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Friday, November 19, 2010

Brief Rock News Update for Friday 19th November, 2010

Toto Summer Tour on the way in 2011

Yes folks, it really is going to happen!
This was issued on the Toto website Thursday morning:
Toto will return to Europe again in Summer 2011. Check out the Tour dates page for details.
More dates to be added!
Then later in the day, David Paich spread the word through the Toto Facebook page that in 2011 he'd be touring once more with Toto.
Here's his message:
"As announced this morning on the Toto page, I'm excited to say that I'll be taking Toto out on the road again this summer. Some of the tour info should be up on our website already!
I really didn't think this would happen, but we had so much fun last time. And the response from all of you guys, like always, was amazing. 33 years later haha. WOW!
I can't wait to hit the road again with these guys. D"
At this time, literally there are very few dates posted on the bands tour dates section of the site and currently, sadly they are only in Europe ... Historically, in the last few years of Toto's touring of the US, they frequently said, they were not finding the demand in their native USA to support continued touring although the fans that did show up, they were thankful to.
I was fortunate enough to have caught their last two US tours, but prior to that I last saw them before in the UK on the 'Seventh One' tour way back in the late 80's. I missed the few other times they played very limited UK live dates.
I sincerely hope they return to the US for live dates, likewise Steve Lukather has not as yet announced full US tour dates yet in support of his latest solo album, 'All's Well That Ends Well' just some New York dates ... I guess we'll have to wait and see.
Luke finishes his current UK live dates at The Brook , Southampton (UK) Friday 19th November.
Other dates he's doing can be found here:
Meantime, here's the current - although limited at this time - European live dates for Toto:
July 2011
21 - Jun - 2011 Tuesday Bruxelles Forest National Belgium
23 - Jun - 2011 Thursday Amsterdam Heineken Hall Netherlands
26 - Jun - 2011 Sunday London Hammersmith Odeon UK
27 - Jun - 2011 Monday Paris Le Zenith France
July 2011
14 - Jul - 2011 Thursday Straubing Jazz an der Donau Germany
15 - Jul - 2011 Friday Ulm Klosterhof Wiblingen Germany

TOTO 2010 is:

Joe Williams - Vocals
Steve Lukather - Guitar and Vocals
David Paich - Keyboards and Vocals
Steve Porcaro - Keyboards and Vocals
Simon Phillips - Drums
Mike Porcaro - Bass
Special Guest:
Nathan East - Bass

For more details on the band:

Frontiers Records presents Triumph Reissues Trailer
(Apologies for the screen size issue on the site. It does happen sometimes although strangely not always?!)

The FULL TRIUMPH CATALOGUE reissued in DIGIPAK edition as the 'Diamond Collection!'

FM London (UK) Christmas show and more ... 

Meet and Greet applications for our FM Christmas Party are now open. We'll be meeting and greeting after our set at London O2 Academy Islington on December 1st. Places are limited and the closing date is midnight Friday 26th November, so don't hesitate! For more info and to apply please go to

If you're wondering whether this will be THE Unmissable Christmas Party of the Year, let us tell you a little about the evening ...

Four Wheel Drive will open proceedings at 7.10pm. Their brand of high-rollin' rock 'n' roll has been getting rave reviews and we highly recommend you check them out. 4WD will be filming on the day for their first live DVD. More info at

Our good friends Airrace need no introduction. They will be taking to the stage at 8.10pm and we hear a whisper that their set will include a couple of brand new songs from their currently-being-recorded new album. Don't miss it!

Keeping the evening running smoothly will be Master of Ceremonies none other than DJ Steve Price of ARfm. We're chuffed to bits that Steve agreed to be 'volunteered' (we didn't really give him any choice). Mr. Bah Humbug himself will be playing some cool Yule music in between bands and ensuring that matters get very out of hand...
... and so to FM. We're going to have a blast, you all know how much we love our Christmas shows. To help us celebrate the evening we'll be sharing the stage with some very special guests and we expect you to bring your singing voices with you!

We can't wait to see you on the 1st December. You have all helped to make 2010 a fantastic year for us and we are thankful for your support. You've wholeheartedly embraced our new songs on Metropolis and City Limits EP. You've sung your hearts out at our shows. We're excited about what 2011 holds for FM and look forward to going on that trip in your very good company.
We'll start 2011 on a good footing by confirming that we will be appearing with Thin Lizzy at London Hammersmith Apollo on January 22nd. That's a good start isn't it peeps!

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