The stage was jam packed with utter talent, Steve Lukather led his guitar into a wild dance while David Paich, donning his circus ring master top hat, commanded the piano keys telling of his love for Ireland, so much so that he married an Irish girl 30 years ago
Toto I would have to be honest would not find a place in my extensive music collection. Known solely for a couple of eighties monster hit singles would be the sum total of my musical knowledge of the band. Until now…
Some album releases generate a modicum of interest, some are worthy of column inches in the national press and then there are those that can send a fan base into meltdown. With their first album since 2006’s ‘Falling In Between’, melodic rock and AOR forums have been buzzing with excitement and expectation about the new Toto album.
I guess I expected that it was going to be good but it took me a few listens to try to dig into this record because at first it seemed to simple and to their credit the songs structurally are not all the same sound even though they are still Melodic Rock/AOR at heart they have managed to sound refreshing and not too repetitive.
This particular night the more classy jazz rock guitar style of Carlton we’re on stage with the more aggressive crunching pentatonics attack on stage. This ultra invigorating jazz rock session kicks right off with Luke strumming his trademark Signature Ernie Ball MusicMan guitar.