this excited again, like I said, since the early days, and I think it's because we're writing music with our original members here, and everybody was more together and more mature in their lives, so the band was really clicking. We worked on it every day, on and off, for a year, and I think you can definitely hear that effort."
There was material ready at the start of the project. "All of us are always writing and have stuff, and because it's us writing it, it just naturally sounds like Toto," Lukather says. Paich recalls that among the initial "little odds and ends" were "All the Stars That Shine," which the keyboardist said he started at the end of theFalling in Between sessions, and "Chinatown," which actually dates back to sessions for Toto's 1978 debut album. Initial studio sessions for Toto XIV, meanwhile, yielded "Burn," which Paich wrote with Williams. It's premiering exclusively on Billboard below:

"That came from a song Joseph had written, a whole song," Paich recalls, "and I said, 'I really love that.' And he said, 'Oh, you like the song?' I said, 'No, [just] the very little ending.' There's a piano riff, and that ended up being the riff that is the engine or the heartbeat behind 'Burn' that keeps playing over and over again in that song. That's probably the first song we started writing [specifically] for the new album."
Toto will spend the late spring and summer in Europe, starting May 21 in Glasgow, Scotland, and currently running until July 19. The rest of a planned world tour will take the band into 2016. Lukather and Paich, who refers to Toto XIV as the group's Abbey Road -- aka final -- project, won't rule out the possibility of more new music, but neither is voicing great optimism either.
"I doubt very much we'll make another album as Toto," he says. "I think this is our last record because of how much emotion we spend on it. It comes from our hearts and everything. It just wrings you out when you're making a record because everybody's so passionate about it. I want to say 'never say never,' but until we actually make another album, we can consider this to be the last Toto album. Everybody's still writing all the time and making music and doing stuff on their own, because we each have studios and stuff, but whether we'll get in the studio and make another album as Toto, that's something no one knows yet. It hasn't been revealed to me in my crystal ball yet."
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Fri
20
Feb

TOTO - XIV (Review)

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TRACK LISTING
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Running Out of Time
Burn
Holy War
21st Century Blues
Orphan
Unknown Soldier (for Jeffrey)
The Little Things
Chinatown
All The Tears That Shine
Fortune
Great Expectations
Produced By: 
CJ Vanston & Toto
Running Time: 
59
Release Date: 
March 23
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Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Rock
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Frontiers
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If Falling In Between and Hydra got it on with The Seventh One and Fahrenheit at a club called Tambu, then the kid would called Toto XIV.
In a word: brilliant.
In several: Toto XIV is a complete change of pace from Falling In Between, but is far more representative of the Toto legacy.
In fact, if someone asked me what Toto sounded like, previously I'd be hard pressed to think of which album best represented who they are as a band. It always depends on my mood. Not anymore.
Toto XIV is a virtual greatest hits record, covering every facet of the band's classic sound, with a fresh contemporary production that's bigger than Ben Hur's big bits.
 
Toto XIV is a different beast compared to the band’s last album, Falling In Between, released some 9 years back now. There’s been a fair list of events to document in that space though. There has been the break up with vocalist Bobby Kimball; a live reunion to support Mike Porcaro (sadly suffering with ALS); the return of Steve Porcaro and David Paich to touring; the return of famed vocalist Joseph Williams (of Fahrenheit and The Seventh One fame); the departure of drummer Simon Phillips - with Steely Dan drummer Keith Carlock joining for the recording of this album (but now replaced by Shannon Forrest for the tour); a lengthy (now settled) lawsuit and not least of all, the return of original bassist David Hungate for the tour and also several tracks on this album.
 
I wasn't sold on XIV straight away like I was Falling In Between. But that goes to my previous point about the complexities revealing themselves over time and also the fact that while FiB was a true rock record, XIV is more laid back and inclusive of the band’s true historic sound.
This is a Westcoast/AOR record with moments of rock angst, much like the two Joseph Williams fronted albums.
It appears simpler on the surface, but the truth is it has a ton of layers, subtle and sublime arrangements and an underlying intensity.
Produced by CJ Vanston and the band, this record is the sonic equivalent of Gone With The Wind.
 
The word “subtle” gets used a lot in describing the songs here. The songs work far better as an entire listening experience. This flows beautifully as an album start to finish. So with that in mind, let’s go track by track:
 
Running Out Of Time is the lead track and our first taste of Joseph Williams back fronting the band. It’s a pulsating track that leads off with a definitive Luke riff similar to that of the opening to Falling In Between. But it’s a lot smoother and considered than FiB.
The bass of Tim Lefevbre (his only appearance on the album) thumps, but its Joseph that’s well in control. He sounds a million dollars and just sounds so comfortable alongside the unmistakable Toto sound in play.
The verse rolls along in quick time before a sonic blast of a chorus tears the song up.
Joe hits some notes not heard on a Toto record since The Seventh One while Luke’s guitar solo is measured and blended with some fine Paich keyboards, bookended by the song’s bombastic chorus.
Drumming legend Keith Carlock gives the sound an added complexity that continues throughout the album.
 
Burn is really quite extraordinary. It’s a song with two distinct aspects. A haunting verse and one of the biggest, most bombastic choruses Toto has ever composed.
Opening with an instantly memorable Paich piano hook and building slowly with a subtle drum fill and added keyboards, Joseph’s lead vocal is electrifying and simply devours the song once the chorus literally explodes. The bass line (courtesy of Lee Sklar) and Keith’s drumming delivers a rhythm section music aficionados will be in raptures over.
Just when the song couldn’t get any better, in comes some massive layered vocals only Toto can deliver. It reminds me of the mood of I Will Remember from Tambu.
The last minute of the song offers so much intense musical interplay that I found myself still discovering new parts a dozen listens in. Paich and Steve Porcaro’s piano layering in particular.
Lenny Castro as always adds percussion that simple cannot be described.
 
Holy War is, if anything, a defining Toto song. It just sums up this band and for me, sums up everything that I love in music. What appears to be a fairly simple melodic rock song is so much more once you dig beneath the ridiculously catchy chorus (where Joe shares lead with Luke) and the smooth melodic verse. Joseph’s vocals appear so simple, but listen to the execution of the softer vocal lines - such finesse cannot be taught.
The lyrics bite deeper than usual for Toto, talking religious hypocrisy and pleading for peace.
Luke’s guitar solo is classic Toto, classic Luke.
 
21st Century Blues is the first of several left turns in the album, with a distinctly Luke solo flavored track here, a bluesy mid-tempo swaggering song that could easily have fitting amongst his last couple of solo albums. David Hungate is playing bass on this track, the song is further Toto-ized with Carlock’s drumming mirroring that of the great Jeff Porcaro and Joseph Williams adds some fine harmony vocals.
The 6 minute track reaches its peak at the 5 minute mark, after which comes a flurry of piano and guitar dueling, which really makes the song.
 
Orphan is Joseph at his very best. Another extraordinary track, this song is a feel good rocker from the start. You just know something special is coming and the song deliverers, bursting to life with an energetic, melodic verse and a pomp-tastic blast for the chorus.
Once again, the song appears simplistic, but once you get further involved, you can see just how complex it is and the drumming is really exceptional. Luke again attends to bass duties.
My only wish is that the concluding part of the song featuring Luke’s lead guitar solo went for longer before fading out.
 
Luke is back on lead vocals (plus acoustic and electric guitar and bass) for the slow to mid-tempo epic Unknown Soldier. The moody, atmospheric five minute track has layers of instrumentation and percussion and a short, but decisive chorus, but the real joy of the track is the intense musical backdrop, which shows the genius of the talent in this band. The percussion and drumming in particular is another mind blowing display.
Luke’s constant touring in recent years has really fired up his voice. His vocals on this album are quite honestly the best I have ever heard from him.
 
It’s time for a break in the intensity of the album. And it’s time for Steve Porcaro to make his lead vocal debut on The Little Things. Steve isn’t that far from Joseph Williams’ tone and sounds great on this laid back, acoustic driven Westcoast melodic pop song. A simple song it seems, but the background layering of acoustic guitars and percussion take repeated listens to dissect. Hungate again appears on bass to give it that authentic Toto rhythm.
 
Chinatown is another song that only Toto could ever write. Or get away with! The song almost defies description, but I’ll try.
Leading off with a piano intro and a Paich vocal, there is a very quick back and forth with Paich and Williams trading lead vocal lines, but when Joe’s in control, he is accompanied by a bombastic burst of instrumentation, energy rivaling that of Burn from earlier in the album.
Then Luke buts in with his lead vocal delivered over a smooth jazzy passage of music that leads to the equally smooth jazzy chorus. Only Toto can do three lead vocals within the first minute! The subtle guitar/piano work is quite unbelievable as is the drums/percussion. So the song is jazzy, Westcoast pop song with a rock hook and a bluesy bass riff from David Hungate. Don’t forget the horns and saxophone. Genius!
 
It’s time for a sentimental ballad. While the second half of the album may appear softer than the first, this is the first real ballad. All The Tears features David Paich on lead vocal and some more outstanding piano work, with Luke taking over for the smooth, instantly likeable chorus hook, Joseph in the background on harmonies. The song has a really appealing chorus, a beautiful track all in all. Tal Wilkenfeld guests on bass on this and the following track.
 
Continuing a mid-tempo pace, Joseph Williams returns to lead vocal duties for the very smooth rock track Fortune. Another track that grows on repeat listens and features a distinctive Lukather guitar presence, not to mention plenty of Toto-esque special effects and percussion fills. Luke’s guitar tone is pure classic Toto. The closing minute or so of the album features another round of piano/guitar dueling that typifies the adventurous nature of these great musicians.
 
The regular album closes with what has to be another milestone song for Toto. This is just impossibly good. Mixing the history of the band into one track and reminiscent of the crazy good Dying On My Feet from Falling In Between, Great Expectations is a wild and crazy seven minute track. Starting very low key with some orchestration, piano and Paich’s vocal, the song quickly accelerates, moving from 5 to 95 within seconds, with a dashing slice of frantic keyboards and some thumping bass from Lukather. Joseph Williams then takes over vocals as the song goes from strength to strength, ramping up the pomp with every twist.
Piano joins in for a higher pitch, anthemic chorus before turning back to how it all started. At the 3 minute mark the rule book is thrown overboard and it’s a musical free for all. The song winds through a restrained guitar solo, some atmospheric arrangements, an ethereal medieval styled guitar riff before turning complexly insane, featuring a truly progressive section of classic Toto IV harmonics, keyboards, piano, percussion, guitar and then bang….back to one final epic chorus. Breathtakingly good and the perfect way to close out any album.
 
For Japan there is the added bonus of another Steve Porcaro song – Bend. What's more - it's all Steve on this track - he plays all instruments. The song features another quiet vocal, over a new-age styled simple arrangement. The song lasts just under 3 minutes and isn’t essential, but at the same time, is a beautiful, sentimental song featuring some classy acoustic guitar work from the "other" Steve.
 

Toto’s complex history is replicated in their music. No one does it like Toto does.
The long wait between records was entirely worth it. Toto deliver another all-time classic with Toto XIV - a record that hides it’s complexity within some apparently simple songs whose layers are pealed back with every subsequent listen until your mind is filled with layers and layers of instrumentation and orchestration. Sometimes you feel as if you are listening to an entirely different song by paying attention to the different aspects within them.
 
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Wed
18
Feb

TOTO Launch 'Holy War' Single For Advance Download

Artist: 
TOTO DEBUT NEW SONG
‘HOLY WAR’
 
Available Today Along With “Orphan”
When You Pre Order TOTO XIV
 
First New Studio Album in Ten Years Out In Europe 3/20,
The UK and Oceania on 3/23, and North America on 3/24
 
World Tour Commences In Glasgow on May 21, 2015
 
Frontiers Music Srl has announced a March 20 release date for TOTO XIV in Europe, with The UK and Oceania on 3/23, and North America on March 24.  The album will hit retail globally, with specific dates for territories in Asia, South America and others to follow.  
 
Fans can now listen to the second track to debut from TOTO XIV which is: “Holy War.”  The song is available now along with “Orphan” as an instant grat track beginning today on iTunes worldwide when you pre-order: http://geni.us/TotoXIViTunes.  You can hear the track here: 
 

 
Configurations for the album will also include CD, with a deluxe edition available featuring a "making of" documentary on DVD, expanded booklet that includes an in depth story and interview about the new album alongside exclusive pictures in ecol-book packaging. Additionally Toto XIV will be available as a 2LP vinyl set, and a Super Deluxe limited edition which includes the Deluxe CD/DVD edition, 2LP vinyl, an exclusive poster, t-shirt (large size only), and lithograph. 
 
Toto XIV is a realized vision three plus decades in the making exhibiting world-class musicianship, masterful arrangements, topical lyrical commentary, and melodies that the collective genius of Lukather, Paich, Porcaro, Williams and their assembled band-mates bring to life. TOTO XIV is the band’s first album of new material since 2006’s Falling In Between.  However, the band personally considers the new album to be the true follow-up to TOTO IV, which made the band global superstars.
 
Keyboardist Steve Porcaro reveals, "This is opposite of going through the motions.  We are treating this like it is Toto V, our follow-up to TOTO IV.  We just want to be the best version of ourselves that we can be.  Be true to ourselves and make the best music we can.  Entertain people which is what we were put on this Earth for."  Keyboardist David Paich reflects, "I think of TOTO as a unit and a band that carries a responsibility when it goes out there in to the public consciousness.   There is so much negativity and darkness that I think you have to be as Quincy Jones puts it, 'beams of light that blast through the darkness'." 
 
As they began the process of a return the studio, all of the principle long-term members brought their A-game to the table.  Guitarist Steve "Luke" Lukather offers, "When you put us in a room, and everybody brings in their pieces, the next thing you know it all fits together. Everybody's performances are top notch.  We are really bringing our best out, forcing ourselves to make personal best choices, what's best for the music.  I'm really excited to hear what people think."  Singer Joseph Williams adds, "We are talking about a band where everybody is a writer, and everybody is a lead singer, and everybody is a player.  All involved brought this trio to the table where it could just live on its own." 
 
The band will hit the ground running with an extensive European headline arena tour with appearances at key festivals. The itinerary begins in Glasgow on May 21, and takes Toto through the UK, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Italy, and Belgium.  Ticket sales came out of the box with strength, with some appearances selling out within days of on-sale.  A North American tour will follow in the summer of 2015.  The band is also in the planning stages for their return to Asia later this year.
 
The last couple of years have been active, with a seven show sold-out tour of Asia that took them through Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo, Sendai and Sapporo in April, 2014.  Also that month, the 35th Anniversary Tour - Live In Poland title was released, debuting at #1 in territories across the globe.  Last August and September, the band hit the road travelling across North America as co-headliners with Michael McDonald, which when it was all said and done was their most comprehensive tour on the continent in years. 
 
Toto also continues to raise awareness for ALS, for their brother and friend, Mike Porcaro, who has been diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease.  The band commits energies towards fundraising for Police and Fire Departments of California and the Fallen Heroes initiative (http://www.fallenheroes.org/), and help the United Nations in their humanitarian endeavors through music.
 
An EPK featuring the band's insights can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/vsBf9hSkOPQ
 
TOTO XIV TRACK LISTING
  1. Running Out Of Time
  2. Burn
  3. Holy War
  4. 21st Century Blues
  5. Orphan
  6. Unknown Soldier (For Jeffrey)
  7. The Little Things
  8. Chinatown
  9. All The Tears That Shine
  10. Fortune
  11. Great Expectations
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Thu
12
Feb

TOTO - Italian Launch Party For XIV Album

Artist: 

GGM Studios, Official ToTo Italian Fanclub, is proud to announce the organization of an unprecedented event! With the release of the new album "ToTo XIV" will be held 2 release parties in Italy with the a preview listening of the new songs for all the ToTo fans and other surprises to be discovered!! The 2 events not to be missed are the following:
 
March 13th, Naples, at the "Hades Live Music" 10.00 pm
During the evening we will be entertained by the great music of ToTo played by the "Absolute ToTo" band.
Info:(https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hades-Live-Music-Pub/110114745696999?fref=ts)
 
March 14th, Pavia, at the "FuoriOnda" in Cura di Carpignano, 10.30 pm
Guest of the evening with the great music of ToTo is the band "Mindfields" with special guest  "HeLLeR Gratitude" , "Terry Power Music band" and "Marco Ferrari Project".
Info:( www.fuoriondalive.it)
 
The ToTo XIV Release Party represent a wonderful opportunity to gather all ToTo fans and make them absolute protagonists of the evening. For those who participate at the event, will be distributed ToTo gadgets and other cool gifts !!!
 
What are you waiting for !! Take note of this event right away..... we will be there waiting for you with the new album "ToTo XIV"
  
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Fri
06
Feb

TOTO Debut First Single 'Orphan' From 'Toto XIV' Album

Artist: 
 
TOTO DEBUT NEW SINGLE 'ORPHAN'
 
 
Available Today When You Pre Order TOTO XIV
 
First New Studio Album in Ten Years Out In Europe 3/20
The UK and Oceania on 3/23, and North America on 3/24
World Tour Commences In Glasgow on May 21, 2015
 
 

 
Los Angeles, CA --- Frontiers Music Srl has announced a March 20 release date for TOTO XIV in Europe, with The UK and Oceania on 3/23, and North America on March 24.  The album will hit retail globally, with specific dates for territories in Asia, South America and others to follow.  

The first single from TOTO XIV 'Orphan' is available as an instant grat track beginning today on iTunes worldwide when you pre-order: http://geni.us/TotoXIViTunes.  A video for the song is also available now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrnQORhbCWE

Configurations for the album will also include CD, with a deluxe edition available featuring a "making of" documentary on DVD, expanded booklet that includes an in depth story and interview about the new album alongside exclusive pictures in ecol-book packaging. Additionally Toto XIV will be available as a 2LP vinyl set, and a Super Deluxe limited edition which includes the Deluxe CD/DVD edition, 2LP vinyl, an exclusive poster, t-shirt (large size only), and lithograph. 

Toto XIV is a realized vision three plus decades in the making exhibiting world-class musicianship, masterful arrangements, topical lyrical commentary, and melodies that the collective genius of Lukather, Paich, Porcaro, Williams and their assembled band-mates bring to life. TOTO XIV is the band's first album of new material since 2006's Falling In Between.  However, the band personally considers the new album to be the true follow-up to TOTO IV, which made the band global superstars.

Keyboardist Steve Porcaro reveals, "This is opposite of going through the motions.  We are treating this like it is Toto V, our follow-up to TOTO IV.  We just want to be the best version of ourselves that we can be.  Be true to ourselves and make the best music we can.  Entertain people which is what we were put on this Earth for."  Keyboardist David Paich reflects, "I think of TOTO as a unit and a band that carries a responsibility when it goes out there in to the public consciousness.   There is so much negativity and darkness that I think you have to be as Quincy Jones puts it, 'beams of light that blast through the darkness'." 

As they began the process of a return the studio, all of the principle long-term members brought their A-game to the table.  Guitarist Steve "Luke" Lukather offers, "When you put us in a room, and everybody brings in their pieces, the next thing you know it all fits together. Everybody's performances are top notch.  We are really bringing our best out, forcing ourselves to make personal best choices, what's best for the music.  I'm really excited to hear what people think."  Singer Joseph Williams adds, "We are talking about a band where everybody is a writer, and everybody is a lead singer, and everybody is a player.  All involved brought this trio to the table where it could just live on its own." 

The band will hit the ground running with an extensive European headline arena tour with appearances at key festivals. The itinerary begins in Glasgow on May 21, and takes Toto through the UK, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Italy, and Belgium.  Ticket sales came out of the box with strength, with some appearances selling out within days of on-sale.  A North American tour will follow in the summer of 2015.  The band is also in the planning stages for their return to Asia later this year.

The last couple of years have been active, with a seven show sold-out tour of Asia that took them through Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo, Sendai and Sapporo in April, 2014.  Also that month, the 35th Anniversary Tour - Live In Poland title was released, debuting at #1 in territories across the globe.  Last August and September, the band hit the road travelling across North America as co-headliners with Michael McDonald, which when it was all said and done was their most comprehensive tour on the continent in years. 

Toto also continues to raise awareness for ALS, for their brother and friend, Mike Porcaro, who has been diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease.  The band commits energies towards fundraising for Police and Fire Departments of California and the Fallen Heroes initiative (http://www.fallenheroes.org/), and help the United Nations in their humanitarian endeavors through music.

An EPK featuring the band's insights can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/vsBf9hSkOPQ

TOTO XIV TRACK LISTING

  1. Running Out Of Time
  2. Burn
  3. Holy War
  4. 21st Century Blues
  5. Orphan
  6. Unknown Soldier (For Jeffrey)
  7. The Little Things
  8. Chinatown
  9. All The Tears That Shine
  10. Fortune
  11. Great Expectations

  
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Fri
09
Jan

Full Press Release & EPK Added: TOTO XIV Due March 24 Via Frontiers Worldwide

Artist: 
 
FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL ANNOUNCES LATE-MARCH WORLDWIDE RELEASE OF TOTO XIV
 
First New Studio Album in Ten Years Out In Europe 3/20, The UK and Oceania on 3/23, and North America on 3/24 
World Tour Commences In Glasgow on May 21, 2015
 
North American Dates To Follow
 
Frontiers Music Srl has announced a March 20 release date for TOTO XIV in Europe, with The UK
and Oceania on March 23, and North America on March 24. The album will hit retail globally, with
specific dates for territories in Asia, South America and others to follow. Configurations include CD, with
a deluxe edition available featuring a "making of" documentary on DVD, expanded booklet that includes
an in depth story and interview about the new album alongside exclusive pictures in ecol-book packaging.
 
Additionally Toto XIV will be available as a 2LP vinyl set, and a Super Deluxe limited edition which
includes the Deluxe CD/DVD edition, 2LP vinyl, an exclusive poster, t-shirt (large size only), and
lithograph. The album will be available via all digital retailers. A pre-order has gone live via Amazon for
 
The new album is a realized vision three plus decades in the making exhibiting world-class musicianship,
masterful arrangements, topical lyrical commentary, and melodies that the collective genius of Lukather,
Paich, Porcaro, Williams and their assembled band-mates bring to life. TOTO XIV is the band’s first
album of new material since 2006’s Falling In Between. However, the band personally considers the
new album to be the true follow-up to TOTO IV, which made the band global superstars.
 
Keyboardist Steve Porcaro reveals, "This is opposite of going through the motions. We are treating this
like it is Toto V, our follow-up to TOTO IV. We just want to be the best version of ourselves that we can
be. Be true to ourselves and make the best music we can. Entertain people which is what we were put on
this Earth for." Keyboardist David Paich reflects, "I think of TOTO as a unit and a band that carries a
responsibility when it goes out there in to the public consciousness. There is so much negativity and
darkness that I think you have to be as Quincy Jones puts it, 'beams of light that blast through the
darkness'."
 
As they began the process of a return the studio, all of the principle long-term members brought their Agame
to the table. Guitarist Steve "Luke" Lukather offers, "When you put us in a room, and everybody
brings in their pieces, the next thing you know it all fits together. Everybody's performances are top
notch. We are really bringing our best out, forcing ourselves to make personal best choices, what's best
for the music. I'm really excited to hear what people think." Singer Joseph Williams adds, "We are
talking about a band where everybody is a writer, and everybody is a lead singer, and everybody is a
player. All involved brought this trio to the table where it could just live on its own."
 
Founding bassist David Hungate returns to the fold, about whom Luke simply offers, "No one plays like
David Hungate." Drums were performed by Keith Carlock who's commitments to Steely Dan prohibit
him from participating in the 2015 World Tour. Shannon Forest will be behind the kit, who was a part
of the band's 2014 North American run. Luke offers, "Shannon is a world class drummer and we are
honored to have him back with us."
 
The sessions were co-produced by CJ Vanston, who Paich looks upon as, "everything a producer is
supposed to be and more - a musicians producer." Vanston states, "There have never been better
musicians on the planet, especially in a band together. This is an amazing record and I am completely
thrilled to be a part of it. This is a dream job for me." Porcaro offers an additional thought stating, "I
think the band is hit upon a very healthy creative tension for this project. I'm very excited about it." For
Williams he reflects, "Just imagine being able to stand on stage in front of enormous crowd of people, and
you are playing great music with the best musicians in the world, and you look around, and they are some
of your best friends in the world. It's the best feeling any person could have." For Porcaro he shares, "It
is kind of hard to find words of what it means to have a smile on your face to go to work every day and
we have the fans to thank for that - so thank you."
 
The band will hit the ground running with an extensive European headline arena tour with appearances at
key festivals. The itinerary begins in Glasgow on May 21, and takes Toto through the UK, France,
Luxembourg, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland,
Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Italy, and Belgium. Ticket sales came out of the box with strength,
with some appearances selling out within days of on-sale. A North American tour will follow in the
summer of 2015.
 
 
 
The band is also in the planning stages for their return to Asia later this year.
The last couple of years have been active, with a seven show sold-out tour of Asia that took them through
Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo, Sendai and Sapporo in April 2014. Also that month, the 35th Anniversary Tour
- Live In Poland title was released, debuting at #1 in territories across the globe. Last August and
September, the band hit the road travelling across North America as co-headliners with Michael
McDonald, which when it was all said and done was their most comprehensive tour on the continent in
years.
 
Historically, few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger
imprint on pop culture than the members of TOTO. As individuals, the band members’ imprint can be
heard on an astonishing 5000 albums that together amass a sales history of a HALF A BILLION albums.
Amongst these recordings, NARAS applauded the performances with 225 Grammy nominations. TOTO
sold 35 million albums, and today continue to be a worldwide arena draw staging standing room only
events across the globe. They are pop culture, and are one of the few 70s bands that have endured the
changing trends and styles, and 35 plus years in to a career enjoy a multi-generational fan base. It is not
an exaggeration to estimate that 95% of the world's population has heard a performance by a member of
TOTO.
 
Toto also continues to raise awareness for ALS, for their brother and friend, Mike Porcaro, who has been
diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease. The band commits energies towards fundraising for Police
and Fire Departments of California and the Fallen Heroes initiative (http://www.fallenheroes.org/), and
help the United Nations in their humanitarian endeavors through music.
 
An EPK featuring the band's insights can be viewed here:
 
 
TOTO XIV TRACK LISTING
 
1. Running Out Of Time
2. Burn
3. Holy War
4. 21st Century Blues
5. Orphan
6. Unknown Soldier (For Jeffrey)
7. The Little Things
8. Chinatown
9. All The Tears That Shine
10. Fortune
11. Great Expectations
 
 
TOTO TOUR DATES
 
5/21 Glasgow, UK Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
5/23 Dublin, Ireland Vicar Street (SOLD OUT)
5/25 Manchester, UK 02 Apollo Manchester
5/26 London, UK Apollo Hammersmith
5/28 Paris, France Zenith
5/29 Esch Sur Alzette, Luxembourg Rockhal
5/30 Amsterdam, Netherlands Ziggo Dome
6/02 Sonderborg, Denmark Molleparkens Friluftscene
6/03 Copenhagen, Denmark Falkoner Theatre
6/04 Solvesborg, Sweden Sweden Rock Festival
6/06 Bergen, Norway Bergen Calling
6/07 Oslo, Norway Sentrum Scene (SOLD OUT)
6/10 Bremerhaven, Germany Stadthalle
6/11 Berlin, Germany Tempodrome
6/12 Leipzig, Germany Parkbuhne
6/13 Dresden, Germany Junge Garde
6/15 Cologne, Germany Tanzbrunnen
6/16 Offenbach, Germany Stadthalle
6/17 Stuttgart, Germany Freilichtbuhne Killesberg
6/18 Abenberg, Germany Burg Abenberg
6/20 Hinwil, Switzerland Rock The Ring Festival
6/21 Klam, Austria Castle Clam
6/23 Wroclaw, Poland Orbita Hol
6/24 Warsaw, Poland Torwar
6/26 Budapest, Hungary Petofi Hall
6/27 Bucharest, Romania Sala Palatului
6/28 Sofia, Bulgaria Arena Armeec
6/30 Belgrade, Serbia Kalemegdan Fortress
7/03 Milan, Italy City Sound Milan
7/05 Rome, Italy Cavea Auditorium
7/08 Munich, Germany Olympiahalle
7/13 Morzine, France Morzine Harley Days
7/15 Nimes, France Festival de Nimes
7/16 Vienne, France Theatre Antique
 

 

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Thu
18
Dec

TOTO Announces 2015 European Tour

Artist: 
 
TOTO ANNOUNCES 2015 EUROPEAN TOUR
 
 

Toto will begin an extensive European tour in support of their forthcoming new album on May 21st 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Dates have been announced and are on sale for the UK, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Serbia. See the full list of dates below:

5/21/2015 - Glasgow, United Kingdom @ Royal Concert Hall
5/23/2015 - Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar Street
5/25/2015 - Manchester, United Kingdom @ O2 Apollo Manchester
5/26/2015 - London, United Kingdom @ HMV Hammersmith Apollo
5/28/2015 - Paris, France @ Zenith
5/29/2015 - Esch Sur Alzette, Luxembourg @ Rockhal
5/30/2015 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Ziggo Dome
6/2/2015 - Sonderborg, Denmark @ Mølleparkens Friluftscene
6/3/2015 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Falkoner Theatre
6/4/2015 - Solvesborg, Denmark @ Sweden Rock Festival
6/6/2015 - Bergen, Norway @ Bergen Calling
6/7/2015 - Oslo, Norway @ Sentrum Scene
6/10/2015 - Bremerhaven, Germany @ Stadthalle
6/11/2015 - Berlin, Germany @ Tempodrome
6/12/2015 - Leipzig, Germany @ Parkbuhne
6/13/2015 - Dresden, Germany @ Junge Garde
6/15/2015 - Cologne, Germany @ Tanzbrunnen
6/16/2015 - Offenbach, Germany @ Stadthalle
6/17/2015 - Stuttgart, Germany @ Freilichtbuhne Killesberg
6/18/2015 - Abenberg, Germany @ Burg Abenberg
6/20/2015 - Hinwil, Switzerland @ Rock The Ring Festival
6/21/2015 - Klam, Austria @ Castle Clam
6/23/2015 - Wroklaw, Poland @ Orbita Hol
6/24/2015 - Warsaw, Poland @ Torwar
6/26/2015 - Budapest, Hungary @ Petofi Hall
6/27/2015 - Bucharest, Romania @ Sala Palatului
6/28/2015 - Sofia, Bulgaria @ Arena Armeec
6/30/2015 - Belgrade, Serbia @ Kalemegdan Fortress
7/8/2015 - München, Germany @ Olympiahalle
7/13/2015 - Morzine, France @ Morzine Harley Days
7/15/2015 - Nimes, France @ Festival de Nimes
7/16/2015 - Vienne, France @ Jazz a Vienne Festival

More shows will be announced in the new year along with details on the band's new album.

 

 

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Thu
06
Nov

TOTO XIV - Lukather & CJ Vanston Comment Exclusively

Artist: 
 
The first quarter of 2015 has some massive releases coming your way.
 
One of the biggest is the hugely anticipated new TOTO album. The album, right now going under the working title Toto XIV, is currently being mixed in Los Angeles.
 
Band guitarist Steve Lukather tells me they are up to track 7 of 11.
 
He was also kind enough to drop me a new quote on the upcoming record.
 
Luke says: “This new music is amongst the best we have ever tried to make. It is everything people love and or hate about our band. Haha…
The songs have hooks and depth and the production and sounds and playing are filled with blood sweat and soul. We did NOT phone this record in for $ and a tour! This record was born out of litigation, pain and loss…and for Mike P who could use a miracle about now.
It has brought us very close as brothers reflecting back at a lifetime of amazing highs and painful lows.
Fans will be the judge. I hate hyping things! No one ever lives up to their own hype. We are proud of it though and have worked hard on it.”
 
And co-producer CJ Vanston added his own update for me: “We’re all excited as our first mixes for the new Toto album is finished. Good times at the Treehouse (my studio) yesterday as we were all digging the sound and direction we came up with. I couldn’t be more pumped, these guys have taken everything up a huge notch on this one!”
 
Luke recently announced the band’s 2015 touring lineup: “It will be Me, Paich, Steve Porcaro, David Hungate, Joe Williams, Keith Carlock, Lenny Castro, Jenny Douglas and Mabvuto...FULL European tour to be announced asap. USA + world to come as well!"
 
Previously Luke has commented on the upcoming album: "The record we're making is real hi-fi. It has that big, obnoxious production that people who love our music are really going to love: big harmonies, big synths, big guitars, big grooves, great virtuoso musicianship, and classic Toto melodies. Everybody sings on the record. It's very fresh-sounding."
 
Stay tuned for more updates!
 
In related news, this is a new anniversary piece with Steve Lukather and David Paich focusing on Toto's 'Hydra', released On Oct. 30, 1979-- http://somethingelsereviews.com/2014/10/30/toto-hydra/
 
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Wed
15
Oct

LUKE Announces TOTO's 2015 Live LineUp

Artist: 
 
Follwing the release of the Sweden Rock news, Toto's Steve Lukather has updated fans with a little more information on what's to come.
 
He states: "As of 2015 the line up will be Me, Paich, Steve Porcaro, David Hungate, Joe Williams, Keith Carlock, Lenny Castro, Jenny Douglas and Mabvuto...FULL European tour to be announced asap. USA + world to come as well!"
 
Previously Luke has commented on the upcoming album, which will be released worldwide in February: "The record we're making is real hi-fi. It has that big, obnoxious production that people who love our music are really going to love: big harmonies, big synths, big guitars, big grooves, great virtuouso musicianship, and classic Toto melodies. Everybody sings on the record. It's very fresh-sounding."
 
 
Stay tuned for more!
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Mon
13
Oct

One on One with Mitch Lafon - MR. BIG, TOTO

Artist: 

http://www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/one-on-one-57-mr-big-gentle-giant

Episode 57 - In this week's episode of One On One with Mitch Lafon. Mitch is joined by Eric Martin of Mr.Big, GENTLE GIANT's Ray Shulman and TOTO's Joseph Williams. FOUR BY FATE's Sean Kelly co-hosts.

In the episode's first interview Eric Martin and Mitch discuss the Mr. Big's brand new album '...The Stories We Could Tell', Richie Kotzen's time with the group, Pat Torpey's recent medical news and his replacement (former Ace Frehley band drummer) Matt Starr, their remarkable popularity in Japan and much more.

In our second interview, Ray Shulman of Gentle Giant discusses the recent special edition re-release of the band's landmark album The Power And The Glory, the involvement of Porcupine Trees' Steven Wilson, the band's history and much more.

We end this episode with a chat with TOTO's Joseph Williams who discusses the band's most recent DVD (Toto - 35th Anniversary - Live In Poland) as well as his involvement with the Intelligent Music Project II - My Kind Of Loving album - http://intelligent-music.com/productions/mykindoflovin/

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Fri
01
Aug

STEVE LUKATHER Talks Up TOTO Live & Upcoming Album

Artist: 
TOTO guitarist Steve Lukather has given a couple of interviews in recent days, discussing new TOTO shows and the upcoming record due in early 2015.
 
In one for Sound & Vision (www.soundandvision.com/content/steve-lukather-sq-and-second-coming-toto), Luke gives  atantaising update: 
 
Lukather: "The record we're making is real hi-fi. It has that big, obnoxious production that people who love our music are really going to love: big harmonies, big synths, big guitars, big grooves, great virtuouso musicianship, and classic Toto melodies. Everybody sings on the record. It's very fresh-sounding."
 
And for Something Else Reviews (somethingelsereviews.com/2014/07/31/it-invigorates-the-whole-band-steve-lukather-praises-joseph-williams-ahead-of-big-u-s-tour/), Luke priases the vocal efforts of vocalist Joseph Williams.
 
Toto's US tour kicks off tomorrow night in Grand Ronde, OR and continues through September 7. Full dates at: www.totoofficial.com/events
 
This leg of the tour features drummer Shannon Forrest and orignal Toto bassist David Hungate (both of whom will appear live with Mecca at MelodicRockFest 4 in October (www.melodicrockfest.com)

 

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