While there is no denying how huge Toto IV was for my generation when it came out in 1982, having my kids ask me to add it back to our iTunes library after a recent mass purge confirmed just how huge and relevant it remains for the current generation. The group is preparing their first new album in a decade!
OK, I couldn’t resist using that meme … here is the band:
In what is sure to be exciting news for rock music fans, Toto is releasing their first studio album in nearly 10 years! Titled TOTO XIV, the album will be released by Frontiers Music Srl in Europe on March 20, followed by the UK on March 23 and the US on March 24, and will be followed by a World Tour that kicks off in Glasgow on May 21st, 2015.
Toto XIV reassembles nearly all of the original members, with guitarist Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Joseph Williams being rejoined by founding bassist David Hungate. Drums on the record are handled by Keith Carlock, but on the upcoming tour Shannon Forest will be rejoining the group. Fans will remember that founding member and ‘Rosanna’ composer Jeff Porcaro tragically passed away in 1992.
Regarding the album, the band say they “personally consider the new album to be the true follow-up to TOTO IV”, which includes songs such as Africa and Rosanna and made the band global superstars”
“This is opposite of going through the motions,” says keyboardist Steve Porcaro. We’re treating this like it is Toto V, our follow-up to TOTO IV. We just want to be the best version of ourselves that we can be. Be true to ourselves and make the best music we can. Entertain people which is what we were put on this earth for.”
“When you put us in a room, and everybody brings in their pieces, the next thing you know it all fits together,” says guitarist Steve “Luke” Lukather. “Everybody’s performances are top notch. We are really bringing our best out, forcing ourselves to make personal best choices, what’s best for the music. I’m really excited to hear what people think.”
You can get more details about the recording and upcoming European tour here.
TOTO XIV –TRACK LISTING
1. Running Out Of Time
3. Holy War
4. 21st Century Blues
6. Unknown Soldier (For Jeffrey)
7. The Little Things
9. All The Tears That Shine
11. Great Expectations
The album is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com on LP for $29.98, CD for $16.98 or Deluxe CD version which includes a ‘making of’ DVD for $22.98.
Here is the EPK video: