“Toto XIV” to be followed by European tour
By Mindy Rochwerg
February 5, 2015
Toto, the extremely popular ‘70s and ‘80s pop/rock band, is set to release Toto XIV, the band’s first album with new material since 2002, as a sequel to the 1982 album, Toto IV. The new album will be followed by a tour throughout Europe.
Toto XIV will feature the return of the Toto’s original bassist, David Hungate. Mike Porcaro, who joined on bass after Toto IV, has Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS).
Toto was formed in 1978 when Hungate got together with David Paich (keyboards, vocals), Steve Lukather (lead guitar, vocals), Bobby Kimball (lead vocals), Steve Porcaro (keyboards) and Steve’s late brother, Jeff Porcaro (drums).
In 2008, Lukather announced his departure from the band, after which the remaining band members later went their separate ways. In the summer of 2010, Toto reformed and went on a short European tour, with a new lineup, to benefit Mike Porcaro and ALS.
With major hits like “Hold the Line,” “Rosanna” (written for actress Rosanna Arquette) and “Africa,” Toto has sold over 35 million albums, and packed stadiums.
The reconfigured lineup includes the return of former vocalist Joseph Williams, who rejoined in 2010, as well as founding member Steve Porcaro.
“This is opposite of going through the motions,” Steve Porcaro told Asia One Entertainment, adding that they want to “make the best music we can. Entertain people… is what we were put on this Earth for.”
Toto’s European tour promoting the new album will start in Glasgow on May 21 and will include appearances throughout the UK, as well as the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Italy and Belgium, culminating in Vienne, France, on July 16. The band will likely tour North America and Asia this year as well.
Hungate, in addition to being a member of Toto, is a prominent session player, having backed well-knowns such as Boz Scaggs, Seals & Crofts, Dolly Parton, Bryan Adams and Barbra Streisand. Not just a pop/rock artist, Hungate has also played with country greats Glen Campbell, Conway Twitty, Barbara Mandrell and Reba McEntire. Hungate’s own jazz/fusion solo album, Souvenir, was released in 1996.
1. Running Out of Time
3. Holy War
4. 21st Century
6. Unknown Soldier (for Jeffrey)
7. The Little Things
9. All The Tears That
11. Great Expectations
Release Date: March 24, 2015
Label: Frontier Records
Pre-order Toto XIV here
Toto IV is available here
David Hungate’s solo album, Souvenir, is available here