TICKETS ON-SALE THIS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3
The “Dogz of Oz World Tour” Begins February 25 in Las Vegas, NV FROM APRIL 7 THROUGH MAY 11, THE BAND WILL STAGE EIGHTEEN
PERFORMANCES WITH JOURNEY IN ARENAS ACROSS THE U.S.
TOTO has announced the band’s return to the road in late-February, 2022. The band will begin the DOGZ OF OZ WORLD TOUR in Las Vegas, NV on February 25. Initial dates on-sale this week are presented below, while additional appearances will be announced in the coming weeks.
On April 7, TOTO will perform an additional 18 shows in U.S. arenas with Journey. In July and August, the band will be touring in Europe headlining festivals, alongside performing in arenas and large theaters which include an already sold-out appearance at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome.
For the headline appearances, American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets in select markets before the general public beginning Wednesday, December 1 at 10am local time through Thursday, December 2 at 10pm local time. A local pre-sale will follow on Thursday, December 2, with general on-sale being live Friday, December 3 at 10AM.
Toto’s “Africa” recently crossed the threshold of ONE BILLION streams on Spotify. This accomplishment speaks to the continual discovery of the band’s repertoire, alongside the multi-generational fan base enjoying a composition that is nearing forty years since the band’s album IV was released. Cumulative Spotify streams exceed 3.3 Billion plays.
The band recently released With A Little Help From My Friends via The Players Club / Mascot Label Group. To screen the title track, which presents the new line-up of Toto, click here: Steve Lukather shares, “We are keeping the music of Toto alive with a little help from our friends.” Joseph Williams offers, “In the midst of a global pandemic and an unprecedented lockdown we realized a few things. Musicians must play and people need to get together to watch them. It was then Luke, Dave and I decided to call upon our friends to create this performance. We welcomed new friends on to the stage and found an instant connection with them. Welcomed back old friends to do a little work! The fact is we couldn’t have pulled it off without the love and support of our friends and family. Never was a title or a song been more appropriate. I hope you enjoy ‘With a Little Help From My Friends!’”
The global tour that will stretch several years is presented by Toto co-founder and musical director David Paich. Joining Steve Lukather and Joseph Williams on the road are new band members bassist John Pierce (Huey Lewis and The News), drummer Robert “Sput” Searight (Ghost-Note), and keyboardist / background vocalist Steve Maggiora (Robert Jon & The Wreck). Keyboardist Dominique “Xavier” Taplin (Prince, Ghost-Note) and multi-instrumentalist / vocalist Warren Ham (Ringo Starr) segued over continuing their tenure in the ensemble. This marks the fifteenth incarnation of the Toto line-up in consideration of band members or sidemen who joined or exited.
Steve Lukather offers, “When the music is performed by great musicians it honors Toto. The documentary featured on the DVD offers great insights in to our thoughts looking forward. David, who stands with us, alongside Joe and myself, desire to keep this music alive. And Paich could pop in any time for a show as a special surprise. We’ll be selecting a broader mix from the Toto catalog that includes deep cuts, the hits, and tunes from Joe and my recently released solo albums. Both of us could not be more thrilled with the global response to these records.”
The band will make a stop here in Detroit on March 15, 2022 at the MotorCity Casino soundboard.
Over the past several years, TOTO have had a major renaissance in popularity like few bands at this point in their career. Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of TOTO. As individuals, the band members can be heard on an astonishing 5000 albums that together amass a sales history of a half a billion albums. Amongst these recordings, NARAS applauded the performances with more than 200 Grammy nominations.
Collectively TOTO has over three billion streams worldwide on all streaming services. Over the last few years, “Africa” went from being a Platinum single to being recently recertified 8X Platinum, with over a billion streams for that song alone. The band has found a new generation of fans. With now 45+ years together and literally thousands of credits, including the biggest selling album of all time: Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and accolades to their names, TOTO remains one of the top selling touring and recording acts in the world. They are the benchmark by which many artists base their sound and production, and they continue to transcend the standards set by the entire music community, being simply synonymous with musical credibility. They are pop culture, and are one of the few 70’s bands that have endured the changing trends and styles continuing to remain relevant while enjoying their multi-generational global fan base.