Toto details ’40 Trips Around The Sun’ compilation, tour

Toto has announced a release date for its new greatest hits package 40 Trips Around The Sun and accompanying tour, in celebration of its 40th anniversary. The 17 track album will be released on CD and 2 LP February 9th via Sony Legacy Recordings. The album features three previously unreleased recordings: “Spanish Sea” “Alone” and “Struck By Lightning” alongside newly remastered classic tracks worked on by Elliot Scheiner & Gavin Lurssen and his team. The core Toto members, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Joseph Williams re-entered the studio earlier this year to work on this release.

While going through the Sony vaults, the band uncovered several unfinished tracks that featured both Jeff and Mike Porcaro, one of which is now “Spanish Sea.” “This track is originally from the Isolation sessions,” Steve Lukather comments. “It’s one that didn’t make it and we had to re-write it including creating a new chorus. Thanks to modern tech we were able to play once again with not only our 20 something selves but with our dear brothers Jeff and Mike Porcaro reminding us just how deep their groove was. Bittersweet… Many stories, laughs and a few tears on this one. It’s classic Toto with an excellent solo and I kept my old 1985 melody solo Dave wanted me to do… Old meets new but since legendary pal Al Schmitt cut the tracks and Bob Clearmountain mixed…it sounds like it was done two weeks ago not 30 plus years ago!”

All fans who pre-order the album will receive “Alone” as an instant grat track. “Alone is a brand new song,” Lukather remarks. “This one was written with just the four of us really writing together and no one else in the room with us. We wanted to start with an ‘up’ song in terms of groove for the album. The lyric is darker but we are older guys now ands have lived life. The good, bad and ugly… we have lived it all and in the end we are all alone anyway. Proud of this piece and it just sort of organically happened.”

The third new track on 40 Trips Around The Sun, “Struck By Lightning,” began with David Paich. “I had the opening riff in my head for months,” Paich states. “Joe and the guys helped flesh this one out. I love the heavy arrangement and Luke’s solo on it is an all time great!”

Beginning on February 11th in Helsinki, the band will begin the first leg of their worldwide 40 Trips Around The Sun tour in support of their 40th anniversary. Thirty-six shows in Europe have been announced to date. The tour will be the band’s most extensive run in years and is expected to hit the U.S. later in 2018. More shows will be announced shortly.

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 5,000 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. Toto has over 400 million streams on Spotify alone along while views on YouTube far exceed over a half billion.

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 worldwide fan base.

CD | 2 LP

  1. Alone
  2. Spanish Sea
  3. I’ll Supply The Love
  4. I’ll Be Over You
  5. Stranger In Town
  6. 99
  7. Struck By Lightning
  8. Pamela
  9. Afraid Of Love
  10. I Won’t Hold You Back
  11. Jake To The Bone
  12. Stop Loving You
  13. Lea
  14. Hold The Line
  15. George Porgy
  16. Rosanna
  17. Africa
Tour Dates:

2/11

Helsinki, FI

Icehall

2/12

Tallinn, EE

Nordea Concert Hall

2/14

Stockholm, SE

Fryshuset

2/16

Oslo, NO

Spektrum

2/17

Copenhagen, DK

Forum

2/19

Hamburg, DE

Mehr! Theater

2/21

Dusseldorf, DE

Mitsubishi-Electric Hall

2/22

Munich, DE

Olympiahalle

2/24

Berlin, DE

C-Halle

2/25

Leipzig, DE

Haus Auensee

2/27

Prague, CZ

Forum Karlin

2/28

Krakow, PL

Tauron Arena

3/2

Vienna, AT

Gasometer

3/4

Sofia, BG

National Palace Of Culture

3/5

Skopje, MK

Boris Trajkovski Sports Hall

3/9

Zagreb, HR

Dom Sportova

3/10

Milan, IT

Mediolanum Forum

3/12

Zurich, CH

Hallenstadion

3/13

Stuttgart, DE

Porsche Arena

3/15

Lille, FR

Zenith

3/17

Amsterdam, NL

Ziggo Dome

3/18

Brussels, BE

Forest National

3/20

Offenbach, DE

Stadthalle

3/22

Geneva, CH

Arena Geneva

3/23

Bologna, IT

Unipol Arena

3/25

Marseille, FR

Dome

3/26

Toulouse, FR

Zenith

3/27

Lyon, FR

Halle Tony Garnier

3/29

Luxembourg City, LU

Rockhal

3/30

Paris, FR

La Seine Musicale

4/1

London, UK

Royal Albert Hall

4/2

Manchester, UK

Bridgewater Hall

4/4

Dublin, IE

Vicar Street

4/5

Dublin, IE

Vicar Street

4/7

Belfast, UK

Waterfront Auditorium

4/8

Glasgow, UK

SEC Armadillo

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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