I had fans texting me last night looking for information on where the band was playing in the next few months – I found out this morning like everyone else but it shows how eager the fans are.
The dates, so far, are mostly in the East of center starting in Lake Charles, Louisiana on June 2nd and winding up Salina, Kansas on June 1st. More dates are expected.
The core Toto members, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Joseph Williams will be joined by Lenny Castro (percussion), Shannon Forest (drums), Shem von Schroeck (bass), Warren Ham (saxophone, vocals). Guitarist Steve Lukather shares, “We had such a great time last summer that we wanted to regroup and hit some cities we didn’t get to last time. Always a thrill to bring our full show around the country.”
Let’s talk about the new guy who is not new at all to music – Shem von Schroeck. He’s played with Ambrosia, Christopher Cross, Don Felder of the Eagles, Kenny Loggins and many more. The guy is a bad-ass bassist and an unbelievable singer. Interestingly, he started on drums.
Toto is working on recently found unearthed tunes which features some past members most notably Jeff Porcaro. There are at least 4 tracks that they just finished in the studio along with some new stuff. The big 40th Anniversary album and tour will happen next year but why wait?
TOTO 2017 SUMMER TOUR
6/2/17 Lake Charles, LA –
Golden Nugget Lake Charles-Grand Event Center
6/3/17 Biloxi, MS – Hard Rock Hotel and Casino-Hard Rock Live
6/4/17 Chattanooga, TN – Tivoli Theatre
6/6/17 Durham, NC – The Carolina Theatre
6/7/17 Charlotte, NC – Knight Theater
6/10/17 Rama, ON – Casino Rama-Entertainment Centre
6/13/17 Greensburg, PA – Palace Theatre
6/14/17 Annapolis, MD – Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
6/16/17 Easton, PA – State Theatre Center for the Arts
6/17/17 Lincoln, RI – Twin River Casino
6/18/17 Wilkes-Barre, PA –
F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
6/20/17 Torrington, CT – Warner Theatre
6/21/17 Morristown, NJ – Mayo Performing Arts Center
6/23/17 Peekskill, NY – Paramount Hudson Valley
6/24/17 Waterloo, NY – Del Lago Resort and Casino-The Vine
6/25/17 Derry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall
6/28/17 Saint Charles, IL – The Arcada Theatre
7/1/17 Salina, KS – Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts
More Dates To Be Announced
John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 33 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.