Toto is calling it a career. Guitarist Steve Lukather made the startling revelation during an interview with The Morning Call while on the band's current 40th anniversary tour.
“We worked really hard and this is a great way to …I don’t know what the future-future’s gonna be, but I do know that’s gonna be the last show in Philly for the foreseeable future. And certainly the end of this configuration of Toto," Lukather said of the band's show in Philadelphia this weekend (Oct. 20).
It's not a decision the band is making lightly. This announcement comes after a recent resurgence around Toto, particularly the song "Africa" from the multi-platinum Toto IV. It was covered by alt-rock band Weezer, and was even part of an art installation in the actual continent of Africa.
“This kind of lifestyle is way harder than people think it is," Lukather said. "They just think that we float around from city to city magically and live a life of luxury. And I’m not saying that we travel poorly, but it’s a burden to be away from your family 230 days a year, like me."
While on the 40th anniversary tour in Europe, longtime Toto singer and songwriter David Paich fell ill and had to drop out of the remainder of the tour.
“It was really the scariest thing ever,” Lukather revealed. “He had some sort of a seizure or something like that. We went home and he had to retire from touring because of his health. Apparently he pushed himself a little too hard and he fell, you know, so to speak. I mean, Dave’s still playing. He can sing. He’s up and about and he’s happy and he’s walking around. But he’s not built for speed anymore, you know what I mean? He came out in L.A. recently, played our first show with us, came out at the end. And that was a nice way to close the book — at least this chapter.”
When pressed about this really being the end of Toto, Lukather remained firm.
“I don’t know, man. I can’t predict the future,” he said. "I can tell you that this version is dead October 20. Whatever happens down the line, man, I don’t know what’s going to happen with Dave. I don’t know what’s going to happen with me. I know that we just gotta … We gotta take a break from all this. We were beat up really badly and we gotta heal and figure out what’s going on. I mean, the music’s still there. I’m not saying I’m never gonna play this music again — that would be stupid to say; that would be a lie."