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

TOTO Announces First Tour Of Japan In Support Of TOTO XIV & A Return To Europe

September 29, 2015

25 Date Tour Gets Underway On January 27th In Brussels

2015 has truly been a watershed year for Toto. After a ten year recording hiatus, the band returned with one of their most successful albums ever. TOTO XIV charted all around the world landing in the Top 10 on the charts in nine countries (Germany, Netherlands, Japan, Denmark, Czech Republic, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland). TOTO XIV also became the first new studio album to chart in the US & UK since 1988’s The Seventh One. On top of all that, Toto spent most the year on tour in Europe and North America performing to packed houses.

Toto will return to the road in early 2016 with a new string of shows beginning on January 27th in Brussels. Tour stops are scheduled in France, Italy, Austria, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland. The band will also return to Japan for eight dates beginning on March 3rd in Sundai. These will be the first set of dates in Asia for Toto since the release of TOTO XIV. Tickets for most shows go on sale this Friday.

In the new year, Leland Sklar will return as the bassist for Toto, as founding member David Hungate comes off the road.  Hungate recently publicly shared, “There’s no place like home, particularly after 4 months on the road. The past two years reunion with Toto has been one of the sweetest experiences, and greatest honors of my life. All good things must come to an end however. I no longer have the stamina and resilience required for extended touring, and I do need to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. Much gratitude to the fans and friends who have supported the band over the years, and to my brothers in Toto… I can never thank you adequately for the music, the laughs and the friendship going back 40 years. Love and happy trails to you all.”

Collectively, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro and Joseph Williams offer, “We would like to express HUGE love and gratitude to or brother David Hungate for his gifted playing, his amazing professionalism and good humor.  It was awesome having you back these last two years and we will cherish the memories. You have not seen the last of us. Stay well brother.”

TOTO XIV is a realized vision three plus decades in the making exhibiting world-class musicianship, masterful arrangements, topical lyrical commentary, and melodies that the collective 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.

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.

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Toto Announces First Dates for 2016

September 21, 2015

Nous sommes heureux d’annoncer notre première série de spectacles pour 2016 et notre retour à l’Europe!
28 Janvier 2016 – Zenith – Strasbourg, France
29 Janvier 2016 – Olympia – Paris, France
31 Janvier 2016 – Patinoire Meriadeck – Bordeaux, France,
01 Février 2016 – Zenith – Nantes, France
03 Février 2016 – Zenith – Rouen, France
04 Février 2016 – Le Millesium – Epernay-Pierry, France
Billets pour tous les Français indique en vente ce mercredi à 10h00 heure de Paris.

We are pleased to announce our first set of shows for 2016 and our return to Europe!
Jan 28 2016 – Zenith – Strasbourg, France
Jan 29 2016 – Olympia – Paris, France
Jan 31 2016 – Patinoire Meriadeck – Bordeaux, France
Feb 01 2016 – Zenith – Nantes, France
Feb 03 2016 – Zenith – Rouen, France
Feb 04 2016 – Le Millesium – Epernay-Pierry, France
Tickets for all French shows go on sale this Wednesday at 10AM Paris time.