Toto was formed in 1977 and has continued to perform for fans. The group consists of the members Steve Lukather, David Paich, Joseph Williams, John Pierce, Robert “Sput” Searight, Dominique “Xavier” Taplin, Warren Ham, and Steve Maggiora. The band has won many Grammy awards and has remained a popular force in the music scene for years. Their most recent album, The Sacred Fire, is one of their best-selling albums and their music continues to be one of the best-selling albums of all time.
Toto’s name derives from the Ga language word ‘TRO’. The vehicle would charge three pence per trip. The penny is not used in Ghana any more, so the names are now inflated by many times. Porcaro’s death nearly led the band to dissolve, but the members of Toto decided to stick together and found a new drummer. In 1993, Toto contacted Los Angeles-based Englishman Simon Phillips to replace Porcaro. They chose Phillips not only because they knew him, but because he’d worked with Lukather on a previous tour with Santana.
In 2003, Toto released their fourth studio album, Fahrenheit. In 1994, keyboardist Steve Porcaro left the group to pursue a career in film scoring. In 1995, the band decided to keep only five members. After the departure of Porcaro, David Paich performed most of the keyboard work for Toto live. After 1988, John Jessel joined the group and assisted in live shows. In 1989, Toto also released a solo album. This album featured the musicians of Eddie Van Halen and Richard Marx.
After the death of Jeff Porcaro, Toto was forced to find a new lead singer. This lead singer was reportedly difficult to work with, and Toto had to hold a search for a new lead vocalist. The group then contacted Los Angeles-based Englishman Simon Phillips, who had previously worked with Santana. In the end, Toto hired him. And in September of 1986, “Fahrenheit” was a hit!
In the summer of 2010, Toto reformed and went on a European tour. This tour was a benefit for the band member Mike Porcaro, who had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Since then, he has not been an active member of the band. However, he continues to be a vital part of the band. So, while Toto isn’t the only musical act of this year, he was one of the most important in recent memory.
In summer of 2010, Toto reformed and went on a brief European tour. The tour was meant to be a benefit for Porcaro, who has been ill for several years. The concert also featured a cover of The Beatles’ 1981 single, “Africa.” This album was not a commercial success, but the band’s fans praised it and say that it’s worth the investment. There is a new Toto release, “Live in Amsterdam”.