Just a year after Toto has announced that it is going to stop, the band announces a reunion. Toto announced on Monday that he would continue in a new line-up and plan a world tour.
Founder of the band and guitarist Steve Lukather and singer Joseph Williams are involved in the relaunch of the band, founded in 1977. Keyboardists Steve Porcaro and David Paich will not return.
Bassist John Pierce (known for Huey Lewis and The News), drummer Robert ‘Sput’ Searight (Ghost-Note, Snarky Puppy) and keyboardist Steve Maggiora (Moms Mabely) join Lukather and Williams.
They will be joined by keyboardist Dominique ‘Xavier’ Taplin (Prince, Ghost-Note) and multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Warren Ham. They were already involved in Toto’s last tours.
This is the fifteenth time that the line-up of the band, known for hits like Africa, Pamela in Hold the Line, changes.
‘I never missed a show or an album’
The band is currently working on the world tour Dogz of Oz. During the performances Toto will say “all hits, deep cuts and solo music by Lukather and Williams ”.
“We couldn’t be more satisfied with this step,” Lukather said in a statement on the website. “There is a refreshing enthusiasm. At the moment Joe and I are the only regular members of the band who want to be on the road and keep making music for our fans of several generations.”
“For over four decades, I have been the only original member who has never missed a show or an album to cherish this legacy while preserving the music in the setting of a live concert,” he continues. “That is something I will never stop.”
The band will give a preview of the tour in a livestream on November 21. The tickets for this go on sale on Tuesday.