Once again I look at the years gone by in music and am tremendously grateful I can still enjoy many of the songs I’ve played so often over the years – and better yet, see them performed live in concert. Toto has sold more than 35 million albums and have gifted us with songs that we still get a chill from the first chords. “Africa,” Rosanna,” “Hold the Line” and so many more. The act is still together and they’re taking it on the road for the “40 Trips Around The Sun Tour’ that makes a stop at Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall on October 24th.
It’s always a thrill to have a few minutes to talk about great memories, the thrill of performing live and why life on the road is still pretty good. Joseph Williams was front and center with Toto from 1986 through ’88, taking a break and returning in 2010. I talked with Joseph (the son of legendary composer John Williams) about his Dad and the first time he heard those iconic first notes from Star Wars, his life off the road and off, and why it’s still so good to be on the road.