Guitarist Steve Lukather and long-time vocalist Joseph Williams will be joined by new members
Los Angeles, CA (November 14, 2020) — Steve Lukather and Joseph Williams will release individual solo albums on February 26, 2021 via The Players Club / Mascot Label Group. Both artists have made significant contributions to the other’s album. Earlier this year, the label presented “Run To Me” from Luke’s forthcoming release I Found The Sun Again.
Steve Lukather’s solo album titled I Found The Sun Again was co-produced by Ken Freeman, who also both engineered and mixed the new collection of repertoire.
Just one year after Toto announced their breakup following a gig in Philadelphia’s Metropolitan Opera House, the band has announced a reunion with a radically revised lineup.(Rolling Stone)
Founding guitarist Steve Lukather and long-time vocalist Joseph Williams are returning to the fold, but founding keyboardists Steve Porcaro and David Paich are both out of the group.
Joining the band for this new era is Huey Lewis and the News bassist John Pierce, Snarky Puppy drummer Robert “Sput” Searight, and keyboardist/background vocalist Steve Maggiora. They will be joined by keyboardist Dominique “Xavier” Taplin and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Warren Ham, both of whom played with Toto during their last few tours.
.” They’re going to preview the tour on November 21st with a livestreaming event. Tickets go on sale on Tuesday.
“We could not be more at peace with this move,” Lukather says in a statement. “There is a refreshing, optimistic enthusiasm to step into the future. At this moment, Joe and I are the only long-tenured members of the band that want to be on the road continuing to bring music to our multi-generational fan base. I’ve spent almost four and a half decades of my life as the only original member who never missed a show or an album nurturing this legacy while enabling the music to continually exist in the live concert setting. That is somethin
“Well, I thought I was good guitar player until the first Van Halen album dropped. I remember, David Paich [keyboards]played ‘Eruption’ for me right before I did the solo on ‘Girl Goodbye.’
“It was like, ‘Who the fuck is this cat?’ But it inspired me. I played my ’58 Goldtop, cranked in the studio, just full blast – and I blew up one of those big glass ashtrays they used to have in recording studios in the ’70s.
Some of the greatest hits from Toto’s compilaton
“I wish I could say I changed the world, like Jimi Hendrix, but I didn’t. There’s so many cats better than me. This is not a competition. I’m not looking for a stroke. I’ve had a fine career. I worked hard for my good fortune, but I never in a million years think I’m in the league of the cats we all revere.
“I’m not Allan Holdsworth. It’s not fair that a guy like that wasn’t [revered]like Mozart, y’know? He was our John Coltrane, and to me, he didn’t get enough love. You can’t figure it out: why me and not somebody else? Sometimes, there’s no rhyme or reason to life. It just is.”
You sound pretty happy with your place in the world…
“I’m just happy to have a career, bro. I’m not in the race any more. It’s liberating to be 60 years old, and not be worried about if I’m in competition with somebody or not. I’m not that guy any more.
“I’ve had a great career with Toto and my solo career has been fun. I’ve got to play with my heroes. I still practice and give a shit. I still try to learn. But I’m not trying to run the race to win. I’m just glad to still be standing upright at this point.
“I got plenty of what I need. I’m not a greedy guy. I take care of my family and people that need some help, y’know? That’s what’s important to me. Not having a big diamond ring. I’ve got a nice house. I drive a Tesla. I go to pick my kids up at school like everybody else, y’know?
“I’m your neighborhood guitar player. I don’t mean no harm to anybody.”
Earlier this year, Toto released a best-of compilation titled ’40 Trips Around the Sun.’ You can check it out below.