The End of Toto

Steve Lukather: "I would like to make a formal annoucement 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 isnt 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 cant 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 didnt like our music or us personally I guess. We will never know.

The USA turned there 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 humour and the same views on life. Somehow that was lost. Its not the new guys fault. It is what it is.

I just cant 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 confered 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 dont think he thought this was Toto anymore either. There are no bad feeling 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.", June 5th 2008

To perimena-fobomouna kairo tora. Den mporo na pistepso oti ta teleia live tha leipsoun apo tin mousiki skini.
To mono pou mou bgainei aytin tin stigmi einai ena megalo eyxaristo se aytous tous mousikous gia ola ayta ta xronia…

Den mporo na po perissotera …

Μόλις με έπιασε μετά από πολύ καιρό να ακούσω Toto (και πιο συγκεκριμένα Africa)έπεσα πάνω σε αυτό το Thread!Τελος πάντων πιστεύω ότι όλα τα καλά πράγματα τελιώνουν κάποτε.Τα σεβή μου σε ένα φοβερό συγκρότημα

Εντιμότητα που σπανίζει στις μέρες μας από έναν ΠΑΙΧΤΑΡΑ ΜΟΥΣΙΚΟ με όλα τα γράμματα κεφαλαία.

Μακάρι να τον φέρει ο δρόμος του τώρα που θα περιοδεύει μόνος του να παίξε καιι σε κανένα κλαμπ στην Ελλάδα. Θα είναι απίστευτη εμπειρία όπως και οι δύο φορές που είχα την τύχη να τον δώ με τους Toto. Eιδικά πριν από την πρώτη φορά (περιοδεία 1996) δεν περίμενα τέτοιο live από μία μπάντα που πάντα στα άλμπουμ μου φαινόταν πολύ γυαλισμένη για τα γούστα μου. Kαι βγαίνει ο Luke και παίζει ένα από τα καλύτερα Little Wing που έχω ακούσει live για να μην αναφερθώ στα jams και στους “διαλογους” του με τον Paich…

Το μόνο που μπορώ να πώ όπως και ο Daz είναι “ευχαριστώ”

Mule eisoun stin Tambu Tour? Cool… Fysika kai eixa timisei tote kai legane kai arketes diaskeyes perissoteres apo kathe alli fora. Eixa tin tyxi episis na tous do (ektos apo alles fores) kai stin deyteri patrida mou se mia APISTEYTH bradia kato apo ton Attiko ourano. Osoi brethikan ekei katalaban ti paizetai me daytous. Akomi kai keini tin fora oi mousikoi pou emfanistikan prokaloun deos.

I proti pikria mou gia to neo ofeiletai sto eksis. Otan eisai toso poromenos me tin mousiki tetoia nea einai san na les goodbye se enan poli kalo filo pou den tha ksanadeis. Stin sygkekrimeni periptosi o Luke kai i parea tou eixan (mazi me allous) syntrofeysei ta teleytaia 30 xronia tis zois mou. Itan oi iroes tis mousikis pou agapo perissotero mazi me tous eterous AOR gods.

Me aggiksan para polla simeia aytis tis dilosis. Ego tha toniso to simeio pou leei o Luke gia to ti exei akousei ayti i band apo tous kritikous tou rock. Ki omos anteksan kai tous deiksane ta opisthia tous. Etsi apla.

Oi Toto panta mazeyan perissoterous mousikous sto audience perissotero apo kathe band. Ena videaki pisteyo to eksigei giati… (ipirxe ena pou to afieronane stous mousikous alla aposyrthike…kalitero).

Mule o ixos tous mporei na itan gyalismenos opos les alla genika studio kai live den yparxei oute ipirkse teleioteros kai apsegadiatos ixos. Kai IMHO dyskola tha iparksei tosi gnosi ixou se alli band.

Katalabaino omos oti ayto to gyalisma itan kai o pyrinas tis trofis ton rock kritikon gia dilitirio. To katalabaino kai ayto giati to rock tote eidika alla kai tora den to theorei kanenas gia ta salonia. Kai se ayto to thema oi Toto itan tromokrates :lol: eferan to rock sta salonia opos elega ego panta se osous tous kritikarane. Itan mia alli apopsi stin mousiki. Ayto omos den tous empodise na einai se periodika opos to Kerrang kai alla tou xorou opos mpainane kai oi Journey bebaia. Alla to ti akougane…:lol: Den peirazei omos ola mesa sto paixnidi einai.

Hail sto pio kyrile rock ever! No sex no drugs but…ROCK AND ROLL!

Opos elege kai o Luke kai tha leei akoma alla monos tou pia…We’re not rock stars , we are musicians :bow:

Mporo na grapso 30 selides osa kai ta xronia pou tous akouo :lol:

Κριμα… Μονο αυτο… Η μουσικη τους ηταν σπουδαια. Εχω περαει ωρες ακουγοντας τα Hold the line και Africa. Τα βαζει που και που ενα τοπικο καναλι και κολλαω στην τηλεωραση:(

Κριμα… Μονο αυτο… Η μουσικη τους ηταν σπουδαια. Εχω περαει ωρες ακουγοντας τα Hold the line και Africa. Τα βαζει που και που ενα τοπικο καναλι και κολλαω στην τηλεοραση:(

Νιωθω σαν να πεθανε ενας δικος μου ανθρωπος, πραγματικα πολυ ασχημα… Και 1000 φορες πιο ασχημα γιατι δεν τους ειδα ποτε απο κοντα…

Πραγματικά κρίμα, όπως λένε και οι Winger στο The Lucky one “…nothing lasts for ever, so they say, so sad”

Μεγάλη μπάντα, τεράστιος μουσικός, ευχριστώ Τον Θεό που με αξίωσε να τους δω συνολικά 4 φορές. Πάντως, μια κ ο Lukather είναι ακόμα 50, δεν θα με ξένιζε αν άκουγα για reunion μετά από μερικά χρόνια. Η ελπίδα πεθαίνει τελευταία…

Και έκανα το λάθος και δεν πήγα να τους ακούσω όταν ήρθαν πέρσι. Κρίμα. Να είναι καλά. Τεράστιο συγκρότημα. Η μουσική σκηνή τους χρωστάει πολλά.

Ωραία τραγούδια όντως:)

12 Iouliou 2006. Thymamai kai tin imera giati itan my wife’s birthday. Apisteyti bradia apo oles tis apopseis.

Nder pou isouna toso kairo agori mou. Eprepe na eisouna pio poli kairo edo. Oraios.
O Luke leei to endexomeno enos reunion einai sxedon apithano kai to sxedon to bazo ego giati i elpida pethainei teleytaia opos eipes.

Laws yparxei endexomeno o Luke na bgalei kai CD (an broune keno xrono) me ton Soto. Axaxa tha ginei xamoulis leme :lol:


Ήμουν κι εγώ πρόπερσι. Την προηγούμενη έβλεπα Stones στο Μιλάνο, και εκείνη τη μέρα από το αεροδρόμιο κατευθείαν Ελληνικό. Ωραίες εποχές :stuck_out_tongue:
Μου είχε κάνει εντύπωση το πόσο κόσμο είχε, τη στιγμή που την ίδια μέρα έπαιζαν: Roxy Music, Iggy Pop, Twisted Sister και Blues Brothers 8O
Ακόμα και το τελευταίο τους άλμπουμ ήταν έπος πάντως, δηλαδή μπορούσαν να προσφέρουν σίγουρα κι άλλα.
Το “Live In Amsterdam” είναι ίσως το κορυφαίο DVD, σε ό,τι έχει να κάνει με την εκτέλεση των κομματιών, που έχω δει. Δηλαδή, ο άλλος παίζει 5 λεπτά παππάδες και δεν του φεύγει ούτε νότα!!

Kai to live sto Paris einai mia alli empeiria…diaforetiki 8) Episis tsakoste kai to teleytaio DVD pou kykloforisane. Exei ena kommati synenteyksis me ton Simon Phillips pou tha peftete kato apo ta gelia an katalabete ti leei :lol: En oligeis leei oti eno paizei :papas: koitaei to audience, koitaei ton Luke , xazeyei ekei, xazeyei edo… :bow2: :lol3: :lol3: :bow2: :papas:


Se ayto pou eipa gia ton Simon teleionei se ayto na paizei to rhythm tou bottom of your soul (oloi thymountai ton teleiotero sound se ayto sto live stin Athina) to opoio akougetai san aplo…alla koitakste POSO eyrimatiko einai 8O

Σε ποιο dvd είναι που παίζει drum solo και ξαφνικά πετάει τις μπαγκέτες, αρχίζει να παίζει μόνο δίκαση και ανοίγει εφημερίδα; :lol: :lol: :lol:

Den thymamai tora, boithate re, ayta ta thymaste eseis oi drummerades :stuck_out_tongue: Apla to teleytaio to thymamai giati kai to eida prosfata alla kai o anthropos bgazei poly gelio me ayta pou leei. Min to xasete paidia to Falling In Between DVD tora pia ola einai syllektika tin trela mou gamo…

EDIT: Apo to Amsterdam live DVD einai to thymithika. An to eixa tha to thymomouna amesos bebaia. Den to exo parei akoma giayto…Sxediazo na paro ta panta, ennoo kai kassetines kai DVDia oti syllektiko exoun bgalei etsi gia to gamoto (exo 2 mono kai oles tis episimes kiklofories ton Toto kai tou Luke monou tou)

Τι λέτε ρε? Ποστάρετε κανα βίντεο απο το σκηνικό με τη φυλλάδα! Προσπαθώ να φανταστώ τη σκηνή ρε:lol: :lol:

Exei poli gelio o Simon. Kane search Simon Phillips sto youtube kati mporei na breis na gelaseis. Den paizetai!

Otan elega prin gia Toto …“No Drugs” den ennoo bebaia oti tous theopoiousa giati kai drugs kanane kai apo ola apla anaferomai stio image pou bgazane pros ta ekso epitides giati palia ama eisoun rock eisoun cool na deixneis oti kaneis kai kraipales. Gia na min nomizete oti den ta leo ola…

Δεν το βρίσκω γαμώτο:(

κριμα κριμα κριμα…:frowning: :frowning: :frowning: :frowning: