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Toto at Vina…a Sunday night in Wine Country

by on Sep.13, 2016, under LINKS, PHOTOS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

Toto at Vina…a Sunday night in Wine Country

Toto wrapped up their Summer 'An Evening With' tour at the beautiful Vina Robles Amphitheatre this past Sunday and it was an evening of stellar musicianship, all the Toto hits, tracks from their latest studio album 'XIV,' and even a cover featuring some fantastic guitar work by one of the best, Steve Lukather.

The core Toto members, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro and Joseph Williams were joined by Lenny Castro (percussion), Shannon Forest (drums), the legendary Leland Sklar (bass), and back-up vocalists Mabvuto and Jenny Douglas for a show that spanned the decades of great material from the band, and showed off the amazing talents of everyone on that stage. As individuals, the members can be heard on an amazing 5000 albums that together amass a sales history of a half a billion albums and more than 200 Grammy nominations.

Approaching 40 years of making music, Toto well represented their first self-titled LP (released 38 years ago), kicking off their set with the first track on that album, the instrumental 'Child's Anthem' right into 'I'll Supply the Love.' 'Georgy Porgy' and the top 5 hit 'Hold the Line' were featured later in the show.

The band has certainly known their share of ups and downs over the years personally and professionally, with the loss of great band member brothers Mike and Jeff Pocarro to Lou Gehrig's disease and heart attack, and nearly getting dropped from their label after their initial success. They certainly did rebound and persevere to make their amazing 'Toto IV' album, which yielded three top 10 hits and was awarded 7 Grammys, including record and album of the year. The classic tracks 'I Won't Hold Back,' 'Afraid of Love,' and the massive hits 'Rosanna' and 'Africa' represented that special era for the band in the set, with 'Africa' wrapping up the show encore.

Five fresh songs from the band's latest album 'TOTO XIV,' released last March made the setlist, and fit right in with the melodic progressive direction that was felt on this Fall evening in Central California wine country. Check out Toto's first new studio album in ten years and everything about the band at

A highlight for me was seeing the great Steve Lukather perform a cover of Robin Trower's 'Bridge of Sighs,' showcasing the talent of one of the great guitarists of his era. One of the leaders of Toto since its inception in 1976, Steve has also been one of the most sought-after session guitarists in Los Angeles music history, playing with a wide range of artists and performing on over 1,500 records spanning over 36 years. He is known as one of the top 10 session guitarists of all time and has been a part of so many legendary hits and recordings.

Toto are true survivors and thrivers of the music business, having earned their place as a truly great American rock band. Hopefully one day, they will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as it is more than deserving.

The one song I would have liked to see the band perform was '99,' but that didn't put a damper on what was a beautiful night of music at a beautiful venue for Toto to wrap up their 2016 Summer tour.

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1. Child's Anthem
2. I'll Supply the Love
3. Stranger in Town
4. Holy War
5. I Won't Hold You Back
6. Georgy Porgy
7. Burn
8. Afraid of Love
9. Bend
10. Pamela
11. David Paich Piano Solo
12. Great Expectations
13. Without Your Love
14. Bridge of Sighs (Robin Trower cover)
15. Hold the Line
16. The Road Goes On
17. Orphan
18. Rosanna
19. On the Run
20. Africa


Special Thanks to Vanessa Kromer and Jennifer Anderson of Nederlander. For all upcoming shows at Vina Robles Amphitheatre, go to:

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Beatles News: Paul McCartney turns 70!, 2012 Summer Olympics, Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band 2012 Press Conference

by on Jun.19, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Beatles News: Paul McCartney turns 70!, 2012 Summer Olympics, Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band 2012 Press Conference

Even though he is years beyond 64, Paul McCartney is showing no signs of slowing down on his 70th Birthday! He celebrated the occasion in private, resting up between gigantic gigs this summer. The tributes from fans and fellow rockers rolled in all day long to commemorate the quite possibly out greatest living rocker, Paul McCartney!

The legendary song-writer and musician, philanthropist, vegan, animal-rights activist and newlywed has been saluted by a long list of rockers, starting with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, who with his band has covered 'Come Together,', and serenaded McCartney during the 2010 Kennedy Center Honords event solo:

"He's got a whole second wind and a new childhood and a new marriage. Y'know, he's gettin' it every night on stage and hopefully in bed with his new wife! God bless him."

Phil Collins says he still can't believe that as a kid, he was recruited to be an extra in The Beatles film 'A Hard Day's Night,' and now, today, he and Paul are friends and colleagues. "Suddenly, 30, 40 years later, you're playing with the guy and he knows your name and comes up and talks to you," an incredulous Collins told ABC News Radio. "It's a little bit out of The Twilight Zone." And Phil, who's basically quit making new music, says McCartney makes him feel a bit guilty about that. "Every time I say that I've stopped, I think, 'Well, he still going!'" he admits. "I admire him for keeping going. So, happy birthday, Paul."

The Beach Boys Brian Wilson, who joins Paul at 70 with a birthday on Wednesday, said "I hope he's as happy as we are, and I wish him very much luck on his concerts."

Bassit Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles said he wishes Paul "70 more years," adding, "I learned how to sing from listening to him...His bass playing is so unique and powerful. I learned a lot from him."

Donovan, whose friendship with Paul and the rest of the Fab Four dates back to the mid '60s, has a musical wish for McCartney. "They say it's your birthday /Buh-duh-duh-duh-duh-duh /It's my birthday too, yeah," the folk-rock great sings, delivering the opening lines to the classic 1968 Beatles tune "Birthday." He then adds, a bit cryptically, "Well, I'm not 70 yet, but what I say is seven is a good number."

Randy Bachman, of the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive said, "As time goes by, anyone who wasn't a Beatle fan, if you don't become one now or tomorrow, you're missing out on one of the greatest pleasures of life."

Bonnie Raitt is another fan who admires Paul for "keeping going." "He is just non-stoppable," she told ABC News Radio, recalling one of his concerts a few years ago where he blew her away by performing for three hours and playing an amazing guitar solo on a rendition of Jimi Hendrix's "Foxy Lady." "I couldn't even believe it was him on guitar," she says. "He is really showin' us how to do it...He's just one of our greatest songwriters ever and such a great singer and a great person. He's just... not a jerk!"

Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford of Squeeze were compared to McCartney and Lennon during their band's heyday. Tilbrook talked about Paul in glowing terms: "There's not a time when I hear a Beatles record and don't gravitate towards what he's playing on the bass…If he did nothing else, his bass playing is amazing. I wish him all the very best." Difford added, "'Listen to What the Man Said' -- that's the first song that springs to mind. I think he's an incredible artist."

Fellow rock and Roll Hall of Famer keyboardist Ian McLagan of Faces/Small Faces said, "Happy Birthday, Paul. God bless ya. He never stops. God, he's amazing."

John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono also tweeted birthday wishes to McCartney on Monday.

The U.K. branch of PETA also paid their own tribute to the vegan with a birthday card recreating the 'Abbey Road' artwork. Pople dressed as a fish, a pig, a chicken, and a cow are crossing the street in front of the band’s longtime studio in the card, with he message reading, "Happy Birthday Paul. Thank you for loving us, not eating us."

Paul Weller paid tribute to Paul musically with a cover of the Beatles’ 'Birthday.' All of the proceeds from sales of the song will go to the War Child charity.

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Check out this New York Daily News story on how Peter Max celebrated Paul's 70th, but creating some new paintings.

In the last year the always energetic McCartney, has gotten married, collaborated on his first ballet, 'Ocean's Kingdom,' performed all over the world, including North America, Abu Dhabi, Europe, South America and Mexico, released 'Kisses on the Bottom', an album of standard tunes, was honored with the 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, directed his first music video, and played at Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee concert. Up next for Paul is a major role in the opening and closing of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

McCartney will wrap up the opening ceremonies, which are being constructed by ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ director Danny Boyle. The event has been titled 'Isles of Wonder.' UK tabloid The Sun has reported that the song list includes tracks from every era of British music, including patriotic songs and hymns from the early 1900s all the way up to the latest chart hits. Reveered U.K. acts as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, The Who, David Bowie and The Kinks, and even a song by Michael Jackson (even though he's not British) will be a part of it.

There are no songs on that list by Elton John, Rod Stewart, Tom Jones or Phil Collins. The Sun says that Boyle may be wishing to avoid certain artists who've already performed at Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, or artists who are expected to perform live at the opening ceremony.

Duran Duran, Snow Patrol, Stereophonics, and Paolo Nutini will play the Olympic Games opening concert, with each band representing one of the U.K. factions. Duran Duran will perform for England, Snow Patrol for Ireland, Stereophonics for Wales, and Nutini for Scotland, with Blur, New Order, and the Specials taking part in the London 2012 Olympic closing ceremony. The Olympic Games kick off July 27th.

In an interview promoting the recent deluxe reissue of his 1971 album 'RAM,' McCartney told Paul Draper of Downed in Sound, about his reliance on alcohol to get through the aftermath of the Beatles' breakup, and how it gave him a rare occurrence of writer's block.

On an 'average day' McCartney said he'd go for a horse ride with wife Linda and his kids in the pastoral surroundings around Mull of Kintyre, and then, "in the evening, I'd drink whiskey, of which there was a large supply in Scotland...That was kind of a feature of that time."

"The Beatles, towards the end, was very constricting. You were in a corporate world suddenly...It's not what you get into music for, but it's there, it's a fact of life, especially when you were the label. We were doing Apple (Records), and it got very heavy, so me and Linda escaped with the kids, but the business hassles were still there. So I think I was just trying to escape in my own mind."

"I had the freedom to have just have a drink whenever I fancied it. I'd go into the studio, maybe have another drink and so on. I overdid it, basically, [and] got to a point where Linda had to say, 'Look, you should cool it.' If I would have a writer's block, I look back now and can say that was the over-stimulation. I'd be getting like 'Heeyyyy, nice and fuzzy' and it's not a good thing to write. [At] least for me it's not. Me and John were always very straight when we wrote, and it was normally in the middle of the day when you had your wits about you.

By the early '70s McCartney had long since given up meat, has obviously given us his over-indulgence in whisky, but has only recently given up his 40 year pot habit. Paul told Rolling Stone earlier this year that he'd quit for the sake of his 8-year-old daughter, Beatrice.

"I smoked my share. When you're bringing up a youngster, your sense of responsibility does kick in, if you're lucky, at some point. Enough's enough—you just don't seem to think it's necessary."

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The 13th installment of Ringo Starr's All Starr Band Tour kicked off this past Thursday night in Toronto. It has become a favorite spot for Ringo to kick off the tour, with Niagra falls as a backdrop. The band rehearses there, then has the luxury of starting the tour there as well. Joining the Beatles drummer on the 2012 edition of the trek are Todd Rundgren, ex-Santana/Journey singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Mr. Mister's Richard Page, longtime Billy Joel saxophonist Mark Rivera and veteran session drummer Gregg Bissonnette (David Lee Roth).

The All Starr Band Tour is scheduled to run through a July 21 show at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Ringo will spend his birthday on the road, with a performance at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on July 7th. Rino will continue the tradition of the last few years, at Noon from the Hard Rock Nashville, Ringo will ask anyone anywhere, and everyone everywhere, to join him in a wish for Peace & Love.

Watch the full press conference introducing the band and performances of snippets of each of their classic All Starr hits including 'Rosanna,' 'Broken Wings,' 'Hello It’s Me,' 'Black Magic Woman,' and the Beatles 'Little Help From My Friends,' followed by a Q&A with all of the guys here:

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Leslie West of Mountain gets new MV-1, solving obstacles of return to touring

by on Jan.11, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

Leslie West of Mountain gets new MV-1, solving obstacles of return to touring

The Vehicle Production Group, a brand new American car company that designs, engineers, and distributes specialty vehicles, has altruistically gifted a brand new MV-1 to Leslie West. Faced with the challenges of touring following the June, 2011 amputation of his right leg above the knee, the MV-1 is the first mobility vehicle designed from the ground up for wheelchair accessibility, and this act of kindness has solved the major obstacle that derailed the guitarist's prior plans to return to the road.

The MV-1 is not an aftermarket conversion. The vehicle is the only factory built mode of transportation that meets or exceeds the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) direct from the factory. The fully boxed, body-on-frame design provides unrivaled strength, safety, and durability, and the MV-1 meets or exceeds all of the requirements set by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). The Vehicle Production Group has partnered with AM General to assemble the MV-1 at their state-of-the-art plant in Mishawaka, Indiana, the former home of the Hummer H2. This new product is the only vehicle made in America with a factory installed Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fuel system option.

West received the vehicle from The Vehicle Production Group on December 22, 2011. The guitarist shared, "This is nicer than any guitar I have ever owned, and I've had some pretty incredible instruments including my own Leslie West Dean Signature Series. I was speechless. People would be proud to own this vehicle. The gestures made collectively by Fred, Brian and Steven, are the most generous I have experienced in my life." Fred Drasner, Chairman of The Vehicle Production Group LLC added, "From my days at Woodstock, to the release of Unusual Suspects, I always thought Leslie West was the best. When I heard his tour was cancelled because of a lack of accessible transportation, I was thrilled to be in a position to help him get back on the road. For me and his millions of fans, that is where he should be. All of us at VPG are extremely proud to be a part of getting Leslie safely back on the road in comfort and style in his new MV-1”.

West will return to the road on January 31st for initial performances in the Northeastern U.S. Confirmed shows with Uli Jon Roth include appearances in:

Jan. 31 - New York, NY - BB Kings
Feb. 1 - Foxborough, MA - Showcase Live
Feb. 3 - Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theatre
Feb. 4 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom

West is a guitar god. From the Sixties through today, he has been revered by artists and fans alike. He has been in command of one of the biggest, boldest electric guitar tones known to humankind from the 1969 Woodstock Festival that placed his band Mountain in to historical lore through his current release Unusual Suspects. At age 66, West continues to remain current, as witnessed by the assemblage of legends joining him on the album which include Billy Gibbons, Slash, Zakk Wylde, Joe Bonamassa and Steve Lukather, alongside Kenny Aronoff. West shared, “These guys don’t show up to play on everybody’s albums. They’re stars in their own right and fantastic players – everyone with their own sound and style, and about as far from ‘the usual suspects’ as it gets.”

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Leslie West says of leg amputation: “it’s a good thing it wasn’t one of my arms. Then I’d be really f**ked.”

by on Jul.15, 2011, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS

Leslie West says of leg amputation: “it’s a good thing it wasn’t one of my arms. Then I’d be really f**ked.”

Leslie West says that a looming new album in August and concert tour this fall have given him incentive to recover from having the bottom half of his right leg amputated last month.

"I don't think there is another attitude," the former Mountain man recently told from the New Jersey rehabilitation facility where he's being taught how to live without the leg after it was removed just above the knee on June 20 in Memphis, due to complications from diabetes. "I cried a couple fuckin' times. I look down -- 'Where is it?!' You still feel the nerves and stuff like that. I had to make a decision - lose my leg or lose my life. What are you gonna do? But I'll tell you," the guitarist adds, "it's a good thing it wasn't one of my arms. Then I'd be really fucked."

Leslie West will release the new solo album, Unusual Suspects, on September 20th. The album follows the recent news that West underwent life-saving surgery on June 17th, when his leg was amputated above the knee. West (a long-time sufferer of type 2 Diabetes) was aboard a long-haul flight to Mississippi to perform at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, when the limb began to swell. He was rushed to the emergency room and lost consciousness. The decision to proceed with the operation was made by his wife, Jenni, who remarks, “It was his leg or his life.” This ordeal hasn't fazed West as he insisted on honoring the album release date.

Released by Provogue Records, Unusual Suspects features West performing alongside an all-star hand-picked line-up of the world's finest guitar players, including Slash, blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa, Black Label Society frontman and ex-Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and Toto's Steve Lukather. Unusual Suspects is West's first album since 2006's Blue Me.

"These guys don't just show up to play on everybody's albums," says West on his special guests and the album's title. "They're all stars in their own right, and fantastic players - everyone with their own sound and style, about as far from the usual suspects as it gets."

Unusual Suspects tracklisting:

'One More Drink For The Road' (featuring Steve Lukather)
'Mudflap Mama' (featuring Slash)
'To The Moon'
'Standing On A Higher Ground' (featuring Billy F. Gibbons)
'Third Degree' (featuring Joe Bonamassa)
'Nothing's Changed' (featuring Zakk Wylde)
'I Feel Fine'
'Love You Forever'
'You & Me'
'Turn Out The Lights' (featuring Slash & Zakk Wylde)
'Beetle - I Don’t Know' (Bonus track)

Leslie West has been a regular on the Howard Stern Radio Show for quite some time and it was Stern whom he gave an interview in late June 2011, from his hospital bed, mere days after undertaking life-saving surgery which saw his leg amputated above the knee.

“Now I’ve got to figure out how to play the guitar [whilst standing] on one leg,” he states, under no illusions regarding the size of the task ahead. “The prosthetic ones they have these days are really good, but of course I’m used to balancing my weight on two feet. I’m going to have to retrain myself.” Best of luck to you Leslie!!

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Wishing all the best to Leslie West of Mountain after leg amputation

by on Jun.21, 2011, under ROCK NEWS

Wishing all the best to Leslie West of Mountain after leg amputation

Legendary guitarist Leslie West is now recovering in a Biloxi hospital after having part of his leg amputated. He flew in to
Mississippi to perform at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino with his band Mountain.

Then on Saturday, his leg began to swell, and as a diabetic he was rushed to the emergency room. It was then decided that an amputation would be necessary in order to save his life. Surgery was a success and the procedure removed his limb up to the knee. West is expected to fully recover and faces extensive rehabilitation.

The guitarist's family has requested that the public and media respect his privacy while he comes to terms with this life-changing transition.

From the 1969 Woodstock Festival that placed his band Mountain in to musical history through his upcoming release, "The Unusual Suspects", the age 65 year old, West continues to remain current, as witnessed by the level of artists joining him on his next album, which includes Billy Gibbons, Slash, Zakk Wylde, Joe Bonamassa and Steve Lukather, alongside Kenny Aronoff. As West noted, "These guys don't show up to play on everybody's albums. They're stars in their own right and fantastic players — everyone with their own sound and style, and about as far from 'the usual suspects' as it gets."

The release date for "The Unusual Suspects" is unknown right now, but as soon as we get information on that and on West's recovery, we'll let you know. All the Leslie West!

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