List of Toto band members

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Two lineups of Toto onstage in 1982 (top) and 2010 (bottom).

Toto is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 1976, the group's original lineup included lead vocalist Bobby Kimball, guitarist and vocalist Steve Lukather, keyboardist and vocalist David Paich, bassist David Hungate, keyboardist Steve Porcaro and drummer Jeff Porcaro. The current lineup features constant members Lukather and Paich, original member Steve Porcaro (who rejoined in 2010, after leaving in 1987), and lead vocalist Joseph Williams (who originally joined in 1986, and rejoined in 2010). The band also tours with several additional musicians, currently bassist Shem von Schroeck (since 2017), drummer Shannon Forrest (since 2014), percussionist Lenny Castro (since 2015, and originally from 1979 to 1987) and saxophonist Warren Ham (since 2017, and originally from 1986 to 1988).

Band lineup history[edit]

Toto was formed in 1976 by vocalist Bobby Kimball, guitarist and vocalist Steve Lukather, keyboardist and vocalist David Paich, bassist David Hungate, keyboardist Steve Porcaro and drummer Jeff Porcaro.[1] Hungate left after the recording of the band's fourth album Toto IV in 1982, with Mike Porcaro (brother of Steve and Jeff) taking his place.[2] Kimball left two years later, with Lukather crediting his dismissal to increasing vocal problems stemming from his cocaine use.[3] He was replaced by Dennis "Fergie" Frederiksen, who performed on Isolation before leaving after the album's touring cycle.[4] Toto's third frontman, Joseph Williams, debuted on the 1986 album Fahrenheit.[3] Steve Porcaro left after the completion of the album's touring cycle in 1987, but continued contributing to the group's studio albums for a number of years.[5]

Following the release and promotion of The Seventh One in 1988, Williams also left Toto due to problems stemming from cocaine abuse, with Lukather taking on the majority of lead vocal duties after his departure.[6] The group briefly reunited with Kimball the following year to record new song "Goin' Home"; however, the band's record company insisted that they hire South African vocalist Jean-Michel Byron for a number of new recordings to be released on the Past to Present 1977–1990 compilation.[7] Byron remained for the album's promotional tour, but did not get on with the rest of the band and left shortly thereafter, with no new frontman brought in to take his place.[7] The band's constant drummer Jeff Porcaro died of a heart attack on August 5, 1992, later revealed to be caused by "hardening of the arteries" due to cocaine use.[8]

After briefly considering disbanding, Toto later replaced Porcaro with Simon Phillips and returned to touring.[9] The group continued as a four-piece throughout much of the 1990s, before reuniting with Kimball, Williams and Steve Porcaro in 1998 for a tour in promotion of the 20th anniversary compilation Toto XX: 1977–1997.[7][10] After the tour, Kimball remained with the band.[11] The group returned to a lineup with two keyboardists in 2005 with the addition of Greg Phillinganes, who had previously toured with the band in place of Paich.[12] Mike Porcaro was forced to retire in 2007 due to illness, with Leland Sklar filling in.[13] In June 2008, Lukather announced that he had left Toto, signalling the disbandment of the group. Writing on his website, he explained that the band members "had some differences in how business was being done".[14]

Less than two years after the band's breakup, it was announced in February 2010 that Toto would be reforming for a run of shows in benefit of Mike Porcaro, who had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.[15] Lukather, Paich and Phillips were joined by former members Joseph Williams and Steve Porcaro, and touring bassist Nathan East.[16] The group continued touring over the next few years, before Phillips left in January 2014 during the recording of Toto XIV and was replaced by Keith Carlock.[17] Original bassist David Hungate also returned for the album's touring cycle, with Shannon Forrest also taking over from Carlock.[18][19] The current lineup of Toto, due to tour in 2018, includes Joseph Williams, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Shem von Schroeck, Shannon Forrest, Lenny Castro and Warren Ham.[20]

Toto has featured a wide range of additional musicians as part of its touring lineup. Notable past members of the band's touring lineup include guitarist and backing vocalist Tony Spinner (from 1999 to 2008),[21] keyboardist and backing vocalist John Jessel (from 1991 to 2004),[22] bassist Leland Sklar (from 2007 to 2008, and in 2016),[23][24] and backing vocalist Jenny Douglas-Foote (from 1990 to 1997, 2011 to 2012, and 2014 to 2016).[25] Many of these additional musicians have also contributed to Toto's studio albums, both during their tenures and as guest contributors.

Current members[edit]

Current official members[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Steve Lukather front.jpg
Steve Lukather
  • 1976–2008
  • 2010–present
all Toto releases
David Paich behind his keyboards.jpg
David Paich
all Toto releases except Falling in Between Live (2007)
Joseph Williams and Steve Porcaro Orebro Sweden 2013.jpg
Steve Porcaro
  • 1976–1987
  • 1998

  • 2010–present
Joseph Williams Orebro Sweden 2013.jpg
Joseph Williams
  • 1986–1988
  • 1998

  • 2010–present
lead and backing vocals
  • Fahrenheit (1986)
  • The Seventh One (1988)
  • Toto XX: 1977–1997 (1998)
  • Falling in Between (2006)
  • 35th Anniversary: Live in Poland (2014)
  • Toto XIV (2015)

Current touring members[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Lenny Castro.jpg
Lenny Castro
  • 1979–1987
  • 2015–present
Warren Ham
  • 1986–1988
  • 2017–present
none to date
Shannon Forrest 2014–present drums
ShemSchroeck2007.JPG
Shem von Schroeck 2017–present
  • bass
  • backing vocals

Former members[edit]

Former official members[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Jeff Porcaro Toto Fahrenheit World Tour 1986.jpg
Jeff Porcaro 1976–1992
(his death)
  • drums
  • percussion
  • all Toto releases from Toto (1978) to Kingdom of Desire (1992)
  • Toto XX: 1977–1997 (1998)
  • Greatest Hits Live... and More (2002)
  • Live at Montreux 1991 (2016)
Image-BobbyKimball.jpg
Bobby Kimball
  • 1976–1984
  • 1989

  • 1998–2008
lead and backing vocals
  • all Toto releases from Toto (1978) to Toto IV (1982)
  • Toto XX: 1977–1997 (1998)
  • Mindfields (1999)
  • Livefields (1999)
  • all Toto releases from Through the Looking Glass (2002) to Falling in Between Live (2007)
David_Hungate_2007.jpg
David Hungate
  • 1976–1982
  • 1999
  • 2009
  • 2014–2015
  • bass
  • occasional guitar
  • all Toto releases from Toto (1978) to Toto IV (1982)
  • Toto XX: 1977–1997 (1998)
  • Toto XIV (2015)
Mike Porcaro with bass guitar.jpg
Mike Porcaro 1982–2007
(died 2015)
  • all Toto releases from Toto IV (1982) to Falling in Between (2006)
  • Live at Montreux 1991 (2016)
Dennis Frederiksen.jpg
Fergie Frederiksen 1984–1986
(died 2014)
lead and backing vocals
  • Isolation (1984)
  • Fahrenheit (1986)
Jean-Michel Byron 1989–1990
Simon-Phillips.jpg
Simon Phillips
  • 1992–2008
  • 2010–2014
  • drums
  • percussion
all Toto releases from Absolutely Live (1993) to 35th Anniversary: Live in Poland (2014), except Greatest Hits Live... and More (2002)
GregPhillinganes20101129A.jpg
Greg Phillinganes 2005–2008
(touring 2003)
  • keyboards
  • synthesizers
  • backing and lead vocals
  • Falling in Between (2006)
  • Falling in Between Live (2007)
Keith Carlock.jpg
Keith Carlock 2014–2015
  • drums
  • backing vocals
Toto XIV (2015)

Former touring members[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Tom Kelly, ASCAP concert, 2011.jpg
Tom Kelly 1979
  • guitar
  • backing vocals
  • Toto IV (1982)
  • Isolation (1984)
  • The Seventh One (1988)
Keith Landry 1980 none
Jon Smith 1981–1982
  • saxophone
  • backing vocals
Toto IV (1982)
Timothy B. Schmit.jpg
Timothy B. Schmit backing vocals
  • Toto IV (1982)
  • Mindfields (1999)
James Newton Howard.jpg
James Newton Howard 1982 keyboards
  • Toto IV (1982)
  • Isolation (1984)
  • The Seventh One (1988)
Paulette Brown-Castro 1985–1987
(died 1998)
backing vocals Fahrenheit (1986)
ScottPageBritFloyd3.jpg
Scott Page 1985
  • saxophone
  • guitar
  • flute
  • backing vocals
none
Ralph Rickert 1986–1987
  • saxophone
  • backing vocals
Abrahamyalva.jpg
Luis Conte 1988 percussion Past to Present 1977–1990 (1990)
Jenny Douglas-Foote
  • 1990–1997
  • 2011–2012
  • 2014–2016
backing vocals
  • all Toto releases from Kingdom of Desire (1992) to Toto XX: 1977–1997 (1998)
  • Greatest Hits Live... and More (2002)
  • Live at Montreux 1991 (2016)
Chris Trujillo 1990–1993 percussion
  • Kingdom of Desire (1992)
  • Absolutely Live (1993)
  • Toto XX: 1977–1997 (1998)
  • Greatest Hits Live... and More (2002)
  • Live at Montreux 1991 (2016)
Jackie McGhee 1990–1991 backing vocals
  • Kingdom of Desire (1992)
  • Toto XX: 1977–1997 (1998)
  • Greatest Hits Live... and More (2002)
  • Live at Montreux 1991 (2016)
John Jessel 1991–2004
  • keyboards
  • programming
  • backing vocals
Fred White 1991 backing vocals
  • Kingdom of Desire (1992)
  • Toto XX: 1977–1997 (1998)
  • Live at Montreux 1991 (2016)
Denny Dias guitar none
John James 1992–1997 backing vocals
  • Absolutely Live (1993)
  • Tambu (1995)
  • Toto XX: 1977–1997 (1998)
Donna McDaniels 1992–1994 Kingdom of Desire (1992)
GregBissonette(by Scott Dudelson).jpg
Gregg Bissonette 1995 drums none – filled in temporarily for Simon Phillips
Sofia Bender 1996 backing vocals none – filled in temporarily for Jenny Douglas-McRae
Tony Spinner.jpg
Tony Spinner 1999–2008
  • guitar
  • backing vocals
  • Livefields (1999)
  • 25th Anniversary: Live in Amsterdam (2003)
  • Falling in Between Live (2007)
Buddy Hyatt 1999–2000
  • percussion
  • backing vocals
Livefields (1999)
Jeff Babko 2000
  • keyboards
  • backing vocals
none – filled in temporarily for David Paich
Jon Farriss working in the studio on October 2014.jpg
Jon Farriss 2003 drums none – filled in temporarily for Simon Phillips
Ricky Lawson
Kenny Moran 2005–2008
  • keyboards
  • backing vocals
Falling in Between Live (2007)
Leland Sklar 2017.jpg
Leland Sklar
  • 2007–2008
  • 2016
bass
  • Falling in Between Live (2007)
  • Toto XIV (2015)
TOTO live 2010 in Copenhagen in KB Hallen.JPG
Mabvuto Carpenter 2010–2016 backing vocals
  • 35th Anniversary: Live in Poland (2014)
  • Toto XIV (2015)
NathanEast2.jpg
Nathan East 2010–2014
  • bass
  • backing vocals
35th Anniversary: Live in Poland (2014)
TOTO live 2010 in Copenhagen in KB Hallen.JPG
Jory Steinberg 2010 backing vocals none
Amy Keys 2013–2014
  • 35th Anniversary: Live in Poland (2014)
  • Toto XIV (2015)

Member timelines[edit]

Official member timeline[edit]

Touring member timeline[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Suchow, Rick (October 7, 2015). "David Hungate: Toto Recall". Bass Player. NewBay Media. Retrieved December 30, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Elliott, Paul (October 15, 2016). "The Secret History Of Toto". Classic Rock. TeamRock. Retrieved December 30, 2017. 
  4. ^ Bream, Jon (January 21, 2014). "Ex-Toto singer Fergie Frederiksen, of Mound, dies at 62". Star Tribune. Retrieved December 30, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Band History (Part 3)". Toto. Retrieved December 30, 2017. 
  6. ^ Lisko, B. J. (August 25, 2016). "Sex, drugs, rock and Toto: Legendary band survives roller coaster career; Rocksino show Wednesday". The Repository. GateHouse Media. Retrieved December 30, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c Giles, Jeff (October 18, 2013). "Interview: Steve Lukather Recounts 35 Years of Toto History". Ultimate Classic Rock. Loudwire. Retrieved December 30, 2017. 
  8. ^ Tamaki, Julie (September 4, 1992). "Drummer's Death Linked to Cocaine, Coroner Says: Autopsy: Report finds no evidence to support earlier belief that Toto's Jeff Porcaro died of an allergic reaction to a pesticide". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 30, 2017. 
  9. ^ DeRiso, Nick (August 5, 2017). "25 Years Ago: Jeff Porcaro's Sudden Death Changes Toto Forever". Ultimate Classic Rock. Loudwire. Retrieved December 30, 2017. 
  10. ^ Courter, Barry (June 1, 2017). "Toto keeps rockin' and rollin' along". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved December 30, 2017. 
  11. ^ Hernandez, Alan Carlos (July 16, 2017). "Sunday Interview: The Voice of Toto, Bobby Kimball". Herald de Paris et Cie. Retrieved December 30, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Band History (Part 6)". Toto. Retrieved December 30, 2017. 
  13. ^ Chiu, David (March 15, 2015). "Toto Bassist Mike Porcaro Dead at 59". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 30, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Steve Lukather - The end of Toto". Steve Lukather. June 8, 2008. Retrieved December 30, 2017. 
  15. ^ Kemp, Stuart (March 27, 2013). "Toto to Go on 35th Anniversary European Tour". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 30, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Band History (Part 7)". Toto. Retrieved December 30, 2017. 
  17. ^ "The making of the new Toto XIV album". Steve Lukather. March 3, 2015. Retrieved December 30, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Steve Lukather about some personnel moves for Toto". Steve Lukather. March 29, 2014. Retrieved December 30, 2017. 
  19. ^ Giles, Jeff (May 13, 2014). "Steve Lukather Talks New Toto Album: 'I Think This Is Gonna Surprise People'". Ultimate Classic Rock. Loudwire. Retrieved December 30, 2017. 
  20. ^ "40 Trips around the sun world tour". Steve Lukather. Retrieved December 30, 2017. 
  21. ^ "Tony Spinner". Toto. Retrieved December 30, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Jessel, John (JJ)". Toto. Retrieved December 30, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Leland Sklar". Toto. Retrieved December 30, 2017. 
  24. ^ Johnson, Kevin (September 30, 2015). "David Hungate Leaves Toto, Leland Sklar Steps In". No Treble. Retrieved December 30, 2017. 
  25. ^ "Jenny Douglas". Toto. Retrieved December 30, 2017. 

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