TOTO - Official Website - Band History

Then in late 1984, TOTO released Isolation, cleverly titled to explain the bandís 2 and a half year absence since the release of TOTO IV. Isolation featured two hit singles, "Stranger In Town" and "Holyanna," and the recordís harder rock edge, immediately appealing to the fans, became a fast favorite.
Following the Isolation Tour, Fergie Frederiksen was replaced by Joseph Williams, son of famous film composer John Williams. In 1985, the band played on the charity record => USA for Africa, and Steve Porcaro and David Paich are featured on the song "We Are the World."

In 1986, the band released their sixth record, Fahrenheit, along with the hit single => "Iíll Be Over You." Prior to the Fahrenheit World Tour, Steve Lukather traveled to Japan, where he played with legendary guitarists => Jeff Beck and Carlos Santana. While in Japan, Lukather met Simon Phillips, a seasoned drummer from the UK who had played with such artists as The Who, Mike Oldfield, and Mick Jagger.

Upon Lukatherís return the United States, TOTO left for the => Fahrenheit World Tour, which lasted until the Spring of 1987. At that time, Steve Porcaro left the band to pursue a career in film scoring, but he continued to work with the band in the studio. TOTOís next studio effort, appropriately titled The Seventh One, received international acclaim and scored two hit singles in Europe: => "Pamela" and "Stop Loving You." With the new recordís release in 1988, TOTO embarked on yet another world tour. At the close of The Seventh One Tour, Joseph Williams left the band to pursue a solo career.

1989 saw a brief break from the TOTO scene for the band members to pursue other projects, but in 1990, TOTO came together in the studio once again to plan a greatest hits compilation entitled Past to Present. For a brief period, former lead vocalist Bobby Kimball returned to the band to record some new tracks to accompany the hits, but the record company forced the band to use the unknown => Jean-Michel Byron as lead singer, and Kimballís recordings with the band were shelved. Four new songs featuring Byron were included on the Past to Present record, and the first single, "Out of Love" became a hit in Europe, while the album went Platinum in most countries. Following the Past to Present Tour, Jean-Michel Byron left the band.
After the departure of Byron in 1991 and suffering through the frustration of again being without a lead singer, Steve Lukather stepped up to the microphone and took over the role of TOTOís lead vocalist.