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Hold the Line...TOTO to Play Pavilion

2/27/2007
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Coming to rock the Great Hall with their trademark sound popularized in the eighties is the rock band TOTO. The concert is Wed., May 2, 2007 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $29.99 + tax. Most people are aware of rock group TOTO’s impressive history dating back to 1978 with their eponymous debut album, which garnered the band’s first Grammy nomination and spawned the hit ‘Hold The Line’. But thanks to their fourth album, aptly titled “IV”, the Los Angeles based act enjoyed enormous worldwide success with two hit singles in ‘Rosanna’ and ‘Africa’. Whereas the former reached number 2 in the American singles chart, ‘Africa’ hit the top spot. The album also won the Grammy Award for “Album Of The Year” and “Rosanna” won the coveted “Record Of The Year” award in 1982. TOTO had several hits thereafter selling over 25 million records worldwide. Of the five man line-up, two are original members, Bobby Kimball, lead vocalist, and Steve Lukather, lead guitar. Mike Porcaro, bass, has been with the band since 1982 and played with TOTO since its founding as a brother to Steve, who continues to play periodically and other brother Jeff, founding drummer who died in 1992.Unfortunately, Porcaro recently learned a nagging hand injury will prevent him from this tour. In his place will be veteran bass player Leland Skelar. Skelar has been a fixture in the TOTO network for years. Rounding out the line-up is Simon Phillips, drummer, who joined in 1993 and newest member, veteran keyboardist Greg Phillinganes. “While TOTO has a solid draw from fans of rock from the 1980s they have also developed quite a large college following, too,” says Executive Director and CEO Steven A. Hoffman. “I am most impressed that the band appeals to so many different people; can be heard on several radio formats; and the band members have played on albums by such legends as Randy Newman, Michael Jackson, Cher, Al Jarreau, Elton John, Earth, Wind & Fire, Chicago and Michael McDonald. This will be a great concert experience!” Ironically, the band’s moniker TOTO, a Latin word meaning everyone, in total or all encompassing epitomizes this philosophy, a fact that has escaped most of the presumptuous critics who wrongly attributed the name to Dorothy’s dog in the Wizard of Oz. TOTO’s dynamic instrumentation and wide ranging vocals will surely combine with the world-renowned acoustics of the Great Hall for what will undoubtedly be a memorable concert event. Tickets go on sale for Pavilion members on Sat., Mar. 3 at 9:30 a.m. and to the general public on Sat., Mar. 10 at 9:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Pavilion box office at (605) 367-6000 or 1-877-WASHPAV. Or go on online to www.washingtonpavilion.org. ### EDITOR’S NOTE: Images are available online at www.washingtonpavilion.org. Choose “general information” and the “media information” link. User name: media Password: photo