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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Meeting ToTo

This is a slightly different post from the usual music upload. I will write longer than usual. Gonna blog about Toto.

Got a chance to meet Toto, the legendary rock group from USA. The invitation was courtesy of a friend to meet and greet them at Hard Rock Café (HRC), Kuala Lumpur. Thanks Marianne!

I turned up at the place around 2:50pm. The meet and greet session was scheduled at 3:30pm. I found HRC was quite empty. We waited and chatted with other fans and winners of the contest.

At 4:19pm, Toto made their appearance. There were no swooning girls and screaming boys. Just a bunch of, shall I say matured and well-behaved fans like us? LOL! Click play to view the video.

Toto, formed in 1976, featured a line-up comprising Steve Lukather, Simon Phillips, Greg Phillinganes, Bobby Kimball, Leland Sklar and Tony Spinner. If you counted, there were only 5 of them on the stage. I am not sure who was who on the stage there. The organizer didn’t introduce them individually. LOL!

Toto apologized for the postponement of the concert, which was scheduled the day before. The delay was attributed to logistic issue. I heard their equipment was stuck in Indonesia. Oh well! At least they turn up, right?

Famous for hits in the early 1980s like I'll Be Over You, Rosanna and Africa, the band is on a world tour in support of its critically acclaimed 2006 release, Falling In Between.

I thought there was a press conference but nobody asked any questions so they group proceeded to sign autographs. So, I took my “The Best of Toto” CD and some concert flyers to be autographed.

That guy in blue is Atsu. He is from Tokyo and in town for business. He is a huge fan of Toto. According to him, Toto is huge in Japan.

Yippee! My signed Toto CD and concert flyer.

Well, I got what I wanted and more. There were food and drinks served to the contest winners. So, I saved on dinner. LOL!

It didn’t occur to me before that Toto is another household name in Malaysia. I noticed this when I was about to take a leak after the meet and greet session. LOL!

I hope those who went for the concert enjoyed themselves. I was at home last night listening to The Best of Toto CD.

It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you

There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do

I bless the rains down in Africa

Gonna take some time to do the things we never had...

Africa (12” Mix) - Toto

Note: Thanks to Retro Wonderland for the link.


Carboman said...

the bushy beard fella is leland sklar - a fantastic bass sessionist. happening band!

RunWitMe said...

Thanks Carboman! :)