The opening cut on Toto’s 1978 self-titled debut set the stage musically. All that remained was to bring Bobby Kimball on for his first vocal turn.
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“She’s a Beauty” arrived as part of the Tubes’ album Outside Inside on March 14, 1983, becoming not just their biggest hit but also an intriguing intersection between Chicago and Toto. Wait, Chicago and Toto?
Toto is planning a 35th anniversary tour, and now so is former frontman Bobby Kimball — who fronted the band over an early period that included “Hold the Line,” the Grammy-winning band’s debut No. 5 hit in 1978.
When you saw that Nektar was working with Billy Sherwood — a guy whose Rolodex needs its own boarding pass — you might have guessed that an all-star album was on the way courtesy of Cleopatra Records. You would have been right.
Original Toto lead singer Bobby Kimball has a busy summer on tap, beginning with a series of 2012 shows with fellow band alum Fergie Frederikson.
Legends: Voices of Rock will include former frontmen from Journey, Toto, Chicago, Starship and Deep Purple
Four June dates have already been scheduled in Japan, with more to follow across the world, for a new all-star collective known as Legends: Voices of Rock, featuring former frontmen from Chicago, Deep Purple, Jefferson Starship, Journey and Toto.
Billy Sherwood has had a busy year — producing the new solo album by former King Crimson/UK/Asia singer John Wetton, co-leading the terrific third release from Circa and then issuing his own well-conceived solo recording.
Steve Lukather was gearing up for a summer tour in Europe when he got the news: Rare recognition had arrived for him, not just as a co-founder of the often-overlooked band Toto but — and this is rarer still — as a sideman.