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Toto Announce “An Evening With” Summer Itinerary

For many years the music of Toto has held a special place in my musical heart and after many, many years of being a fan – I was FINALLY able to catch them in concert during the co-headlining appearance with the equally legendary YES. Now the band has unveiled a month long summer tour which will be “An Evening With” show with no support acts. That’s all Toto music and I am very fine with that. Check out the press release and dates below and then I’ll return with some thoughts.

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The Press Release:
21 Date Tour Commences On August 12 in Riverside, IA With Confirmed Appearances At New York’s Town Hall, The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Denver’s Paramount Theatre And Other Markets, Concluding September 11 in Costa Mesa, CA

Tickets & VIP Available Via: WWW.TOTOOFFICIAL.COM (linked below)

Los Angeles, CA — Grammy Award winning band TOTO has announced the itinerary for their Summer U.S. run, which begins on August 12 in Riverside, IA. Much like the band’s appearance across Europe and Japan earlier this year, they performances are billed as “An Evening With Toto.” The 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 co-headlined the U.S with YES, which followed a run with Michael McDonald over the summer of 2014.

The core Toto members, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Joseph Williams will be joined by Lenny Castro (percussion), Shannon Forest (drums), Leland Sklar (bass), and back-up vocalists Mabvuto and Jenny Douglas. Guitarist Steve Lukather shares, “We look forward to bringing a longer show to our fans across The U.S. It has been an interest for David, Steve, Joseph and I over the past couple of years and we can’t wait to get out there this Summer.”
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“Falling In Between Live” [Blu-ray] by Toto

Artist: Toto
Title: “Falling In Between Live” [Blu-ray]
Label: Eagle Vision
Release Date: 10/20/2009
Genre: Rock
Rating: 5/5

Having reviewed this DVD when it originally was released on standard edition DVD and finding no real difference other than the presentation on the Blu-ray medium I am re-presenting my words about this issue for those fans who might not own it yet. Please continue.

Following the 2008 CD/DVD release that bears the same name comes the Blu-ray edition of the incredible concert performance by legendary Rock group Toto. If you had happened to pick up this CD when it came out then you are no doubt excactly like the majority of other fans who longed for a film of this same concert to be released and lucky for all of us, Eagle Vision decided to do just that. Filmed in front of an apparently sold out crowd at a stadium in Paris, the show finds the band in tip-top shape as they deliver material from their latest studio album “Falling In Between” and also make plenty of room for the classics that they had delivered for over thirty years. The downside for fans in the United States who might be watching the show would be the bands literal absence from the touring circuit over here and one can thank the ever shifting geography of the regions music scene and what the industry “professionals” who maintain it deem as relevant today as the root cause of this. As one can see by the reaction and response from the fans in attendance at this show, there is clearly a lot of love left for a band like Toto and rightly so. They have never really hit a downward spiral or released several albums worth of crap before making any triumphant return to form. Instead it has been a steady progression of quality tunes even when membership shifts. The DVD presents the band as on fire today as when they had been in their earlier years and that their newer material is still music that cooks better than much of what is presented as some new hit maker. One cannot expect any less from a crop of studio level musicians whose combined body of work spans over a couple of hundred releases from some of the world’s biggest talents. The only remaining original members in the lineup for the show are guitarist Steve Lukather and singer Bobby Kimball, as over the course of the years there has been quite a bit of rotation in the roster. The band now presents Tony Spinner (guitar), Greg Phillingraines (keyboards) and Leland Sklar (bass) as part of the touring group. Sklar came in around the time of this recording to fill in for an ailing Mike Porcaro. Folks might remember him from some tours he had done with Phil Collins over the years. He is a solid player and fits right into the mix of things on the Toto material with no seeming difficulty.
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“Falling In Between Live” (DVD) by Toto

Artist: Toto
Title: “Falling In Between Live”
Label: Eagle Vision
Release Date: 4/1/2008
Genre: Rock
Rating: 5/5

Following the 2007 CD release that bears the same name is the DVD film of the incredible concert performance by legendary Rock group Toto. If you had happened to pick up this CD when it came out then you are no doubt excactly like the majority of other fans who longed for a film of this same concert to be released and lucky for all of us, Eagle Vision decided to do just that. Filmed in front of an apparently sold out crowd at a stadium in Paris, the show finds the band in tip-top shape as they deliver material from their latest studio album “Falling In Between” and also make plenty of room for the classics that they had delivered for over thirty years. The downside for fans in the United States who might be watching the show would be the bands literal absence from the touring circuit over here and one can thank the ever shifting geography of the regions music scene and what the industry “professionals” who maintain it deem as relevant today as the root cause of this. As one can see by the reaction and response from the fans in attendance at this show, there is clearly a lot of love left for a band like Toto and rightly so. They have never really hit a downward spiral or released several albums worth of crap before making any triumphant return to form. Instead it has been a steady progression of quality tunes even when membership shifts. The DVD presents the band as on fire today as when they had been in their earlier years and that their newer material is still music that cooks better than much of what is presented as some new hit maker. One cannot expect any less from a crop of studio level musicians whose combined body of work spans over a couple of hundred releases from some of the world’s biggest talents. The only remaining original members in the lineup for the show are guitarist Steve Lukather and singer Bobby Kimball, as over the course of the years there has been quite a bit of rotation in the roster. The band now presents Tony Spinner (guitar), Greg Phillingraines (keyboards) and Leland Sklar (bass) as part of the touring group. Sklar came in around the time of this recording to fill in for an ailing Mike Porcaro. Folks might remember him from some tours he had done with Phil Collins over the years. He is a solid player and fits right into the mix of things on the Toto material with no seeming difficulty.

The song selection on this one is simply incredible and if you are a fan from way back like myself who had never had the chance to enjoy them in concert, this film on a decent sized television with a kick ass stereo pumping it out will certainly bring you closer than you could have hoped for. Lukather’s guitar is ripping and I expected this based on the amount of expertise he actually possesses. He is one of those axe slingers who inspires others of his kind and he continually raises the bar in this area. Kimball still is capable of hitting all the necessary high notes and makes songs like “Pamela” and “Rosanna” look simple. I also enjoyed the way Phillingraines played and sang when it came to “Africa”. The keyboardist has a really good voice and his level of performance really does the band justice. Simon Phillips is a drummer who really needs no introduction and while the studio level player is also known for some of his early Heavy Metal work, he shows skills and fluidity of motion on the kit that makes one almost understand how he is doing this. He plays lefty on a righty set up kit, and we get a lot of cool close up’s that will serve to both educate and confuse any young drummers watching. The film also presents the viewer with a solo from both Greg and Simon and I think those would interest most of the armchair fan as opposed to sending them off to make another coffee or get a snack. Notable tracks are numerous on this one but some of my favorites have already been brought up and also include “Hold The Line” and the later years “Drag Him To The Roof” – the bands rousing closer for the performance.

The DVD comes with a twelve page booklet that presents about five pages of photos from the show and some liner notes about it and the bonus feature on the film is the band being interviewed. If you are bored with the so called flavors of the day bands that are currently being dished out you should definitely grab a copy of this one and offer up some homage to one of the greatest and still champion acts in modern music history.

Track Listing:
1. Falling In Between
2. King Of The World
3. Pamela
4. Bottom Of Your Soul
5. Caught In The Balance
6. Don’t Chain My Heart
7. Hold The Line
8. Stop Loving You
9. I’ll Be Over You
10. Cruel
11. Greg Phillingraines – Keys Solo
12. Rosanna
13. I’ll Supply The Love
14. Isolation
15. Gift Of Faith
16. Kingdom Of Desire
17. Steve Lukather – Guitar Solo
18. Hydra
19. Simon Phillips – Drum Solo
20. Taint Your World
21. Gypsy Train
22. Africa
23. Drag Him To The Roof

Official Website: www.toto99.com

“Falling In Between Live” by Toto

Artist: Toto
Title: “Falling In Between Live”
Label: Eagle Records
Release Date: 8/27/2007
Genre: Rock
Rating: 4/5

You might not realize this but Toto is one of the most commercially successful bands that the last twenty five years have brought to the worlds attention and the impact and power of their biggest hits still sounds as strong as ever. The band was formed in the late 70’s by six of the most in demand studio musicians in the business (David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, David Hungate, Steve Lukather, Steve Porcaro and Bobby Kimball) and among them had logged literally thousands of hours of professional recording time. Their creative output was based on the overall talents of the individual members and not the results of some corporate board room team of writers and producers. The vast understanding of many different varieties of musical styles found their most acclaimed album “Toto IV” being released and delivering the juggernaut singles of “Rosanna” and “Africa”. These tunes alone received enough airplay back in their heyday to allow for anyone who wrote them to retire quite comfortably, but lucky for us they continued to record and tour as the years went on. As with many bands the lineup changes and members move on or even leave this plane of existence but no matter who replaced the performer before them, the level of quality and ability to deliver did not change. The album “Falling In Between” was the studio effort that this live release found the band touring in support of and for fans of the legendary group this is probably the closest thing that you will get to a live greatest hits recording. The current membership of the band is Steve Lukather (guitar/vocals), Simon Phillips (drums), Bobby Kimball (vocals), Greg Phillingranes (keyboards/vocals), Leland Sklar (bass) and Tony Spinner (guitar/vocals) and while this is only a few of the groups original core members the listener would be hard pressed to find much difference in the musical results presented. Each member is nothing less than a master of their instrument and we find this quite apparent on rocking numbers like “Hold The Line” (one of my very favorite tracks) and of course the staple radio classics “Africa” and “Rosanna”. They start “Rosanna” a little differently on the live release and it has more of a cool Jazz vibe kicking it off. While I enjoyed this I was happy when it kicked into gear in the fashion that I long admired in the tune.
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