TOTO – Live at Montreux 1991


TOTO is going to release a new Live Concert Recording on DVD, BLU-RAY, CD and Digital Video in September 2016. It is a recording of the 1991 concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival, during TOTO’s the last tour with the late Jeff Porcaro:

“At the personal invitation of Quincy Jones and legendary Montreux Jazz Festival founder Claude Nobs to perform at the famed Swiss festival, Toto couldn’t resist the opportunity, resulting in Toto: Live At Montreux 1991. “From the perspective of the members of Toto,” states guitarist Steve Lukather, “the Montreux Jazz Festival is amongst the most revered events staged in the world. Our association, as a band, and individuals, is something we are deeply proud of. So much fun, and so much history has graced the ground in and around the lake.” “

Source: TOTO LIVE AT MONTREUX 1991

The setlist sounds promising and includes hits like On The Run (video above), Kingdom of Desire and  Jake To The Bone (one of my favourites). As it seems it is a performance with the all time best setup: Steve Lukather, David Paich, Mike Porcaro and Jeff Porcaro. After Jeff Porcaro’s death in 1992, Simon Phillips became the drummer of the band and David Paich didn’t join the band on every tour. He was often substituted by Greg Phillinganes (who became a regular member of the band for a few years). Mike Porcaro, who died suffering from ALS in 2015, was covered for by bassists such as Leland Sklar and Nathan East over the years (who also was a regular member of the band for some time in the past). So, this is probably the latest recording with most of the original members of the band. I am looking forward to it.

New Toto song – Burn – from upcoming Album “Toto XIV”


This is the third prerelease song available… The whole album goes on sale on March 20 2015.

Their tour dates are updated regularly as well. So far, Hamburg is not on their list, unfortunately.

Toto – Holy War – Taken from the album “Toto XIV”

The new album will be available in March an can be preordered here:

iTunes – http://radi.al/iTunesTotoXIV
Amazon – http://radi.al/AmazonTotoXIV

Also, Toto are on tour in 2015! Click to see dates in your area – http://www.bandsintown.com/Toto?came_…

Toto – Orphan (Official Video / 2015 / New Studio Album)

The single from TOTO XIV “Orphan” is available as an instant download on iTunes when you pre-order the album which will be available on March 20.

The End of an Era – The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!

rock-of-ages-final-performance

“The five-time Tony Award-nominated Rock of Ages plays its final performance on Sunday, January 18, 2015 after 22 preview and 2,328 Broadway performances, solidifying its spot as the 27th longest running show in Broadway history.”

Source: “BWW Flashback: The Final Countdown- ROCK OF AGES Closes on Broadway Tonight!” January 18 2015

Too bad that I didn’t make it to New York to see it one more time before the end. It won’t be the same after tonight…

Toto XIV Trailer

Toto XIV EPK (Official / New Studio Album / 2015)

“The new album is a realized vision three plus decades in the making exhibiting world-class musicianship, masterful arrangements, topical lyrical commentary, and melodies that the collective genius of Lukather, Paich, Porcaro, Williams and their assembled band-mates bring to life. TOTO XIV is the band’s first album of new material since 2006’s Falling In Between. However, the band personally considers the new album to be the true follow-up to TOTO IV, which made the band global superstars.”

Source: TOTO’S FIRST NEW ALBUM IN 10 YEARS GIVEN RELEASE DATE, January 8 2015

The Road to “Rock of Ages”

The Road to “Rock of Ages”, a documentary by coin

Rock of Ages – Love to ROCK TV Commercial

Rock of Ages – I absolutely love it, but I am still a few visit away from having seen it 178 times… yet, I might add.

TOTO – 35th Anniversary Tour – Live in Poland

Toto announced the release of 35th anniversary tour concert film: 35TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR – LIVE IN POLAND. It is available on CD, DVD, and Blu-ray as well as digital download since April 29th 2014.

The band members in this tour are Steve Lukather (guitars, vocals), David Paich (keyboards, vocals), Steve Porcaro (keyboards) Joseph Williams (vocals), Simon Phillips (drums), Nathan East (bass, vocals), Mabvuto Carpenter (vocals), Amy Keys (vocals). That’s quite a setup with Williams and Porcaro rejoining the band. I enjoyed this setup for the past few years.

Unfortunately a few weeks ago, Steve Lukather reported, that Simon Phillips and Nathan East will be leaving the band. Both will focus more on their own career, which I also quite enjoy. On a positive note: Steve Hungate will join Toto on bass. Hungate was a Toto member until 1982, so again the band is getting one step closer to a more original setup.

Unfortunately their is no real substitute for their original drummer Jeff Porcaro, who died in 1992. Keith Karlock will join Toto in 2015 after completing the current Steely Dan tour. Since Jeff has also been a member of Steely Dan back in the days, this might be an interesting setup for the future.

I am looking forward to the new record and the next european tour.