By Mike McKenney, Rock At Night New England Correspondent
Venue:Twin River Casino-Lincoln, Rhode Island-Saturday June 17, 2017
For almost forty years now, Toto has been one of the top selling touring bands and recording artist in the world. With four consecutive Grammy’s and three American Music awards, Toto brought their classic pop rock to Twin River Casino.
Band members Steve Lukather (guitars and vocals), David Paich (keyboards and vocals), Steve Porcaro (keyboards and vocals), Shannon Forrest (drums) and Joseph Williams (lead vocals) are back on tour performing the songs every audience loves and, a few deeper cuts casual fans could be surprised by. Toto, after all these years, is still a slick band with a great vision and tight production. “Only the Children” and “Hold the Line” had the audience up on their feet early in the show, wisely saving other popular hits “Rosanna” and “Africa” for later.
With a song catalog from albums spanning over three decades including “Pamela”, “The Muse”, and “I’ll Supply the Love”, Toto kept the crowd into it all night.
Of course everyone expects a band that sold over 40 million albums to be able to hit the mark on their most iconic songs (which they did!), however it was a jazzy version of “Chinatown” and a fantastic Steve Lukather soulful cover of Jimi Hendrix “Red House” that really stole the show.
Steve can shred with the best, (and he has). From Carlos Santana, Eddie Van Halen, and Joe Walsh to playing in Ringo Starrs’ All Star Band, the list goes on and on earning Grammy, American Music and the prestigious International Eddy Christiani Award for 33 years of guitar mastership.
In fact all of the band member have written and performed with some of the most legendary names in music history, including Michael Jackson (on the international hit Thriller), Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Elton John, Pink, Paul McCartney, Boz Scaggs, Steely Dan, Roger Waters, Lionel Richie, Slash and countless others.
As Toto continues on this current tour, they have just announced their “40 TRIPS AROUND THE SUN” tour to celebrate their 40th anniversary and promote their new release on Sony Records, in February 2018.
Only the Children
Hold The Line
Afraid Of Love
Lovers in the Night
I’ll Be Over You
(The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover)
Home Of The Brave
I’ll Supply the Love
With his years of experience and passion for Concert Photography, Mike has photographed many of the famous acts in the world today.
Rock Icons such as Sting, Peter Gabriel, Dave Matthews, and Fleetwood Mac along with Country artist Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney,and Jason Aldean have all appeared before Mike’s camera.
"My goal is always to present the Artists truthfullyso fans can feel the energy and emotions they convey. It’s a tremendous honor and responsibility to be allowed to create art while blending my two passions, music and photography”
Mike was most recently selected to photograph Steven Tyler on his ‘Out on a Limb” tour.
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