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Manchester, UK — 14 March 2007

thanks TOTO once again for a cracking show three generations of our family travelled across from ireland for the gig and what a treat my daughters first ever concert and it was worth the trip to see her face when they played gypsy train,all the favs were played great to see a band who actually listen to their fans what a great medley of songs,have to say we missed mike one of our faves but a great replacement nonetheless and of there is a god and luke be thy name what a solo the man gets better every time i see him cant wait for the solo tour all in all a wonderful night thx to all the band members for a fantastic evening ps any chance of a quick hop to ireland lol


It's been 11 long years since i've had the privilige of seeing Toto in concert. That was in a small club type venue in Dublin. Like most places tours are dictated by what's hip and happenin' at the moment. So as a result Toto probably won't come to Ireland again so lots of us avid fans have been making the trip "across the pond" for the last few years. The Manchester gig was amazing.I love the new album and like all Toto albums this one is different from the last. The set was really well put together and I was particularly happy to hear Pamela,Isolation and a great selection from "Kingdom of desire" and "Tambu". The set was so strong and the acoustic medley was the biz.Really missed Mikey (Is this the first time the band has toured without a Porcaro?), but Lee did an incredible job in a short space of time. All the band were really cookin'and Tony adds so much to the sound.Greg justs fits like a glove and Bobby seems to be having the time of his life.There is nothing I can say about Luke or Simon that hasn't been said already! They are both the heart and soul of this band and I sincerely believe that an upturn in fortunes has to be imminent if their creative skills continue. Simon's drum sound is the best i've ever heard.The kick drum just throbs away.Saw him doing a drum clinic in Dublin about 15 years ago and he is a real gentleman. On a final note I will definitely travel to catch the band again,but will keep my fingers and toes crossed that they will include Ireland next time out to satisfy all us musos here and show everyone how it's done


Having read a lot of the reviews on here, I'm wondering how I can possibly praise these guys anymore than has already been done, but ... here goes!

Manchester, UK. My 3rd consecutive Toto gig on this tour (having driven to both Bristol and Newcastle the 2 previous nights - thanks Mikey!) Boy, were the crowd up for a great concert, and they certainly weren't disappointed. Regular as clockwork, Toto took to the stage around 8pm, and opened with a version of "Falling In Between", which they grabbed by the scruff of the neck, and threw all over the stage! A blistering opener, and a great scene-setter for the following 2 hours.

As Toto delved backwards and forwards with their incredibly diverse catalogue of songs, from the past 30 years (think about that for a minute - THIRTY years!!), they pleased every type of fan possible. From the muso wanting to hear those tricky time signatures as Luke, Lee and Greg formed a bed of the "Hydra" motif for Simon to crush and punish his kit under a reign of blows, to the loyal music fan who has the entire Toto collection, and recognised every song, and also to the sort of punter who knows and loves just the hits. All the bases were covered.

Individually, each member of Toto is a unique talent. However, collectively, they become super-nova. Bobby seems more comfortable than I've ever known. His range and phrasing has been honed even more, and he's singing with a beautiful balance of both power and subtlety, and loving every minute.

Greg was born to become a member of Toto. His timing, turn of phrase, and downright showmanship is a joy to watch. As for the 3 solos I witnessed - each night was amazingly different, with his personality just oozing through the keys.

Tony Spinner is a fan's delight. He completes the band, with his understated, but very necessary rhythm parts, and his truly breath-taking vocals, both harmony and lead.

Standing in for Mike Porcaro, in front of a staunch Toto crowd can be an pretty scary thing for any musician of note, but Leland Sklar looked and played like he'd been on stage with them all of his life. On behalf of the fans, may I thank you again for making this tour possible, at the 11th hour.

Simon is the rock, which the band grooves upon. He's constant, and so very dependable. His lightness of touch, and his powerful syncopation, helps you sit back and enjoy whatever these guys may bring out of the bag. His solo each night, was also an incredibly entertaining part of the gig. For anyone who thinks that they don't like drum solos - you ain't seen nothing yet!

Last, but definitely not least, you get to the heart of Toto - Luke. The man who just lights up the stage with not only the finest guitar playing you will see and hear anywhere in the world, but a warmth and humour, which just makes every single member of the crowd feel good. His solo each night in "Kingdom Of Desire" (thank you a million times for including that one on this tour!) was truly jaw-dropping. He broke the rules every night, and then re-defined them into a solo which had me shaking my head in disbelief. Luke, you are a phenomenon.

I have to say a big thank you to all of the Toto guys for letting my mate Mikey and myself share a few minutes of your evening, each night after the show. Luke, thanks for your time, and here's to what we talked about!

From the look of the website, Toto and of course Luke, will be having an incredibly busy 2007, and no doubt 2008, too. I can't wait to catch these guys again, when they return to these shores.

Thanks again for those amazing last 3 days, and the chance to hang afterwards. More great memories.


To see the band for the first time nearly 30 years after buying their first UK hit??? Aye, having bought "Hold The Line" its taken that long to get to see them. And why you ask? Circumstances and the vagaiies of living probably...
I went along with my younger brother - it should have been the full "Full Front Row" as my other brother had to miss out due to illness. And do you know what; how do I explain to him how good the gig was without dribbling like a daftie? Truly splendid and magnificent evening and did I yearn to see them again asap. The new stuff sounded excellent and as for the old stuff - this auld git was grinning frae ear to ear.
The musicianship was exemplary and what is more had a real sense of joy and panache... My brother is a half-decent guitarist and he just drooled over Mr Lukather's playing - fantastic. I've always been a frustrated tub-thumper - Mr Philips was phenomenal. Imagine a herd of elephants step dancing? An odd analogy but hey, it works!!! And as for the playing of Mr P. That piano-forte was cooooooooooooooooooool!!!
Can I also say that the idea of Mr Sklar learning that set in 5 days and then playing it like tat is amazing. I tale weeks to get a choral-piece straight in my head, remarkable.
All in all, a great gig. Thank you Toto for making an auld git feel a wee bit younger for an evening...


More thought on this gig: As a fan of other great bands such as Steely Dan, Journey, The Who, and even Dream Theater, there is no band I would rather see than Toto. Their music sounds fresh every time, and they can move from great ballads to thumping heavy rock riffs, from a jazzy/funky feel to melodic anthems without missing a beat. It's great to hear their classics, but I love the medleys, too. And the highlight has to be the part where Luke creates a work of art on that guitar while Lee and Simon punch out a rhythm that grows steadily faster, until the venue is alive with a pulsating wall of sound. For me, Luke's solo at this gig was the best of them all, and the music those three guys played during that time was something I will never forget. Toto is more than just the sum of its parts, however. They are legends, have had to fight for every tiny scrap of recognition that comes their way. Musicians know how good this band is, has always been. And maybe some people are waking up to what we fans have known right from the beginning: Toto are simply the best.


Where does one start? Well firstly i've loved these guys ever since "Hold the line" hit the UK charts...and to me they ARE the best band on the planet! It's plain to see they enjoy every moment whilst preforming. WOW what i playlist it was hard to tell if they'd left anything out from a certain album! Going to a Toto gig you know for sure there'll be the biggest buzz before you even get to your seat...last night was no exception..only difference was i took my young son (12 next month) to his first ever gig. he's been brainwashed since birth but hey just loved his reaction when he reconized certain album tracks saying "YEAH love this one"
Anyway the gig....a little over 2 hours of pure magic once again, yes of course Mike P was missed as was dave...but what a cool cat was leland...Greg gives such a groove, Simon is THE man with the sticks, Tony has very much become part of the band you could almost say he'd made "Stop loving you" his own, being totally honest i did think Bobby couldn't quite get there at times but i ain't knocking him as he is very much Toto one of the 6 main men!! Steve L...Lukather...Luke..Nah the man IS "GOD" If you gave him a guitar with one string he's out play ANYONE else! they have to do the rearranged version of "Rosanna" for the up and coming dvd as well as most of the playlist....but please please can we have "Jake to the bone" on it too? the one tune i've not seen them play for a year or two! Bobby,Tony,leland,Greg,Simon & Luke(Dave ,Mike we know you were there, we wanna see you 2 back soon) guys know how to groove and please do so for many years to come...I'll always be proud to be a Toto fan...come back soon as i've said many time you DO have fans here in the UK it's just the narrow minded record companies! Roll on the Dvd!! thanks for last night from the "Bottom of my Soul"


Last year i went with my Mum and Dad to see The EAGLES i thought they were brill. I thought until the end of last nights show they were the best live band. From start to finish i was standing all night, my legs were killing but didn't care.

I believe TOTO is the most under rated band ever, Africa has always been my favourite ever song and i got to hear it in the flesh. My favourite part of the concert was Steve Lukather's guitar solo (he is up there with the best) at the end of "Kingdom of Desire". The beginning of "Falling of Between" was world class.

I hope next year TOTO can make it to Liverpool to help us celebrate European Capital of Culture, a nice 10,000 seater arena is nearing the end of construction

My thoughts and prays go to Mike, but Lee Sklar was great i especially think Greg Phillinganes was brill singing Africa, as usual Bobby brought the house with his brill vocals, all i can about Simon he is world again up there the best drummers around. I thought Tony Spinner singing "Stop Loving You" was great it brought something new to TOTO. Once again thank you for great night.


Hey guys!
Went to the Manchester concert and it was rocking!! I had the camera poised when the curtain was falling down and just snapped like a maniac! So if you saw a weird girl with glasses snapping photos on your stage left, that was me!! I went to the concert last year in Rotterdam, Holland and had to see you again. By fluke I went to the website last October on the day of ticket release so got AWESOME seats (fourth from front to the right of the hall!!) and my god it was a dream come true!
It was a shame Mike couldn't come, love to see him up close!

Then I got the honour of meeting Steve! We thought we'd go to the pub next door. As soon as the bar closes and we go out, my hero; my idol!; the legend himself, is standing there surrounded by a crowd of ten strong! Course my mum had to introduce. Truth be told I was feeling so shocked, I swear I was going to be sick or pass out! Luckily I didn't!! Steve, you're a god. So polite (like a gentleman, kissed my hand) and kind enough to let me capture the moment on camera. You are a star! God blessed me yesterday to the fullest.

This is so much longer than I thought it would be! Wanted to say you guys are fantastic. I'm 19 this May and you are my favourite band in the world and always will be. Don't stop doing your thing!! There's a younger generation who love you all ie ME!!!

You guys have to help me though. My dream is to meet you all even if you don't remember one fan. I've met my idol Steve but I need to meet you ALL really :) So come to SCOTLAND to play and I'm sure to be near the front snapping again!!

God bless you ALL! I send my love and wishes to Mike especially, Dave and, of course, Jeff our angel.
See you again sometime!!


Last night in Manchester was the 4th time Iíve seen my favourite band in the past 3 years, and it was as awesome as ever. I donít know how they do it, but they seem to get better and better each year, each day even! It was even better than the Newcastle concert last night - incredible!

The venue was perfect and the atmosphere was electric. The crowd were going mental for the band, and the boys seemed to feed off the crowdís energy. The sound last night was superb - even better than Newcastle. Toto are one of the few bands, arguably the only band, who actually care and take the time to mic up and achieve a balanced sound.

As individuals, these guys are the best musicians in the business, so together as Toto, itís a no-brainer that they make the best musical band in the business!

Bobby hit the high notes like never before. It is simply astounding how he has maintained the strength and range in his voice after all these years. I thought Tuesdayís show would have taken it out of him a little considering the amount of energy he puts into the show, but he was brand new. Iím running out of things to say about Luke. The combination of his soothing voice and spectacular guitar playing has to make him the best musician in the business. He was the star of the show as always, especially with his crude jokes! Simon is quite simply the best drummer in the world, and his rhythm blew everyone away. Greg held it together on the keys as always, and his solo was amazing. The soul / R&B slant he brings to the band really has improved the diversity of the music; not that it wasnít diverse before! Tony was on top form, and heís such an important part of the band because his vocal harmonies and rhythm guitar playing complete the ĎToto soundí we all love so much.!
Lee did an absolutely awesome job on bass. He came out of his shell more tonight and put more of his own stamp on the songs - he is a seriously good bass player and an extremely knowledgeable musician too. You have a rival, Mike!

On a serious note, I hope you get well soon Mike and are fighting fit for the 30th Anniversary Tour. Perhaps we might see you and Lee together on the same stage? That would be some combination!

The set-list was tilted more towards progressive rock than previous ones, featuring songs from the Kingdom of Desire and Tambu albums, but the classics were there, and the new album was excellently showcased too. There were so many to choose from, but for me highlights of the night were hearing King Of The World, Isolation, Bottom Of Your Soul, Iíll Be Over You, Hold The Line and of course Africa as the encore rounded off a truly awesome night.

Having the opportunity to hang out with the guys again was truly priceless. I seem to be making quite a habit of this! I have become good friends with Luke and Bobby over the past couple of years, and it really is amazing having your musical heroes as your friends. I also had the chance to speak with Greg and Lee last night, and I would like to thank them all for spending the time with me - Iíll never forget it!

If you are reading this guys, PLEASE donít get any ideas about hanging up your instruments (or vocal chords) anytime soon! Hell, even if you get wheeled out in wheelchairs Iíd still come to see you play! Hope to see you back in the UK soon for the 30th Anniversary Tour, and for MANY MORE years to come. Hows about adding a date in Scotland next time???!!!

Well, my journey has ended for just now, so its back home to Glasgow, but Iím hoping to make it over to the Arrow Rock Festival in the summer to see the guys rock some more - I canít wait! NEVER ENOUGH TOTO!!!......


Fantastic Show last night, I took my two sons James who is 15 and Christopher who is 10 years old and this was their first ever live concert which they thought was incredible.
My youngest son Christopher, wishes to play the guitar as good as Steve Lukather although he has only been playing for 6 months so far.
Both lads commented how much like the records or should I say CD's Toto sounded.
James who is my eldest has been blown away with your music over the last few years and blames me for getting him into Toto.
Both lads would like to ask if David would be playing at any live concerts in the future or will he just make the recordings etc.
And also would Toto ever tour with all of the previous lead singers Fergie Frederikson and Joseph Williams and Bobby of course to add a bit of kick ass concert reviews!
Once again this is the fifth Toto concert that I have attended and please make sure you come back again because you were ten out of ten!

Regards


WOW WHAT A SHOW!!
I was privileged enough to be in the front row of yet another amazing concert. These guys are so far out in front of all the other bands out there, it's untrue. The musicianship is second to absolutely nobody!!
For anybody who hasn't had the good fortune to witness these guys live before...GET YOURSELF A TICKET!! You don't know what you're missing!!
I've seen Toto many times before, from all different angles and distances, but sitting in the front row,(sorry to rub it in!) I was privileged enough to actually see Luke play every single note and see the passion that Bobby puts into every word he sings. There's something extra special seeing the boys performing that close to you.
Luke, you are the heart and soul of all that is Toto and your playing is awesome. Absolutely awesome. Thank you for the music!
Bobby, God you can hit those notes man. What a fantastic voice. THE voice of Toto!
Simon Phillips is without doubt the best drummer in the world! Absolutely superb! There aren't enough superlatives for the man!
Greg is the absolute perfect choice for the band and he has slotted in with consumate ease. Superb solo.
What can I say about Leland Sklar. God he can play! I never thought Mike would be replaced at such short notice with the complexity of the songs involved, but how wrong was I??? The man is awesome. I raise my hat to you sir!
Tony Spinner as always with the rock solid guitar and vocals, doesn't go un-noticed.
I would like to thank you all for having the time to stop and talk to all the fans outside the stage door after the gig and especially for all shaking my hand and signing my programme. You've made an old man very, very happy! You've made my life!! Fantastic!
Thank you for the music guys and come back to the UK soon.
It's an honour to have you.


Having been a Toto fan since the first album, how can I sum up my first concert in 30 years? I feel I have grown up with you guys, you are such an inspiration. You were everything I expected and more. Lots of old stuff played with a new twist which was fresh, like hearing the song for the first time. 'Falling in between' was first up, greeted with explosive applause when the curtain fell. 'Pamela' was a nice surprise after 'King of the world' (fantastic) but it lead nicely into 'Bottom of your soul', one of the best tracks from the new album which always makes me cry. By the time we got to 'Don't chain my heart' we were all singing our hearts out. Good acoustic set where Simon came off his main drum kit and played on a smaller kit as the band all sat around in a circle. Really nice touch. 'Rosanna' started out very quiet and jazz-funky but then exploded during the first verse. Lee Sklar was a fab stand-in and it's a testament to his talent that he only took a week to learn the set! We missed Mike tho and wish him well. David Paich we missed you too! The 'old stuff' set was awesome and done without breaks. Nice choices in there which again had us singing on 'I'll supply the love'. Luke's orgasmic solo on guitar made him comment that he felt like he'd "just had sex....with himself", which brought the house down. Well Luke it was good for us too! Simon's solo with support from Greg, Luke and Lee was out of this world. Main set ended with perhaps THE tightest version of 'Drag him to the roof' you will ever witness. I didn't want it to end. The applause didn't stop until the band reappeared for a fabulous encore of 'Africa' which had us all singing and clapping. My only wish was that 'Home of the brave' had been played, especially as some others in the crowd were shouting for it too! During the interludes, Luke commented that they're like a family and they love playing together. Well we feel like part of the family too and it was a priviledge to finally see you guys LIVE. You definitely like playing the smaller venues. Excellent lighting and sound too. I'll cherish it forever. Have a fab tour and PLEASE PLEASE come back for the 30th anniversary tour cos I'll be there! Can't wait for the DVD of the Paris gig.


Every time I come away from a Toto gig I say to myself, 'Well, it doesn't come any better than that.' Having said it again last night, it surely must be true this time, because I can't see how THAT gig could be improved upon. The sound was great, the mix was great, the band were in top form, with Simon and Luke as ever showing how gifted they are. A great round of applause for Gregg's solo spot, and much appreciation for Lee Sklar on bass. Bobby's vocals were also much, much better than Hammersmith last year.

Each time I see them I hear at least one number I've never heard them do live before - last night it was 'Drag him to the roof', which was absolutely brilliant.

For the first time ever that I've seen the band, they didn't do 'I won't hold you back', and it was missed, but they more than made up for it with a fabulous, tight set that showed Toto off at their very best.

Please come back to us for your anniversary, and let's hope you bring Paich back with you next time.

Thank you, Toto. There were a lot of kids at the gig, but you made this one old fart a very happy man.


Last night was THE most amazing gig i've ever witnessed {and there have been plenty !!}.Missed Mike P and Paich like everyone else but Greg & Leland are the only guys on the planet that could slot in to keep this the tightest,most melodic ripping band on the planet.I was privileged to be on the front row {think Luke was eyeing up my Hendrix t-shirt lol} and to see the guys so up close and obviously loving the gig as much as us will remain a sweet memory forever.Thanks to all the boys but to Leland & The mighty Luke in particular for their interaction with my lame{but sincere }"we're not worthy" bows.So not so much a review as a huge thanks for what was the most amazing diplay of musicianship and bonhomie {Luke's band introductions are worth the admission fee alone!!} LONG may this band reign supreme Come back soon


Well,where do you start, and who do you start with? This line up is incredible. I don't think I've ever heard Simon's drums sound as good. Greg is perfect for this band. The more I see Tony the more talented he appears. The harmonies he & Greg throw out are superb. Lee, whilst it's sometimes hard to work out which way he's facing, I can't think of anyone who could fill in for Mike so well. What a musician. Bobby, never lets you down. Haunting high notes. The audience can't get enough of him. And then there's Luke. "Studio Guy". Yeah right! Just when you think you've seen him at his best, out he comes and completely slays you. I loved the cosy little set in the middle with Tony on vocal and Simon on his little kit wheeled on by the roadies. Pretty much every old favourite was given a much apreciated outing. I took my 13 year old son to this gig and he was just swept away. It was great to see so many teens and twentysomethings in the audience. The band always seem to love the Apollo and it loves them back. If you're reading this whilst waiting for your gig to come around you have every reason to feel excited. Toto, I can't thank you guys enough for what you do. Come back soon.


Hey cats....many hearty thanks must go out to you and the crew for such an amazing gig tonight. I've just got home and i'm still buzzing from it. This was the third time i've seen you now and the second time my dad has come with me. I thought last year in London was brilliant....tonight just topped me over the boat so to speak!

From the breakthrough beginnning of "Falling In Between", the acoustic jam on "Cruel" and the lush first verse of "Roseanna" to the amazing revamps of "Isolation", "Kingdom of Desire" and "Drag Me To The Roof"!! I didn't sit down once tonight and my feet are feeling it!

Hats off to Lee Sklar by the way.....he's done such an amazing job pulling a 2.5 hr set in under a week of rehearsing and he blends in with the rest of the band and keeps the groove train running. If you're reading this and thinking I hope he's good....HE'S GOOD!!! REAL GOOD!!!! Not to forget brother Mikey who we're praying for for a speedy recovery from his hand injury.

Tonight had it all for me...great music, great vibes and great comedy...even if MJ had to be the butt of it Luke hahaha!!! Hope to catch you again soon fellas and I look forward to the DVD coming out from this tour....it will never be ejected from my dvd player! Joyboy


Newcastle, UK — 13 March 2007

Last night in Newcastle was the 3rd time I've seen my favourite band in the past 3 years, and it was as awesome as ever. I don't know how they do it, but they seem to get better and better each year!

The venue was great. It had a capacity of 1250, so large enough to feel the atmosphere but small enough to obtain a sense of intimacy with the band ' the perfect combination.

As always, the sound was spot on. Toto are one of the few bands, arguably the only band, who actually care and take the time to mic up and achieve a balanced sound.

As individuals, these guys are the best musicians in the business, so together as Toto, it's a no-brainer that they make the best musical band in the business!

Bobby hit the high notes like never before. It is simply astounding how he has maintained the strength and range in his voice after all these years. Luke's voice and guitar playing was as entrancing as ever; he was the star of the show as always, especially with his jokes about you know who (the 'Beat It' joke had me in stitches!). Simon is the best drummer I've seen play, and I'm convinced that he is the best drummer in the world. Greg held it together on the keys as always. The soul / R&B slant he brings to the band really has improved the diversity of the music; not that it wasn't diverse before! Tony was on top form, and he's such an important part of the band because his vocal harmonies and rhythm guitar playing complete the 'Toto sound' we all love so much. Lee did an absolutely awesome job on bass. He never once put a foot wrong all night, and his improvisations on some of the songs were a breath of fresh air. His bass had slanted frets, which was pretty cool too! You have a rival, Mike!

On a serious note, I hope you get well soon Mike and are fighting fit for the 30th Anniversary Tour. Perhaps we might see you and Lee together on the same stage' That would be some combination!

The set-list was tilted more towards progressive rock than previous ones, featuring songs from the Kingdom of Desire and Tambu albums, but the classics were there, and the new album was excellently showcased too. There was so many to choose from, but for me highlights of the night were hearing Pamela, Isolation, Bottom Of Your Soul, I'll Be Over You, Caught In The Balance, Hold The Line, and of course Africa as the encore rounded off a truly awesome night.

Having the opportunity to hang out with the guys again was priceless. I have become good friends with Luke and Bobby over the past couple of years, and it really is amazing having your musical heroes as your friends. As soon as Luke spotted me he greeted me in true Luke-style with a feet-sweeping hug and the welcome 'How you doing you little f*****'?!!?. I tell you, times like these are the best times of my life!.....

If you are reading this guys, PLEASE don't get any ideas about hanging up your instruments (or vocal chords) anytime soon! Hell, even if you get wheeled out in wheelchairs I'd still come to see you play! Hope to see you back in the UK soon for the 30th Anniversary Tour, and for MANY MORE years to come. Hows about adding a date in Scotland next time???!!!

PS ' Being the Toto maniac I am, I'm trekking down to Manchester tonight to see them again before returning home to Glasgow. NEVER ENOUGH TOTO!!!


Absolutely fantastic night at the City Hall, Toto are an awesome live band, and, this line up takes some beating.
Superb performances by superb musicians, everything oozed quality, great sound, great lights, pure class.
Highlights were, of course, Steve's awesome guitar skills, Lee's mastery of a set he'd learned in 5 days, Simon's energy and accuracy.
Greg, Bobby and Tony were also superb, and, what was obvious is that these guys enjoy being on the road together, and their performance was relaxed, confident and tight, as you'd expect from true professionals.
A memorable night, and, hope that the City Hall is a date on future Toto UK tours. Thanks for making my first Toto concert unforgettable.


Bristol, UK — 12 March 2007

We have been mercilessly playing the Falling In Between CD for the last few months on the car CD player, and really enjoying the vibe. So when the Bristol set opened with the title track, we were immediately onto our feet, and away. I have to say that the two hours went by so quickly, and we were so pleased to hear so many of our favourites, especially Gift Of Faith from Tambu. I used to fancy myself as a bit of a guitarist, but now that I have seen Luke in action, I don't think I'll bother. A special mention MUST go to Leland Sklar for somehow managing to learn the whole set in a week. It would be tough enough to learn any two hour set in so short a time, but a Toto set with all its variations and diversities. That just shows what a fine musician he is. Many thanks Leland.
And also thanks to Bobby Kimball for just being himself, and making it so obvious how much he enjoys doing what he does. You are a giant Bobby.


I'd been waiting years to see the band and it wasn't a disappointment. The band jumped straight into tracks from Falling in Between and progressed through the night to cover old favourites like "Hold the Line", "Rosanna" and "Africa". The loss of Mike from the line up was covered by the prominent figure of Leland Sklar - an old friend of the band and a more than capable replacement. Superb solo efforts from Greg, Simon and of course Steve topped it all off. A wonderful night and one I won't forget - the "T-shirt" will be work with pride. Thanks guys


Whoahhh! Here we go again - what a f*ckin' band! My fourth time, and I was happy to leave London, book a night in Bristol, and with my brother-in-law just go see the most exhilarating, ever-evolving a nd most fun band on the planet. Fellas, if you're reading this, I was the one in the orange shirt, second row on Simon and Lee's side. I got a smile out of these two. Plus one from Luke: when Simon's drum solo was on, and I looked at Luke, beamed and chanted with my hand. Luke just grinned back, as if to say, "What the f*ck! This band is loved." Just keep going. One day you'll get the recognition you so thoroughly deserve. I've seen so many top-flight bands in my time, yet as I never tire of saying, you blow them all away! See you next time.


Not really a review, more a thank you for coming to play the old "Call Snall" as its pronounced in Bristle! After being disappointed over the years at Toto's rare UK gigs it was great to finally see the band - and be home a mere 20 minutes after the performance ended. And what a performance, a fantastic night of new songs and oldies - many of the latter considerably rearranged from the originals. A superb display of fine musicianship. As a bass player I thought I was going to be disappointed not seeing Mike, but the final mention must go to Leland Sklar. A week? Come on, that guy's been playing Toto music all his life surely - awesome!!


just like to say that its the first concert i have been to since i saw 10cc in 1978.
i went with both my sons and we all thought that it was an amazing experience. i have been a toto fan since hold the line was released and have all your albums and their isnt a bad one amongst them and my sons feel the same 10/10 for the falling in between tour.
i cant wait for your next visit to bristol, when you have your next tour dates could you let me know cheers ta.
a well happy fan
john.


stunning as ever guys.you all looked very relaxed and ready for the tour . i felt privliged to witness the 1st date . having seen you many times, definitly smaller venues brings out something different in you. it was so good to see so many youngsters there singing all the words,you are touching a whole new audience here in the uk.bobby you are so enjoying this band once more,it makes me really happy to see you singing.and i think thats what makes this band honest,humble and hungry for the music and what it does for your audience.to say as many have already, your music really is the soundtrack to our lives.cheers guys for a superb gig once again and i hope you can return to the uk soon.


Thought last year's concert at the London Apollo would not be eclipsed, but this band were tighter than ever this time! Every band member absolutely excelled themselves - and Lee Sklar was immaculate as a short notice stand-in for Mike Porcaro - did miss Mike though!

Simon introduced Steve Lukather as the best guitarist on the planet and I don't think anyone could disagree with that especially after Luke's solo spot - absolutely mesmerising! A brilliant gig guys! Good luck with the rest of the tour and look forward to 30th anniversary shows in 2008


I had the privilege to see you guys in Milan last year at the Mazda palace and the concert was awesome but last night in Bristol my wife and i were totally blown away. I didn't think Milan could be bettered but once again the guys have hit heights other bands can only dream about. You guys had Bristol rocking last night. Long live the toto family.


Excellent Concert. My 5th Toto concert Since 1988 and the best!!!The band were in Fine Form especially Luke and Simon.My fave songs performed were I'll Supply the Love,Gift of Faith,Gypsy Train,I'll be over you,Rosanna and Africa.Lee Sklar was Brilliant on Bass and did an excellent job at short notice.Had a front row seat which made the Toto experience very enjoyable.What made a great show even better was that I got to shake Hands with Luke and Simon after the encore.Can't wait for Toto to come back to the UK in 2008.Dave


Wow! what a night. This was my fifth time of seeing TOTO in concert. What a great night.
Although it was slightly disappointing that mike porcaro wasn't there, lee sklar was absolutely fantastic. What an awesome replacement.
The thing i enjoy most about watching TOTO, is they perform so many songs, old and new,and plenty of album track.
Although the colston hall isn't a large venue, it was a treat to see toto someone else. it felt much more intermate.Flocks of dedicated toto fans in the audience, especially younger kids. My daughter loves seeing toto, and this was her third time. We always stand there mesmerised by how talented steve lukather is. What a genius.
Si phi has to be one of the best drummers in the world. breath-taking performance as usual.
The only disappointment for me, was that steve didn't sing my favourite song "i won't hold you back".boo hoo! may be next time! yiphee! next year hopefully Can't wait to see them again. Enjoy your tour Boys!


I have been a fan of you guys for many years. Following your session work with the likes of Steely Dan, Bozz Scaggs etc. and of course as Toto What a unique sound you guys have. To produce it live like you did last night was just awsome. My first time catch you live and you can bet I will be seeing you again soon. Great selection of songs, loved the new stuff from Falling in Between. I will wear my T shirt with pride ! Can't wait for the 30 years anniversary gig.


Woah! What can i say! After spending the weekend up in Bristol highly anticipating my first Toto concert, I finally got to see the band of my dreams! Kicking off with The new album title track 'Falling in between' the group fell into a sharp, tight sound. With Bobby hitting note perfect and Luke's flashy guitar riffs sailing over the audience, we knew we were in for a treat.
Lee Sklar was absolutely insane. Having only had a week to learn the whole set he was on top form. Simon Phillips was tight as ever and it was nice to see him playing back in the homeland. Greg Phillinganes played an awesome solo with little hints of 'Georgy Porgy' and 'I'll supply the love' which caused huge amounts of applause from the audience. Luke was funny as ever, even at the expense of Michael Jackson. The evening was finished with you usual encore of Africa with the entire hall joining in with singing. One by one the band members exited leaving just Simon Phillips finishing the set. Luke then brought the band back on for one final bow and the crowd went wild!
All in all a fantastic evening which will stay with me for the rest of my life. Looking forward to the next one guys!!!