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15th June 2017


The first set of shows in support of Toto's 40th Anniversary beginning in 2018 are here and 'The 40 Trips Around The Sun' Tour will begin in February 2018 in Europe.

The tour will be the band's most extensive run in years and will be a worldwide tour to celebrate their enduring career. More shows will be announced shortly and UK tickets are on sale right here.

Alongside the launch of the tour, Toto, along with Legacy Recordings have created a brand new Greatest Hits package. The album will feature new and previously unreleased music alongside newly remastered classic tracks worked on by Elliot Scheiner and Gavin Lurssen and his team. The core Toto members, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro and Joseph Williams re-entered the studio this past year to work on the material. Full details on that album alongside many other projects the band has in the works with Legacy Recordings will be announced at a later date.

Steve Lukather told us:

"Myself, David, Steve and Joseph are humbled and thrilled at the long lasting success of the band. This 40th Anniversary tour is going to be a special one for us and all of the fans that come out. On top of all that, it's really exciting to be working with Sony Music again. We've spent a lot of time this year working on new music and re-mastering the older tracks."

Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of Toto. As individuals, the band members can be heard on an astonishing 5,000 albums that together amass a sales history of a half a billion albums. Amongst these recordings, NARAS applauded the performances with more than 200 Grammy nominations.

Toto '40 Trips Around The Sun' 2018 dates:
19th February: Hamburg, DE Mehr! Theater 21st February: Dusseldorf, DE Mitsubishi-Electric Hall 22nd February: Munich, DE Olympiahalle 24th February: Berlin, DE C-Halle 25th February: Leipzig, DE Haus Auensee 28th February: Krakow, PL Tauron Arena 2nd March: Vienna, AT Gasometer 10th March: Milan, IT Mediolanum Forum 13th March: Stuttgart, DE Porsche Arena 15th March: Lille, FR Zenith 17th March: Amsterdam, NL Ziggo Dome 18th March: Brussels, BE Forest National 20th March: Offenbach, DE Stadthalle 23rd March: Bologna, IT Unipol Arena 25th March: Marseille, FR Dome 26th March: Toulouse, FR Zenith 27th March: Lyon, FR Halle Tony Garnier 30th March: Paris, FR La Seine Musicale 1st April: London, UK Royal Albert Hall 2nd April: Manchester, UK Bridgewater Hall 4th April: Dublin, IE Vicar Street 7th April: Belfast, UK Waterfront Auditorium 8th April: Glasgow, UK SEC Armadillo

UK tickets available here.

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monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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