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Legendary LA rockers Toto have today announced that they will be returning to the UK as part of a massive world tour where they will unveil some songs from their new album due in Spring 2015, share some deep tracks from past Toto albums, and perform all the hits their fans have come to love and expect. The band are set to play three shows on British soil in Glasgow, Manchester and London on the 21st, 25thand 26th of May 2015. Toto tickets are on-sale from 10am on Friday 28th November and are available from www.livenation.co.uk.
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 tour 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.
Band members have been South Park characters, and their repertoire continues to be current via high profile usage on broadcast television. In May, 2012, Family Guy utilized “Africa” within the plot of the season finale “Internal Affairs” which can be viewed here: http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4I5eICj82Y. Last March, Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake offered a light-hearted homage via a comedy sketch with the track that has now been viewed 3.8 million times on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9F86cAoi3o. They are pop culture, and are one of the few 70’s bands that have endured the changing trends and styles, and more than 35 years in to a career enjoy a multi- generational fan base.
In April 2014 Toto released their 35TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR – LIVE IN POLAND CONCERT DVD. The DVD was #1 worldwide and is still going strong today. Filmed on June 25, 2013 in Lodz, Poland, the offering captures the band in the midst of a standing-room-only European tour of 29 cities staging successful concerts Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland. Toto World Tour 2013 featured Luke, David Paich, Steve Porcaro on keyboards, and singer Joseph Williams, who sang the hits “Pamela” and “Stop Loving You” on the worldwide platinum release The Seventh One (1988). Williams is also featured on the platinum certified Fahrenheit (1986), Toto XX (1998), and also appeared on the multi- platinum release Past to Present 1977-1990 issued in 1990.
Toto has been hard at work in 2014 on a new studio album that is planned for release in Spring 2015, their first since Falling In Between (2006). Keyboardist and founding member David Paich recently shared, “The repertoire is coming together so naturally it is as though we never took a break from creating as Toto in the studio. For the fans who have been waiting patiently and continually showing the band support and love over the last decade or so, this one’s for you. Collectively we can’t wait to share these recordings with The World.” In April 2014, they returned to Japan for a seven show headlining sold-out arena tour that takes them through Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo, Sendai and Sapporo. Late- Summer 2014, the band staged their most extensive and successful North American tour in years as a co-headliner with Michael McDonald.
Steve Lukather (Guitar, Vocals) David Paich (Keyboards, Vocals) Steve Porcaro (Keyboards, Vocals) Joseph Williams (Vocals)
AN EVENING WITH TOTO LIVE IN 2015:
THURSDAY 21ST MAY – GLASGOW ROYAL CONCERT HALL, GLASGOW
MONDAY 25TH MAY – O2 APOLLO MANCHESTER, MANCHESTER
TUESDAY 26TH MAY – EVENTIM APOLLO HAMMERSMITH, LONDON
Toto tickets are on-sale from 10am on Friday 28thNovember priced at £38.50 / £43.50 in Manchester and £40.00 / £45.00 in London (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk