Toto coming to Forum Karlín

The band will be on an extensive 40th anniversary tour

American rock band Toto will be coming to Prague's Forum Karlín on Feb. 27, 2018, as part of its 40 Trips Around the Sun anniversary tour. Tickets go on sale Oct. 5 at 8 am on the Ticketpro network.

The band was last in Prague in 1999 as part of the Mindfields tour.

Toto formed in 1977 in Los Angeles, and had hits with “Hold the Line,” “Rosanna” and “Africa.” The band has sold 40 million records worldwide and earned six Grammy awards including Record of the Year for “Rosanna” and Album of the Year for Toto IV.

The worldwide tour will be the band’s most extensive in years. Toto is also releasing a greatest hits package called 40 Trips Around The Sun. The album will feature new music and alongside newly remastered classic tracks. The core Toto members of Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro and Joseph Williams re-entered the studio this past year to work on the material. The album should be released in February 2018 to coincide with the tour.

“Myself, David, Steve and Joseph are humbled and thrilled at the long-lasting success of the band,” Steve Lukather said in a press release. “This 40th-anniversary tour is going to be a special one for us and all of the fans that come out. … We’ve spent a lot of time this year working on new music and re-mastering the older tracks.”

Toto has 17 studio albums. But the band members have been active studio musicians as well. As individuals, the band members of Toto can be heard on 5,000 albums that earned more than 200 Grammy nominations. Together they have sold half a billion albums. Steve Porcaro, Steve Lukather and David Paich all played on Michael Jackson's album Thriller, for example.

The name Toto refers to the dog in the film Wizard of Oz, at least that was what band members said in the 1980s. Another explanation is that it comes from the Latin phrase “in toto,” which means “all-encompassing,” since the band members played so many styles.

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