Concert Reports



09/13/2012, Chumash Casino Resort

The internationally renowned rock band Toto, whose smash hits “Rosanna” and “Africa” propelled the group to super stardom in the early 1980s, performed Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Chumash Casino Resort’s Samala Showroom. After wrapping up an extensive European summer tour, Toto made its return to North America by appearing in at the Chumash Casino Resort – one of only two California stops on the band’s current schedule.  



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What started as a collection of session musicians pursuing a dream in 1976 turned into Toto, an American rock band that gained worldwide acclaim with its 1982 album “Toto IV.” The release produced such hits as “Rosanna,” which won the Record of the Year Grammy Award in 1983, “Africa,” the group’s first and only No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the Top 10 hit “I Won’t Hold You Back.”  


Toto60.jpg“Toto IV” won six Grammys in 1983, including Album of the Year, en route to being certified triple-Platinum with more than 3 million copies sold in the U.S. It was the band’s fourth album, and it eclipsed their double-Platinum debut album “Toto” in 1978, which featured the Top 5 hit “Hold the Line.”  


Toto followed the success of “Toto IV” with “Isolation” (1984) and “Fahrenheit” (1986), which both went Gold and featured hits such as “Stranger in Town” and “I’ll Be Over You.”  


Guitarist Steve Lukather and keyboardists David Paich and Steve Porcaro represent the original members in Toto’s current lineup, which also features longtime members Mike Porcaro on bass, drummer Simon Phillips and vocalist Joseph Williams.



Over the past 20 years, Toto has continued to produce albums with great fanfare overseas. The band parted ways in 2008 but then reunited in 2010 for a European tour in support of bandmate Mike Porcaro, who had been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease.  



Located on Highway 246 in Santa Ynez, California, the Chumash Casino Resort is an age 18-and-older venue. Tickets for all events are available at the Chumash Casino Resort’s Club Chumash. You can also visit the website at  


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