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Saturday, October 30, 2010

THE STONE ROSES / Second coming

Second coming

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LINK: secondcoming


Alan Caylow (USA)

This review is from: Second Coming (Audio CD)
After the phenomenal success in the UK of their 1989 self-titled debut, the Stone Roses should've capitalised on their success and recorded a follow-up album a year or two later. Instead, the band got tangled up in legal problems with their record label (though I don't know the details), which would sideline the group for five long years. When the smoke *finally* cleared in 1994, with the Stone Roses having switched over to Geffen Records, they finally released their long-awaited second album, appropriately-titled "Second Coming." Unfortunately, in the five years that the Stone Roses had been away, it seemed that time had passed them by. Oasis were now the UK's #1 group, and reaction to "Second Coming," both in sales and fan & critical response, was disappointing. The Stone Roses disbanded shortly afterwards, and since then, "Second Coming" seems to have been forgotten. It doesn't deserve to be---"Second Coming" is an outstanding album that I, personally, like even *better* than the band's celebrated 1989 debut, though brilliant that album is. I guess this makes me a "twisted" Stone Roses fan, but seriously, people, I LOVE this album. Nevermind the ridiculous criticism or disappointing sales---"Second Coming" is a fantastic, powerful piece of work, and one of my all-time favorite albums. For "Second Coming," the Stone Roses branched out into rock music even more experimental than on their debut disc, combining even more abundant elements of pop, psychedelia, dance, acoustic, progressive, and Zeppelin-esque hard rock. The towering 11 1/2 minute opener, "Breaking Into Heaven," is sensational, beginning with jungle sound effects, followed by some tight, rhythmic percussion by drummer Reni, and then at last, the rest of the band charge in with some incredible grooves & musical interplay, capped off by Ian Brown's smooth, assured vocals. The rest of the album brilliantly matches this track, including the tough-as-nails rock of "Driving South," the funky "Daybreak," and the acoustic beauty of "Your Star Will Shine." "Begging You" is a thrilling dance rave-up, recalling the group's earlier classic, "Fool's Gold." "Tightrope" is a wonderful sing-along, and "Tears" is the Stone Roses' obvious tip-of-the-hat to Led Zeppelin, from guitarist John Squire's opening acoustic riff to the hard-rocking bridge that recalls "Stairway To Heaven." "How Do You Sleep" is beautiful pop, and the album closer, "Love Spreads," is awesome, beefy rock with all the trimmings. Once again, the band's musicianship & songwriting is stunning, as Squire, Brown, Reni, and bassist Gary "Mani" Mounfield's chemistry sparkles like fireworks. It's such a terrible, terrible shame that this outstanding band closed shop after only a pair of albums, but oh, what a pair of albums. Most Stone Roses fans prefer the 1989 debut album over "Second Coming." So be it---it is indeed a superb album. But, in my opinion, "Second Coming" is even more superb, and it's also a very fond farewell to this groundbreaking, trailblazing British band. As I said in my review of the group's first album, popular bands like Coldplay, Radiohead & Oasis may rule the roost in British rock these days, but ALL of them owe a debt in some way or another to the Stone Roses. Thank you John, Ian, Mani & Reni---you guys rock!

  1. "Breaking into Heaven" – 11:21
  2. "Driving South" – 5:09
  3. "Ten Storey Love Song" – 4:29
  4. "Daybreak" (Ian Brown, Gary Mounfield, Squire, Alan Wren) – 6:33
  5. "Your Star Will Shine" – 2:59
  6. "Straight to the Man" (Brown) – 3:15
  7. "Begging You" (Squire, Brown) – 4:56
  8. "Tightrope" – 4:27
  9. "Good Times" – 5:40
  10. "Tears" – 6:50
  11. "How Do You Sleep" – 4:59
  12. "Love Spreads" – 5:46

The Stone Roses

The Stone Roses

The Stone Roses in a promo photo. From left: Mani, Ian Brown, John Squire and Reni.
Background information
Origin Manchester, England
Genres Alternative rock, Madchester, Indie rock
Years active 1984–1996
Labels Silvertone, Geffen
Associated acts The Patrol, The Waterfront, The High, The Seahorses, Primal Scream, The Rub
Website thestoneroses20.com
Past members
Ian Brown
John Squire



Andy Couzens

Pete Garner
Robbie Maddix
Nigel Ippinson

Aziz Ibrahim

The Stone Roses were an English alternative rock band formed in Manchester in 1984. They were one of the pioneering groups of the Madchester movement that was active during the late 1980s and early 1990s. The band's most notable lineup consisted of vocalist Ian Brown, guitarist John Squire, bassist Gary "Mani" Mounfield, and drummer Alan "Reni" Wren.

The band released their début album, The Stone Roses, in 1989. The album was a breakthrough success for the band. At this time the Stone Roses decided to capitalise on their success by signing to a major label; however, their current record label Silvertone would not let them out of their contract, which led to a long legal battle that culminated with the band signing with Geffen Records in 1991, and then finally releasing their second album Second Coming in 1994. The group soon disbanded after several lineup changes throughout the supporting tour, which began with Reni first departing, followed by Squire.


Formation and early releases

Vocalist Ian Brown and guitarist John Squire, who knew each other from secondary school, formed a short-lived band called The Patrol in 1980 along with Andy Couzens and drummer Simon Wolstencroft - a sister band of Stretford-based "Corrosive Youth". After this Squire continued to play guitar while working as an animator for Cosgrove Hall during the day, while Brown ran a Northern soul night in a Salford club. Squire started a new band, The Waterfront, with bassist Gary "Mani" Mounfield and a singer named Kaiser, influenced by 1960s groups and contemporary bands such as Orange Juice. In 1983 Brown replaced Kaiser: shortly afterwards the band changed its name to The Stone Roses. The name derived from the song "English Rose" by The Jam and from The Rolling Stones).).

By 1984 the line-up included Squire, Brown and drummer Alan Wren but bassist and former roadie Peter Garner had replaced Mounfield and there was a second guitarist, Andy Couzens,. In 1985, with a strong following, the band recorded tracks intended for their debut album with producer Martin Hannett, but the band's sound changed and the album was abandoned (it was later released as Garage Flower). The Stone Roses' first single was the Hannett-produced double A-side "So Young"/"Tell Me" but by the time of their next single, "Sally Cinnamon", the group's sound had changed considerably. Released in 1987 on FM Revolver records, "Sally Cinnamon" contained chiming guitar hooks and a strong melody.

In late 1986 Andy Couzens left the band due to differences with manager Gareth Evans, joining Steve Diggle in Buzzcocks F.O.C.. In August 1987 bassist Pete Garner also left the band and Waterfront bassist Mani (Gary Mounfield) rejoined. Brown recalled, "When Mani joined it almost changed overnight. It became a totally different groove [...] Straight away, everything just fell into place". A single, the psychedelically-tinged "Elephant Stone", followed along with an album deal with Jive/Zomba offshoot Silvertone Records.

Debut album and breakthrough success

In 1988 and early 1989 The Stone Roses recorded their debut album, produced by John Leckie.The Stone Roses was well received by the music press and is now considered one of the great British albums. The singles "Made Of Stone" and "She Bangs the Drums" were moderately successful. Later in 1989 the band released a double A-side single, "Fools Gold/What the World Is Waiting For", which reached number eight on the UK Singles Chart in November. Originally intended as a B-side, "Fools Gold" quickly became the Roses' most famous song and a performance of it on Top of the Pops cemented their national fame. The group won four NME Readers poll awards that year; Band of the Year, Best New Band, Single of the Year (for "Fools Gold") and Album of the Year (for their debut album).

The band gained widespread notoriety when, one minute into a live 1989 TV performance on the BBC's The Late Show, the power failed, prompting Ian Brown to repeatedly roar "Amateurs!" at Tracey MacLeod.

We're the most important group in the world, because we've got the best songs and we haven't even begun to show our potential yet.

Ian Brown - NME - December 1989

The Stone Roses' outdoor concert at Spike Island in Widnes on 27 May 1990 was attended by approximately 27,000 people. The event, considered a failure at the time due to sound problems and bad organisation, has become legendary over the years as a "Woodstock for the baggy In mid 2010 footage of the concert was published on Youtube. The Roses followed Spike Island with another big event, at Glasgow Green. generation".

By July the band had released their final single for Silvertone, "One Love", which reached number four in the UK singles chart, The Stone Roses' highest chart-placing yet. It was to be the Roses' last original release for four years as they entered a protracted legal battle to terminate their five-year contract with Silvertone. Silvertone owners Zomba Records took out an injunction against the band in September 1990 to prevent them from recording with any other label. In May 1991 the court sided with the group, which was then released from its contract. The Stone Roses subsequently signed with Geffen Records (garnering a two-million-pound advance for their next record) and began work on their second album. However, Silvertone appealed against the ruling, delaying the record for another year.

Second Coming and breakup

Following the court case The Stone Roses separated themselves from Manchester's club culture and spent much of 1992 and 1993 travelling in Europe before they commenced work on their second album in mid-1993. However work proceeded slowly, hampered by Brown's and Squire's new fatherhood and the death of several people close to the band. John Leckie ultimately left the project as the band would not sign a production contract. Afterwards The Stone Roses assumed production duties with engineer Simon Dawson at Rockfield Studios in Wales, where they spent 347 ten-hour days working on the album.

The Stone Roses finally released the album, Second Coming, in December 1994. Mostly written by John Squire, the music now had a dark, heavy blues-rock sound. "Love Spreads" reached number two on the UK Singles Chart. Second Coming received a mixed reception from the British press, which music journalist Simon Reynolds attributed to "the resentment that the Roses, divorced from the cultural moment that gave them meaning, were now just another band".

When Reni left the band in March 1995 with no real explanation given for his departure, a replacement drummer, Robbie Maddix, who had previously worked with Rebel MC, was found. Also recruited around this time for the live shows was session-keyboardist/programmer Nigel Ippinson, who had previously played with the band on the re-working of "Begging You" for its release as a single. A secret "come-back" tour of the UK was planned for April 1995 but cancelled after the music press announced the dates. A major blow was the cancellation of their engagement at the Glastonbury Festival in June 1995. John Squire had suffered a mountain biking accident in northern California just weeks before the show, breaking his collarbone. The band finally organised a full UK tour for November and December 1995 and all dates sold out in a day.

John Squire left the band on 1 April 1996, releasing a statement describing his departure as "the inevitable conclusion to the gradual social and musical separation we have undergone in the past few years". Former Simply Red session guitarist Aziz Ibrahim was recruited. The band persevered for another six months, but in performances at Benicassim Festival and the Reading Festival in August 1996 fans booed and threw objects at the stage and Brown's vocals were described as "so off-key it was excruciating to have to listen". The music press was united in its criticism, the NME describing "I am the Resurrection" as "more like the eternal crucifixion". Brown and Mani dissolved the group in October 1996.


Ian Brown and John Squire have both had successful solo careers since the Roses' breakup. Squire formed The Seahorses, who released one album before breaking up, as well as releasing two solo albums. In 2007 he told a reporter that he was giving up music for good to focus on his career as a painter. Brown has released six solo albums, all but one of which have charted in the top 10 of the UK Albums Chart. A large number of these featured Aziz Ibrahim on guitar.

Neither Mani nor Reni have pursued solo careers. Mani joined Primal Scream as bassist in 1996 and has remained in the band. Reni has remained inactive for the most part since the Roses' breakup. He started a new band called The Rub in 1999, and played several gigs but nothing has been heard of The Rub since. In an interview in 2005 he said he was writing new songs to perform with Mani.

The 20th-anniversary edition of the band's début album was released in August 2009, remastered by John Leckie and Ian Brown, including a collectors' box-set edition and the previously unreleased song 'Pearl Bastard'.

Reports of reunion

Squire and Brown have both repeatedly denied any possibility of a reunion: the pair have not spoken since Squire resigned. Squire, interviewed in May 2007, asserted that if Brown asked he would turn the offer down.

A partial reunion took place on 30 March 2007 at former Smiths' bassist Andy Rourke's charity concert in aid of Manchester Versus Cancer. Ian Brown was joined by Mani and unofficial fifth member Cressa, along with Andy Rourke, Maka Simato and Steve White to perform "I Am the Resurrection". Reni was supposedly lined up to play drums but did not turn up.

After telling Tim Lovejoy that, if The Specials reformed, he would reunite the Stone Roses, Mani announced that he, Reni and John Squire wanted to reunite for the 20th anniversary of the debut album but that he needed to persuade Ian Brown. A spokesman for Squire stated in January 2009 that Squire "has no plans to return to music".

The UK's Daily Mirror reported on 17 March 2009 that "sources" had confirmed that the band was to reform in 2009 for a 21-date tour. The report was given sufficient credence to be repeated on the New Musical Express's website but John Squire and Ian Brown both denied it.

On 19 March 2009, it was reported that John Squire had created a piece of artwork depicting his less than positive views of the band reforming. The piece read "I have no desire whatsoever to desecrate the grave of seminal Manchester pop group The Stone Roses 18.3.09", which strongly indicated that rumours of the band reforming were highly unlikely. In an interview on the BBC's Newsnight, Squire stated that he thought the reunion of the band would never happen even if Ian Brown and he were on speaking terms as he would refuse, not being interested in reforming the band. He said that he would be dedicating himself to his visual art work and that "music is a young man's game".

On 9 June 2009 Mani stated that the band would reform if they were offered enough money but admitted that he's "very nearly given up" on trying to orchestrate a reunion and two months later told BBC Newsbeat how Ian Brown "isn't up for it at all".

When promoting his 2009 album My Way Ian Brown stated he would consider a reunion for charity, donating the proceeds to youth clubs if the other band members were to agree to do the same. However in another interview he stated "the chances are slim".

Musical style and influences

The Stone Roses were part of the Madchester movement, a style of alternative rock that mixed acid house rhythms with guitar pop sounds. In contrast to their contemporaries Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses based their sound on traditional pop songs, merely enhanced by dance beats. The band's influences included garage rock, Mod Revival,[26] Northern soul, punk rock, and artists such as Sonic Youth,[27] The Beatles, The Byrds, Jimi Hendrix, The Sex PistolsThe Clash. Brown and Mani favoured reggae but their bandmates didn't, instead preferring heavy metal. and

Classic line up 1987-1995

  • Ian Brown - lead vocals (February 1984 to August 1996)
  • John Squire - guitar (February 1984 to April 1996)
  • Mani (Gary Mounfield) - bass guitar (August 1987 to August 1996)
  • Reni (Alan Wren) - drums and backing vocals (February 1984 to February 1995)

Other members

Before main lineup:

  • Andy Couzens - rhythm guitar and vocals (February 1984 to July 1986)
  • Pete Garner - bass (February 1984 to August 1987)

After main lineup:

  • Robbie Maddix - drums and backing vocals (April 1995 to August 1996, replaced Reni)
  • Nigel Ippinson - keyboards and backing vocals (July 1995 to August 1996)
  • Aziz Ibrahim - guitar (April 1996 to August 1996, replaced John Squire)



THE STONE ROSES / Garage flower

Garage flower

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LINK: garageflower

  1. "Getting Plenty" – 4:04
  2. "Here It Comes" (Brown/Squire) – 2:39
  3. "Trust a Fox" – 3:03
  4. "Tradjic Roundabout" – 3:12
  5. "All I Want" – 3:39
  6. "Heart on the Staves" – 3:19
  7. "I Wanna Be Adored" (Brown/Squire) – 3:29
  8. "This Is the One" (Brown/Squire) – 3:41
  9. "Fall" – 2:49
  10. "So Young" (Brown/Squire) – 3:18
  11. "Tell Me" (Brown/Squire) – 3:52
  12. "Haddock" – 0:14
  13. "Just a Little Bit" – 3:08
  14. "Mission Impossible" – 3:48

APOPTYGMA BERZERK / Rocket science

Rocket science

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LINK: rocketscience

01. Weight of the world - 6:11

02. Apollo -live on your TV - 4:27

03. Asleep or awake - 3:39

04. Incompatible - 6:33

05. United States of credit - 1:33

06. Shadow - 4:58

07. Green Queen - 4:52

08. Butterfly defect - 3:57

09. The state of your heart - skit end of the deal - 4:13

10. Rocket calculator - 1:50

11. Right - 2:13

12. Pitchblack / heart death - 4:16

13. Black vs white - 5:17

14. Trash - 2:27




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LINK: "7"

Track list:

1. Love Never Dies (Part 1) (5:27)

2. Mourn (5:33)

3. Non-Stop Violence (6:49)

4. 25 Cromwell St. (4:24)

5. Rebel (4:49)

6. Deep Red (4:00)

7. Nearer (6:09)

8. Half Asleep (4:51)

9. Love Never Dies (Part 2) / Untitled One / Untitled Too (12:54)


APOPTYGMA BERZERK / Welcome to earth

Welcome to earth

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LINK: welcometoearth

1. Everything We Know Is Wrong

2. Starsign

3. Eclipse

4. Help Me!

5. Kathy's Song (Come Lie Next To Me)

6. Untitled 3

7. Moment Of Tranquility

8. Fade To Black

9. 64K

10. Paranoia

11. Soultaker

12. Lndp3

13. Time To Move On


BOB DYLAN / Slow train coming

Due to a complain I have to change the link.

New link: slowtraincoming




Saturday, October 16, 2010

TOTO / toto


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LINK: toto


01 Child's Anthem
02 I'll Supply the Love
03 Georgy Porgy
04 Manuela Run
05 You Are the Flower
06 Girl Goodbye
07 Takin' It Back
08 Rockmaker
09 Hold the Line
10 Angela




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01 Rosanna

02 Make Believe

03 I Won't Hold You Back

04 Good For You

05 It's A Feeling

06 Afraid Of Love

07 Lovers In The Night

08 We Made It

09 Waiting For Your Love

10 Africa


TOTO / hydra


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LINK: hydra

Second Album

1. "Hydra" – 7:31

2. "St. George and the Dragon" – 4:45

3. "99" – 5:16

4. "Lorraine" – 4:46

5. "All Us Boys" – 5:03

6. "Mama" – 5:14

7. "White Sister" – 5:39

8. "A Secret Love" – 3:07


Thursday, October 14, 2010

TOTO / through the looking glass

Through the looking glass

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LINK: throughthelookingglass

01. Could You Be Loved (Bob Marley)

02. Bodhisattva (Steely Dan)

03. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Beatles)

04. I Can't Get Next to You (Al Green)

05. Living for the City (Stevie Wonder)

06. Maiden Voyage/Butterfly (Herbie Hancock)

07. Burn Down the Mission (Elton John)

08. Sunshine of Your Love (Cream)

09. House of the Rising Sun (Animals)

10. Watching the Detectives (Elvis Costello)

11. It Takes a lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (Bob Dylan)


Toto is an American rock band founded in 1977 by some of the most popular and experienced session musicians of the era. The band enjoyed great commercial success in the late 1970's and 1980s, beginning with the band's self-titled debut released in 1978. With the release of 1982's critically acclaimed and commercially successful Toto IV, Toto became one of the best-selling music groups of their era. They are best known for the Top 5 hits "Hold the Line," "Rosanna," and "Africa." Although their popularity in the United States diminished in the 1990s and 2000s, they continued to sell out arenas constantly internationally, only playing minimal shows in the USA.

Toto is known for a musical style that combines elements of pop, rock, soul, funk, progressive rock, hard rock, R&B and jazz. Although they were regularly associated with the soft rock genre, Toto's broad array of musical styles helps them appeal to a variety of listeners.

The band has released 17 albums and have sold over 30 million records to date. Their 18th album, Falling In Between Live, was released in August 2007, a live release recorded in March 2007 in Paris. At the end of the Falling In Between tour in 2008, guitarist Steve LukatherMike Porcaro, who has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). announced his departure from the band, and the remaining band members subsequently went their separate ways. Recently, Toto announced a short European tour in summer of 2010 to benefit longtime bassist



1982 in London (Steve Porcaro, John Smith, Bobby Kimball, Steve Lukather, Lenny Castro, Jeff Porcaro)

Prior to the formation of the band, Toto members were regulars on albums by Steely Dan, Seals and Crofts, Boz Scaggs, Sonny and Cher, and many others, contributing to many of the most popular records of the 1970s. Keyboardist David Paich, son of musician and sessions player/arranger Marty Paich, rose to fame after having co-written Boz Scaggs's Silk DegreesJeff Porcaro (the son of noted session percussionist Joe Porcaro, whom he met while attending Grant High School in North Hollywood, California where they formed the band Rural Still Life), the two began to seriously discuss the possibility of forming their own band. They brought in bassist and fellow session vet David Hungate, having played with him on the road with Boz Scaggs. In addition, the duo asked guitarist Steve Lukather (who also played in Scaggs's band as a replacement for Les Dudek) and Jeff Porcaro's brother Steve Porcaro (keyboards) to join the team. Luke and Steve Porcaro also attended Grant High and in fact continued the band Rural Still Life (the name shortened to Still Life) after Paich & Jeff graduated. With the addition of former S.S. Fools singer Bobby Kimball, the group began to work on their first album in 1977 after signing with Columbia Records. album. Having played on many sessions with drummer

Band Name and the Debut Album

Once the band came together, David Paich began composing what would become the eponymous debut album, Toto. According to popular myth, at the first recording sessions, in order to distinguish their own demo tapes from other bands' in the studio, Jeff Porcaro wrote the word "Toto" on them. In the early 1980s, band members told the press that the band was named after the dog in The Wizard of Oz. One popular rumor is that the name came from Bobby Kimball's "true" last name, 'Toteaux.' This rumor was in fact only a joke popularized by former bassist David Hungate. After the completion of the first album, the band and record were still unnamed. David Hungate, after viewing the name on the demo tapes, explained to the group that the word "Toto" in Latin translated to "all-encompassing." Because the band members played on so many different records and many different musical genres, they adopted the name Toto as their own.

After its release, Toto climbed the charts quickly, earning popularity with the hit single "Hold The Line", as well as the charting "I'll Supply the Love" and "Georgy Porgy." The band garnered international acclaim and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Shortly thereafter, in early 1979, Toto embarked on their first American tour in support of the debut album. For the tour, Toto brought along two additional musicians, Tom Kelly (guitar, backup vocals) and Lenny Castro (percussion), to increase the depth of the sound, and continued to bring additional touring musicians for all subsequent tours. (See Tour Musicians below).

Hydra and Turn Back

Kimball and Lukather live in 2007

At the close of the first tour, the band began work on their next album, entitled Hydra, which was released later that year and featured the single "99", inspired by George Lucas' cult film THX 1138. (Nearly 30 years later, Steve Lukather confessed that, despite the song's popularity, he hated "99" and that it's one of his least favorite Toto songs, which is why it was no longer performed live.) The band also released four promotional music videos for the album, including the title track. Although the album Hydra failed to achieve the commercial success of Toto's first release, it still went Gold. Following the album's release, the band set out on the "Hydra Tour," which featured both American and international dates. The tour lasted from February until June 1980.

In early 1981, Toto released their third album, Turn Back. The album was experimental and featured heavier guitar and fewer keyboards than on the previous two records. Ultimately, Turn Back failed to earn the radio play or critical acclaim of either of the previous two releases and the song "Goodbye Elenore" was the only official single released worldwide. Due to the release's commercial disappointment, the band minimized their promotional touring efforts. Sales of the album stalled at 900,000 copies worldwide and nearly lost Toto their recording contract with Columbia Records.

Toto IV

Mike Porcaro live

1982 marked the beginning of Toto's most successful era. After the disappointing sales of Turn Back, the band was under a great deal of pressure from the record company to produce a new smash record. With Toto IV, the band delivered one of the most commercially successful records of the 80s. The album featured three singles that reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100Rosanna," "Africa" and "I Won't Hold You Back." The album also appeared on several worldwide charts, introducing the band to new audiences around the globe. "Africa" topped the charts in February 1983 and was a constant presence on radios around the world, but it was "Rosanna" that earned the band multiple Grammy nominations. Toto IV earned six Grammy Awards, including "Record of the Year" for "Rosanna", "Album of the Year" for Toto IV and "Producer of the Year." The song Rosanna was named after Steve Porcaro's ex-girlfriend, actress Rosanna Arquette, but the song itself was not about her, according to writer David Paich.Patrick Swayze appears as one of the dancers, while Cynthia Rhodes plays the title character. In addition to "Africa" and "Rosanna," Toto IVMake Believe." Toto toured throughout 1982 in support of Toto IV, during which singer Bobby Kimball broke his leg and was forced to sit behind a piano to perform. chart: " In the music video for the song, a young continued its successful run with the release of another single, "

A New Lead Vocalist -- Fergie Frederiksen and Isolation

Subsequent to the Toto IV release, bassist David Hungate left the band. Hungate, who had relocated to Nashville in 1980 to pursue a session/production career, felt that the fame surrounding Toto IV would prevent him from spending time with his family. Mike Porcaro replaced him on bass and appeared in all the music videos for Toto IV. Lead singer Bobby Kimball was fired in 1984 when personal problems plagued his relationship with the band. At one point, Richard Page of the band Mr. Mister was offered the lead singer spot, but turned it down to continue with his band. Fergie Frederiksen (formerly of Angel, Trillion and Le Roux) was brought in as the new vocalist and the band recorded Isolation, released in November 1984. Although Bobby Kimball sang some portion of the record before leaving, the extent of his participation is unknown. He is given credit as a background vocalist. David Paich says he performed a third of the record, while Steve Lukather says it was only three or four songs. While Isolation did not achieve the acclaim or sales of Toto IV, it did achieve Gold status, largely on the strength of the single "Stranger in Town." The "Isolation" tour began in February 1985 and concluded three months later. Kimball claims it was most of the album.

Fahrenheit and The Seventh One with Joseph Williams

David Paich during a live concert

At the close of the Isolation tour, Fergie Frederiksen was let go. Lukather claimed that the band was not meshing well with Fergie because he had a difficult time recording with them in the studio. The band had an audition for a new lead singer and Joseph Williams, son of famous film composer John Williams and 1950's singer/actress Barbara Ruick, was chosen to take over lead vocals.

With Joseph Williams now on board officially, Toto wrote and recorded Fahrenheit, released in October 1986. While Williams is credited as lead vocallist, Frederiksen had begun recording a few tracks and is featured as a background vocalist on the track "Could This Be Love."

Fahrenheit brought the band back from the heavier sound of Isolation to their pop/rock roots. "I'll Be Over You" and "Without Your Love," which were both sung by Lukather, were the two hit singles, both of which are ballads. The band recruited several guest musicians for the album. They recorded an instrumental piece entitled "Don't Stop Me Now" with legendary jazz great Miles Davis. In addition, a then-unknown Paula Abdul appeared as a dancer in their "Till the End" music video. Michael McDonald provided backup vocals on the song "I'll Be Over You", while Eagles founder and songwriting giant Don Henley appeared on the haunting Steve Porcaro penned track "Lea."

Despite all its accolades, however, the album was not received well compared to previous releases and failed to immediately set fire to any of the charts. After its release, the band embarked on another world tour. Upon its conclusion in 1987, Steve Porcaro left the band to pursue a career in film and television scoring. The Fahrenheit album eventually went Gold on October 3, 1994. Steve Porcaro was never replaced and Toto decided to continue with only five members. Although Steve Porcaro occasionally assisted the band on synthesizers for their subsequent studio albums (and appeared on their 1988 tour), David Paich handled most of the live keyboard work (with keyboard tech John Jessel assisting on certain dates) post 1988.

In 1988 Toto released their next album The Seventh One, featuring Jon Anderson of Yes on backup vocals on the single "Stop Loving You." The record's other single, "Pamela," also became very popular and would be the band's last to hit the US Top 40. The Seventh One became the band's most successful release since Toto IV and, according to David Paich, the record was supposed to be their comeback record, but personnel changes at the record company resulted in the album's promotion and advertising money being pulled. The band toured from February through July 1988.

Past To Present and Jean-Michel Byron

Steve Lukather

Although "The Seventh One Tour" was very successful, after it was finished the band decided to replace lead singer Joseph Williams. During the European leg of the tour, Joseph had lost his voice before many of the performances because of a combination of the flu, excessive partying and drug use, prompting Toto to decide that a change needed to be made. Originally, the band wanted to reunite with original vocalist Bobby Kimball to record new songs for a greatest hits record, but the record company instead insisted they hire South African singer Jean-Michel Byron. Before Byron was brought in, the band recorded "Goin Home." This song was later featured on the Toto XX album as an 'unreleased song.' When Byron was brought in, he and Toto recorded four new songs which were included on their greatest hits album Past to Present 1977-1990, released in 1990. Toto then embarked upon the "Planet Earth" tour that lasted from September until December of 1990.

Shortly into this tour, it became clear that Byron's decidedly non-rock image and bizarre on-stage antics would not mesh with Toto's vision for their live shows, and he was subsequently fired. Because many of the fans were so outraged at Byron's stage persona, most of his performances were removed from the subsequent live video release, "Toto Live," and Byron was listed only as a "background singer" in the album credits. All of the live performances of the new songs from Past to Present were removed from the recorded set list and the only songs on which Byron appears are "Rosanna" and "Hold The Line" and a few wide shots. The rest of the tracks were sung by Steve Lukather and David Paich.

Death of Jeff Porcaro

Once again without a lead vocalist, guitarist Steve Lukather stepped up to the microphone and became the new front man. Toto played at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1991 and the band recorded Kingdom of Desire, which was released on Columbia Records in most parts of the world and on Clive Davis' label Relativity Records in the United States.

On August 5, 1992, drummer Jeff Porcaro died after suffering an allergic reaction from a pesticide he was using in his garden. Facing the prospect of a tour without Jeff, Toto almost broke up. However, Jeff Porcaro's family insisted the band continue. Englishman Simon PhillipsSantana and Jeff Beck in Japan in 1986. was the only drummer ever contacted to replace Jeff Porcaro since the band knew that Porcaro liked Phillips and because Lukather worked with Simon on a previous tour with

Phillips joined the band and they went on the tour which they dedicated to Jeff's memory. In 1993, they released a live album called Absolutely Live. From 1991 on, Steve Lukather would handle a majority of the vocals (until Bobby Kimball's return in 1998), but some older songs originally sung by Kimball, Fergie Frederiksen, and Joseph Williams were put in the set list and sung by new backup singers Fred White (who was replaced by John James in 1992), Jackie McGee (who'd joined for the 1990 tour and was replaced by Donna McDaniel in 1992), and Jenny Douglas-McRae (who'd also come aboard in 1990.) John sang "Stop Loving You" and Bobby's part on "Rosanna," Donna sang "Home Of The Brave" and "Angel Don't Cry", and Jenny sang "Hold The Line."

At the close of the tour, the band performed the Tribute to Jeff Porcaro Concert in Los Angeles on December 14, 1992. It featured Toto members as well as Don Henley, Eddie Van Halen, Donald Fagen, Walter Becker, Boz Scaggs, James Newton Howard, Michael McDonald, Richard Marx, and many more, and a special appearance by George Harrison. At the close of the tour, the band took a break to pursue individual projects as well as to keep up their session schedules.Simon Phillips and Tambu

In 1995, Toto recorded Tambu, their first album with Simon Phillips, which saw the band back with CBS, now Sony. A departure from Toto's sound of the late 1970s and 1980s, Tambu was a very organic release and featured the single "I Will Remember," which received moderate radio play. Other singles released were "Drag Him To The Roof" and "The Turning Point." Tambu also featured John James and Jenny Douglas-McRae as backup singers on some of the tracks. Jenny even sang lead on the album's bonus track, "Blackeye," and also in a duet with Steve Lukather on "Baby He's Your Man." The album did not sell well in the United States (and in fact was not even released there until almost a year after it came out overseas) and the planned second single, "Baby He's Your Man," ended up being cancelled. Unlike the domestic disappointment, however, Tambu sold 600,000 copies worldwide.

The "Tambu Tour" proved to be another success, although there were no North American dates. Simon Phillips suffered from a back problem, so Gregg Bissonette had to fill in for him during the first leg of the tour in late 1995. The tour concluded in 1996. The rest of the tour personnel remained the same, with the exception of Donna McDaniel who'd left in 1994 shortly after the "Night of the Proms" performances (which Jenny had missed since she was out touring with Joe Cocker.) The song "Hold The Line" was now sung as a duet between Jenny and John Both Jenny and John were dropped from the band at the conclusion of the 1997 tour.

Bobby Kimball's return

1997 marked the band's 20th anniversary, and in order to commemorate it, David Paich and Steve Lukather started to go through several old tapes and demos for a special record of unreleased songs. In 1998 they released Toto XX with the single "Goin Home." Toto went on a small promotional tour with former members Bobby Kimball, Steve Porcaro and Joseph Williams.

After the "Toto XX" tour, Bobby Kimball rejoined the band as lead singer after 14 years. The band released Mindfields in early 1999 and embarked on the "Reunion" tour, touring worldwide and returning to the United States for the first time in six years. The new album featured three singles, "Melanie," "Cruel" and "Mad About You," a song co-written by David Paich and former Toto vocalist Joseph Williams. Later that year, a live album titled Livefields was released. The tour officially concluded in 2000, but the band played a few shows throughout 2001. David Paich briefly took a break from touring in 2000, so Jeff Babko filled in on keyboards. Paich then resumed touring with Toto in 2001.Toto's 25th anniversary

In 2002, in celebration of Toto's 25th anniversary, the band released Through the Looking Glass, a covers album that paid tribute to the band's musical influences such as Bob Marley, Steely Dan, George Harrison and Elton John. Two singles were released, Could You Be Loved, a Bob Marley cover, and While My Guitar Gently Weeps, a Beatles cover. The album was not a commercial success and many fans were upset about the release, thinking that the band should have written new material instead. However, the record gave the band material to promote their "25th Anniversary Tour," which started in 2002 and concluded in 2003. After the tour, Toto released a live album and DVD of the show titled Live in Amsterdam. Both the live album and the DVD were released in late 2003. Steve Lukather himself was critical of his performance at this concert.

Greg Phillinganes and David Paich's semi-retirement

Toto after a 2004 concert in Modena

Beginning in June 2003, near the end of their "25th Anniversary Tour," keyboardist David PaichSteve Lukather, known also for his sense of humor, released a fake story that Paich was actually undertaking a sex change operation and would become "Davida." The story was posted on the band's website and was picked up by media all over the world. Although the fans thought it was funny, many people were offended and Lukather apologized for his post and all references to the joke were removed from the website. Veteran keyboardist Greg Phillinganes filled in for Paich for the rest of the tour. took a leave of absence from touring to spend time with a sick family member.

In late 2003, Toto headlined Night of the Proms for two months straight. David returned but was only able to play for a few weeks before he had to leave again, so Greg once again filled in for the remainder of the shows. In early 2004, the band embarked on a small world tour that went throughout all of 2004 as well as 2005. David Paich only occasionally appeared, with Greg playing at a majority of the shows. In 2005, Greg was asked to permanently join the band and David Paich then retired from touring altogether. Paich was still a member of Toto, however, as he continued to record and produce on all of Toto's releases.

Falling In Between and Falling In Between Live

Steve Lukather and Greg Phillinganes

In early 2006, Toto released Falling In Between on the Italian label Frontiers, their first album of new material since 1999. The release featured extensive keyboard work from Steve Porcaro and a duet with Joseph Williams on the first single, "Bottom of Your Soul." The album received very positive reviews from both critics and fans, some reviews even saying that it was the best Toto album since Toto IV. Following the record's release, Toto embarked on an extensive worldwide tour in 2006, which continued into 2007 for a second leg. The 2007 leg featured Leland Sklar filling in on bass for Mike Porcaro due to an undisclosed illness. 2007 featured extensive dates in both Europe and the United States, including an appearance at Moondance Jam in Walker, Minnesota. Former lead singer Fergie Frederiksen made a guest appearance at the Minneapolis date on May 5, 2007 and Joseph Williams also made a few guest appearances with the band in June 2007.

Toto has recently released a two-CD set Falling In Between Live on Eagle Records to commemorate the tour. This live set marks the fourth for the band, following 1993's "Absolutely Live," 1999's "Livefields" and 2003's "Live In Amsterdam."

For 2008, a companion DVD of the show which was recorded in Paris in March 2007 was released.


After a period of rumors and some allusions, on June 5, 2008 Steve Lukather made an official announcement on his website, stating:

The fact is yes I have left Toto. There is no more Toto. I just can't do it anymore and at 50 years old I wanted to start over and give it one last try on my own.

Lukather further stated that after 31 years of recording, producing and playing with Toto without even missing one single gig, he couldn't do it anymore. With Lukather being the only original member left in the band (Bobby Kimball was also an original member, but was out of the band from 1984–1998 and with David Paich retiring from touring back in 2005), there was no other option than to call it quits. As the main motivation for his decision, Lukather said:

When Dave retired that was REAL hard for me 'cause we started the band together. Hell, it's 35 years if you count High School where the core all met. When Mike fell ill and had to leave that was it for me. If there isn't Paich or at least one Porcaro how can we even call it Toto? ... Honestly, I have just had enough. This is NOT a break. It is over. I really can't go out and play Hold The Line with a straight face anymore.

Toto sold over 30 million records, scored a worldwide number one hit with the song "Africa" and other hits that topped various charts. Toto did over ten world tours which consistently sold out everywhere but in the US.[citation needed] The band and its individual members worked with and wrote for artists such as Michael Jackson, Boz Scaggs, Steely Dan, Santana, Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Larry Carlton, Chicago, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Lionel Richie, Olivia Newton-John and hundreds more.

2009: Induction into the Musicians Hall of Fame

In October 2009, the individual founding musicians of Toto were inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame. Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro and David Hungate were present, with Mike Porcaro's and Jeff Porcaro's family members accepting their awards in absentia.2010: Reformation

It was announced February 26, 2010 that the band would be reuniting for a brief tour of Europe in the summer to benefit Mike Porcaro, who has ALS. The lineup featured David Paich, Steve Lukather, Steve Porcaro, Simon Phillips, Joseph Williams and special guest Nathan East. The show on July 20th in Copenhagen, Denmark was recorded for a live DVD and will be released early 2011. Meanwhile, the band has not ruled out the possibility that they will do more tours with this line-up.

Band members

Official band members

Tour musicians

  • Lenny Castro - Percussion (1979-1981, 1982-1987)
  • Tom Kelly - Guitar/backup vocals (1979)
  • Keith Landry - Guitar/backup vocals (1980)
  • James Newton Howard - Keyboards (1981-1982)
  • Timothy B. Schmit - Backup Vocals (1981, 1982)
  • Jon Smith - Sax/backup vocals (1981-1982)
  • Paulette Brown - Backup vocals (1985-1987)
  • Scott Page - Sax/guitar/backup vocals (1985)
  • Warren Ham - Sax/harmonica/keyboards/guitar/vocals (1986–1988)
  • Ralph Rickert - Horns/Backup vocals (1986-1987)
  • Luis Conté - Percussion (1988)
  • Jenny Douglas-McRae - Vocals (1990–1993, 1995, 1996-1997)
  • John Jessel - Backup keyboards/effects/vocals (1990-2003)
  • Jackie McGhee - Vocals (1990–1991)
  • Chris Trujillo - Percussion (1990-1993)
  • Denny Dias - Guitar (1991)
  • Fred White - Vocals (1991)
  • John James - Vocals (1992–1997)
  • Donna McDaniel - Vocals (1992–1994)
  • Gregg Bissonette - Drums (Filled in for Simon Phillips in late 1995)
  • Sofia Bender - Vocals (filled in for McRae in early 1996)
  • Buddy Hyatt - Percussion/guitar/vocals (1999)
  • Tony Spinner - Guitar, vocals (1999–2008)
  • Jeff Babko - Keyboards (Filled in for David Paich for the 2000 tour)
  • Jon Farriss - Drums (Filled in for Simon Phillips in October 2003)
  • Ricky Lawson - Drums, percussion (Filled in for Simon Phillips in late 2003)
  • Leland Sklar - Bass guitar (Filling in for Mike Porcaro in 2007-2008)
  • Nathan East - Bass guitar, vocals (2010)
  • Mabvuto Carpenter - Backup Vocals (2010)
  • Jory Steinberg - Backup Vocals (2010)