Thursday, May 28, 2015

Toto @ Zénith, Paris - May 28, 2015

Toto is celebrating its 35th Anniversary by embarking on a world tour and releasing their fourteenth studio album, simply called XIV. It seems like every year brings a new Toto line-up, with new faces replacing old ones and old ones returning after a long absence... For this tour the band is comprised of David Hungate on bass, Lenny Castro on percussions, Shannon Forrest on the drums, Joseph Williams on lead vocals, David Paich and Steve Porcaro on keyboards and vocals and Steve lukather on guitar and vocals.

The musical precision is staggering and their harmonies are absolutely perfect. Steve Lukather seems to be a little under the weather (half of his face was swollen and one of his eyes was almost shut) but his playing was as virtuosic as ever.

They played about half a dozen songs from their new decent new album and a lot of classics from their first four records, to the delight of the middle-aged audience: Hold the Line, Pamela, Rosanna, White Sister, I Won't Hold You Back and I'll Supply The Love are classic FM Radio hits since the 80's. 

If you're looking for dangerous, edgy rock and roll then the Zénith wasn't the place for you last night. But if you're into well-crafted songs and excellent musicianship played with absolute professionalism, it was the place to be.

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