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Van Halen In the Studio with Producer John Shanks
January 25, 2011 – The new Van Halen album is on. The band is in the studio with producer John Shanks to record their first full album with original lead singer David Lee Roth since 1984, released the same year. MORE

The Day John Bonham Almost Kicked Sting's Ass
January 25, 2011 – Jason Bonham has interesting memories of his dad going backstage and meeting Sting. When the younger Bonham was 13 he convinced his dad to meet the Police. He told Spinner.com, the whole thing happened at a show promoting the band's second album “Reggatta de Blanc” MORE

Don Henley Working On Country Covers Album
January 24, 2011 – Don Henley is working on, only, his fourth solo album since 1982. The Eagles lead singer is in Nashville with producer/drummer Stan Lynch from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers fame. MORE


Elton John Frustrated with Slow Movement in Gay Rights
January 24, 2011 – Elton John is not too happy with how gay rights is moving especially with California's gay marriage ban. The 63-year-old singer says, "In this country, we need more dialogue, We don't need any more stone throwing. We don't need any more vitriol. We need people to say, 'OK. I'm straight. You're gay. Let's get along. I'm Republican. You're Democratic. Let's work together.' I'm sick and tired of people being hateful to each other in this country." MORE

Aerosmith Working on New Album Despite American Idol
January 23, 2011 – Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton just gave the world an update on the band's new album.

The guitarist claims that all members, it seems including Steven Tyler who is busy with American Idol, have some time right now to start working on their latest project. Here is what he told AeroForceOne MORE

Clint Eastwood Suffers Blow To The Head and Joins Forces with Beyonce
January 22, 2011 – What the hell is Clint Eastwood thinking? The famous actor and director is trying to land the rights to “A Star is Born" and have Beyonce star as the lead. Expect lots of close-ups of the long-legged wonder. Is this the best Clint could do...really? MORE

Paul Simon Set to Release “So Beautiful or So What” In April
January 22, 2011 – Paul Simon says he's gone back to recording music much like he did in the early seventies by just sitting down with a guitar and seeing what happens. The new project, due in April, “So Beautiful or So What” MORE

Despite Facelift American Idol Loses 13%+ of Its Viewers
January 21, 2010 – American Idol is not the king it once was. Even though 26.1 million viewers watched Wednesday’s 10th season premiere it was still down 13% from last years opening show. Last night’s New Orleans episode was a bigger drop with the show losing 18% in the key demo 18-49. MORE

Robert Plant Reminds Us That Led Zeppelin is Dead
January 21, 2011 – A Led Zeppelin reunion sounds like a great idea until you talk to Robert Plant. The singer told Rolling Stones magazine that the famous O2 show in London in 2007 was amazing but “The preparations for it were fraught and intense, but the last rehearsal was really, really good, for all that it represented and all that we were trying to capture,” says Plant. MORE

 

 


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Toto to be Inducted to Musicians Hall of Fame
June 10, 2009 – The sun is shining on Toto. The band that formed in the late seventies, mainly with top-notch session musicians, is finally getting their due. Toto will be inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville on October 12, 2009.

Though they were sometimes hated by critics, Toto sold over 30 million albums and released 17 albums. The core of the band in 1977 consisted of Jeff Porcaro, Steve Porcaro, David Hungate, David Paich, Steve Lukather, and Bobby Kimball. Lukather is regarded as one of the best guitarists in Pop music with many A-list admirers including Eddie Van Halen, George Benson and Larry Carlton.

Other inductees include guitar legends Chet Atkins who worked with Perry Como, Elvis Presley, Eddy Arnold, Jim Reeves, Jerry Reed, Skeeter Davis, Connie Smith, Waylon Jennings and also had success on his own. Billy Coz who played with Jimi Hendrix, Guitar innovator and stylist, Dick Dale, singer, fiddler, guitarist, songwriter, and country musician, Charlie Daniels and producer Fred Foster. Award honors will also go out to Victor Feldman who worked with everyone from Miles Davis to Steely Dan and arranger Paul Riser known for his work during the Motown golden years. More

Toto Reunion on New Joseph Williams Album
Nov. 10, 2008 – When Joseph Williams was kicked out as lead singer of Toto in 1989, many fans were horrified, sending angry letters to the group and record company. I was one of them. I don’t remember what I wrote in my hate mail but I’m sure it was dismissed as the rantings of a future postal-nut-job. I always called Williams’ dismissal the biggest mistake the band ever made but not far behind has to be their terrible relationship with Sony Records. Since then, Williams has made peace with Toto, even appearing as a guest vocalist on some of their projects.

This summer Toto leader Steve Lukather (pictured bottom left with Williams) announced the group was finished, again leaving fans out in the cold. Well, maybe not, Williams has just announced his new album will be released on Nov. 19 and it will be sort of a reunion for Toto. The album ‘This Fall’ will feature original Toto lead singer Bobby Kimball (pictured at left with Williams) , Steve Lukather and keyboardists Steve Porcaro and David Paich. Paich will sing lead vocals on a track along with Williams.

Joseph Williams is the son of film composer John Williams. He appeared on just two Toto albums ‘Fahrenheit’ and ‘The Seventh One.’ The latter is considered one of the best Toto albums and was supposed to bring the band back on top. In spite of having the hit single “Pamela’ it stalled on the charts because Sony bailed on promoting the project. I consider it one of my all time favourite albums.

There have been many stories as to why he was kicked out of Toto but the most popular seems to circle around Williams heavy partying during the ‘Seventh One’ tour including rumours of heavy drug use. He even lost his voice during the tour.

You can pre order the album here :

http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/list_from_code_banner.html?key=88881 – by John Beaudin

It’s a Sad Day – Toto Calls it Quits
Toto Calls it QuitsJune 11, 2008 – Of all the bands that got a bad shake by the music industry and radio Toto has to be one of the tops. Here was a band formed by some of the best musicians in the world including legendary drummer Jeff Porcaro and powerhouse vocalists like Joseph Williams and Bobby Kimball and of course leader and guitar crazy-man Steve Lukather. It was Lukather who this week posted on his website that the band was no more.  After 31 years the guitarist said the band had lost its form with so many personnel changes. He even blamed record exec Donnie Ienner for hurting the band.
On a personnel note I was 18 when I bought that famous self titled debut album featuring ‘Hold the Line,’ it changed the way I looked at music. It created a need to search our musicians with true studio and live chops. By the time the group won that pile of Grammys for ‘Toto 4’ they were my favourite band. As much as I loved Bobby Kimball’s belting voice I quickly became a convert of Joseph Williams on ‘Fahrenheit’ and possibly their best album ‘The Seventh One.’
Lukather pointed out that the band lost its soul when Porcaro died in 1992.

Here is what he posted this week. – by John Beaudin

"I would like to make a formal announcement as I have been barraged by e-mails and speculations on various websites.

The fact is yes I have left Toto. There is no more Toto. I told the guys before the last leg of our tour.

We had some differences in how business was being done. The other fact is that I have been the only guy who was at the first rehearsal till the last gig a month or so ago. When Jeff died part of us all died with him. We pursued it and had some great times. Simon was a champ replacing Jeff at a most difficult time. Bobby was out of the band for 16 years and then came back and you know the other singer stories. Other than Bobby, Joe was the only guy that really fit with us cause he was a high school buddy as well. No offence to Bobby at all.

When Dave retired that was REAL hard for me cause we started the band together. Hell its 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 a Paich or at least one Porcaro how can we even call it Toto? It was bittersweet cause I finally got to tour with my dear friend and musical legend Leland Sklar whom I have known since I was 19 years old. We had some laughs and great times

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. I was 19 when we cut the record. I am 50 now.

I have only the deepest respect for the guys that have been in and out of this band over the years. We had a great run and I owe an awful lot to the experience and the success we had. We hung in there hard despite being the most hated band in the world by most so called "rock critics". We took the punches and kept going. Our old label President Donnie Ienner ruined us in the USA by not releasing our records and not letting us out of our contract for over 10 YEARS! And that really set us back. Why? You have to ask the man himself cause we never knew why. He just didn't like our music or us personally I guess. We will never know.

The USA turned their backs on us and it was very hard for me to keep smiling thru it all. It just sort of festered inside me and I was hurting myself in the process and eventually I had to be honest with myself and I was not happy at all. The guys in the current line-up could not be more different individuals and the only real thing we had in common was music. This was NOT the high school band of brothers that we started in the 70's. We had a magic thing and the same sense of humor and the same views on life. Somehow that was lost. It's not the new guys fault. It is what it is.

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. As the only original member that had NEVER ever left or missed even ONE gig or recording I figured I might as well do it myself now while I can still get out and do it and have a new record that just came out and a new band that is unreal and a tour booked that will take me thru the end of summer 2009 and beyond. The title of my record says it all. Ever-Changing Times.

Today I conferred with my soul brother and founding member David Paich on this matter. He wrote me back and he said, "We are FREE"! I laughed out loud. I don't think he thought this was Toto anymore either.
There are no bad feelings from me to the other guys at all. I wish them only the very very best and all the good things in life and I am sure we will run into each other here or there and it will be hugs and all, hope so anyway.

So, there you have it. I hope you will come out to one of my shows and thank you for 31 years of friendship." - Steve Lukather, 2008

 

 
 
 
 
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