The current lineup of Toto will call it quits after the end of their 40th anniversary tour, Steve Lukather has confirmed. Speaking to The Morning Call, the guitarist said “I don’t know what the future-future’s gonna be, but I do know that’s gonna be the last show in Philly for the foreseeable future. And certainly the end of this configuration of Toto.” The show, taking place on Sunday (20 October) at the Met in Philadelphia, is the last performance on the 40th Anniversary tour.
Toto formed in 1977 and would see astronomical success across, selling over 40 million records and receiving six Grammy awards. The band’s popularity shows no sign of waning, with their music receiving millions of streams a month. The band also recently traded covers with Weezer, taking on Hash Pipe in exchange for Weezer’s cover of Africa.
Lukather went on to express exasperation at the touring lifestyle, saying “This kind of lifestyle is way harder than people think it is. They just think that we float around from city to city magically and live a life of luxury. And I’m not saying that we travel poorly, but it’s a burden to be away from your family 230 days a year, like me.”
The announcement does not, however, herald the end of Toto – a band representative confirmed to the Philadelphia Inquirer that the band are taking a break, and plans for 2020 will be announced in time. The break is well deserved, with the 40 Trips Around the Sun tour having been ongoing for two years.
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