TOTO LIVE AT MONTREUX 1991 Available Now

July 11, 2016

NORTH AMERICAN RELEASE ON DVD+CD, BLU-RAY+CD, AND DIGITAL VIDEO

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.”

On September 16, 2016, Eagle Rock Entertainment will present this very special concert film from Toto’s storied history. Toto: Live At Montreux 1991 the last tour with Jeff and Mike Porcaro, alongside original members Steve Lukather and David Paich — will be available on DVD+CD, Blu-ray+CD, and Digital Video in North America [MSRP TBA].

In 1991, Toto was in the midst of a run of headline dates and European summer festivals, while finishing their new album Kingdom Of Desire. It was a time of rebirth for the band, and the Montreux stage proved the perfect opportunity to test drive the new songs. Fans could feel the electricity in the air as Lukather, Paich, and the late brothers Jeff and Mike Porcaro took the stage.

“Yes! Time to take a trip in the ol’ Toto Hot Tub Time Machine! Back to 1991, yes ‘91! Where pure live music was performed on hallowed ground under the paternal wings of Quincy Jones and Claude Nobs,” states keyboardist David Paich. “When I first listened back, the thought omnipresent in my mind was simply, ‘That’s that raw, sizzling energy we had in high school!’  Here we are – four valley dudes from Los Angeles with some assorted musical friends, bringing it once again.”

Sadly, this was Jeff Porcaro’s final tour with the band, before his passing in 1992. Lukather, who personally mixed Live At Montreux 1991 with legendary engineer Niko Bolas, expresses the real emotions that this concert channels, and how poignant it was to the band’s history:

“The most important thing is you can see and hear the love we have for each other and watching this in 2016 with Niko…well bittersweet is a term that has been so overused but in this case…there were tears and a lot of laughter as the memories of this night and this final tour with Jeff were captured.  You guys get to see a version of the band that will never and COULD never be again!”

Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of Toto. With over 38 years together and thousands of credits and accolades to their names, Toto remains one of the top selling touring and recording acts in the world.

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. 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 and enjoy a multi-generational fan base.

Last summer, they released their first new studio album in ten years –TOTO XIV – that debuted Top 10 in nine countries around the world and became their most successful album since 1988 in the U.S. and UK.  This August / September, the band will stage a headline tour of North America. Details are available via totoofficial.com.

Track Listing:

  • On The Run
  • Kingdom of Desire
  • I’ll Be Over You
  • Africa
  • Jake To The Bone
  • Red House
  • Rosanna
  • I Want To Take You Higher

 

TOTO ANNOUNCE ITINERARY FOR “AN EVENING WITH” SUMMER RUN OF THE U.S.

May 9, 2016

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

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.”

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.

With over 38 years together and thousands of credits 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 fan base.

Last summer they recently released their first new studio album in ten years – TOTO XIV which debuted Top 10 in nine countries around the world and became their most successful album since 1988 in the U.S. and UK.

TOTO 2016 SUMMER TOUR

8/12 Riverside, IA Riverside Casino and Golf Resort (On-Sale 5/12)
8/13 Saint Charles, IL The Arcada Theatre (On-Sale 5/12)
8/14 Grand Rapids, MI Meijer Gardens Amphitheater
8/17 Rock Hill, SC Old Town Amphitheater
8/19 Fishers, IN (Indianapolis) Conner Prairie
8/20 Fishers, IN (Indianapolis) Conner Prairie
8/21 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium (On-Sale 5/13)
8/23 Ridgefield, CT The Ridgefield Playhouse
8/25 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Resort Casino – Grand Theater*
8/26 Syracuse, NY New York State Fair – Chevrolet Court
8/27 New York, NY Town Hall (On-Sale 5/20)
8/29 Lancaster, PA American Music Theatre
8/31 Northfield, OH (Cleveland) Hard Rock Live
9/1 Oshkosh, WI Waterfest Concert Series
9/3 Grand Island, NE Nebraska State Fair – Indoors
9/4 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre (On-Sale 5/13)
9/6 Sandy, UT Sandy City Amphitheater
9/8 Saratoga, CA Montalvo Arts Center
9/9 Indio, CA Fantasy Springs Resort Hotel & Casino – Event Center
9/10 Pala, CA Pala Casino – Starlight Theater
9/11 Paso Robles, CA Vina Robles Amphitheatre (On-Sale 5/14)

*w/Boz Scaggs

STEVE PORCARO TO RELEASE FIRST EVER SOLO ALBUM

April 7, 2016

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Founding Member Of Toto Steps Out On His Own For The First Time
With Someday / Somehow Due Out On June 10th

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A founding member of the Grammy award winning rock band Toto, Steve Porcaro will release his first ever solo album, Someday / Somehow, on June 10th.

Porcaro’s first album has actually been in the making since 1983. With “Back To You” first being worked on by Toto in 83’ and “More Than I Can Take” being the most recent track he finished.

“I’ve always been writing and recording over the years, hoping to find homes for these songs with other artists,” Porcaro remarked. “Lately, I’ve been reminded repeatedly how short life is, and I think it’s finally sinking in and with the encouragement of my band, family and fans, I decided it was time to remove my excuses, throw down, let go and finish these songs the way I hear them.”

The album features Porcaro on lead vocals for seven tracks and Michael McDonald on “Swing Street,” and “Night Of Our Own.” Jamie Kimmett on “She’s So Shy,” and “Face Of A Girl,” Michael Sherwood on “Make Up” and Mabvuto Carpenter on “Painting By Numbers.” Longtime collaborator Marc Bonilla along with fellow current Toto colleagues Steve Lukather, Lenny Castro and Shannon Forrest make appearances on the album as well.

The thirteen track album, features material Porcaro has been tinkering with for quite some time. “Back To You” was originally recorded with Toto back in 1983, however Porcaro never got around to finishing it himself until last year. The track features both of Steve’s departed brothers: Jeff and Mike.

The first single from the album, “Ready Or Not” is quite personal to Porcaro.

“Ready Or Not was written for my kids,” Porcaro adds. “The first verse describes the day my oldest, Heather was born, but the song’s a love letter to all my kids, and to anyone who travels with kids at home.”

An American keyboardist, songwriter and composer Porcaro written or co-authored music on each of Toto’s first six albums, with the exception of Isolation and most recently, performed on the band’s highly acclaimed 2015 album Toto XIV, also co-writing and singing lead on “The Little Things” and “Bend” which is featured on the Japan edition of that release. Porcaro continues to perform in Toto continues to play to sold-out audiences in Europe, US and Japan.

Also known for his prolific session work, Steve co-wrote “Human Nature” on Michael Jackson’s Grammy-winning album Thriller, solidifying his individual mark on the music industry. A sought-after session musician, Steve has worked extensively with music producer icons Quincy Jones and David Foster and many of music’s most successful artists including Don Henley, YES, Elton John, Boz Scaggs and many others. Highly respected for his film and television scores, Steve composed the music for the award-winning FX show Justified, starring Timothy Olyphant.

Steve Porcaro’s touring career began at the age of 17 with Gary Wright, in support of Wright’s hit album, The Dream Weaver and then with Boz Scaggs along with the other original members of Toto, prior to that band’s 1977 inception. Steve’s older brothers, Mike Porcaro (bassist) and Jeff Porcaro (drummer), also members of Toto were highly respected session musicians and their father Joe Porcaro is regarded was one of the world’s most influential session percussionists and educators. In 2010, Steve toured with Toto when the decision was made to reform the band in support of his brother Mike, during Mike’s lengthy battle with ALS.

Along with his work on “Human Nature”, Steve Porcaro performed other Thriller tracks including “Beat It” and “The Girl Is Mine” and composed the song “For All Time”, which was included on the Thriller “25th Anniversary” Edition. A testament to his compositional influence, “Human Nature” has been covered and/or sampled by many artists including Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, SWV, Nas, and Chris Brown.

You can pre-order the album and other Steve Porcaro items here. http://smarturl.it/SomedaySomehow

Use code SPFAN49 for a special 10% discount on Someday / Somehow products only through April 9.

Someday / Somehow Track Listing

  1. Ready Or Not
  2. Loved By A Fool
  3. Someday / Somehow
  4. Swing Street
  5. She’s So Shy
  6. Back To You
  7. Face Of A Girl
  8. To No One
  9. Makeup
  10. She’s The One
  11. Night Of Our Own
  12. Painting By Numbers
  13. More Than I Can Take