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 both broadcast television and in films. They are pop culture, and are one of the few 70s bands that have endured the changing trends and styles to a career enjoy a multi-generational fan base.
The band took a page from their heroes The Beatles playbook and created a collective that features multiple singers, songwriters, producers, and multi-instrumentalists. The album exhibited world-class musicianship, masterful arrangements, topical lyrical commentary, and melodies that the collective genius 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 in the U. The leg featured Leland Sklar filling in on bass for Mike Porcaro due to an at the time undisclosed illness. Former lead singer Fergie Frederiksen made a guest appearance at the Minneapolis date on May 5,  and Joseph Williams also made a few guest appearances with the band in June This live set marks the fourth for the band, following 's Absolutely Live , 's Livefields and 's Live In Amsterdam.
After a period of rumors and some allusions, on June 5, , Lukather posted a message on his official website, stating, "The fact is yes I have left Toto.
There is no more Toto. I just can't do it anymore and at 50 years old I wanted to start over and give it one last try on my own. Hell, it's 35 years if you count High School where the core all met.
When Mike [Porcaro] fell ill and had to leave that was it for me. If there isn't Paich or at least one Porcaro how can we even call it Toto? Honestly, I have just had enough. This is NOT a break. It is over. I really can't go out and play Hold The Line with a straight face anymore. On February 26, , the band reformed and reunited for a brief tour of Europe in the summer to benefit Mike Porcaro , who had been diagnosed with ALS.
Edit to We ALL have outside careers that keep us all busy, not to mention families etc.. MAYBE a track someday but not in the near future.
I am on tour for a year anyway and enjoying a very successful sold out solo tour and my record sales are better than they have ever been so I dont wanna mess THAT up and everyone has their own very busy successful lives and once in awhile.. There is no covert BS goin on here. Another tour in the summer of took place with former backup singer Jenny Douglas once again joining.
Their show on July 17, in Verona, Italy was recorded for a live DVD but has yet to be released because of a contractual issue with their former label. They once again toured Europe in In , celebrating their 35th anniversary, the band embarked on tour across Europe and North America, along with Japanese dates to follow in On November 5, it was confirmed both on Toto's and David Paich's official Facebook pages that a new studio album was in the works and that the band planned to go into the studio early On January 18, , former vocalist Fergie Frederiksen died after a long battle with liver cancer.
Phillips was then replaced by Steely Dan drummer Keith Carlock. While Keith Carlock was now part of the band, he did not join them for at least the North American tour and his role was filled by Shannon Forrest. Bass player Nathan East, who had been touring with them since , left after the Japanese tour to pursue his own projects. Instead, original bass player David Hungate rejoined the band.
They once again toured the United States in spring as co-headliners with singer Michael McDonald. It was their most comprehensive tour on the continent in years.
To promote the newly finished project, the band started a world tour running with an extensive European headline arena tour including appearances at key festivals, along with a North American tour to follow in the summer of and Asia later that year. On April 6, , Toto announced that they would embark on August 7, in Mashantucket, Connecticut with veteran progressive band Yes on a joint summer tour of North America due to end on September 12, in Coquitlam , British Columbia.
Leland Sklar , who joined them on their and tours, replaced founding member Hungate. They then embarked on a world tour promoting the album celebrating 40 years of playing music. He plans on focusing on his health and looks forward to returning to the road when ready to do so. In the absence of the founding keyboardist's presence on the tour, Dominique 'Xavier' Taplin formerly with Prince will be sitting in for David performing with Toto". After the European leg of the tour, Toto covered Weezer 's song " Hash Pipe " in response to their cover of Toto's number 1 single, " Africa ".
The band added the cover to their setlist as the Encore for the North American leg of the tour. On September 18, , guitarist Steve Lukather released his autobiography The Gospel According to Luke , a humorous review on his life in music. An Audiobook was released shortly after on Audible. This contained the three new tracks already released on 40 Trips Around the Sun plus completed recordings of four other older tracks featuring Jeff Porcaro on drums and either Mike Porcaro or David Hungate on bass plus other new recordings.
Xavier Taplin remained in place of Paich through that tour. Toto embarked upon a brief tour of North America on September 20, — Steve Lukather stated that the tour will be the band's last for "a while," and that tensions within the band and its management have increased due to ongoing legal troubles, such as an ongoing lawsuit with the widow of founding member and drummer Jeff Porcaro, Susan Porcaro-Goings  current wife of Rick Goings.
On October 16, , Steve Lukather stated that after the final show in Philadelphia on October 20, , it would mark the "end of this configuration of Toto". David Paich made another special appearance at the final show in Philadelphia to again perform "Africa" and "Home of the Brave". On October 19, , it was announced that Steve Lukather and Joseph Williams would return to touring under the band name, in a proposed worldwide tour in , known as the Dogz of Oz Tour.
Before, and during Toto, the members did various session work for a slew of notable musicians. Jeff Porcaro played drums on the track,  while Steve Porcaro programmed synthesizer for the Thriller album and also wrote and composed " Human Nature ".
In , the rock band Chicago brought in David Foster to produce their album Chicago They have also played with legendary jazz player Miles Davis. In Toto won a Crystal Globe award, signifying sales of more than 5 million records outside of their home country.
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