Toto has announced the first set of dates for their Summer U.S. tour, which will begin on June 2nd in Lake Charles, LA. The shows are billed as An Evening With Toto and their 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 embarked their first U.S. headline run in over a decade.
The core Toto members, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Joseph Williams will be joined by Lenny Castro (percussion), Shannon Forest (drums), Shem von Schroeck (bass), Warren Ham (saxophone, vocals). Guitarist Steve Lukather shares, “We had such a great time last summer that we wanted to regroup and hit some cities we didn’t get to last time. Always a thrill to bring our full show around the country.”
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 and were inducted in to the Musicians Hall Of Fame in 2009.
With close to 40 years together and literally thousands of credits, including the biggest selling album of all time: Michael Jackson’s Thriller, 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.
In 2015, Toto released their first new studio album in ten years – Toto XIV. The album exhibited world-class musicianship, masterful arrangements, topical lyrical commentary, and melodies that the collective talents of Lukather, Paich, Porcaro, Williams and their assembled band-mates brought to life. It debuted Top 10 in nine countries around the world and became their most successful album since 1988 in the U.S. and UK.
In 2016 they released the Blu-Ray/DVD title Live At Montreux which quickly charted Top Five or better around the globe as well. With the band’s 40th Anniversary coming up in 2018, Toto has major plans in the works to celebrate their enduring career.
6/2/17 Lake Charles, LA at Golden Nugget Lake Charles-Grand Event Center
6/3/17 Biloxi, MS at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino-Hard Rock Live
6/4/17 Chattanooga, TN at Tivoli Theatre
6/6/17 Durham, NC at The Carolina Theatre
6/7/17 Charlotte, NC at Knight Theater
6/10/17 Rama, ON at Casino Rama-Entertainment Centre
6/13/17 Greensburg, PA at Palace Theatre
6/14/17 Annapolis, MD at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
6/16/17 Easton, PA at State Theatre Center for the Arts
6/17/17 Lincoln, RI at Twin River Casino
6/18/17 Wilkes-Barre, PA at The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
6/20/17 Torrington, CT at Warner Theatre
6/21/17 Morristown, NJ at Mayo Performing Arts Center
6/23/17 Peekskill, NY at Paramount Hudson Valley
6/24/17 Waterloo, NY at Del Lago Resort and Casino-The Vine
6/25/17 Derry, NH at Tupelo Music Hall
6/28/17 Saint Charles, IL at The Arcada Theatre
7/1/17 Salina, KS at Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts
More Dates To Be Announced
Author: Buddy Iahn
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