Toto Members (1977 - Present)
David Paich – Keyboards, Vocals still involved
Steve Lukather – Guitars, Vocals still involved
Michael Porcaro – Bass, joined band in 1982 and is still involved
Simon Phillips – Drums, Percussion joined band in 1992 and is still involved
Bobby Kimball – Vocals (1977 – 1984, 1999 – Present) Originally left due to creative differences. Pursued a solo career. Now back singing with the band.
Steve Porcaro – Keyboards/Programming, (1977 – 1988) Although he was no longer listed as an official member after The Seventh One album, Steve still remains close to the boys in band and is pursuing a successful film and TV scoring career.
Jeff Porcaro – Drums, Percussion (1977 – 1992) Passed away.
David Hungate – Bass, Guitar (1977 – 1982) Left to pursue own projects.
Joseph Williams – Vocals (1986 – 1988) Currently pursuing a solo career.
Fergie Frederickson – Vocals (1984 – 1986) Was a winner on “Star Search” and is now pursuing a solo career.
Jean-Michel Byron – Vocals (1990 – 1992) Left due to creative differences with the band.
Here are a few of the recordings on which the members of Toto were involved (Note: More will be added as specific information becomes available):
Believe it or not, Toto actually does have a couple of sci-fi connections. First, and most obviously, is that in 1984 the band was approached by Twin Peaks creator David Lynch to compose the score for his film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s cult sci-fi novel Dune. The band composed all the music for the film, save Brian Eno’s haunting Prophecy Theme.
The second sci-fi connection is a little less obvious: on the liner notes for the band’s album,Tambu, guitarist Steve Lukather thanks the support of Lost in Space and Babylon 5 star Bill Mumy. The reason behind Mumy’s mention remains as enigmatic as the Minbari character he played on the fan favorite series.
Oh, and that doesn’t even begin to cover the fact that Toto’s 1979 song “99” is a love ballad set in a dystopian futuristic society where numbers have taken the place of names. (I know. I originally thought it might have had something to do with Barbara Feldon’s character from Get Smart! too. Go figure!)
This is something a lot of U.S. fans don’t know, but Toto is probably one of the best bands to hear live in concert. The problem is that most of time, sales of their records have been so dismal in the States that they’ve made the idea of a U.S. tour by the band seem ludicrous. Overseas, in Europe and the Far East, their concerts are among the most eagerly anticipated events of the year. Personally, I know of only one occasion where the band played close to the Pittsburgh area. That was back in 1988 during The Seventh One tour when the band played an amusement park show in New Jersey! If you ever find the band’s Absolutely Live or Livefields CD on import anywhere, or pick up a copy of the Live from Amsertdam CD or DVD, you’ll find out what I mean!
Glen Ballard, producer and co-writer of Alanis Morrisette’s multi-platinum album Jagged Little Pill co-wrote the songs The Road Goes On and Just Can’t Get To You on Tambu.