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.

Music Man Luke remake by OLP

As you know, a Music Man Luke III is what I wanted. Well, since there is absolutely no reason what so ever to justify an investment like that (since I clearly lack any kind of skill) – this is what I’ve got:

A used Music Man Luke remake by OLP, made in China instead of the US but still officially licensed by Ernie Ball as far as the headstock design goes. If you are interested, there is a product review in comparison to the original model at thomann.de. All in all, it’s a totally different and lower quality guitar with different pickups etc. but still…

To match the somewhat low budget investment, I decided to skip any fancy interface or multi effect as well and got an AmpliTube iRig for just 18 €. It’s an ok quality guitar/bass interface for iOS and works with the IK Multimedia apps as well as many others. You can also use the interface with your Mac, so it’s quite versatile for the money and surely a cheap place to start.

iRig

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.

Music Man Luke III

ricfreak:

New kid on the block…………….Steve Lukather Music Man

Luke III

Music Man Luke III, totally the stuff I’d want if I had any skill …

Also I would love the AMPLIFi TT by line6, a totally kick ass tabletop multi effect with a remote app for iOS or Android. for just 188 €.

AMPLIFi-TT-by-line6

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.

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

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.