Få band har spelat så stor roll inom popkulturen som TOTO. De har släppt 13 studioalbum som sålt totalt över 40 miljoner exemplar och megahiten Rosanna har närmare 450 miljoner streams på Spotify.
Den 19 oktober i år (2020), en dag ifrån årsdagen av gruppens sista konsert, meddelades det att Lukather och Williams skulle fortsätta turnéra under namnet TOTO. Taplin och Ham som tidigare turnérat med bandet är fortfarande kvar men nu tillkommer ytterligare tre musiker: bassisten John Pierce (som tidigare spelat med Huey Lewis and the News), trummisen Robert "Sput" Searight (Snarky Puppy), samt Steve Maggiora (Robert Jon & The Wreck).
Nu är det klart att TOTO kommer till Sverige sommaren 2021 för två spelningar med ”Dogz of Oz Tour”.
10 augusti - Helsingborg, Sofiero
15 augusti - Göteborg, Partille Arena
Steve Lukather hälsar:
“We could not be more at peace with this move. There is a refreshing, optimistic enthusiasm to step in to the future. At this moment, Joe and I are the only long-tenured members of the band that want to be on the road continuing to bring music to our multi-generational fan base. I’ve spent almost four and a half decades of my life as the only original member who never missed a show or an album nurturing this legacy while enabling the music to continually exist in the live concert setting. That is something I’ll never stop doing, and the Dogz of Oz global tour offers a rare opportunity to reimagine our personal futures while simultaneously preserving the deep connection that exists with the audience while likewise yielding continual discovery. The hope is to move forward with the planned itinerary for Summer, 2021 that will bring us back to our fans across The World.” Williams offers, “Luke and I have been through a lot with one another. He’s like a brother to me. Our creative partnership has always enriched our lives. As we look towards what’s to come in unison, there is nothing but anticipation to bring everything in our minds to life. I can’t think of anyone else on Earth I’d rather launch the next chapter with this lifelong, loyal and gifted friend and band mate. We’re the last men standing…The Dogz of Oz!” Luke adds, “Joe and I have been friends since I was 17, and Joe was 14. During the course of this pandemic we’ve been reevaluating our career and how to move forward. People are either not with us anymore or have retired. We still feel like kids who want to be back on the road as soon as possible. It’s where we live. Joe’s growth as a producer, songwriter, engineer, singer and performer is inspiring. The timing of this move is perfect as Joe is at the top of his game, and he amazes me every day. We are enjoying this collaboration, and could not be more enthusiastic about the future.”
Arrangör: All Things Live och Kulturbolaget