It was a warm, touching and huge night on August 7th for Toto playing at the quintessential venue in Los Angeles, the music capital of the World, the Greek Theatre. It seemed more like a family reunion than anything else. One of the first people I saw was Joe Porcaro as he walked in with another percussionist, Emil Richards. Porcaro, father of Jeff, Steve and Mike, all with Toto at one point told me "It's great to be here. I am excited and we get to see Michael McDonald too! I asked him if he'd seen Shannon Forrest yet and he said "I've known about him and followed him for years. He really is great!" As we spoke Porcaro family members walked by left and right. Part 1 shows the review of the Greek concert, part 2 the interview Reggie did with drummer Shannon Forest.
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Editorial - By Arend, Aug 10, 2014 8:37 AM
Reggie Boyle: Tremendous night for David Hungate & Toto at Spirit Mountain CasinoEditorial - By Arend, Aug 4, 2014 8:37 AM
Toto's long awaited return to North America happened at the Spirit Mountain Casino located about an hour outside of Portland, Oregon. It was the site of the opening show of the their North American Tour. Michael McDonald is also on this tour which gives fan two headline acts on the same bill. Toto 2014 is Steve Lukather (g,v), David Paich (k,v), Steve Porcaro (k,v), Joseph Williams (v), Shannon Forrest (d) and includes the return of original Toto bass player David Hungate. Vocalists Mabvuto Carpenter and Jenny Douglas-Foote are also on the tour as lead/additional vocalists.
Reggie Boyle's report on Greek Theatre concert Ringo's All StarrsEditorial - By Arend, Jul 22, 2014 8:08 AM
Once again the Ringo All Starr Tour ended in Los Angeles at the Greek Theatre. This edition of the core All Starrs has been together longer than any version EVER. Ringo's All Starrs have been touring for 25 years now. This version is still Steve Lukather on guitar, Greg Rolie on keyboards and organ, Todd Rundgren on guitar, keyboards, harmonica, Richard Page on bass and Greg Bissonette on drums. Warren Ham was added this year as a saxophonist and keyboard player. Warren has toured with Kansas, Kerry Livgren, Toto and more recently Olivia Newton John. Ham stepped in for long time Ringo Music Director Mark Rivera who had prior commitments to his long time gig with Billy Joel. All of the All Starrs add their vocals along with their many other music talents. Ringo once again is the ring leader. Ringo still plays drums, sings, jokes, tells stories and is a perfect Master of Ceremonies.
Ringo Starr stars in expanded tour and TV specialNews - By Arend, Jun 10, 2014 10:49 AM
Nearly 60 years after he began pounding on his first drum kit, Ringo Starr isn't skipping a beat. The legendary ex-Beatle, who launches a tour with his All Starr Band on June 6th, is stretching the trek with a newly announced batch of dates in October. He's also starring in TV special on July 13th.
Steve Lukather surrounded by friendsInterview - By Arend, May 30, 2014 12:49 PM
Toto is one of those rare bands who whose success has given them transatlantic fame, having sold over 35 million albums globally and touring the world since their inception.
Despite member changes, illnesses, and musical trends – they have survived for 35 years.
To celebrate this achievement, the band decided to record a show in Lodz, Poland, on June 25, 2013 entitled – 35th Anniversary Tour – Live in Poland.
The DVD captures the band in the midst of a standing-room-only 29 city European tour. This two-hour performance features their hit coupled with some of the bands favorite’s songs.
I sat down with Steve Lukather for a very interesting and highly entertaining discussion about their theatrical DVD release, as well as the time he auditioned for Frank Zappa!
By: Robert Cavuoto, GuitarInternational.com, May 28th 2014
Steve Lukather Talks New Toto Album: ‘I Think This Is Gonna Surprise People’Interview - By Arend, May 30, 2014 12:43 PM
The members of Toto have had more than their share of ups and downs together over the years, but with a fresh round of tour dates and a new album on the horizon, things are looking up again.
The band recently released ’35th Anniversary Tour: Live from Poland,’ an audiovisual document of an evening from their 2013 world tour — a run of dates that found original members Steve Lukather, David Paich, and Steve Porcaro performing alongside longtime drummer Simon Phillips and vocalist Joseph Williams, who returned to the lineup in 2010 after more than 20 years away. They’ll be back on the road later this summer as part of a package tour with Michael McDonald, and they’re currently wrapping up sessions for their first new album since 2006′s ‘Falling in Between.’
Although the new LP won’t be out until next year, Lukather took a moment to speak with Ultimate Classic Rock about how it came together, what fans can expect to hear when it arrives, and much, much more.
By Jeff Giles, UltimateClassicRock.com, May 13 2014
Toto – Live in Poland: 35th Anniversary Tour (2014)In the media - By Arend, May 8, 2014 2:25 PM
Toto’s Live in Poland: 35th Anniversary Tour is the story of family — and, like most of them, that includes arrivals and departures, good times and and bad, anecdotes you’ve heard a million times mixed with those only shared with the deepest confidants.
by Nick DeRiso, somethingelsereviews.com, April 25, 2014
35th Anniversary Tour - Available Now on DVD/Blu-ray/CDNews - By Arend, Apr 30, 2014 8:39 AM
Toto 35th Anniversary Tour – Live in Poland is OUT NOW!
Steve Lukather about some personnel moves for TotoNews - By Arend, Mar 29, 2014 10:22 AM
‘It seems the news is out’: David Hungate returns to Toto; Keith Carlock will tour with Steely Dan. Steve Lukather, in discussing some upcoming personnel moves for his band Toto, also confirmed a previously unannounced summer tour for Steely Dan.
(Source: SomethingElseReviews.com, March 28 2014)
‘It’s just me and him’: Lukather on his fun new song with Ringo StarrIn the media - By Arend, Mar 20, 2014 7:05 PM
Steve Lukather says he gained an even deeper appreciation for Ringo Starr’s easy-going brilliance at the drums while collaborating on a new song for the former Beatles’ upcoming solo album. Impishly titled “You Bring the Party Down,” it’s part of an as-yet unnamed followup to Starr’s Ringo 2012.
Nick DeRiso, March 20th 2014, somethingelsereviews.com
"Sphinctersaywhat" gig at the Baked Potato 2/28/14, Luke, Toss Panos, Jorgen Carlsson and Jeff BabkoEditorial - By Arend, Mar 17, 2014 6:34 PM
Reggie Boyle: "I'm thinking the naming of the band "Sphinctersaywhat" might have something to do with Steve Lukather. But Luke, the always jokester, put together an amazing quartet. With Luke on guitar, Jeff Babko (Jimmy Kimmel Band, Larry Carlton, James Taylor) on keyboards, Toss Panos (Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, Michael Landau, Andy Summers) on drums and Jorgen Carlsson (Gov't Mule) on bass, these cats put on roof blowing performances at four sold out shows at the World Famous Baked Potato in Studio City, Ca, on February 28th and March 1st 2014."
Gimme Five: Toto’s Steve Lukather and David Paich on balladsInterview - By Arend, Mar 12, 2014 10:33 AM
Back in the studio for its first new album project since 2006, not to mention on the cusp of a major world tour with Michael McDonald, Toto has made a dramatic return to the spotlight. Steve Lukather and David Paich joined us to discuss some key moments that built their legend.
Key moments that came in the form of a ballad.
By Nick DeRiso, somethingelsereviews.com, January 26, 2014
Tracklisting new Toto live DVD/CD boxNews - By Arend, Feb 28, 2014 11:58 AM
Los Angeles --- Toto and Eagle Rock Entertainment have announced an April 29th release date for the band's 35TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR - LIVE IN POLAND. The title will be available in configurations that include 2CD, DVD, Blu-ray, and a deluxe edition featuring all formats with a 60-page book (Pre-book Order Date April 4, MSRP $19.98 Blu-ray, $14.98 DVD, $17.98 2CD, $79.98 Deluxe Edition).
Track listing, video and more:
Lukather at the Grammy Salute to The BeatlesIn the media - By Arend, Jan 30, 2014 2:16 PM
Steve Lukather played with Ringo and his fellow All Starr bandmates at “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles” on Monday January 27. Check out the gallery via the DailyNews.com link. The performance airs on CBS on February 9 2014.
TOTO ramps up a for busy 2014News - By Arend, Jan 26, 2014 10:36 AM
TOTO ramps up for a busy 2014 with planned studio album, upcoming DVD/CD release, Japanese tour run across North-America with co-headliner Michael McDonald.
Founding member and guitarist Steve "Luke" Lukather to join Ringo Starr at Grammy Awards and 50th Anniversary Beatles Tribute on CBS.
Lukather, The Grammy's 2014 and The BeatlesNews - By Arend, Jan 18, 2014 8:39 AM
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will both perform at this year's Grammy Awards, though it is unclear whether they will share the stage.
The two surviving Beatles members have been confirmed as performers at the awards ceremony later this month as their former band is honoured with the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award – 49 years after the Fab Four won Best New Artist at the 1965 Grammys.
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on January 26, 2014, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The show will broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/P.
The night after the Grammys a television special called The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles will be recorded. The show will air on February 9th, the 50th anniversary of the band's first US TV appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. It will feature covers of Beatles songs by contemporary and heritage acts.
Steve Lukather has been asked to join Ringo's contirbution to both events.
The making of the new Toto XIV albumEditorial - By Arend, Dec 4, 2013 7:46 PM
From December 2013 till December 2014 Steve Lukather and his band mates were working on the new Toto studio album, Toto XIV. Here's the report of the making of...
Bye bye 2013, welcome 2014. A big thank YOU from LukeEditorial - By Arend, Dec 3, 2013 9:16 PM
Steve Lukather is running in a very busy and fruitful episode of his career. Alot happened this year and alot is going to happen next year. Here's some reflection, forseeing and thank you's.
Reggie Boyle: Final Ringo All Starr Show Las Vegas NevadaEditorial - By Arend, Nov 25, 2013 10:41 AM
On November 23rd 2013 Reggie Boyle attended the last Ringo Starr All Starr Tour show of 2013: once again it was a bittersweet ending show. This was the second of two nights at the gorgeous Pearl Theater in the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The All Starrs were comprised of Ringo, Steve Lukather (g), Todd Rundgren (g), Gregg Rolie (organ, k), Richard Page (b), Mark Rivera (k, sax, clarinet) & Gregg Bissonette (d) with ALL of the players singing.
Cartoon Luke by Simpsons cartoonist AkiNews - By Arend, Nov 10, 2013 3:08 PM
Recently head cartoonist John Achenbach (Aki) of The Simpsons made a cool cartoon of Steve Lukather on stage... etc...
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