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The musicianship, the history, the passion. Toto 2007 second coming to a rare and upfront tour of the US.
Coming off another successful SOLD OUT run of worldly dates abroad, Toto is treking back to the US following their critically acclaimed 2006 release "Falling In Between".
By now you know the history and the hits, (www.toto99.com) built from it's inception on solid friendship and musical camaraderie that started 30 years ago are like none-other past to present . Toto's seven Grammy's - and that's not counting the Grammy's held by individuals in their own solo careers - has the band clocked at 30 million plus records sold worldwide. Also, all members of Toto have very current successful solo careers on their own.
Besides the hits and familiarity of Hold The Line, Rosanna, Africa, Gorgy Porgy, I'll Be Over You, Pamela, and Bottom Of Your Soul (#1 single in 2006 on many of the European charts), when this band hits the stage for these RARE US DATES, Toto's perfect piched sound, impeccable musicianship and enthusiastic stage presence is something of a must for any musician and or any one-member fan of the group.
The bands current trek is still forged by Toto originators guitarist/vocalist Steve Lukather (Respected by the likes of Paul McCartney, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Larry Carlton just to name a few) and white eyed soulful vocals of Bobby Kimball having an amazing voice and excellent stage presence.
Since the untimely death of drummer Jeff Porcaro in 1992 the Toto drum throne position has been held solid by Simon Phillips (The Who, Jeff Beck, Judas Priest). Simon's freak-of-nature drum playing is a MUST to see and hear. Simply pure and amazing talent from front to back.
Toto most recent member is the ever so amazing keyboardist/vocalist Greg Phillinganes. Stevie Wonder discovered this musical prodigy at a youthful age and Greg has performed and recorded with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson just to name a few. Toto bassist Mike Porcaro will be missed on this current run (due to an injury sustained to his left hand) and filling in for brother Mike is none-other then renowned bassist Leland Sklar (James Taylor, Phil Collins and many more). Lee is an "Ace of a player" and like all the rest of the Toto 2007, is a must to all to capture and grasp in concert and adds spark to the current tour. Also on guitar and vocals is Tony Spinner.
The bands current plans also include traveling the globe to perform and later this year to release an HD DVD filmed last month in Europe - as well as some other exciting solo projects to be announced over the next couple of months.
Whether you go back and look at the discography of artists these guys have recorded with or the ever so passionate musicianship heard on a great Toto song, you don't want to miss the opportunity to catch their captivating live US 2007 performances. For any music guru of pop, rock, funk, prog and jazz on the planet, Toto 2007 translated, "Still All - Encompassing". See you ALL at the show!!!!
David Maida / April 2007