Toto (2006)



Toto - The 2006 Interviews




Bobby Kimball (Lead Vocals)

"Sorry, but I had to get a baseball bat and kill Joseph Williams. YIKES!!!!! Not really, OK? I loved having all the guys share the vocals, as it's been a Toto trademark from the beginning to have vocal trade-offs. Our signature songs are done with multiple vocalists, case in point: Africa, Rosanna etc. I really like to mix it up and show the different sides of the band vocally. If ya got it, flaunt it."

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David Paich (Keyboards / Lead Vocals)

"Not many requests for runway modeling lately. Actually, I want to take this opportunity to thank all the support from various organizations that were associated with this type of thing. Unfortunately Mr. Lukather's attempt at humor was taken to heart by many who actually have to deal with these kind of personal burden..."

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Greg Phillinganes

"I've known most of the guys for at least 25 years and I've worked on several different projects over those years with Dave, Luke, Simon and Jeff. When I started touring with them, our relationship intensified as we were able to spend more time together but there was no big adjustment. It was an instant fit."

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Steve Lukather (Guitars / Lead Vocals)

"I mean, here we go with this small indie label that is making fools out of Sony and EMI. I don't know what they are doing, but they are working very hard and they have put a lot of time and money and effort into it and we're doing great. We did the biggest TV show in Germany; we are doing TV even in America!
It's just weird man; we're just taking this trip. We tried as hard as we could and now all these things are happening. For a bunch of old guys, we are just tripping…in a really positive way."

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Toto - David Paich (2000)


Hey David, I've been trying to get through but we've had some power problems today.

Where are you calling from?

Hobart, Tasmania.
Oh right.

How about you? LA right?
Yes, you're down under and I'm up above here. I'm in LA and it's a gorgeous day here.

Fantastic. Here it's blowing a gale here! How are things with the band then?
Things are really good. The band's been touring and we've been playing around the United States doing Vegas and there's a lot of casinos we've been playing in different places.
We're going to be playing in Caribbean and we're going down to Costa Rica and Mexico City here in April. The band is doing really well.
We're taking a little bit of time off here and getting ready to promote our new album, which is 'Mindfields'. We've gone on a few shows like Donny and Marie Osmond and Rosie O Donnell and things like that you know. So we're just kind of entering a new phase here gearing up here to promote this new record.

The way the release dates for the record are kind of speared across the world, this album is going to be around for a fair while isn't it.
Yeah it's funny how they stagger dates, we end up promoting first in the States and then it comes back here to the States. It always seems to get released here later. But that's the business you know.

It looked at one stage like the album might not even get released in the States. Was that a possibility?
Yeah that was because we were at the end of our 20-year contract here so we were under some negotiations to see if we were going to re-sign with them (Sony). I don't think we are going to re-sign with Sony. I think we are going to start our own Record Company - Total Records. Sell our records on the Internet. So these negotiations have delayed our release here. We finally got released on Sony Legacy here and I guess we are just at the beginning stage of promoting.

So you seriously think you might have your own Record Label?
Very possible. Especially in the way that the world is changing now. With old groups, the older rock n roll groups like ours that don't really get on MTV or radio, it's a real alternative now with the Internet set up where you can sell records, you can be on Internet radio and you can even do live performances.

Well it's funny you should say that because I'm interviewing you for my web site and a mate of mine has a Toto Web site where he has set up his own Toto live radio.
Yeah exactly. It's a great alternative medium you know.

Do you enjoy the net yourself?
I do very much. I was a little slow getting on board here but once I got into it I found myself able to correspond with a lot of people easier than I can contact people on the telephone.
I'm much more in communication with people. I find its part of my life right now. I've used a computer for quite along time as a word processor to store lyrics since around 1980 when they first came out, the IBM's.
So they've been part of my life for a long time. Now I have an 11-year-old daughter I end up searching the web to help her to do her homework projects, looking up historical figures and biographies and stuff.

What sites do you enjoy looking at?
What sites? When it comes down to business, I'm looking up stocks on the stock market; I guess it comes down to whatever I'd normally pick up a phone for, instead of looking in the yellow pages. I don't spend hours and hours on it.

Do you check out the Toto sites out there?
Yeah, I have done that. It's very cool.

There's a stack of them isn't there?
Yeah there's a bunch of them, it's cool. You know we have great people that have done our web site. We have very devoted people that are really loyal and do a great job graphically.

What does it make you feel like seeing all these people dedicating sites to you?
It's amazing. I'm flattered. It's great for my daughter who sees Daddy on the web site. It's a great promotional thing. It kinda validates the work that you have done.

Tell us a bit more about 'Mindfields'. I was talking to Steve (Lukather) just before it came out and he was really jazzed about it coming out. Have you been happy with the response?
I think the response could be better. So far we've done pretty well with it in Europe. We've done over 500,000 units. I think this is one of the best Toto albums we have done with Bobby Kimball back in the group.
I can listen to this record and say to myself this is one of the best we've done. To me it's like the follow up to Toto 4 that everybody has been waiting for.
That's how I would describe it. I think it's got a little bit of everything on it.
I think it sounds great and the performances are fantastic. I think it's a great album even though I do try to be objective about it.
Even if I wasn't in the band I think I could put the album on and like it a lot. There's a lot of good playing and a lot of good material on there.

From the 13 tracks on the album, there is quite a diversity amongst them.
Yeah we're playing a little bit of 'tipping our hats' to The Who and The Stones on there being the end of the millennium. We were paying tribute to them and maybe showing the younger bands how you are really supposed to imitate them. (Laughs)

Absolutely. How did the recording with Bobby Kimball go?
It's been really very good. Bobby is singing better than ever and it's been so much fun to do live work. We toured so little in the early 80's because it was so hard without the technology to duplicate a lot of the stuff with a band like Toto. Now with samplers, gear and synthesizers we can go out and make it sound like the record.
That's what has taken so long. Toto in the last 8 years has toured more than we did in the last 18 years. Technology has made it possible for us to sound like our records do on the road.

Well, I have got your 'Livefields' album here and there's one big fat sound on that too!
Yeah, well that's us playing live.

No over dubs on there?
No overdubs on there. There's a little bit of editing on some of the solo spots, which went a little bit longer but no over dubs. We didn't go re-patching any of that stuff.
I think we are one of the kick arse rock 'n roll bands still around that play good.
I mean I love bands like AC/DC, The Rolling Stones that get out there and rock.

So it's been good with Bobby then?
Excellent, just like old times. It's almost like he never left the band. It's funny we'd been apart for 15 years and we got up in my rehearsal place here in my house and we started rehearsing and it felt like the first time we got together 20 years ago. We felt like 18 year olds running around playing rock n roll.

Will he be involved in future plans do you think?
I definitely think so. I think this is the unit that's going to stay like this for awhile. I think we are going to make more sporadic albums. I think we are going to take our time. Maybe put out some box sets. Take a little more time than '…here's 4 months to make the record….'
Music changes so much I think we also need to reinvent ourselves in the new millennium. So we can be part of the changing sounds of music.

So you think there might be a new sound next time?
Yeah I definitely think so. I think we'll add to what our sound is. I want it to sound fresh. I want to keep our old fans but add new ones.

I'd like to hear that.
I know there are a couple of bands or artists doing there own web sites and record label thing and in there plans they are releasing unreleased tunes that have been sitting around on masters. Has Toto got a fair supply?
Yeah we have a nice supply of that. We intend to do the same kind of thing. There might be some different versions of songs on the album that's out or a couple of extra cuts that didn't go on the record.

I think it's a good way to fill in the gap between studio releases isn't it?
It is and I think fans are interested. Like what didn't they put on that album.

I bet you have an absolute vault full of live recordings.
We have hundreds of tapes that we've recorded. As an example Toto XX was all the songs that were left off the records in the old days of vinyl.
You only put so much on vinyl.
We over cut a lot. I mean there's probably 5 or 6 songs we left off each album.

Are you still playing a lot of session stuff?
Well there are not too many sessions in LA. Most of it happens in Nashville. All the people from Los Angeles, all the Nashville sounds that you hear, are a lot of guys from LA that moved there.
Our ex-bass player David moved there. A lot of people are down there now. Dann Huff, he's taken over Nashville. Mutt Lange is there and he's the biggest thing there. I do a couple of sessions now and then.
I work with Don Henley once in a while. I work with Michael Jackson every once in a while. A lot of my time is spent playing the stuff myself in my own studio.
I like to do the one man band thing where I play the bass, drums, guitar and keyboards.

Is there a favourite session that you have had? Is there one that stands out as the best?
Well the ones I did with Steely Dan when I played on 'Black Friday' on the 'Katy Lied' album stand out. They were some great sessions…..

Any others?
I think when I played on 'We are the World'. That was pretty fantastic.
Working with Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson on a duet 'The Girl Is Mine'. That was a very magical night. Even though I wished it could have been a better piece of material, it was still great working with those two people.

Yes that would have been amazing. What was it like being crammed in a room with all those egos on that song?
Well I was star struck I had to pinch myself I thought I was dreaming.
I wanted to get my autograph book out. I mean you have Paul McCartney there with FBI guys. In between all the takes there is me, Lukather, Jeff Porcaro and we're jamming like on Stevie Wonder songs with Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson!
Singing these Stevie Wonder songs. Linda is about two inches away snapping all these photographs of me and everybody else in the room. It was one of the most exciting and memorable moments of my life.

Tell me there's a track on the Japanese 'Mindfields' that I've got here called 'The Spanish Steps of Rome'. Great song.
Thank you very much, I'm very proud of that song. It's one of the better songs that I've written. I'm very happy with the way it turned out.

That's one of the few times you've been on the lead vocal isn't it?
Yeah. I did 'Africa' and stuff but for some reason my band they always seem to be editing me off these records for some reason. Yeah but I ended up sneaking on this record here. I'm glad that you noticed that cut there you know. It truly represents the whole Toto when you can hear all three of us singing. To me it's like even though John Lennon, McCartney and George Harrison sang Ringo Starr always had one song on there. That's what made The Beatles you know.

Did you say your song made the American cut of the album?
Yeah it did. I realized that I wanted it on here. I wanted to be part of the sound.

Did you drop a track for that?
No we just added it on there.

There's 14 tracks for the U.S then?

What about a full solo album?
Well people keeps asking me that and I always tell them the same thing. Toto albums are my solo albums. If I were to do a solo album there would be things like 'Spanish Steps' on there. I'd be getting into my Mark Knopfler imitation.
I have these alias identities I wanna write under.

On a separate subject - I was absolutely amazed at the video clip for 'Melanie'.
Oh yeah.

How much did that cost?
Believe it or not it was very cheap. Columbia/CBS paid for that Sony ran to under $200,000. It's really like a $500,000 video but they made it for under $200,000. We were really happy with that. I mean people do make today 2 - 3 million-dollar videos. We are going to release 'Melanie' here in the States.

MTV is a dead dog as far as helping anyone but is VH1 helping anyone?
Well VH1, I guess they all do, have this stigma about people over 30. They don't play too many artists over the age of 30. I mean Santana just had their thing but it's hard to break through. It's kind of a silly thing. It's like they are prejudiced and anti over 30 or 40 years old. Even though there the token Eric Clapton thing every once in a while. Anyway that's my excuse.
I've got my fingers crossed so there's always hope. Maybe with that kind of video it could be interesting.

I thought it was a fantastic clip.
I called my buddy before the call and asked him if there was anything he'd like me to ask you cause he's a big fan and he said he'd heard you were called the Uncle Fester of rock n roll.

Uncle Fester of rock 'n roll. Yes. You know who Uncle Fester is?

Sure, absolutely.
He's from the Addams Family. Lukather has many names for me. It's usually Bob Dylan's grandmother or Uncle Fester. It's boring now cause he calls me by my real name. It's almost scary you know. These are all private and inside jokes that are funny….he would appreciate that.

Steve's a bit of a clown isn't he?
Steve is a 6 year old inside of a 40 year olds body. 6 year old mind. He refuses to grow up.

That must be good for the band though.
It certainly is.

How do you keep up with him on stage?
It's very difficult, You basically don't try to out do him on stage. Let him have the mic and I just stay on his good side. I don't want to get on his bad side cause he's very good at putting you away on stage. He's got a great sense of humour, I love him.

Do you all play off each other when you're son stage?
Definitely. It's just like a big fraternity, a big boy's club. We all grew up together and we all know each other so there are no egos. Each person has his own little specialty. Everybody makes space for everybody. It's just like a big gang.

A well-oiled machine these days?
Yeah .

How's Simon doing on drums?
Simon's wonderful. He's very fussy about his breakfast though if you go to hotels. He always has the manager down in the lobby complaining. His drums are so big we call them the HMS Philips. It's like the Titanic you know. He's a monster. He's a world class drummer. They don't get too much better.

How far did you have to look to find a replacement?
Well I really wasn't looking for a replacement. It was like you couldn't replace John Bonham in Led Zeppelin. So I thought here's how I am going to get out of it. There were two side to it. If I had to have a replacement I didn't want to get another session guy who tried to sound like Jeff.
I wanted to get someone who was a killer drummer who could be himself. There was only one guy - Simon Phillips - and I was hoping that he would be so busy that he would turn it down. So we could disappear with dignity and say we can't go on anymore. Simon stopped what he was doing and said I'd love to do it.
He played all the tracks perfectly and it was undeniable. It was like we have to go on.

So you really thought about calling it a day?
Yeah. It's hard to replace Jeff Poracoro. To replace an irreplaceable member. But Phillips has played on Pete Townsend's solo albums and played with Jagger on the road. He was like the Porcaro of London.

Well it's good to see you guys still going.
Oh thanks man, Thanks for the support down there. We'd love to come back down and play. We had a blast in Sydney and Melbourne last time.

I have another buddy that saw you in '94. He said you played a club and it was a 3 hour gig.
We were rockin'.

What are the chances of you getting back down here?
Hopefully sometime next year.

I talked to Steve about this and he said 'Fuck man, get Sony to pay for it'.
Unless we go to Japan and come over after we leave Japan it's almost financially impossible for us to come down there. When we go back to Japan maybe we'll sneak down there.
I want to mention one other thing I'm doing separately from Toto Dec 5th I play in Bombay with Shankar we're opening for Peter Gabriel under the gate of 'India' there. It's like a big thing for charity. Mike and Steve Porcaro are going to fly down for a couple of gigs. I'm really excited about this. When you get into meaningful concerts that give something back to the planet and people it's great.

That'll be some gig. I hope you do get back here sometime
Thank you call again!

You can count on it! Thanks Dave.



TOTO 'All In' Liner Notes PDF Available For Free Download

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As many would be aware, I had the great honor of writing the complete liner notes for the TOTO box set 'All In', which celebrated the band's 40th Anniversary. Released earlier in the year, the box set has completely sold out and there is now a budget CD-Only version available. The liner notes were not included in the CD-Only release, but I'm excited to announce that the band and Sony Music have agreed to make available a PDF liner notes only version of the book for free download.
I hope you enjoy reading the album by album essays as much as I did writing them.



ZFG Launches New Single "Special"; Announce Tour Dates This Spring

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Introducing ZFG – the next generation of rock stars…
"Special" landed among the Top 10 Greatest Gainers on BOTH the Billboard Indicator & Foundations Chart!
Serendipitous is an adjective that describes accidentally being in the right place at the right time, like bumping into a good friend in some unusual location or finding a hundred dollar bill on the ground. The word could also be used well in describing the inception of the band ZFG. Within its ranks you’ll find seasoned songwriters and performers of which you may be familiar, but sometimes the sum of the parts is beyond expectations and lends itself to being genre defining.
Based in Los Angeles, CA, ZFG consists of Jules Galli on vocals, Trev Lukather on guitar, Sam Porcaro on bass and Josh Devine on drums. The members were close friends in different projects, but decided to get into the studio for fun with a new approach in mind, making music with no rules or boundaries. "Zero Fucks Given" is what they called their first day in the studio, which led to their band name ZFG. After writing and recording together on day one, the chemistry was undeniable, so the decision was made to forge their individual projects into one. By melding anthemic, hook-filled melodies within funk rock guitar riffs and groove rock beats, the band shows their ability to compact a vast array of influence and experience into a signature sound with substance, style, and soul.
As serendipitous as the making of the band may have been, ZFG runs with a different mindset when approaching the music they write by not restricting themselves to purely rock-style songs. ZFG’s music is infused in alternative, pop, R&B and a hybrid of other styles. ZFG's radio campaign recently launched for their single "Special" and landed #2 MOST ADDED spot on the Billboard (BDS) Mainstream Rock Indicator Chart and grabbed the coveted #1 MOST ADDED spot on the Foundations (SMR) Chart. "Special" lands among the Top 10 Greatest Gainers on BOTH the Billboard Indicator & Foundations Chart!
The band will embark on their first tour Spring 2019 with Adelitas Way and The Winery Dogs (dates below). Fans can get a taste of their upcoming EP with the release of a lyric video for their single, "Special"
ZFG's new EP is tentatively set for an April 2019 release and the band will hit the road in full
support worldwide.
ZFG playing “Special” for Gene Simmons:
ZFG w/ Adeltias Way "What it Takes" Tour Dates:
4/17 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
4/19 Austin, TX @ Come and Take it Live
4/20 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
4/24 Heath, OH @ Muddy Creek Saloon
4/26 Tucson, AZ @ Pima County Fair
4/27 Easton, PA @ One Centre Square
4/28 Buffalo, NY @ Iron Works
5/1 Pittsburgh, PA @ Crafthouse
5/2 Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
5/3 Battle Creek, MI @ Music Factory
5/4 Joliet, IL @ The Forge
5/5 Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater
5/8 Chippewa Falls, WI @ Every Buddys
5/9 Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
5/10 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
5/11 Denver, CO @ Marquis
5/12 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
ZFG w/ The Winery Dogs "Who Let The Dogs Out" Tour:
5/25 Las Vegas, NV - Vamp’d
5/28 Sacramento, CA - Crest Theater
5/29 Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theater
5/30 Anaheim, CA - The Grove
5/31 Beverly Hills, CA - Saban Theatre

TOTO DVD/BD/CD/LP '40 Tours Around The Sun' Finally Gets Worldwide Release

Friday, March 22, 2019
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MARCH 22nd Release Date

On March 22nd, Eagle Rock will release TOTO’s 40 Tours Around The Sun. The set will be available in multiple formats – DVD, Blu-Ray, DVD & 2CD’s, Blu-Ray & 2CD’s, 3LP Vinyl, 2 CD’s and digitally as well. The set will be available worldwide outside of North America. The North American release date will be announced in the near future. Fans can pre-order here:

This live performance was filmed in front of a sold-out crowd exceeding 18,000 fans on March 17, 2018 at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam. TOTO performed a wide range of songs, including hit singles, rarely performed live deep cuts, and two recently recorded tracks which appeared on their new Greatest Hits album (40 Trips Around The Sun).

Also included is the “40 Tours Featurette,” a brand new interview with band members: Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro and Joseph Williams.

TOTO will be busy in 2019. The band just returned from a standing room only run of Australia and New Zealand, and head to Japan (including a sold out show at Budokan in Tokyo) and Indonesia in February. This spring in to the Summer, they’ll stage a long tour of Europe, combining top billing festival appearances and headline dates, after which they’ll bring their “An Evening With” show to North America this Fall. The 40 Trips Around The Sun tour is the band’s most extensive run in years with many more announcements to come.


I’m honoured to have once again been given the privilege of writing the liner notes. It’s an amazing set too!
Set 1
Hold the Line
Lovers in the Night
Spanish Sea
I Will Remember
English Eyes
Jake to the Bone
Acoustic Storytellers
Miss Sun
Georgy Porgy
Human Nature
No Love
Stop Loving You
Set 2
Girl Goodbye
Dune (Desert Theme)
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Stranger in Town
Make Believe
The Road Goes On

TOTO 2018 Live Set Showcased on '40 Tours Around The Sun' DVD/CD

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TOTO's 2018 live show is on display for all fans via '40 Tours Around The Sun', the Anniversary DVD, Blu-Ray and 2CD release.
Out January 30 in Japan on all formats, including Ltd Ed DVD/2CD or Blu-Ray/2CD Combos. The same will be released worldwide in February.
I’m honoured to have once again been given the privilege of writing the liner notes. It’s an amazing set too!
Set 1
Hold the Line
Lovers in the Night
Spanish Sea
I Will Remember
English Eyes
Jake to the Bone
Acoustic Storytellers
Miss Sun
Georgy Porgy
Human Nature
No Love
Stop Loving You
Set 2
Girl Goodbye
Dune (Desert Theme)
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Stranger in Town
Make Believe
The Road Goes On
Japanese pre-orders via:  CD Japan

TOTO Deliver 'Devil's Tower' From The 'All In' Box Set

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TOTO have delivered fans another new song - this time the cracking rock track 'Devil's Tower', taken from the 'Old Is New' LP, which is perhaps the most anticipatd part of the 'All In' box set, due to be delivered to pre-order customers any day now. There are just 2000 box sets worldwide and I'm told there's under 200 left.
'Devil's Tower' is one of the earliest tracks dug out of the archives, featuring Jeff Porcaro and David Hungate. The 1981 one track keeps the original drums, bass, piano, organ and electric guitars. Vocals and additional guitars added.
Song Line-up:
DEVIL’S TOWER (Lukather/Paich/Porcaro/Williams)
Drums: Jeff Porcaro
Bass: David Hungate
All Guitars: Steve Lukather
Piano/Keyboards: David Paich
Synths: Steve Porcaro
Percussion: Lenny Castro
Lead & Backing Vocals: Steve Lukather, Joseph Williams

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

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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
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!!

“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.”

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



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

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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.

TOTO Box Set 'All In' Pre-order Open

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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.
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

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

Saturday, March 3, 2018
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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, 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


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