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Wed
08
Aug

TOTO Answers Weezer Covers With Smoking Rendition Of “Hash Pipe”

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TOTO ANSWERS WEEZER COVERS OF “AFRICA” AND “ROSANNA”
WITH A SMOKING RENDITION OF “HASH PIPE”
 
August 7, 2018 - Los Angeles, CA --- Toto have recorded their personal interpretation of Weezer’s “Hash Pipe.”  The smoking rendition of the song is a direct response to the run-away success being witnessed globally for Weezer’s covers of the hits “Africa” and “Rosanna.”
 
Toto’s guitarist Steve Lukather shares, “We were blown away at the response Weezer got doing our old songs.  Tthey did a good job too, but we never saw hit records coming from it.  It was all started by a sweet 15-year-old girl named Mary. Then the ball started rolling it.  They did two of ours and ‘Africa’ took OFF.  It seemed only right that WE - Toto did a version of one of their songs so we started digging around, listening to a bunch of their music, which I have grown to like a lot. My 30 something kids were flipped over Weezer recording two of our songs as they are fans and we picked ‘Hash Pipe’. The irony that we were smoking hash before these guys were alive was not lost on us, and the other is it has a killer melody and a great groove.  We wanted to do something that rocked. We give you our version -- with a little of our thing on it like they did their ' thing' to ours. It is an unlikely collaboration, but some of the best ones are unexpected. Thanks to Weezer, their manager Jonathan, and their fans as they have been really nice to us…and they didn't have to be. Now I guess we have to do some crazy mash up live someday. In the meantime, continued success.  Thanks to all and hope to meet someday.  Gratitude to the fans for embracing this fun little accident. Ours drops Aug 10th, and I hear KROQ is getting thousands of requests from the teaser we recorded the other day - who knew? Kudos to Steve Porcaro for running with this as the Producer." 
 
Keyboardist Steve Porcaro offers, “Covering Hash Pipe was an absolute blast. When I asked my neighbor, a huge Weezer fan which record we should cover, he rattled off about five of their biggest hits, but then he smiled and said ‘but there’s nothing like driving down the freeway at 80 miles an hour with ‘Hash Pipe’ cranked’.  That stuck with me when it came time to decide.”
 
Singer Joseph Williams cannot be reached at this time as he is too high on hashish, but previously when asked about “Hash Pipe” shared simply, “Yeah.”
 
From the moment of release, Weezer’s version of “Africa” was embraced overwhelmingly by the public and music industry.  At iTunes, the recording peaked at #1 in sales and continues to show strong movement.  At Spotify, the cover hit #1 on the viral chart. And just this week the track has hit #1 in the U.S on the Modern Rock chart.  
 
Los Angeles alternative juggernaut KROQ placed Toto’s recording of “Hash Pipe” on-air to break the story of the new track’s existence.  On Friday, August 10, Toto’s rendition will be up on all streaming services, and delivered to radio for airplay globally.  For more detail keep an eye on www.totoofficial.com.
 
Toto has partnered with Republic on the release of “Hash Pipe.”  The company will be spearing the U.S. release of the recording.  Toto is currently touring North American in support of the band’s recent release 40 Trips Around The Sun.

In related news - Steve Lukather talks to Variety about the new single. Here's a coupl eof highlights!!

https://variety.com/2018/music/news/weezer-toto-cover-hash-pipe-africa-1...

“We could actually have a hit record at alternative, which is the funniest f—ing thing I’ve ever lived to see,” says Lukather, who explains Republic will be supporting the release with a radio promotion campaign at the format, where “Africa” has given Weezer its first radio hit in several years. Lukather admits Weezer’s use of a heavy guitar sound in their version of “Africa” has even influenced Toto’s current live rendition. “I enjoy being able to crank out the solos on that song,” he laughs. “It’s about time we put some nuts on that tune. I’m no musical snob. I listen to Miles Davis and Slipknot.”
 
In the meantime, Lukather is having a ball, introducing Toto’s cover of “Hash Pipe” every night with the same wisecrack. “We were smoking hash before those guys were alive.” Although these days, Lukather admits, marijuana in other forms is his go-to to kill the pain. “This cannabis cream saved my life,” he boasts. “I’d put it on my c— if I thought it would help.”
 
 
Tue
07
Aug

TOTO Announce Early 2019 Dates For New Zealand

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TOTO has added tour new dates in New Zealand!
 
January 9, 2019 – ASB Bay Park, Mount Maunganui
January 10, 2019 – Church Road, Napier
January 11, 2019 – TSB Bowl Of Brooklands, New Plymouth
January 13 – Hagley Park, Christchurch
 

 

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Mon
16
Jul

STEVE LUKATHER Autobiography 'The Gospel According To Luke' Out Sept 18

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STEVE LUKATHER TO RELEASE FIRST EVER MEMOIR
“THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LUKE” ON SEPTEMBER 18
 
Founding Toto Member, Respected Studio Musician & Ringo Starr Band Member To Share Stories From His 40+ Years Of Making Music
 
Pre-Order The Book Here:
 
Los Angeles, CA --- To know Steve Lukather AKA: “Luke” is to love him, and readers of his upcoming memoir are about to get a no-holds barred uncensored look at Luke’s 40+ years of making records with his band TOTO along with the countless legendary sessions he’s been a part of.
 
Written by Luke along with acclaimed author Paul Rees, The Gospel According To Luke will be released worldwide on September 18 via Post Hill Press (North America) and Little Brown (UK). Luke will also be narrating the audiobook, which will be available via Audible. The book takes the reader behind the VIP curtain of rock and pop stardom recounting the vibrant and frequently lurid history of a vanquished golden age of the music business.
 
Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively left a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of TOTO.  The band has sold over 40 million albums and have over half a billion streams worldwide as of 2018. They 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 to have endured the changing trends and styles.
 
Running parallel to this, and as stellar session players, Lukather and band-mates David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, Steve Porcaro, David Hungate and Mike Porcaro were also the creative linchpins on some of the most successful, influential and enduring records of all time, including Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
 
“How many bands collectively (all members past to present) can say that they have played on 5,000 albums, had around 225 Grammy nominations, and were pretty much the house band on the biggest album in history?” writes Lukather.
 
TOTO are currently in the middle of a major resurgence around the world.  The band’s brand new Greatest Hits package titled 40 Trips Around The Sun (Legacy Recordings - Sony) debuted in the top of the charts in multiple countries.  Their European tour earlier this year saw them performing to packed houses every night including sold-out stops at the 17,000 seat Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam to Royal Albert Hall in London and everything else in-between.  Most recently, Weezer’s covers of the classic TOTO hits “Rosanna” and “Africa” have attracted a ton of media attention along with over six million streams of the tracks combined.
 
This fall TOTO will also be releasing their definitive box set: All In via Legacy Recordings (a division of Sony Music).  This limited edition release is available for pre-order here:  http://SMARTURL.IT/TOTO40TRIPSBOXSET
 
TOTO begins their North American tour on July 30th in Vancouver with dates running into November of this year.  The 40 Tours Around The Sun tour will continue into 2019 with more dates and countries to be added shortly.   Luke is currently on tour with Ringo Starr as a member of Ringo’s current “All Starr Band” lineup which he has been in for the past six years.
 
 
 
Wed
07
Mar

TOTO Tribute - The Best Of Fanfields 2 (Showcase)

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Friday, March 30, 2018
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On March 30, MelodicRock Records will partner with Fanfields to present a stunning tribute to Toto.
 
Fanfields 2 was released in limited form late in 2017, and digital earlier this year. The whole project comprised of some 59 songs, featuring over 100 musicians.
 
MRR was so impressed with the quality of the performances and production, that the label pitched the idea to further help raise awareness of this project and help raise some additional funds for the charities (ALS Foundation, Cancer Fund and the Michael Porcaro Sweet Relief Musicians Fund), plus show of the very best performances in a limited edition physical CD release.
 
So impressed that it was deemed two discs would be necessary.
 
This is an exclusive 2CD compilation of the best tracks from the Fanfields 2 project, as picked and sequenced by MRR owner Andrew McNeice in close collaboration with Fanfields producer Michael Riesenbeck.
 
The crowd-funded disc is no longer available, and this release is to be strictly limited to 500 units worldwide.
 
 
PRE-ORDER LIMITED EDITION TOTO TRIBUTE 'Best Of Fanfields 2'
 
$17 + $5 worldwide shipping
 
 
MARCH MRR DEAL - TOTO TRIBUTE & JK NORTHRUP & DAVID CAGLE
 
$32 + $5 worldwide shipping
 
 
 
“Fanfields 2 – The MRR Best Of” will feature the following tracks
 

90 SECOND SOUNDBYTES:

Disc One
01. Goodbye Girl 6.10
02. Never Enough 6.02
03. How Many Times 5.43
04. King Of The World 4.57
05. Mad About You 4.56
06. A Thousand Years 5.13
07. Don't Chain My Heart 5.04
08. Isolation 5.11
09. Only The Children 4.37
10. These Chains 5.34
11. Pamela 6.13
12. Angel Don't Cry 4.19
13. Stop Loving You 5.15
14. Isolation Medley 6.50

Disc Two
01. White Sister 5:55
02. Gypsy Train 7:38
03. Stranger In Town 5:12
04. How Does It Feel 5:03
05. Could This Be Love 5:26
06. Drag Him To The Roof 6:34
07. Caught In The Balance 6:34
08. Chinatown 5:02
09. I Won't Hold You Back 5:32
10. Going Home 6:17
11. Mushanga 5:30
12. Last Night 5:35
13. Home Of The Brave 7:42

 
 
 
 
 
 
Andrew McNeice: “Obviously I’m a huge Toto nut and I respected what Michael came up with on the first Fanfields release. But nothing prepared me for the brilliance of these performances. The songs we all know, but these are genuinely interesting versions of the classics, old and new. It was a struggle to pare the songs back from the 59 recorded, but I think this 2-disc set has the very best on offer. I’m particularly impressed with the length of the songs and the many instances of improvising and extending the instrumental parts of these complex songs, something everyone should be very proud of.”
 
Fanfields originally came from a 1997 decision by a number of members of the Toto mailing list to record Toto songs as a tribute to the band. It quickly became a serious project with musicians contributing from all over the world. Fanfields 1 was released in 2001.
 
Michael Riesenbeck: “Since the release of Fanfields 1, a lot has happened with Toto. After Mike died in 2015 I felt that the time had arrived to work on another Fanfields album with profits going to the Michael Porcaro Fund (Sweet Relief Musicians Fund), ALS foundation and Fergie Frederiksen Foundation (Liver Foundation). We felt it's the least we can do to give back something to the band that gave us so much pleasure and inspiration through their albums and live concerts.”
 
Of course, this idea quickly spun into something much larger. Epic even. Almost 140 people (musicians, graphic artists, engineers, producers, studio's, etc) from all over the world got involved to pay tribute to Toto; especially to Jeff Porcaro, Mike Porcaro and Fergie Frederiksen.
 
Amongst the musicians on the album are two very special guests: Sam Porcaro (son of Mike, on bass) and Chris Trujillo (Toto percussionist). Other musicians include: John Pratt, Lars Edvall, Guus Willemse, Phil Vincent, Nalle Pahlsson, Ollie Oldenburg, Peter Kisch, Thomas Vikstrom, Linus Norda, Magnus Midelf, Ulf Jordal, Rob Lundgren, Raymond Herveille, Herman Furin, Rob Boshuijzen, Jim Rykbost, Rasmus Kihlberg, Christian Fridh, Christian Tolle, Matthias Simoner, Michael Casswell, Michael Riesenbeck, Janne Stark, Morris Adriaens, Sven Larsson, Andreas Passmark, Jan van Olffen, Markus Riegler, Phil Taylor, Sune Schack, Robert Elovsson, Fireblade, Dream Aria, Touch of Toto, Tristan.
 
 
So what do the guys of Toto think of Fanfields 2?
 
Steve Lukather: "I have to say I am so blown away by the amazing performances and effort put into this project. I am without words and anyone who knows me knows THAT does not happen often. Haha! The soul-passion and amazing playing and singing from ALL is just astounding! I know Jeff, Mike and Fergie are smiling. I am."
 
Steve Porcaro: "Hi guys! Check this out! TOTO fans/musicians paying tribute to us playing TOTO tracks! An amazing project benefitting my brothers Mike and Jeff - and Fergie! Please share this - and go support/buy! Thanks a lot for this beautiful tribute, all of you guys are awesome - we so appreciate all of you. AND - you kick ass as musicians!!"
 
Toto: "On behalf of all of us in the Toto family we wanted to share with you an incredible project that was just finished and just released. These are musicians and singers from all over the world paying a tribute to our music and we are just blown away how great it is!
So much love and passion from 100's of musicians and singers worldwide. The time and effort and detail and creativity put into this is staggering! We are deeply touched and thankful and honored that the people involved would take the time to do this. It is one of a kind project"
 
Lee Sklar: "It's a very worthy project. A wonderful tribute to two of my dearest friends, Mike and Jeff. I think it's quite essential that we all check this out, it's well worth looking into!"
 
Michael Riesenbeck: “We pay special tribute to three of our departed heroes, Jeff Porcaro, Mike Porcaro and Fergie Frederiksen, by having recorded some of THEIR personal most favorite Toto songs as well as recording several songs from "Isolation". This was the time to show our beloved band and their loved ones that we honor them and support them through the good and the bad times. Fanfields also features the last recordings done by the late Michael Casswell. He died one day before the release of Fanfields. We are so glad that Michael's hero and friend Luke got to hear his versions of Caught In The Balance, I Won't Hold You Back and Going Home, before his untimely death and that Luke loved it. RIP. Michael Casswell.”
 
Tap into the full Fanfields experience at:

 

 
Thu
01
Mar

Pre-Order TOTO Tribute - 'The Best Of Fanfields 2' Ltd Ed

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Friday, March 30, 2018
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On March 30, MelodicRock Records will partner with Fanfields to present a stunning tribute to Toto.
 
Fanfields 2 was released in limited form late in 2017, and digital earlier this year. The whole project comprised of some 59 songs, featuring over 100 musicians.
 
MRR was so impressed with the quality of the performances and production, that the label pitched the idea to further help raise awareness of this project and help raise some additional funds for the charities (ALS Foundation, Cancer Fund and the Michael Porcaro Sweet Relief Musicians Fund), plus show of the very best performances in a limited edition physical CD release.
 
So impressed that it was deemed two discs would be necessary.
 
This is an exclusive 2CD compilation of the best tracks from the Fanfields 2 project, as picked and sequenced by MRR owner Andrew McNeice in close collaboration with Fanfields producer Michael Riesenbeck.
 
The crowd-funded disc is no longer available, and this release is to be strictly limited to 500 units worldwide.
 
 
PRE-ORDER LIMITED EDITION TOTO TRIBUTE 'Best Of Fanfields 2'
 
$17 + $5 worldwide shipping
 
 
MARCH MRR DEAL - TOTO TRIBUTE & JK NORTHRUP & DAVID CAGLE
 
$32 + $5 worldwide shipping
 
 
 
“Fanfields 2 – The MRR Best Of” will feature the following tracks:
 
Disc One:
01. Goodbye Girl 6.10
02. Never Enough 6.02
03. How Many Times 5.43
04. King Of The World 4.57
05. Mad About You 4.56
06. A Thousand Years 5.13
07. Don’t Chain My Heart 5.04
08. Isolation 5.11
09. Only The Children 4.37
10. These Chains 5.34
11. Pamela 6.13
12. Angel Don’t Cry 4.19
13. Stop Loving You 5.15
14. Isolation Medley 6.50
 
Disc Two:
01. White Sister 5:55
02. Gypsy Train 7:38
03. Stranger In Town 5:12
04. How Does It Feel 5:03
05. Could This Be Love 5:26
06. Drag Him To The Roof 6:34
07. Caught In The Balance 6:34
08. Chinatown 5:02
09. I Won't Hold You Back 5:32
10. Going Home 6:17
11. Mushanga 5:30
12. Last Night 5:35
13. Home Of The Brave 7:42
 
 
 
 
 
Andrew McNeice: “Obviously I’m a huge Toto nut and I respected what Michael came up with on the first Fanfields release. But nothing prepared me for the brilliance of these performances. The songs we all know, but these are genuinely interesting versions of the classics, old and new. It was a struggle to pare the songs back from the 59 recorded, but I think this 2-disc set has the very best on offer. I’m particularly impressed with the length of the songs and the many instances of improvising and extending the instrumental parts of these complex songs, something everyone should be very proud of.”
 
Fanfields originally came from a 1997 decision by a number of members of the Toto mailing list to record Toto songs as a tribute to the band. It quickly became a serious project with musicians contributing from all over the world. Fanfields 1 was released in 2001.
 
Michael Riesenbeck: “Since the release of Fanfields 1, a lot has happened with Toto. After Mike died in 2015 I felt that the time had arrived to work on another Fanfields album with profits going to the Michael Porcaro Fund (Sweet Relief Musicians Fund), ALS foundation and Fergie Frederiksen Foundation (Liver Foundation). We felt it's the least we can do to give back something to the band that gave us so much pleasure and inspiration through their albums and live concerts.”
 
Of course, this idea quickly spun into something much larger. Epic even. Almost 140 people (musicians, graphic artists, engineers, producers, studio's, etc) from all over the world got involved to pay tribute to Toto; especially to Jeff Porcaro, Mike Porcaro and Fergie Frederiksen.
 
Amongst the musicians on the album are two very special guests: Sam Porcaro (son of Mike, on bass) and Chris Trujillo (Toto percussionist). Other musicians include: John Pratt, Lars Edvall, Guus Willemse, Phil Vincent, Nalle Pahlsson, Ollie Oldenburg, Peter Kisch, Thomas Vikstrom, Linus Norda, Magnus Midelf, Ulf Jordal, Rob Lundgren, Raymond Herveille, Herman Furin, Rob Boshuijzen, Jim Rykbost, Rasmus Kihlberg, Christian Fridh, Christian Tolle, Matthias Simoner, Michael Casswell, Michael Riesenbeck, Janne Stark, Morris Adriaens, Sven Larsson, Andreas Passmark, Jan van Olffen, Markus Riegler, Phil Taylor, Sune Schack, Robert Elovsson, Fireblade, Dream Aria, Touch of Toto, Tristan.
 
 
So what do the guys of Toto think of Fanfields 2?
 
Steve Lukather: "I have to say I am so blown away by the amazing performances and effort put into this project. I am without words and anyone who knows me knows THAT does not happen often. Haha! The soul-passion and amazing playing and singing from ALL is just astounding! I know Jeff, Mike and Fergie are smiling. I am."
 
Steve Porcaro: "Hi guys! Check this out! TOTO fans/musicians paying tribute to us playing TOTO tracks! An amazing project benefitting my brothers Mike and Jeff - and Fergie! Please share this - and go support/buy! Thanks a lot for this beautiful tribute, all of you guys are awesome - we so appreciate all of you. AND - you kick ass as musicians!!"
 
Toto: "On behalf of all of us in the Toto family we wanted to share with you an incredible project that was just finished and just released. These are musicians and singers from all over the world paying a tribute to our music and we are just blown away how great it is!
So much love and passion from 100's of musicians and singers worldwide. The time and effort and detail and creativity put into this is staggering! We are deeply touched and thankful and honored that the people involved would take the time to do this. It is one of a kind project"
 
Lee Sklar: "It's a very worthy project. A wonderful tribute to two of my dearest friends, Mike and Jeff. I think it's quite essential that we all check this out, it's well worth looking into!"
 
Michael Riesenbeck: “We pay special tribute to three of our departed heroes, Jeff Porcaro, Mike Porcaro and Fergie Frederiksen, by having recorded some of THEIR personal most favorite Toto songs as well as recording several songs from "Isolation". This was the time to show our beloved band and their loved ones that we honor them and support them through the good and the bad times. Fanfields also features the last recordings done by the late Michael Casswell. He died one day before the release of Fanfields. We are so glad that Michael's hero and friend Luke got to hear his versions of Caught In The Balance, I Won't Hold You Back and Going Home, before his untimely death and that Luke loved it. RIP. Michael Casswell.”
 
Tap into the full Fanfields experience at:

 

 
Thu
22
Feb

TOTO Box Set 'All In' Pre-order Open

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Release Year: 
2018
RELEASE MONTH: 
10
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TOTO ANNOUNCE LIMITED EDITION BOX SET “ALL IN” AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER UNTIL APRIL 10
 
The Definitive Limited Edition Box Set Features 13 Albums On 17 LP’s,
80 Page Hardcover Book, Live In Paris 1990 Blu-Ray, Live In Tokyo 1980 EP, TOTO IV In 5.1 Surround Sound
Along With Previously Unreleased Material
 
 
Los Angeles, CA --- TOTO is pleased to announce the release of their definitive box set: All In via Legacy Recordings (a division of Sony Music).  This limited edition release is available beginning today for pre-order here:  http://SMARTURL.IT/TOTO40TRIPSBOXSET
 
This limited edition vinyl/CD All In set will not be made available in retail stores and is only available to purchase until April 10.  All orders will ship this fall. 
 
All In features the following TOTO albums on seventeen LP’s:
Toto, Hydra, Turn Back, IV, Isolation, Fahrenheit, The Seventh One, Kingdom Of Desire (Double LP set), Tambu (Double LP set), Mindfields (Double LP set), Toto XX (Double LP set).
 
The set also includes a previously unreleased Live In Tokyo EP from their 1980 tour, along with an album titled Old Is New. 
 
The Old Is New LP features ten tracks, seven are previously unreleased along with “Spanish Sea,” “Alone” and “Struck By Lighting” which are featured on the band’s new greatest hits collection 40 Trips Around The Sun.  All of the music in the box set was personally remastered by TOTO along with Elliot Scheiner. 
 
A Blu-Ray which includes:
- Live in Paris 1990 Concert
- Toto IV in 5.1 surround sound
 
Also included in the box set is an 80-page hardcover book which includes new essays, and previously unseen photos.  All box sets will include a numbered 8"x 8" certificate of authenticity personally signed by the band.
 
A CD version of the All In box with just the albums will be made available later this year.
 
TOTO’s brand new Greatest Hits package titled 40 Trips Around The Sun was released last week and is impacting charts all over the world.  The band is currently in the middle of an extensive European tour with multiple dates already sold out across Europe.  The 40 Trips Around The Sun tour will be the band’s most extensive run in years and is expected to hit the U.S. this summer. More shows will be announced shortly.
 
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.  Toto has over 400 million streams on Spotify alone along while views on YouTube far exceed over a half billion.
 
With close to 40 years together and literally thousands of credits, including the biggest selling album of all time: Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and accolades to their names, TOTO remains one of the top selling touring 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.  Their repertoire continues to be current via high profile usage on broadcast television.  They are pop culture, and are one of the few 70’s bands that have endured the changing trends and styles to a career enjoy a multi-generational worldwide fan base.
 
 
TOTO – 2018 - 40 TRIPS AROUND THE SUN TOUR
2/22     Munich, DE                            Olympiahalle – SOLD OUT
2/24     Berlin, DE                               C-Halle – SOLD OUT
2/25     Leipzig, DE                             Haus Auensee – SOLD OUT
2/27     Prague, CZ                              Forum Karlin
2/28     Krakow, PL                            Tauron Arena
3/2       Vienna, AT                             Gasometer – SOLD OUT
3/4       Sofia, BG                                National Palace Of Culture
3/5       Skopje, MK                            Boris Trajkovski Sports Hall
3/9       Zagreb, HR                             Dom Sportova
3/10     Milan, IT                                 Mediolanum Forum
3/12     Zurich, CH                              Hallenstadion
3/13     Stuttgart, DE                           Porsche Arena – SOLD OUT
3/15     Lille, FR                                  Zenith
3/17     Amsterdam, NL                      Ziggo Dome – SOLD OUT
3/18     Brussels, BE                           Forest National
3/20     Offenbach, DE                        Stadthalle – SOLD OUT
3/22     Geneva, CH                            Arena Geneva
3/23     Bologna, IT                             Unipol Arena
3/25     Marseille, FR                          Dome
3/26     Toulouse, FR                          Zenith
3/27     Lyon, FR                                 Halle Tony Garnier
3/29     Luxembourg City, LU             Rockhal
3/30     Paris, FR                                 La Seine Musicale - SOLD OUT
4/1       London, UK                            Royal Albert Hall – SOLD OUT
4/2       Manchester, UK                      Bridgewater Hall – SOLD OUT
4/4       Dublin, IE                               Vicar Street – SOLD OUT
4/5       Dublin, IE                               Vicar Street – SOLD OUT
4/7       Belfast, UK                             Waterfront Auditorium
4/8       Glasgow, UK                          SEC Armadillo
 
 
 
Thu
08
Feb

TOTO Tribute 'Fanfields 2' Compiled on MRR CD Release

Artist: 
Friday, March 30, 2018
Categories: 
 
On March 30, MelodicRock Records will partner with Fanfields to present a stunning tribute to Toto.
 
Fanfields 2 was released in limited form late in 2017, and digital earlier this year. The whole project comprised of some 59 songs, featuring over 100 musicians.
 
MRR was so impressed with the quality of the performances and production, that the label pitched the idea to further help raise awareness of this project and help raise some additional funds for the charities (ALS Foundation, Cancer Fund and the Michael Porcaro Sweet Relief Musicians Fund), plus show of the very best performances in a limited edition physical CD release.
 
So impressed that it was deemed two discs would be necessary.
 
This is an exclusive 2CD compilation of the best tracks from the Fanfields 2 project, as picked and sequenced by MRR owner Andrew McNeice in close collaboration with Fanfields producer Michael Riesenbeck.
 
The crowd-funded disc is no longer available, and this release is to be strictly limited to 500 units worldwide.
 
“Fanfields 2 – The MRR Best Of” will feature the following tracks:
 
Disc One:
01. Goodbye Girl 6.10
02. Never Enough 6.02
03. How Many Times 5.43
04. King Of The World 4.57
05. Mad About You 4.56
06. A Thousand Years 5.13
07. Don’t Chain My Heart 5.04
08. Isolation 5.11
09. Only The Children 4.37
10. These Chains 5.34
11. Pamela 6.13
12. Angel Don’t Cry 4.19
13. Stop Loving You 5.15
14. Isolation Medley 6.50
 
Disc Two:
01. White Sister 5:55
02. Gypsy Train 7:38
03. Stranger In Town 5:12
04. How Does It Feel 5:03
05. Could This Be Love 5:26
06. Drag Him To The Roof 6:34
07. Caught In The Balance 6:34
08. Chinatown 5:02
09. I Won't Hold You Back 5:32
10. Going Home 6:17
11. Mushanga 5:30
12. Last Night 5:35
13. Home Of The Brave 7:42
 
 
Andrew McNeice: “Obviously I’m a huge Toto nut and I respected what Michael came up with on the first Fanfields release. But nothing prepared me for the brilliance of these performances. The songs we all know, but these are genuinely interesting versions of the classics, old and new. It was a struggle to pare the songs back from the 59 recorded, but I think this 2-disc set has the very best on offer. I’m particularly impressed with the length of the songs and the many instances of improvising and extending the instrumental parts of these complex songs, something everyone should be very proud of.”
 
Fanfields originally came from a 1997 decision by a number of members of the Toto mailing list to record Toto songs as a tribute to the band. It quickly became a serious project with musicians contributing from all over the world. Fanfields 1 was released in 2001.
 
Michael Riesenbeck: “Since the release of Fanfields 1, a lot has happened with Toto. After Mike died in 2015 I felt that the time had arrived to work on another Fanfields album with profits going to the Michael Porcaro Fund (Sweet Relief Musicians Fund), ALS foundation and Fergie Frederiksen Foundation (Liver Foundation). We felt it's the least we can do to give back something to the band that gave us so much pleasure and inspiration through their albums and live concerts.”
 
Of course, this idea quickly spun into something much larger. Epic even. Almost 140 people (musicians, graphic artists, engineers, producers, studio's, etc) from all over the world got involved to pay tribute to Toto; especially to Jeff Porcaro, Mike Porcaro and Fergie Frederiksen.
 
Amongst the musicians on the album are two very special guests: Sam Porcaro (son of Mike, on bass) and Chris Trujillo (Toto percussionist). Other musicians include: John Pratt, Lars Edvall, Guus Willemse, Phil Vincent, Nalle Pahlsson, Ollie Oldenburg, Peter Kisch, Thomas Vikstrom, Linus Norda, Magnus Midelf, Ulf Jordal, Rob Lundgren, Raymond Herveille, Herman Furin, Rob Boshuijzen, Jim Rykbost, Rasmus Kihlberg, Christian Fridh, Christian Tolle, Matthias Simoner, Michael Casswell, Michael Riesenbeck, Janne Stark, Morris Adriaens, Sven Larsson, Andreas Passmark, Jan van Olffen, Markus Riegler, Phil Taylor, Sune Schack, Robert Elovsson, Fireblade, Dream Aria, Touch of Toto, Tristan.
 
 
So what do the guys of Toto think of Fanfields 2?
 
Steve Lukather: "I have to say I am so blown away by the amazing performances and effort put into this project. I am without words and anyone who knows me knows THAT does not happen often. Haha! The soul-passion and amazing playing and singing from ALL is just astounding! I know Jeff, Mike and Fergie are smiling. I am."
 
Steve Porcaro: "Hi guys! Check this out! TOTO fans/musicians paying tribute to us playing TOTO tracks! An amazing project benefitting my brothers Mike and Jeff - and Fergie! Please share this - and go support/buy! Thanks a lot for this beautiful tribute, all of you guys are awesome - we so appreciate all of you. AND - you kick ass as musicians!!"
 
Toto: "On behalf of all of us in the Toto family we wanted to share with you an incredible project that was just finished and just released. These are musicians and singers from all over the world paying a tribute to our music and we are just blown away how great it is!
So much love and passion from 100's of musicians and singers worldwide. The time and effort and detail and creativity put into this is staggering! We are deeply touched and thankful and honored that the people involved would take the time to do this. It is one of a kind project"
 
Lee Sklar: "It's a very worthy project. A wonderful tribute to two of my dearest friends, Mike and Jeff. I think it's quite essential that we all check this out, it's well worth looking into!"
 
Michael Riesenbeck: “We pay special tribute to three of our departed heroes, Jeff Porcaro, Mike Porcaro and Fergie Frederiksen, by having recorded some of THEIR personal most favorite Toto songs as well as recording several songs from "Isolation". This was the time to show our beloved band and their loved ones that we honor them and support them through the good and the bad times. Fanfields also features the last recordings done by the late Michael Casswell. He died one day before the release of Fanfields. We are so glad that Michael's hero and friend Luke got to hear his versions of Caught In The Balance, I Won't Hold You Back and Going Home, before his untimely death and that Luke loved it. RIP. Michael Casswell.”
 
Tap into the full Fanfields experience at:
 
Wed
17
Jan

New MICHAEL KRATZ 'Live Your Life' To Feature Steve Lukather & More

Artist: 
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Categories: 
 
Art Of Melody Music & Burning Minds Music Group are excited to announce the release date for "Live Yor Life", new studio album by danish AOR / Westcocoast artist Michael Kratz, scheduled for release on March 3, 2018 via Art Of Melody Music / Burning Minds Music Group in Europe, and April 2018 via AnderStein Music in Japan.
 
Michael has had a long and rewarding career in the music business, especially in his home country. Having achieved multiple gold releases as the drummer of mainstream pop act, Kandis, his fanbase grew, thanks to his remarkable skills as a musician, which enables him to play any style of rock music. After an entire year of hard-work, Michael is ready to show to music fans the amazing result of "Live Your Life", a real masterpiece of classic AOR / Westcoast music, crafted with a top quality sound and an enviable attitude. Michael worked in the album with some legendary musicians like Steve Lukather (Toto), Michael Landau, Dom Brown (Duran Duran), David Garfield, Christian Warburg (Paul Young) & Alessandro Del Vecchio (Revolution Saints, Hardline).
 
 
"Live Yor Life" is going to become a true modern classic in AOR / Westcoast music, thanks to an outstanding overall quality both in songwriting and musicianship. CD graphics (including the alternative japanese cover artwork) have been designed by Aeglos Art (Airbound, Raintimes, Viana, Charming Grace, Room Experience), while cd booklet features double liner notes written by Kenneth Bremer, editor in chief of renowned westcoast music website Blue Desert, and Steve Price, the star speaker behind renowned ARfm rock radio in UK. The release party for "Live Yor Life" is scheduled on February 24, 2018 in Italy in conjunction with the second awaited edition of the melodic rock music festival "A Melodic Rock Night", sponsored by Melodicrock.it, Burning Minds Music Group & Rock Temple.
 
"Live Your Life" Tracklist:
01. We All Live In This Nation
02. Live Your Life
03. This Town Is Lost Without You
04. What Did I ..?
05. Never Take Us Alive
06. Game Of Love (Over And Over)
07. Lying
08. Paradise Lost
09. Shade
10. Bye Bye
11. Dying Young
12. In Between
 
All songs written by Michael Kratz & Kasper Viinberg
All songs arranged by Kasper Viinberg & Michael Kratz
All songs produced & mixed by Kasper Viinberg
All songs mastered by Jan Eliasson at Audio Planet
 
 
 
Thu
16
Nov

TOTO Celebrate Their '40 Trips Around The Sun'

Artist: 
Friday, February 9, 2018
Categories: 
TOTO “40 TRIPS AROUND THE SUN” TO BE RELEASED ON FEBRUARY 9
 
Remastered Greatest Hits Collection Featuring Three Brand New Tracks To Be Released On Legacy Recordings
 
 
40 Trips Around The Sun World Tour Begins In Europe On February 11, 2018
 
Los Angeles, CA --- TOTO is pleased to announce a February 9th worldwide release date on Legacy Recordings (a division of Sony Music) for their brand new Greatest Hits package titled 40 Trips Around The Sun. The 17 track album features three previously unreleased recordings: “Spanish Sea” “Alone” and “Struck By Lightning” alongside newly remastered classic tracks worked on by Elliot Scheiner & Gavin Lurssen and his team. The core Toto members, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Joseph Williams re-entered the studio earlier this year to work on this release.
 
While going through the Sony vaults, the band uncovered several unfinished tracks that featured both Jeff and Mike Porcaro, one of which is now “Spanish Sea.” “This track is originally from the Isolation sessions,” Steve Lukather commented. “It’s one that didn't make it and we had to re-write it including creating a new chorus. Thanks to modern tech we were able to play once again with not only our 20 something selves but with our dear brothers Jeff and Mike Porcaro reminding us just how deep their groove was. Bittersweet... Many stories, laughs and a few tears on this one. It’s classic Toto with an excellent solo and I kept my old 1985 melody solo Dave wanted me to do... Old meets new but since legendary pal Al Schmitt cut the tracks and Bob Clearmountain mixed...it sounds like it was done 2 weeks ago not 30 + years ago!”
 
All fans who pre-order the album beginning today will receive “Alone” as an instant grat track. “Alone is a brand new song,” Lukather remarked. “This one was written with just the four of us really writing together and no one else in the room with us. We wanted to start with an ‘up’ song in terms of groove for the album. The lyric is darker but we are older guys now ands have lived life. The good, bad and ugly... we have lived it all and in the end we are all alone anyway. Proud of this piece and it just sort of organically happened.” Fans can pre-order the album here: https://lnk.to/toto_GH
 
The third new track on 40 Trips Around The Sun: “Struck By Lightning” began with David Paich. “I had the opening riff in my head for months,” Paich said. “Joe and the guys helped flesh this one out. I love the heavy arrangement and Luke’s solo on it is an all time great!”
 
Beginning on February 11th in Helsinki, the band will begin the first leg of their worldwide 40 Trips Around The Sun tour in support of their 40th anniversary. 36 shows in Europe have been announced to date. The tour will be the band’s most extensive run in years and is expected to hit the U.S. later in 2018. More shows will be announced shortly.
 
TOTO – 40 TRIPS AROUND THE SUN TRACK LISTING
 
Alone
Spanish Sea
I'll Supply The Love
I'll Be Over You
Stranger In Town
99
Struck By Lightning
Pamela
Afraid Of Love
I Won't Hold You Back
Jake To The Bone
Stop Loving You
Lea
Hold The Line
George Porgy
Rosanna
Africa
 
Wed
15
Nov

Toto - "Alone" (Audio)

 
TOTO Greatest Hits - 40 Trips Around the Sun
Buy/Listen: https://lnk.to/toto_GH!a
 
TOTO’s brand new Greatest Hits package is titled 40 Trips Around the Sun. The 17-track album features three previously unreleased recordings: “Spanish Sea,” “Alone” and “Struck By Lightning,” alongside newly remastered classic tracks worked on by Elliot Scheiner & Gavin Lurssen and his team. The core Toto members, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro and Joseph Williams re-entered the studio earlier this year to work on this release.
 
 
 
Artist: 
 
Thu
21
Sep

Introducing Italian Westcoast/AOR Outfit MINDFEELS

Artist: 
Friday, November 17, 2017
Categories: 
 
Art Of Melody Music & Burning Minds Music Group are proud to announce the signing of Italian AORsters Mindfeels for the release of their debut album "XXenty".
 
Born with the name of Dejanira back in 1994, Mindfeels were originally the trio of Italo Graziana (Soul Seller - Drums), Roberto Barazzotto (Bass) and Luca Carlomagno (Guitars / Keyboards / Violin). From the beginning, Mindfeels showed their love of American AOR/Westcoast legends, Toto, and built a set list of Toto cover songs for live, instrumental performances. Later, Dejanira joined forces with female singer Raffaella Miani, who fronted the band for the recording of their first, unreleased album, which they self-produced. A few years later, new frontman Davide Gilardino, replaced Raffaella on vocals.
 
The band was completed with the addition of Gloria Strippolion backing vocals, and Christian Rossetti on keyboards. This new line-up (with the exception of Gloria Strippoli) began recording the second unreleased album "XXenty", a title chosen in celebration of their more than two decades of music together. The new line-up prompted a new moniker – and Mindfeels was born.
 
They chose the name to represent their infinite love of Toto, led by guitar maestro Steve Lukather, and in particular, their timeless album “Mindfields". In 2017, Mindfeels signed with new label, Art Of Melody Music, for the European release of "XXenty"(scheduled for November 17th), and also with AnderStein Music for a dedicated Japanese release later in December. The cd version will feature liner notes written by Kenneth Bremer, editor in chief of renowned westcoast music website Blue Desert, while the first single, "Soul Has Gone Away", will be launched with an official video in October.
 
- MINDFEELS IS:
Davide Gilardino (Lead & Backing Vocals)
Luca Carlomagno (Guitars, Keyboards & Violin)
Roberto Barazzotto (Bass)
Italo Graziana (Drums)
 
- Special Guest
Christian Rossetti (Keyboards)
 
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Fri
30
Jun

DON BARNES - Ride The Storm (Showcase)

 
MelodicRock Records is excited to see that DON BARNES ‘Ride The Storm’ is out worldwide now.
 
In searching for the original masters for ‘Ride The Storm’, after being lost for two decades, Don found the only existing copy of a ‘rock mix’ that was commissioned back in 1989 to take a look at how the songs would sound, remixed for a bigger ‘rock’ impact.
Ever the completist, MRR’s Andrew McNeice insisted that both mixes of the classic album were included in the release – as well as the three individual, heavily traded, solo demo tracks that were recorded but not included on the original album.
 
The complete ‘Ride The Storm’ release will therefore be a 2CD set, featuring the album in its intended form, plus the second ‘alternate mix’ disc, on which the three additional bonus tracks are added at the end. The second Disc and bonus tracks appear only on the CD version (not digital) of this release.
 
As there was no original artwork yet conceived for ‘Ride The Storm’, so regular MRR artist extraordinaire Nello Dell'Omo was commissioned to come up with something amazing. And that he has. In collaboration with Don, who drove the vision and MRR, the end result might just be one of his best album covers yet!
 
Two individual sets of remastering also serve the album well – it sounds as fresh, punchy and as amazing as it ever has. Thanks to JK Northrup (Rock Mix) and Brian Foraker (Alt. Mix) for their vital work.
 
DIGITAL LINKS (Also available on all other digital platforms)
 
 
 

 
ORDER DON BARNES 'Ride The Storm' Out NOW!
 
 
It’s time Don himself jumped in with the story behind this amazing solo album:
 
“Over two decades ago, with years of success as lead singer and guitarist with 38 Special, I was given an opportunity by A&M Records to create a side solo project as an artist.  A&M suggested putting several top-rated musicians in the studio with me and I would write and co-produce the project. I set about co-writing songs and was honored to have some of the industry’s top musicians join me in the recording.
 
All of these players were extraordinary talents in the music business; the great Jeff Porcaro along with his brother Mike, respectively the drummer and bassist from the band Toto - and the best 'bottom-end foundation’ for any session - came on board to help forge a great rock record.
 
We also had the masterful veteran drummer Denny Carmassi from the band Heart, noted session keyboardist and composer Alan Pasqua from the band Giant on keyboards...along with another music titan, virtuoso guitarist and now-producer Dann Huff, all of whom brought such excellence and talent to the sessions that I just can't find enough words of praise and appreciation for them.
 
Additionally, I was privileged to work and collaborate with two extremely talented producers - Martin Briley and Brian Foraker - both of whom brought a wealth of experience and cool vibe to our sessions. We had always felt that the combination of these powerhouse players together created a very special album, a unique ‘rock classic.' Many who have heard the album say that description still remains true today.
 
Unfortunately, unexpected situations arose in the record business at that time and corporate transitions got in the way of the release date. The album was finished, mixed, and ready to go, but what started out as a great rock record turned into a series of disappointing twists and turns.  Just as it was ready to be released, A&M Records was sold through a huge global acquisition and the company changed hands several times over the years. The new company and staff had their own difficulties getting accustomed to the transition and my project was put aside without a release date.  My solo album became one of those music stories of a great rock record that started in one direction but had corporate business dealings move it to some other outcome. 
 
I'm proud to finally present my solo album, complete with extras like the 3 additional recordings in demo form left off of the original group of songs, along with a second full CD of alternate mixes. 
 
We had a great time recording these big, explosive songs, all presented here with newly re-mastered technology.  You’ll hear the intensity and spirit of the songwriting, the excellence and power of talented players, and the absolute force we delivered on the recordings. 
 
This album and these songs made it through a rough storm and they rock stronger than ever today. Turn it up and enjoy a great ride.”
 
- Don Barnes, May 2017.
 
 
And who is responsible for the contents of this album alongside Don? Quite simply the best of the best.
 
Track List and Player Credit:
 
1. Ride The Storm
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Guitar Solos - Dann Huff / Keys - Martin Briley / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
2. Looking For You
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys and Additional Guitar - Martin Briley / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Pocaro
 
3. I Fall Back
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Martin Briley / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
4. Don't Look Down
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Jesse Harms / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Denny Carmassi
 
5. Maybe You'll Believe Me Now
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Denny Carmassi
 
6. I'd Do It All Over Again
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Guitar - Dann Huff / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
7. Every Time We Say Goodbye
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Rhythm Guitar - Tim Pierce / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
8. Feelin' Stronger Every Day
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Guitar - Dann Huff / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
9. After The Way
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Martin Briley / Bass - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Denny Carmassi
 
10. Johnny Ain't So Cool
Guitars - Don Barnes / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Keys and Guitar Solo - Martin Briley / Drums - Denny Carmassi

 
Wed
14
Jun

TOTO Preparing To Celebrate Their '40 Trips Around The Sun'

Artist: 
Release Year: 
2018
RELEASE MONTH: 
02
Categories: 

TOTO CELEBRATE “40 TRIPS AROUND THE SUN” ANNOUNCE FIRST RUN OF DATES & NEW SONY ALBUM IN SUPPORT OF 40TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2018

New Album To Be Released On Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings Worldwide In February Of 2018 Will Contain Classic Remastered Hits Alongside Brand New Tracks

 

Los Angeles, CA --- TOTO is pleased to announce the first set of shows in support of the band’s 40th Anniversary beginning in 2018. The 40 Trips Around The Sun Tour will begin in February 2018 in Europe. The tour will be the band’s most extensive run in years and will be a worldwide tour to celebrate the band’s enduring career. More shows will be announced shortly. Tickets for most shows go on sale this Friday.

Along side the launch of the tour, TOTO along with Legacy Recordings have created a brand new Greatest Hits package. also titled: 40 Trips Around The Sun. The album will feature brand new previously unreleased music along side newly remastered classic tracks worked on by Elliot Scheiner & Gavin Lurssen and his team. The core Toto members, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Joseph Williams re-entered the studio this past year to work on the material. Full details on that album along side many other projects the band has in the works with Legacy Recordings will be announced at a later date.

“Myself, David, Steve and Joseph are humbled and thrilled at the long lasting success of the band,” Steve Lukather remarked. “This 40th Anniversary tour is going to be a special one for us and all of the fans that come out. On top of all that, it’s really exciting to be working with Sony Music again. We’ve spent a lot of time this year working on new music and re-mastering the older tracks.”

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 close to 40 years together and literally thousands of credits, including the biggest selling album of all time: Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and accolades to their names, TOTO remains one of the top selling touring 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. Their repertoire continues to be current via high profile usage on broadcast television. They are pop culture, and are one of the few 70’s bands that have endured the changing trends and styles to a career enjoy a multi-generational worldwide fan base.

TOTO – 2018 - 40 TRIPS AROUND THE SUN TOUR
2/19 Hamburg, DE - Mehr! Theater
2/21 Dusseldorf, DE - Mitsubishi-Electric Hall
2/22 Munich, DE - Olympiahalle
2/24 Berlin, DE - C-Halle
2/25 Leipzig, DE - Haus Auensee
2/28 Krakow, PL Tauron Arena
3/2 Vienna, AT - Gasometer
3/10 Milan, IT - Mediolanum Forum
3/13 Stuttgart, DE - Porsche Arena
3/15 Lille, FR - Zenith
3/17 Amsterdam, NL - Ziggo Dome
3/18 Brussels, BE - Forest National
3/20 Offenbach, DE - Stadthalle
3/23 Bologna, IT - Unipol Arena
3/25 Marseille, FR - Dome
3/26 Toulouse, FR - Zenith
3/27 Lyon, FR -Halle Tony Garnier
3/30 Paris, FR - La Seine Musicale
4/1 London, UK - Royal Albert Hall
4/2 Manchester, UK - Bridgewater Hall
4/4 Dublin, IE - Vicar Street
4/7 Belfast, UK - Waterfront Auditorium
4/8 Glasgow, UK - SEC Armadillo

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Thu
25
May

Another DON BARNES Audio Preview - 'Ride The Storm

Artist: 
Friday, June 30, 2017
Categories: 
 
MelodicRock Records is thrilled to announce one of the biggest releases for the label thus far! How else could you describe an album featuring Don Barnes, Dann Huff, Alan Pasqua, Jeff & Mike Porcaro, Jesse Harms and Denny Carmassi?
 
MRR will be the label finally able to extract one of the best “lost” albums of all time for an official release. Plenty have tried over the years, but timing is everything!
Nearly 30 years ago, what would have been an instant classic was relegated to storage thanks to the old story of record label machinations.
 
Of course, we are talking about the classic AOR masterpiece DON BARNES solo album ‘Ride The Storm’.
 
MelodicRock Records started a conversation with the legendary 38 Special vocalist nearly 12 months ago to the day, suggesting that more than enough time has passed and that this record deserves its time to shine.
 
So it is with great pleasure that MRR announces that DON BARNES ‘Ride The Storm’ will be released worldwide June 30.
 

 
And even better news for fans and collectors that have had this record in its various MP3 forms over the years, what you have isn’t the main record you’re about to hear.
In searching for the original masters for ‘Ride The Storm’, after being lost for two decades, Don found the only existing copy of a ‘rock mix’ that was commissioned back in 1989 to take a look at how the songs would sound, remixed for a bigger ‘rock’ impact.
Ever the completist, MRR’s Andrew McNeice insisted that both mixes of the classic album were included in the release – as well as the three individual, heavily traded, solo demo tracks that were recorded but not included on the original album.
 
The complete ‘Ride The Storm’ release will therefore be a 2CD set, featuring the album in its intended form, plus the second ‘alternate mix’ disc, on which the three additional bonus tracks are added at the end.
 
PRE-ORDER DON BARNES 'Ride The Storm' NOW! Out June 30 
 
 
 
 
 
Wed
24
May

Another DON BARNES Audio Preview - 'Ride The Strom'

Artist: 
Friday, June 30, 2017
 
MelodicRock Records is thrilled to announce one of the biggest releases for the label thus far! How else could you describe an album featuring Don Barnes, Dann Huff, Alan Pasqua, Jeff & Mike Porcaro, Jesse Harms and Denny Carmassi?
 
MRR will be the label finally able to extract one of the best “lost” albums of all time for an official release. Plenty have tried over the years, but timing is everything!
Nearly 30 years ago, what would have been an instant classic was relegated to storage thanks to the old story of record label machinations.
 
Of course, we are talking about the classic AOR masterpiece DON BARNES solo album ‘Ride The Storm’.
 
MelodicRock Records started a conversation with the legendary 38 Special vocalist nearly 12 months ago to the day, suggesting that more than enough time has passed and that this record deserves its time to shine.
 
So it is with great pleasure that MRR announces that DON BARNES ‘Ride The Storm’ will be released worldwide June 30.
 

 
And even better news for fans and collectors that have had this record in its various MP3 forms over the years, what you have isn’t the main record you’re about to hear.
In searching for the original masters for ‘Ride The Storm’, after being lost for two decades, Don found the only existing copy of a ‘rock mix’ that was commissioned back in 1989 to take a look at how the songs would sound, remixed for a bigger ‘rock’ impact.
Ever the completist, MRR’s Andrew McNeice insisted that both mixes of the classic album were included in the release – as well as the three individual, heavily traded, solo demo tracks that were recorded but not included on the original album.
 
The complete ‘Ride The Storm’ release will therefore be a 2CD set, featuring the album in its intended form, plus the second ‘alternate mix’ disc, on which the three additional bonus tracks are added at the end.
 
PRE-ORDER DON BARNES 'Ride The Storm' NOW! Out June 30 
 
 
 
 
 
Mon
22
May

DON BARNES Lost Solo Album 'Ride The Storm' Comes To MRR

Artist: 
Friday, June 30, 2017
Categories: 
 
MelodicRock Records is thrilled to announce one of the biggest releases for the label thus far! How else could you describe an album featuring Dann Huff, Alan Pasqua, Jeff & Mike Porcaro, Jesse Harms and Denny Carmassi?
 
MRR will be the label finally able to extract one of the best “lost” albums of all time for an official release. Plenty have tried over the years, but timing is everything!
Nearly 30 years ago, what would have been an instant classic was relegated to storage thanks to the old story of record label machinations.
 
Of course, we are talking about the classic AOR masterpiece DON BARNES solo album ‘Ride The Storm’.
 
MelodicRock Records started a conversation with the legendary 38 Special vocalist nearly 12 months ago to the day, suggesting that more than enough time has passed and that this record deserves its time to shine.
 
So it is with great pleasure that MRR announces that DON BARNES ‘Ride The Storm’ will be released worldwide June 30.
 

 
And even better news for fans and collectors that have had this record in its various MP3 forms over the years, what you have isn’t the main record you’re about to hear.
In searching for the original masters for ‘Ride The Storm’, after being lost for two decades, Don found the only existing copy of a ‘rock mix’ that was commissioned back in 1989 to take a look at how the songs would sound, remixed for a bigger ‘rock’ impact.
Ever the completist, MRR’s Andrew McNeice insisted that both mixes of the classic album were included in the release – as well as the three individual, heavily traded, solo demo tracks that were recorded but not included on the original album.
 
The complete ‘Ride The Storm’ release will therefore be a 2CD set, featuring the album in its intended form, plus the second ‘alternate mix’ disc, on which the three additional bonus tracks are added at the end.
 
PRE-ORDER DON BARNES 'Ride The Storm' NOW! Out June 30 
 
 
 
 
As there was no original artwork yet conceived for ‘Ride The Storm’, so regular MRR artist extraordinaire Nello Dell'Omo was commissioned to come up with something amazing. And that he has. In collaboration with Don, who drove the vision and MRR, the end result might just be one of his best album covers yet!
 
Two individual sets of remastering also serve the album well – it sounds as fresh, punchy and as amazing as it ever has. Thanks to JK Northrup (Rock Mix) and Brian Foraker (Alt. Mix) for their vital work.
 
It’s time Don himself jumped in with the story behind this amazing solo album:
 
“Over two decades ago, with years of success as lead singer and guitarist with 38 Special, I was given an opportunity by A&M Records to create a side solo project as an artist.  A&M suggested putting several top-rated musicians in the studio with me and I would write and co-produce the project. I set about co-writing songs and was honored to have some of the industry’s top musicians join me in the recording.
 
All of these players were extraordinary talents in the music business; the great Jeff Porcaro along with his brother Mike, respectively the drummer and bassist from the band Toto - and the best 'bottom-end foundation’ for any session - came on board to help forge a great rock record.
 
We also had the masterful veteran drummer Denny Carmassi from the band Heart, noted session keyboardist and composer Alan Pasqua from the band Giant on keyboards...along with another music titan, virtuoso guitarist and now-producer Dann Huff, all of whom brought such excellence and talent to the sessions that I just can't find enough words of praise and appreciation for them.
 
Additionally, I was privileged to work and collaborate with two extremely talented producers - Martin Briley and Brian Foraker - both of whom brought a wealth of experience and cool vibe to our sessions. We had always felt that the combination of these powerhouse players together created a very special album, a unique ‘rock classic.' Many who have heard the album say that description still remains true today.
 
Unfortunately, unexpected situations arose in the record business at that time and corporate transitions got in the way of the release date. The album was finished, mixed, and ready to go, but what started out as a great rock record turned into a series of disappointing twists and turns.  Just as it was ready to be released, A&M Records was sold through a huge global acquisition and the company changed hands several times over the years. The new company and staff had their own difficulties getting accustomed to the transition and my project was put aside without a release date.  My solo album became one of those music stories of a great rock record that started in one direction but had corporate business dealings move it to some other outcome. 
 
I'm proud to finally present my solo album, complete with extras like the 3 additional recordings in demo form left off of the original group of songs, along with a second full CD of alternate mixes. 
 
We had a great time recording these big, explosive songs, all presented here with newly re-mastered technology.  You’ll hear the intensity and spirit of the songwriting, the excellence and power of talented players, and the absolute force we delivered on the recordings. 
 
This album and these songs made it through a rough storm and they rock stronger than ever today. Turn it up and enjoy a great ride.”
 
- Don Barnes, May 2017.
 
 
And who is responsible for the contents of this album alongside Don? Quite simply the best of the best.
 
Track List and Player Credit:
 
1. Ride The Storm
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Guitar Solos - Dann Huff / Keys - Martin Briley / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
2. Looking For You
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys and Additional Guitar - Martin Briley / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Pocaro
 
3. I Fall Back
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Martin Briley / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
4. Don't Look Down
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Jesse Harms / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Denny Carmassi
 
5. Maybe You'll Believe Me Now
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Denny Carmassi
 
6. I'd Do It All Over Again
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Guitar - Dann Huff / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
7. Every Time We Say Goodbye
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Rhythm Guitar - Tim Pierce / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
8. Feelin' Stronger Every Day
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Guitar - Dann Huff / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
9. After The Way
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Martin Briley / Bass - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Denny Carmassi
 
10. Johnny Ain't So Cool
Guitars - Don Barnes / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Keys and Guitar Solo - Martin Briley / Drums - Denny Carmassi

 
Thu
18
May

Update From Steve Lukather on New TOTO Album ~ “Its Totally Done”

 
Due out in 2018 as part of TOTO's 40th Anniversary Box Set - comprising every album recorded for Sony, remastered from original master tapes. New album featuring a few brand new tracks and 5 from the archives that feature Jeff Porcaro, Mike Porcaro and David Hungate that have been completed with new parts in 2017.
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Wed
08
Mar

TOTO Announce 2017 US Dates

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TOTO ANNOUNCE ITINERARY FOR "AN EVENING WITH" SUMMER TOUR OF THE U.S.
First Set Of U.S. Summer Dates For 2017 Announced
Tickets On Sale This Week 
Tickets & VIP Available Via: www.totoofficial.com
Los Angeles, CA --- Multi-Grammy Award winning band TOTO has announced the first set of dates for their Summer U.S. tour, which will begin on June 2nd in Lake Charles, LA. The shows are billed as "An Evening With Toto” and their performances will feature repertoire for their latest studio album XIV, classic hits, and both band and fan favorites from their vast catalog in performances that will stage two hours of music. Last summer, Toto embarked their first U.S. headline run in over a decade.
The core Toto members, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Joseph Williams will be joined by Lenny Castro (percussion), Shannon Forest (drums), Shem von Schroeck (bass), Warren Ham (saxophone, vocals). Guitarist Steve Lukather shares, “We had such a great time last summer that we wanted to regroup and hit some cities we didn’t get to last time. Always a thrill to bring our full show around the country.”
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 and were inducted in to the Musicians Hall Of Fame in 2009.
With close to 40 years together and literally thousands of credits, including the biggest selling album of all time: Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and accolades to their names, TOTO remains one of the top selling touring 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. Their repertoire continues to be current via high profile usage on broadcast television. They are pop culture, and are one of the few 70’s bands that have endured the changing trends and styles to a career enjoy a multi-generational fan base.
In 2015, Toto released their first new studio album in ten years – TOTO XIV. The album exhibited world-class musicianship, masterful arrangements, topical lyrical commentary, and melodies that the collective talents of Lukather, Paich, Porcaro, Williams and their assembled band-mates brought to life. It debuted Top 10 in nine countries around the world and became their most successful album since 1988 in the U.S. and UK.
In 2016 they released the Blu-Ray/DVD title Live At Montreux which quickly charted Top Five or better around the globe as well. With the band’s 40th Anniversary coming up in 2018, TOTO has major plans in the works to celebrate their enduring career.
TOTO 2017 SUMMER TOUR
6/2/17 Lake Charles, LA - 
Golden Nugget Lake Charles-Grand Event Center
6/3/17 Biloxi, MS - Hard Rock Hotel and Casino-Hard Rock Live
6/4/17 Chattanooga, TN - Tivoli Theatre
6/6/17 Durham, NC - The Carolina Theatre
6/7/17 Charlotte, NC - Knight Theater
6/10/17 Rama, ON - Casino Rama-Entertainment Centre
6/13/17 Greensburg, PA - Palace Theatre
6/14/17 Annapolis, MD - Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
6/16/17 Easton, PA - State Theatre Center for the Arts
6/17/17 Lincoln, RI - Twin River Casino
6/18/17 Wilkes-Barre, PA - 
F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
6/20/17 Torrington, CT - Warner Theatre
6/21/17 Morristown, NJ - Mayo Performing Arts Center
6/23/17 Peekskill, NY - Paramount Hudson Valley
6/24/17 Waterloo, NY - Del Lago Resort and Casino-The Vine
6/25/17 Derry, NH - Tupelo Music Hall
6/28/17 Saint Charles, IL - The Arcada Theatre
7/1/17 Salina, KS - Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts
More Dates To Be Announced
 
Mon
12
Dec

TOTO Look Towards 40th Anniversary With Classic Remasters & New Music

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All members of TOTO have been busy over the last few months working with SONY on new remasters of their entire catalogue – along with a promised box set to celebrate the band’s upcoming 40th Anniversary in 2018.
 
Newly unearth tracks, rarities and even new material is all inbound, with Steve Lukather stating that working on the old material has inspired the guys to get working on new material, hitting the studio in January!
 
Here’s what Luke had to say on the remasters: “It is all 192 Resolution sonically from raw un EQ'd tapes w/ NO compression and the EQ is just right and CLEAR and huge. Like never before. Not even close!  Truly remarkable difference on the old stuff.” And “Mind Blowing-This is your life week Re-Mastering 11 Toto albums+… HUGE thanks to Elliot, Gavin and Rueben! 1st 3 like never before!”
 
On his Facebook page, Luke goes further in depth:
 
“It is all from the ORIGINAL album mixes but reshaped EQ wise but NO compression added at all!! We are hearing subtle parts that were buried in the old mixes on the early albums. Remember we had to mix for Vinyl back then and there were sonic rules we HAD to deal with that were a drag. Elliot Schiener, Gavin Lurrsen and his co -mastering engineer Rueben did some amazing things. It’s like a blanket was taken off the speakers on our 1-3 records and just a tweak here and there from Toto IV on.
We found a 5.1 mix of IV Elliot did yrs ago that was never released... SO many treats/ surprises will be in there as well, some great liner notes on all 11 SONY albums and photos and personal stuff... and it is like we re-mixed the early stuff, the first 3 albums, but we didn't! It's SO clear and hi fi! This was an amazing experience.
 
It has inspired us to write the NEW music we start on Jan 9th - March. Many surprises and ' treats' will be included. Out 2018 but we will tour 2017 as well. Some festivals in Europe and then the USA. A surprise is coming there as well. It is all working us up to the 40th Anniversary in 2018. 2 year world tour to follow. That’s all for now. Happy Holidays to you all…”
 
 
Wed
28
Sep

Mecca - "Take My Hand" (Album '3' Out October 14)

 
 
MelodicRock Records is proud and excited to announce a partnership with MECCA to release their monumental new album Mecca 3.
 
Records like this don’t come along very often. At least not in 2016 they don’t.
But this is one for the ages. Mecca will now find themselves sitting alongside genre classics from Toto, Mr. Mister, Survivor, Giant and Journey to name a few. 
 
Recorded over the last 3 years in Nashville, this is a record that would have topped AOR charts back in the day. Make no mistake – this is a classic. 
 
Featuring Toto's DAVID HUNGATE on his last rock record!
 
Featuring Toto drummer SHANNON FORREST who also produces.
 
All analogue production, just like the 80s.
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Mon
12
Sep

TOTO Tribute Album 'Fanfields' Out October 1

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On October 1st 2016 the "Fanfields 2" Toto Tribute album will be released.
 
Almost 100 people (musicians, graphic artists, engineers, producers, studio's, etc) from all over the globe, pay tribute to Toto, and especially to Jeff, Mike and Fergie, by recording really cool versions of Toto songs.
 
The album was crowdfunded by the loyal Toto base. All profits of the album will be donated to three Toto related good causes: ALS Foundation, Cancer Foundation and the Michael Porcaro Memorial Sweet Relief Musicians fund.
 
To celebrate the release, a party & live concert will be held on October, 1st, in The Netherlands, with many international Fanfields musicians flying in to participate"
 
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Mon
12
Sep

Mecca - "Gone" (Album '3' Out October 14)

Records like this don’t come along very often. At least not in 2016 they don’t.
But this is one for the ages. MECCA will now find themselves sitting alongside genre classics from Toto, Mr. Mister, Survivor, Giant and Journey to name a few.
 
Recorded over the last 3 years in Nashville, this is a record that would have topped AOR charts back in the day. Make no mistake – this is a classic.
 
Featuring Toto's DAVID HUNGATE on his last rock record!
 
Featuring Toto drummer SHANNON FORREST who also produces.
 
All analogue production, just like the 80s.
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