Toto’s 40th anniversary tour ends on Sunday October 20th, with a performance in Philadelphia. According to guitarist Steve Lukather, it’s the last you’ll see of the band for a while. "I don’t know what the future-future’s gonna be, but I do know that’s gonna be the last show for the foreseeable future, and certainly the end of this configuration of Toto,” Lukather says.
Their European tour last year saw them performing to packed houses every night including sold out stops at the Ziggo Dome (17,000 seats) in Amsterdam and Royal Albert Hall in London. Another round of European shows are already scheduled for this summer. Trev Lukather's band ZFG will attend a couple of EU summer shows as special guests. TOTO will now conclude the almost two year long 40 Trips Around The Sun Tour with twenty final shows in North America. The tour will kick off in Los Angeles on September 20th at The Wiltern.
The first wave of acts for this year’s North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam have been announced. The most remarkable names are Toto, Lauryn Hill, Diana Krall, Jamie Cullum, Joe Jackson and the legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach. Toto is headlining on Saturday July 13th.
TOTO's 2018 live show is on display for all fans via '40 Tours Around The Sun', the Anniversary DVD, Blu-Ray and 2CD release. Out January 30 in Japan on all formats, including Ltd Ed DVD/2CD or Blu-Ray/2CD Combos. The same will be released worldwide in February.
On November 12th 2018 Sir Ringo Starr announced tour plans for 2019 with his All Starr Band, featuring Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham, Gregg Bissonette and the return of All Starr alum Hamish Stuart (of Average White Band fame).
This is considered the 13th edition of the Ringo Starr All Starr Band. The 12th edition set a record for longevity by far by being together from 2012-2017. Steve Lukather (g,v Toto) and Gregg Rolie (k,v Santana, Journey) were members of that record-setting edition and came back to attempt to set more records of their own. They are chasing Richard Page (Mr. Mister) as the longest consecutively tenured "All Starr". Gregg Bissonette as a band member has been Ringo's next door neighbor on the drum kit for a decade. Warren Ham, Luke's Toto bandmate and multi-instrumentalist, has been along for the ride since 2014.
"Music City" is the perfect name for Nashville, Tennessee. Everything on this trip added up. The historic Ryman, the Musicians Hall of Fame, a sold-out show, another stellar Toto performance, an audience that gets it and the musicians that came out to see Toto. (By Reggie Boyle)
The North American portion of the Toto "40 Trips around the Sun" Tour was just beginning to roll. 40 Trips meant just that. This is the 40th anniversary for Toto. I caught the third show of the Tour in the Rose City, Portland Oregon. The sold out Revolution Hall just barely survived the Toto thunder. The nearly 100 year old venue was rocking from start to finish. This was my first look at Toto with Dominique "Xavier" Taplin (Prince) taking over on keyboards for David Paich.
Toto has announced that David Paich will not be performing on the band’s planned North American tour. The recent European appearances took a toll on his personal well-being, and it is in his best interests to forego the impact the rigorous wear and tear being on the road brings until he is feeling 100 percent. He plans on focusing on his health, and looks forward to returning to the road when ready to do so.